Intentionally Uniformative Error Messages

I've sometimes noticed misleading error messages on websites, when clearly they could have been correct and indicated steps to correct the form submission.

Examples:
  • Yelp Developer does not allow non-US developers (estimated using IP location, breakable) to create an account. It's not officially spelt out, but it appears so.

    They throw a general 'Oops, Yelp is overworked right now' error.
  • Facebook allows you to enter any birth date, but when it is too young, even less than thirteen years.

    When you submit the form, they give a general 'Sorry, we are not able to process your registration.' error.

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