How dark is this dark pattern?
Yes, this is real. No, I can’t fathom it either. It’s from an online petition by Save the Children, spotted by former colleague of mine Tricia Dever (see her post here on LinkedIn). It’s one of the worst examples I’ve seen in a while.
It reminded me of this parody version on the email signup page of the humour website I used to run with a couple of mates in the early 2000s:
It was risible in 2003. It’s unforgiveable in 2023.
More on dark patterns here.