encourage IE users to switch to Firefox

Hi,

I would like to see Internet Explorer loose market share. I will be
adding a banner like the one on explorerdestroyer.com to my shiny new
Mephisto blog very soon. I think it would be very cool if Rails
developers jumped on this bandwagon and added the banner to entire web
sites,
login pages or registration pages. Nothing wrong with encouraging open
source software! :slight_smile:

http://explorerdestroyer.com
http://killbillsbrowser.com
http://browsehappy.com/
http://www.spreadfirefox.com/

The exploredestroyer.com banner's HTML/CSS/JavaScript is not really
that great. I'm rewriting it and if anyone would like a copy I can
post it here when I am finished.

Peter

And if you manage to convince 1 million visitors to do that, you’ll be a rich man. Keep up the noble, err, good work.

I would like to see Internet Explorer loose market share. I will be
adding a banner like the one on explorerdestroyer.com to my shiny new
Mephisto blog very soon. I think it would be very cool if Rails
developers jumped on this bandwagon and added the banner to entire web
sites,
login pages or registration pages. Nothing wrong with encouraging open
source software! :slight_smile:

Indeed, nothing wrong with encouraging open source software.
But there may be wrong ways to do it. My opinion is, that interrupting user
with banners like those on explorerdestroyer.com, or even worse - denying
access to site hurts more than helps.

What are those "IE incompatible" sites? Sure, IE does not have the level
of web standards support FF, Opera or Safari have, but it's support is
good enough.

What is the message to the user? "Hey, you are stupid and not worthy?".
This is rude and wrong. Do you know the reason why one uses IE? Maybe they have
no choice at the moment (corporate environments, public access terminals, etc.).
Will those banners help them to switch, or just interrupt their
workflow and make them
angry? Is anger good thing with assocciation with Firefox?

I am all for increase of Firefox market share. But I am also for
"device independent access". Maybe some still miss "best viewed with
..." times, I do not.

Regards,
Rimantas

Of course a banner would not be appropriate on all types of sites. For
some sites it is fine. Many sites on the web have banners so I don't
think it is a big interuption. A banner promoting Firefox does not
need to be shown to users of good browsers so the explorer destroyer
idea of only showing to IE is a good idea, in my opinion.

Peter