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Why Slideshare Sucks – Fucking Short Version

Slideshare makes it easy to upload and share presentations, documents, videos for free. I would like to thank the team for making this possible. But there are some things making me mad, I don’t know how many time I did like they do in The Big Lebowski:



The Big Lebowski Fucking Short Version

F**k the upload tool
It’s great approach to build an user interface with as few steps as possible. Kudos for that. The upload tool itself works pretty well, but every upload gets published automatically, without the permission of the user. I’m missing a final preview allowing me to publish the upload after hitting a “OK” button. Another way to solve this problem would be to add a “hide” option when the user selects a file for upload.

F**k the type recognition
The document type recognition automatically sets the type of uploaded files to presentation, document or video. While video files are easy to distinguish, the recognition fails at differing presentatios and documents. I admit: Every time the document was recognised as the opposite type — for example as presenation when I think it was a document — it was my foult, the file was created with wrong settings by me. Nevertheless the lack of commuincation between the service and the user is a big part of the problem. After uploading a document, my file shows up in the wrong section without telling me. Please communicate with me why the file is recognised as a document or presentation. Actually there is no way to control or change the type.

F**k this retarded interface
A least the interface of Slideshare is retarded. It’s not about the design, it’s all about the interface lag. When I’m uploading different documents and they are wrong, I have to delete them. In this case a lot of my actions are not recognized or displayed properly. Did I deleted a file? Did I changed a name? It still looks the same. After logging out of Slideshare misterious things happen: The wrong files are deleted, unwanted uploads still appear. That’s why I’ve started to log out and log in every time I’m changing something on Slideshare only to avoid this. Please Slideshare team, prevent this interference and keep the interface up to date!

One Comment

  1. #1
    08.18.2010 at 23:11

    Hey,

    Thanks for this! I designed the upload flow and have buck-stops-here responsibility for anything technical at slideshare.

    RE: public uploads. You can set privacy during the upload and conversion. It’s a dropdown towards the bottom. Does that not work for you?

    RE: type recognition, I assume this is pdf files your talking about? What do you want to happen when you upload a pdf in portrait mode? In landscape mode?

    RE: caching issues. Noted! We are working on this.

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