“I know you’re already testing now, but can we add just one more simple drop-down menu? And can we make it pink?” Every developer has at least one user they would like to punish.
The CMS framework Drupal contains a function made for the sole purpose of letting web developers take revenge. The so-called Misery module allows webmasters to punish a specific user without making them aware of their punishment.
„Featuring” a number of frustrating errors and bugs, Misery is designed to make life hell for a web developer’s least favourite user. Simulated slow-connection delay, access denied errors, white screens and forced logouts are just a few of the delightful booby traps.
To enhance the victim’s misery, the blacklisted user will frequently find themselves redirected to a random page.
The module was originally intended as a means of dealing with web trolls intent on wreaking havoc in a content management system like Drupal. However, it can also be put to creative use on miserable clients and overly critical colleagues.
The best part: the victim will never know (let alone be able to prove) who is responsible for their torment.
Version 7 of Misery can be downloaded at: drupal.org/project/misery
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