Ugly websites are distrusted

(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at:

A very clever use of ugly design to demonstrate the way people distrust ugly design. The text itself is interesting:

Each of these systems has a different effect on the content of the site and the character of the posts. For instance, because Reddit has unlimited upvotes and downvotes per user per day with no consequences of using them, people can downvote things just because they disagree with what the user is say or they think it’s not funny. This encourages a more casual, opinionated, personal experience. The experience is appealing to many users, and the site has grown rapidly. Paul Graham, who founded Hacker News as a side project, explains “Reddit was a startup, not a side project; its goal was to grow as fast as possible.” The karma scores next to the comments encourage people to try to post clever comments that will garner the laughter and upvotes of other users.