Say I have a preference that determines whether or not something is visible within an app. Because there are two states (visible or not visible), a checkbox would be the best UI element to use. But how should the text for it be phrased? Should it be phrased positively as an addition, as in:
Show advanced options (check means visible, no check means invisible)
or should it be phrased negatively as a removal, as in:
Hide advanced options (check means invisible, no check means visible)
Because consistency is desirable, it seems to me that there are four possibilities:
- Always use the positive statement
- Always use the negative statement
- Always use the statement where the default is checked
- Always use the statement where the default is unchecked.
What is the best way to do this?