You load a web site and – whoa! Look at that sidebar! A blogroll as long as your arm, archives stretching back seven years, a dozen cryptic badges and icons, RSS feeds from eight or nine other sites, most recent posts, favourite posts, fence posts, goal posts, Google ads, Amazon affiliate links, three pictures of the blogger’s cat, the last three songs that iTunes played on the blogger’s computer… this thing could fill twenty or thirty monitors stacked on top of each other.

It’s a clear case of…

sidebarrhea, n. – A disease afflicting blogs and other-content-managed web sites whereby a sidebar spews a seemingly unending stream of crap.

e.g. – “Pull-down menus can be a temporary cure for sidebarrhea.”

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