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I'm working on User Management System in ASP.NET MVC3. Administrator/Editor can search, insert, update and delete other users from the system.

What should I do when admin/editor clicks on Delete user link? Should I redirect him to new yes/no confirmation page or display some jquery popup window?

Should I then redirect him to the home page and display message The user has been successfully deleted from the system, or simple redirection should be just fine?

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Why not the flash message:

You've deleted the user Jon Doe. _Undo?_

I'd personally rather give the user the ability to fail and fix it rather than impose popups and confirmations on every delete action.

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+1 Worth a read is Never Use a Warning When you Mean Undo. – jensgram Nov 28 '11 at 7:28

I would not opt for a separate confirmation pages or dialog boxes because I feel you * punish* a missclick too heavily.

Generally I don't like the flash message: what happens when they delete a user wrongfully but for some reason miss the flash message (internet issues, just don't see it). I think you should only take this route if the action can be undone at a later stage (eg gmail).

What I would go for:

when the delete action is clicked, switch the delete action into a confirmation message

John Doo | edit | delete

when delete is clicked. remove the edit | delete actions with javascript into:

John Doo | delete user? yes no

"yes" deletes the user, "no" puts it back to the initial state

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You can surely ping the user for mistakenly clicking delete button. Show a popup or something. Then the redirection should happen to the users list page so that admin can verify that the user has been deleted along with a confirmation message (user has been deleted) at the top of the user list

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At my company we build last week (no joke ;) ) a user management page with ASP.NET MVC3 and we decided to have an delete icon (red cross) next to the user. If you click on this icon we display a popup message (realised with jQuery) where we ask whether he wants do delete User NAME. When he does, we display a success message above the user table.

The standard scaffolding way by ASP is this extra delete page but I think the user would feel this extra way to another page and back to much for this kind of task.

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Actions which cannot be undone or which are difficult to undo should always prompt for confirmation.

Similarly, most actions should give feedback saying they've been completed successfully or not.

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