Right-click disabled. I love to use it to open new windows or tabs or to search on a key phrases or other information. If you really don’t want something taken don’t put it on the web.
Music or Sound: Unless you are in the business of selling music I hate seeing it on your website. I finally got so tired of it that I now browse without the speakers on. If you have to have it give us the option to listen to it.
Sites that fall apart: You know the ones. The ones designed just for IE. I am a Firefox fan and only use IE to check to see that the sites I design look good in it.
Movement: Nothing wrong with having a bit of movement on the site. If it’s the header it should only move once and then stop. News can scroll, preferably vertically, and slow enough that it can be easily read. Anything over 2 items moving and you’re going to have me leave your site really fast. It’s a major distraction.
Java Applets: I don’t like them and never have and never will. Only because I have never seen a good one.
Firms Soliciting Your Clients: They may not like my stating this but it is unethical to contact potential clients when a designer or hosting provider is clearly stated on a website. It’s a major no-no in my book.
Unrealistic Expectations: Actually the title should be œI want the sun and the moon for practically no money”. I have a favorite place to look, and there are so many potential customers that have absolutely no clue. I am very good at estimating the amount of time it will take me to complete something, but to expect a website that will cost $10,000 to implement for $500.00 is ridiculous.
I did have a response to one of my inquiries for more information, and they wanted social networking (think MySpace), classifieds, forum, tutoring and an unbelieveable amount of features website, and had no budget. Or the ones that think you can do a full e-commerce website for them for just $500. Another is working for a percentage of the profits.
I found this excellent article Top 10 Lies told to Naive Artists and Designers.