Alert is a colloquial term used to define a machine-to-person communication that is important and/or time sensitive. An alert contains user-requested content such as a reminder (important), a notification (urgent), and ultimately an alert (important and urgent). Alert messaging or alert notification ...

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How Do I Avoid Users Becoming Numb to Warnings?

I've been thinking about this a lot lately because it's bitten me in the behind a few times. Think of the Windows User Account Control in Windows Vista (and to a lesser extent Windows 7). The idea is ...
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red checkmark vs. a red “X”

I am currently designing a panel in my business application that shows a table of data to a user. The data in the table is the company's percentage (this is equated by many different values), whether ...
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Making user recognise they are writing a public note / message rather than a private note / message

We're building a custom business application which internal staff have access to and also clients have limited access to. There is an option for the staff to leave a comment / message to each other, ...
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“We use cookies” notice on websites

Every website I visit now seems to display a warning such as "We use cookies to improve your experience. By your continued use of this site you accept such use. To change your settings please see our ...
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How should I handle playing multiple alarms?

I have a web application that monitors a service (polls) every 30 seconds or so, and displays any new records (notifications). Each one of these must be acknowledged by an operator. The customer has ...
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Text Emoticon for Warning Messages

My error message has a sad face emoticon : ( so that users can easily know that there's an error since just making the alert background to the color red doesn't really emphasize an error message ...
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What is an appropriate UI for a prepopulated textbox that you can overwrite?

Suppose I have an edit box that gets prepopulated with text. For example, in tax prep software, there may be a function that computes a value that is displayed, but then also allows you to change that ...
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How to use repeatable alert sounds without driving the user crazy?

I'm making an app for a small business that alerts the user when they have a new order. It should play some kind of ding to get the user's attention. People will be using this app for eight hours a ...
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Is it necessary to notify users that everything is OK?

“Your virus database has been updated.” “Your plugin is up to date.” (major software vendor) ... I’ve noticed that a few software programs like to notify that “everything is okay”. Notifying the ...
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New vs. Unread notifications

(This may be a pure opinion question, in which case feel free to close...) I'm trying to come up with the list of pros/cons of two forms of user notifications around messaging. Think of email, or ...
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Notification patterns in ios7

Are there any useful notification patterns in iOS7 for alerting users that an action (such as a download) completed successfully? A comparison would be Android's 'Toast' notification. I couldn't find ...
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Improving notification alerts UI / UX

We've got a notification system on a CRM type web app. There are many stages in the CRM, and each stage has many projects, each project can have many notifications. We have a dashboard showing the ...
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Are there unambiguous words for alert boxes?

The words that appear on the alert boxes are sometimes ambiguous. For example, if the task is to quit the application, then an alert box with the pair of choices "Quit" and "OK", or with "Cancel" and ...
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What are some guidelines for designing a good pop up message for your webapp?

I’m trying to build a guideline to refer to when creating alert/pop up messages Are there any recommended "rules" as to: The inner layout - Centering vs aligning the content of the message to the ...
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Automated options vs. confirmative options

I got two options in my application: Auto save on close Confirm saving I believe both options are obvious in their functionality, but what should I do when the user wants saving to be confirmed, ...
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Ideal waiting time before posting another post

Here on Stack Exchange you have to wait 15 minutes before posting another question. But from a general standpoint, where quality isn't a must/enforced (something along the lines of a forum, but more ...
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Possible (best) way(s) to provide feedback for an action of Google Chrome Extension ContextMenu

I am making a Google Chrome Extension called Duolingo Notes, this extension can help the Duolingo learner bookmark the sentence in Duolingo courses. I would like to use a ContextMenu (the ...
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How to handle when necessary conditions for application to function are not met?

I have created a location-based app, with its core functionality being location. It is not a maps type application, it also relies on the internet. Right now my current way of handling when the user ...
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A good way to manage notifications read/unread in my social network

I'm building a social network that triggers some notifications to the user regarding friends' comments, similar to Facebook notifications. The notification simply serves as an alert, meaning that ...
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Should a new feature pop-up load after page finished?

When trying to expose a new feature to a site I'm using a pop-up that explains the change. Similar to what Google is doing across their products. An example: My question is if it is important to ...
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Alert box wording [duplicate]

What do you think would be a good alternative word to 'Cancel' on an alert box. An example message is: You are about to change your password, press confirm to change or cancel to ... Then I have ...
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Choosing a Feedback Mechanism For Delayed Commands

On a typical application when a user submits a form, it's good practice to provide a success message that the information has been submitted and saved. This makes sense for an application that ...