DarkPatterns.org - Shining a light on bad website behavior

DarkPatterns.org is a site dedicated to exposing malicious patterns websites use to trick users into doing things that aren’t in their best interest.

Taking a “name them and shame them” approach, the site, run by Harry Brignull and Alexander Darlington explains how sites can cause you to spend money you don’t want or make it harder to get out of a relationship with the site. The Dark Patterns Reading List has additional resources for people who want to learn more.

I tend to think I’m a pretty savvy web user, but there were some patterns on the site that I wasn’t aware of before.

Because this is the Internet, I’ll be explicit: the dark patterns themselves are making the Internet more hostile to users. But the DarkPatterns.org site raising awareness of them is a good thing!