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"You’re an expert in this topic"...You Know It's a Spam Comment, But You Want To Believe It

"I think other site proprietors should take this web site as an model, very clean and great user genial style and design, as well as the content. You’re an expert in this topic... [some advertisement]", a spam comment

Exploiting Logout Flow for Showing Ads

People (rightly) want to ensure proper logout from their financial site. Exploiting this flow for the ever-scarce user attention, an Indian mutual fund company, Reliance, now shows an advertisement in a lightbox when you click logout link. The logout request is processed only when you close the lightbox (say by clicking the X button on top right).

I believe this is an unethical, and a desperate technique. In addition to being obtrusive, it endangers an important step, especially if the user is accessing from a non-private computer.

When You Are Taking Time off, Do Not Play Video Games or Watch Movies

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Even the most conscientious and productive person requires time off. Whenever you feel that you have earned a break and are relaxing with a video game or watching a movie from your favourite genre is something you will not regret, don't do those.

A Logical Philosophical Reason Why You Can Let Go of Your Regrets and Past Mistakes (Without Cognitive Dissonance)

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Why Does Regret Feel Bad? The burden of regret and the powerlessness to go back and do something different is a heavy load to bear. Our free will means choices, and the inevitability of choices, in turn, means that some of our decisions will be evaluated to good and some to bad in the future.

The (seemingly) bad decisions lead to regret (Roese, 2005). That is okay, but why does regret cut deep in the heart? Because regret implies personal action (or inaction) (Connolly & Zeelenberg, 2002).