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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Should I show the troll that I know he's trolling?

I'm building an online store that has many features and functions. Whenever a user interacts with the site a notification is shown. These notifications should give the user a response to his action ...
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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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“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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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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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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Why can't you turn off your iPhone with Siri?

With the help of Siri (voice interface), people can have a call, add tasks, have a search. I give a command for turning off my phone but Siri said that "It is beyond my skills". I tried again and Siri ...
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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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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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For how long should alerts be displayed? [duplicate]

For how long should alerts be displayed? By alert I mean messages such as "You are now logged out." in this page: Normally, they disappear when the user clicks on some link and the page reloads, ...
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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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Where should we tell the customer that the item in their cart cannot be shipped where they live?

Since we do not know where the user lives until after they have added the item that cannot be shipped to where they live, and then entered their ship location, I would love to see examples or ideas ...
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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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In general What is the difference between alert and warning message?

Is there is any difference between alert and warning message, When it should be used, under what condition and scenario.
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Notifying Friends When New Friend Joined?

What seems like the proper way to notify friends that a new friend has joined. Pros and cons for each scenario from experience would be helpful, from a UX perspective I'm interesting and seeing which ...
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Application color theme and alert notification colors / status colors

I've been fighting this forever and it just occurred to me that it would be a good idea to post here and get some useful feedback. The main application of the company I work for was initially based ...
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Mobile interface - how to non-obtrusively ask user to do an optional action (alert equivalent)?

Modern mobile users have been conditioned to very quickly find the X, close or cancel buttons to dismiss all kinds of modal dialogs and ads in mobile apps. The typical scenario is - a user returns to ...
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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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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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Rate Now, Remind Me Later, Never Remind Me Again

I'm creating a mobile app that would alert users on its initial startup to rate it and link to the App Store for a written review. From doing some research so far I've found two approaches that ...
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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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Validation, Alert, Urgent color usage

Im building a mobile application that allows users to ask each other for help with homework questions. Users also have the ability to message each other directly. On the page of my application that ...
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Showing alerts on item's “best before” changes in web application

I need to show 2 level alert for material stored in refrigerators. Orange and red alerts. The alert depends on how close item is to expiring date. Refrigerators are tree structured objects so I have a ...
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What is the type of alert called when it doesn't require user interaction? And when should I use it?

I'm speaking of alerts that don't require the users direct attention, more of a "oh, by the way, this actions just happened". Not much unlike gmail's "you action has been undone" or "Your message has ...
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How to friendly alert user of a specific browser issue?

In my app, an user fill a password confirmation form and submit, and the page is refreshed with JS. Because of an unresolved bug of Safari (https://bugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=23735), issued in ...
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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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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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What is the difference between alert, notification banner and toast message?

Is there is any difference between alert, notification banner and toast message, When it should be used, under what condition and scenario. In which component does the below image will suit?
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floating versus inline alerts

I personally am a fan of floating alerts such as Toasts. I am thinking of using them for the form validation and feedback. I find the inline movement of content terrible, though it seems to be the ...
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How and when to notify user of AJAX call error/exception

I'm working on a website in ASP.NET that loads the page, before doing an ajax call through javascript to get the actual data from the database (and show it inside a table most of the time). However, ...
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How to show allowed characters in URL

I have an input textbox, where I take user's URL for callback. I have allowed only certain characters in URL for security purpose. I want to tell use about these allowed characters, but I am not ...
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How often should I send email notifications from a chat app?

So I have a site that has live messaging system to chat with other users in realtime. How often should I EMAIL them saying "You have a new message on ...". If they are heavily chatting it would ...
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Save Before Quitting

I'm designing a mobile app with a settings screen which allows users to save their settings or reset them. It's setup where if the users makes changes to their settings and taps to go back home, they ...
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Yes/No button placement on confirmation dialog boxes

I have seen various takes on the yes/no button placement on dialog boxes or confirmation messages over the years. For a long time, it seemed like I was almost always witnessing the "Yes" option being ...
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How should I display a message to a user when they are in a modal?

In my web application, there is a process that, when run, displays an important message to all active users and requires them to acknowledge my dismissing the message. My first thought was to display ...
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Does a crime security alert app need its users to register?

I was asked to work on a police security alert system as a school project. The app notifies a user about security info and lets users (citizens of a place) notify police agencies around them. I was ...
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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 it'...
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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 chrome....
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How can we tell users that they are using their computer in a way that may cause hardware failure? Any studies on this?

In short Sometimes, people use computers in a way that taxes their hardware and can eventually lead to CPU or BIOS failure. When it does happen, there might not be any warning. Users can go from ...
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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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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 ...
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Tray Icon application with pops up alerts

I am coding a Tray Icon application in Java - it runs in the background & polls a server. On receiving a particular message from the server the application pops up an alert from the Tray Icon. The ...
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Position of a delete prompt?

In our software, we have a delete prompt where the user has to confirm a deletion. What is the better approach to show the prompt? Centered in the window: In the near of the pressed button:
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What's the best method to alert a user of an upcoming video conference?

We are going to develop an app that allows a video conference to be scheduled. Person 1 will schedule a time based on the availability of Person 2. What I'd like to happen is when Person 1 opens the ...
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Allow push notifications dialog in android

We are creating an alert to the user asking for permissions on sending push notifications. We need this in ios and android. The thing is that even though I found an example in ios (find attached) I ...
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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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When to notify users via email vs onsite

We have a system where users will create groups where things will happen at a fast and slow pace. It is important that all users in the group know that updates have been made. Here are the use cases: ...
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Auto opt-in alerts

We have a very large database of customers that use our website for self-service capabilities, such as paying a bill. Over a year ago, we updated the registration process so that when someone creates ...