[A] phenomenon that’s grown more and more frequent over time: the stupendously annoying coercive forced-choice. It is presented by the pop-up window that offers you something you don’t want and didn’t ask for — be it an update or a service or a product or a website link — and then gives you a choice of responses. But the responses aren’t a simple “yes” or “no. And definitely you never get to choose “go away and leave me alone forever.”
Instead, you get a variant of something snide and sarcastic, where the supposed “no” response reads something like “I don’t want this wonderful free service because I’m a moron.”
Road & Track used to do this a lot on its Web site: they’d promote some piece on, say, The Most Exciting Cars of the 1990s, and then give you the negative option in small print: “No, I’m far more interested in dull, unexciting cars.” I haven’t seen them doing it lately, though.
And there’s one other scheme: hide the X that’s supposed to close the pop-up window. Upper right corner, right? Not necessarily. I’ve seen them stick it two inches away from that corner, inside an otherwise-transparent border. I’ve even seen it in a different corner entirely — upper left, anyone?