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My app has a dropdown for a "Reason." Most users will/should select a reason but they do not have to.

We could have the default choice be Select a reason... to increase odds of people picking one. See SO Q

But how to indicate that it is fine to not choose a reason?

Should we have the first selection be (none) or (no reason)?

Other ideas?

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If your app/form has mostly required input fields and the minority is optional you can mark the optional input accordingly.


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