Something I’ve noticed over the past few days is a disturbing trend in Web 2.0 sites out there: the good ol’ fashioned lock-out.
But don’t lock me out
The aforementioned disturbing trend is that regardless of what page you load on the site, you get redirected to a page stating that Safari support is coming, but in the meantime please be making with the downloading Firefox of. That’s great–you’ve at least informed me of an option for using your new app. The problem, however, is that I cannot access any of the site, including, oh, I don’t know… a page explaining what I’m even looking at. And the supplied blocking page telling me to download Firefox isn’t much help either: generally, you’re lucky to even find a logo for the web app.
I’ll make it painfully blunt: you shouldn’t block people out from your main page. You don’t need to. And if, for some strange reason, you feel the need to do it anyway, at very least, make a nice link or blurb explaining what your site is, any why I should even care enough to open another browser.