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There are a lot ways to go wrong in building a website, but this one is just unbelievable. So unbelievable that when designer Stelian Firez stumbed on it, all he could do is throw a screenshot up on Twitter with an “oh. my. god.” What madness is this?
Yep, instead of a text field for your phone number, that’s three separate drop-down menus, the last including every number from 0000-9999.
It could have ended there. We could’ve walked away laughing and shaking your head. But the screenshot went viral, and people in the front-end business started to wonder whether they could invent an even worse way to botch the simple problem of entering a phone number.
This is a hate crime.
What am I even looking at, here?
Is there no end?
Ah, wait—maybe this:
I give up. Can I just write my number on a piece of paper and fax it in?
Jay Hathaway is a former senior writer who specialized in internet memes and weird online culture. He previously served as the Daily Dot’s news editor, was a staff writer at Gawker, and edited the classic websites Urlesque and Download Squad. His work has also appeared on nymag.com, suicidegirls.com, and the Morning News.