Just in case you didn't notice Roy, that article was a sponsored post and not written by Venturebeat. Perhaps you should change your headline to curse at the appropriate source. Also there was a good discussion on here a short while back on how people need to be a bit nicer and less reactionary online, well worth a read.
I dunno. Seems like a decent enough ad for their DIY web site service.
Slandering all web designers? Nah, seems like a pretty shitty ad.
Why are you getting so worked up about an ad? And why does it matter so much to you? If you look at the comments on both VentureBeat and DN, you'll notice no one actually is falling for the post and everyone knows it's BS; ultimately all the ad did is damage their brand. So why get so angry?
It should matter to everyone who works in the web industry, as these are the same misconceptions that we are still trying to eradicate after twenty years. That is, only if you have a vested interest in seeing the industry you work in continue to grow and mature.
Apologies for the late reply. Not sure you really got my comment at all. No one at all is falling for the ad, so why get worked up over it? It's doing more damage to their brand than anything else. In regards to "That is, only if you have a vested interest in seeing the industry you work in continue to grow and mature" - please don't embarrass yourself by appearing to be a self-righteous asshole, attempting to put words in my mouth.
Hi Zander: My concern is that non-designers will fall for this ad. You work in product design, but the vast majority of web designers and developers work in client services.
I didn't put words in your mouth. What does concern me is apathy in the design community about misleading messages on prominent websites that affect the industry as a whole.
One last pro tip: Don't call people "Asshole" for leaving a comment in a public forum, especially people in the same industry. It shows incredibly arrogance, and a lack of professionalism and maturity.
I guess the ad worked.
It's the same with services like fiverr and 99designs or whatever they're called. Yes it's a service that appears to devalue a craft but at the end of the day it's a service that's always been there in some way or another.