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This is a review of Planetpals Earthzone, original comments: Kids site for pen pals, and teachers
Reviewed by: Gloria
My first impression was that I like the colors on this site but that was before it loaded completely, which took too long on my slow dialup connection.
  • There is too much contrast between the hot colors and the stark white background making it hard on the eyes.
  • The text on the front page is too small on a 14" monitor.
I was very disappointed with the teachers section of the site.
      The first thing that caught my eye was a flashing sign saying "I won." Of course, I had to click on their flashing sign in order to claim my mystery prize! I'm not new to the Internet or to questionable marketing techniques, so I had a pretty good idea of where that link would take me and I wasn't wrong.
      I was met with a "enter your email address" to claim your prize." Note, still hasn't told me what the prize is. After entering a bogus email address I was sent to a page wanting more information about me; name, address, phone number, and a list of things I might be interested in. Note, still hasn't told me what the prize is.
      I didn't go any further, my suspicions were confirmed. This is a spam site extordanar! Any site focusing on kids that would allow a link to a virtual email spam scam should be blackballed.
      Unfortunately, many, many, many kids will click on that link and end up with a mailbox full of spam! And not all of it will be appropriate material for kids to see in their mailboxes.
Mixed Opinions
There may be some good content on this site but it has far to many spam popup windows and flashing signs (most have nothing to do with kids or the planet) to investigate further.
      My advice for this site would be to soften the colors and give the kids on this planet a little respect by finding another way to make money off this site.
Editor Notes:
Gloria, you couldn't be more correct.
Posted: 03/05/2003

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