Dark Patterns

I love that there’s a name for this now:

[Dark Patterns] are not mistakes, they are carefully crafted with a solid understanding of human psychology, and they do not have the user’s interests in mind.

The purpose of this site is to catalogue various common types of Dark Pattern, and to name and shame organizations that use them.

I wrote a little about this back in 2008 when Microsoft was using it to get people to install Silverlight. Tons of blogs take advantage of your mouse trigger-finger to get you to click on their Adsense. Does Apple still set up their iTunes updater to encourage users to install Safari by accident?