Sites Which Ban Internet Explorer – Has This Happened to You?

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For those of you who have never ventured beyond the world of Windows, you may not realize the number of websites which people such as I, who don’t use Windows, encounter which are not only “optimized to work with Internet Explorer”, but which simply won’t work with any browser other than Internet Explorer.

I have always found this unhospitable and, yes, just plain rude. Whenever I am involved in running a commercial website, I always try makes sure that it is friendly to all web browsers out there – even Lynx! (If you have to ask..)

However, some people apparently take even more exception to the “Only I.E. accepted here” sites than do I. So much so that at least one person has developed a set of instructions for banning Internet Explorer from your website, and who knows how many untold people are now using those instructions!


Yes, Devin Carraway has devoted an entire page to his apparently widely read website, in which he describes in great detail how to block Internet Explorer from accessing your website at all or, if you prefer, how to make the I.E. using crowd jump through some hoops, and go through a page where you can tell them exactly why you are making them jump through hoops, before letting them into your site.

Personally I think that this is, well, unhospitable and, yes, just plain rude.

But I also understand the frustration.

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16 thoughts on “Sites Which Ban Internet Explorer – Has This Happened to You?

  1. I don’t know whats the deal with some of you hating on IE. When I see some1 saying IE is buggy or what ever like if it was a video game I laugh cause Ive never seen anything like that with my IE9. I guess you oldfarts must be referring to the old IE6 or something cause IE7, 8 and 9 were all great for me. Yes before that when all we had was IE6 I use to have other browsers….but now? why the hell for? When ever I click it it opens fast, takes me to where I want to go and it works in harmony with everything in my pc. Not to mention that most browser games like Heroes and Generals and so on only support IE and Im a gamer so…nope. To me being a fraction of a second faster is not important. Browsers have very little importance in my life.

  2. Good article. All major sites should ban IE and wake up users to the bugs of IE.

    I myself had my life ruined by using IE and then falling victim to drive-by downloads. If I were to set up my site one day, I’ll ensure IE has no chance of accessing my site.

  3. I think IE is a blight on the internet. It is simply the most horrid web browser on Earth and I go to great lengths to ensure I never have to use it.

    However, I am also a pragmatist, and blocking visitors who use IE is just bad practice, and costs you traffic.

    Doesn’t change the fact that every time I’m forced to use IE, I die a little on the inside.

    Don’t even get me started on the hoops developers have to go through to make sites look and behave in IE as they do on other standards-compliant browsers (a prestigious clique of which IE is NOT a member).

    The world would be such a better place if IE just ceased to exist.

  4. I’m all in favour of blocking IE6 (and would consider IE7), but IE8 is far better and IE9 is showing promise as well.

    However, there are more appropriate responses – the one shown at is interesting – instead of blocking the users, it simply disables all CSS (which IE6 supports poorly anyway).

  5. I can understand why people want to block internet explorer. The browser does not support all standards by the W3C. Blocking Internet Explorer users is drastic but is only effective when everyone does it.

    The only reason why IE has such a high percentage of the browser market is because it ships with Windows. And Microsoft is too arrogant to adjust to standards made by others.

    Do you people even realize how much headache Internet Explorer causes for webdevelopers?
    I am not an unexperienced webdeveloper (been in the bizz for at least 8 years) and I have always been struggeling with making sites look EXACTLY the same in IE as in FF.

    I think current Internet Explorers (yes even IE 8) hold back the full potential of the internet.

    BTW: I use Linux and Windows, so please don’t think I’m some fan boy, I’m just a really frustrated webdeveloper :).

  6. I think blocking is bad, but having a small one-time notice that says IE6 is not supported or maintained, is more than reasonable – it’s the right thing to do. Microsoft just announced they are extending IE6 support into 2014 – because they are spineless and don’t understand technology. IE6 is holding back the entire internet, as a web app developer I daily feel the pain of having to spend 10-20% of our time JUST on supporting this lame browser and frankly I am pushing to just ignore it and the users stuck with it can go jump, sure it’s not their fault but it’s their workplaces fault. Supporting is enabling. It has to go.

  7. Hahahahahah. Comment number 6 has to be the most ignorant comment I have seen in a long time. Yes there are lazy developers out there, but this isn’t necessarily the case here. It is not lazy to not cater for IE, it is the right thing to do, and the only thing that we as web developers can do besides educating the public about why Internet Explorer should not be used. When following web standards, IE fails to work when EVERY other browser works. This exists in all client side technologies and has never changed. If IE did follow standards, then discussions such as these would probably never happen.

  8. Do I ever so hate, or better yet loathe Internet Explorer. Something that just won’t die no matter what you do.

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  12. First time I saw a page about blocking IE was probably 1996, maybe even earlier. I don’t think anyone ever noticed.

    In any case, browser-specificity is a sign of lazy designers…and we’ll always have lazy designers. *surg*

  13. purchased a dell and was unable to enter their support pages without I.E.browser.
    many virus programs also require use I.E., none other. this is unfair, rude and
    inconsiderate particularly since one is not informed before hand that I.E. has to
    be used for support, before purchasing items. I have elected not to buy from
    these vendors in the future. i am glad that the table is being reversed.

  14. *sigh* This is just as bad as blocking Netscape/Mozilla/Opera/Safari/whatever…

    Someone needs to check out the Viewable With Any Browser campaign.

    (That said, I link to Browse Happy on several sections of my site.)

  15. This proves, yet again, that *nix fankids are the religeous extremists of the net.

    “Look at how cool I am, I can block your browser”.

    Yes, you are so very, very cool.

  16. I keep a list of web sites that don’t work well with Firefox at
    www.computergripes.com/firefoxsites.html

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