Robin Good...... no good at all?

Robin Good, who assumes himself a communication expert who can teach to communication experts recently announced a Design Challenge, 'The MasterNewMedia Design Challenge', an open interface design contest to redesign hiw own website. Why? I guess he could not do. I am afraid he don't understand what makes a good user interface, let alone how to design one.

Anyway, finally deadline arrived. Robin must have been dreaming of thousands of proposals and must have allocated his next few weeks to review them. But there were NO official entries to the competition. He was however seem to be delighted to update the news saying that he did receive ONE submission before the deadline. Oh, it saved a life.

I first visited this website around 6 months back. The compilation of articles was good. So I added to my rss reader. As I started reading for a while his blog posts, I did not see any originality in his blogs. I never see Robin in his own posts. Most of them are mere compilations from other blogs/sources. The original source of the post is some times conveniently mentioned somewhere at the bottom most the times.

I don't like to even talk about the web interface on his website. It is so cluttered, and full of advertisements. I left my comments about this two times as far as I remembered when I was very annoyed by the mix of advertisements in the posts. A typical blog entry will be like this: (Click this link to see for real)
Post title
Google Adds
Summary of the post in few lines with a photo linked from external source
Again Google Adds
Actual Post mostly as a list of things. The list goes so long, by the end of the list, you forget what you are reading.
Once Again Google Adds
Comments ( often none)
Some more Ads ( recommended books)
If you think this is all about it, hang on. On both sides of the post, lot more ads/links and inflated sections.

No wonder, no body like to clean up his own mess, even at the prize money of $1500. He had to extend the deadline and prize money, and admit that he was asking a lot. What a joke? If he were a real communication expert that can teach communication experts, he would have atleast made himself clear on what he really needs. Or with a hint of luck, he would have realized the missing point. I hope.


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