Dark Patterns: sneaky web tricks of scam artists and dirtbags

Dark Patterns is Harry Brignull's catalog of " user interfaces that have been designed to trick users into doing things they wouldn't otherwise have done." For example, Privacy Zuckering (named for Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg): "The act of creating deliberately confusing jargon and user-interfaces which trick your users into sharing more info about themselves than they really want to." Forewarned is forearmed.

Dark Patterns

(via Kottke)