the process by which information or options are sorted to aid finding items and understanding their relationships to other items.

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Do non-technical/non-web savvy users understand the concept of tags?

Here at Stack Exchange we're currently wrestling with weaknesses in our tags system. As we open up new verticals – some of which include very non-technical users like cooking – we suspect that the ...
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Best UI pattern for letting a user assign items to groups

Problem: the user has a list of about 5-20 uncategorised items and needs to categorize them into 2-4 groups. The tricky part is that the same item can be placed into more than one group (this is an ...
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Does the average user understand the difference between “tagging” and “categories”?

Which is more user friendly for the "mass population" on the internet? Is it better to present the traditional "category" pattern when having them post something on your site, or is the "tagging" ...
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Is there a better solution than breadcrumbs to cascading categories on mobile?

I am working on a mobile application (Android ICS based) where I need to show a lot of products on screen. Now the products are categorized in several categories which are on X level, where X is ...
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Does an “Other” category on a Help page have any value?

When designing a Help page or FAQ that is broken down into categories, is a category titled "Other" useful, or does it indicate a poor information architecture? Sometimes there are truly items that ...
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How to allow users to create their own category without ending up with several variations of the same category?

I would like to create an application that allows users to create their own categories. Then other users will be able to discover those categories if they happen to be looking for the same thing. How ...
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Can tags have hierarchy?

Does anyone have experience working with nested tags? I could not find any websites that allow users to have hierarchies in their tags (equivalent to non-mutually exclusive categories). Is it a bad ...
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How can I improve the intuitivity/UX of the depicted tree structure?

Background In our application we have a customer/user tree structure. Depending on the role signed in a level of the tree will be displayed, where a Super User (SYSTEM) sees all and a Customer (eg. ...
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How to categorize usability/ux problems?

Even though the definition of usability/ux problem can be elusive I would like to learn more about how to categorise usability problems. And by categories I mean various qualities of the user ...
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What to call the “Short News” section/module?

I have a classic section called "Latest News & Articles" which is in the bigger left column. But then I want to have a block with "short news" like here (screenshot from games.cz): In Czech ...
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Better way of merging two tree views into a single

I am working on a UI design which has two tree view components to show data hierarchy. Each tree shows same data but has two different functionalities. I felt showing them in such a way will confuse ...
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On news apps, how does using a different colour for each category help the user?

On news websites and news apps, a specific colour is often used for the link to each category (background colour or underline colour), and I would like to understand how this is helpful for the user, ...
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Building an archive of insights into our users

As UX Designers & Researchers we collect all this knowledge along the way, most of which is tied to specific projects. The crux though is that the insights can be highly relevant to later projects ...
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How do you create a taxonomy for products?

I have the broader question, which is what is the definition of 'taxonomy'. What does it actually mean to create a taxonomy for something... Then I'd like to apply that to an example. Lets say the ...
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Hiding empty categories or displaying “nothing in this category”

In a shop-like website, we have a horizontal menu in the header where all categories of items in stock are listed (7-9). Depending on availability of items, some categories may be empty. Usually the ...
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Combine categories and tags in a blog-like website

This is a pretty specific question, but I really am not sure if it's the right way I'm thinking. It's about a music blog with lot's of different kind of articles that needs a better way of ...
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Categories or tags based navigation ?

I am not sure if tags based navigation would be easier for users. In our web we categorize software (like download.com) and categories maybe are hard to understand.
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What is the difference between Categories, Keywords, Labels and Tags?

Is there a standard way of using Categories, Keywords and Tags in the context of blogs, websites and web applications? I am not sure if it is a case of these being equivalent of synonyms in some ...
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What are your favourite examples of content with a rich taxonomy+metadata? [closed]

I'm designing for content where the taxonomy + metadata have never been put to good use in this subject matter. I'm seeking inspiration beyond wikipedia: where a curated taxonomy + metadata (not user ...
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What's the best way to display a hierarchical category list with a preview?

I am working on a site designed to display data organized into hierarchical categories. We are looking for the best way to display these categories so as to show the user a large amount of ...
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tree-view for mobile devices

Is it a good idea to use tree-view UI structure in iPhone or other Mobile devices? (e.g. for file browsing etc.)
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Need feedback on how to design a web-based search for books, authors or isbn

We have tens of thousands of authors in the database and there are sometimes over 100 books published by a single author. Each specific type of book is uniquely identified by ISBN. I want to create a ...
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Alternative to a columns of checkboxes in a table

Here's the scenario: A Person has a bunch of Accounts. Accounts may (or may not) have Services attached to it depending on the type of Account. Currently there are two types of Service (indicated by ...
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Using Genres and Tags in a writing website

I am helping a friend of mine create a story website. He says he wants Genre as well as Tags for his site. Implementing Genres is easy and useful enough.- I can have a genre list like: - Romance - ...
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Established classification and category for UX

Can anyone tell me if there is an established classification and category for UX? Example: You are in a bookstore and looking for books related to UX, under which section would you go look ...
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Discrete priority values instead of continuous ones in bug tracking tools

In bug tracking tools (and probably other similar applications), tickets are prioritized based on discrete categories rather than on continuous values. This can produce strange and counter-intuitive ...
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How can I allow multiple and explicit filters

There are N categories, each displays its own stuff when enabled. The user initially sees stuff from all categories (they are all enabled). Category actions: Disable a category. This shows stuff ...
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Tags interface for an desktop accounting application?

The ancient question of tags vs categories will probably never grow old. Of course, in its general form the answer is "it depends". So here's a specific case: The application is an established ...
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Should your Help section have questions or topics?

Which is more user friendly? Organizing your Help section with popular phrased questions or topics? Clear topics are easier to scan whereas with popular phrased questions you have a chance to match ...
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My blog has lots of types of content. What's the best way to organize it for readers to discover its depth?

Right now I have it organized with 4 or 5 categories at the top (how-to, trends, etc.). But if someone comes to the site through a social media link or search keyword (which is typical) she may not ...
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What is the best alternate layout for horizontal and vertical tabs on one page?

The original design uses horizontal tabs for categories that are not related, and vertical tabs for pages that are sequentially related. In terms of usability and navigation I think it is not as ...
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How to represent medium difficulty? (fitness)

We have several video fitness programs with difficulties related to the intensity of the workouts. When categorizing them by difficulty "Easy" and "Hard" are clearly communicated by these terms but ...
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Hiearchichal Selection for Grouping (ie Teams)

Say I have a page where I want to be able to select what people are on what team. Each team can have up to 3 participants(so height shouldn't be an issue) but the same people can appear on multiple ...
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Does displaying images on level 2 menu enhance UX?

Here is the context: Type of website: Apparel e-commerce Thoughts: I am wondering if displaying any images related to a product category on a level 2 side menu will improve my UX ? Example: Any ...
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Help with information architecture vocabulary

So, I'm trying to expand my information architecture vocabulary in english and I'm struggeling with tags. Lets say I want to describe a product with a couple of keywords. I've desided that you could ...
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How to add a number of items in to a “new category” or an “existent category”

I have a list where the user can choose multiple items, and than he can press a button that will "add the selected items to a category". But I want the user to be able to add the items to: a) A new ...
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Is it bad to use information architecture to describe multiple topics with duplicate category names?

I'm rebuilding a site from scratch and would like to make better informed decisions about UX and IA. Is it bad to use information architecture to describe multiple topics with duplicate catagory ...
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Labeling/categorization of image corner options

In a CMS backend-context under image corner options, how to label/categorize the options? Suggestions for formats (imagine the bullet points are radio button-like options) including a few presets: ...
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Should I use categories or tags in a site were users can follow other users?

I'm creating a website were users can post tutorials. They can follow other people, so they can get their feed. Right now there are two fields: title and content. I'm not very sure whether to add a ...
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Best way for users to explore non-visual content

I'm working on a project that offers a library of content to choose from. The challenge is that the content is purely textual. My users will roughly know what they want, but they'll also want to ...
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How can I distinguish sub-categories with the same name?

My portal has the following categories structure: => Name of Magazine => Year => Month => Name of section (Study, Law, Opinion, etc.) Trouble is the 'Name of section' is identical for many ...
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iOS grouped or normal tableview for categories

So I have tableview where I got different categories for huge amount of items. Would it make more sense to put the categories in grouped tableview or in a normal, or does it matter at all?
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UX for exclude filtering (e.g. “don't show these categories”)

I have a search returning events of many categories. Rather than narrowing down what they "want", users are more likely to narrow by what they "do not want". For e.g., I have 100 events this week in ...
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What is better to display the sub categories? Roll-over or click?

I'm wondering if in my header the best way to display the subcategories is to click on the categories or displaying the subcategories when roll-overing on it? Woman, Man and Kids are my categories. ...
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How deep should categories be?

Whats the definition of a category? and how deep should categories be in order to be user friendly? We are talking about 500+ categories here. Examples: a1. categoires -> pets -> dogs -> labrador -> ...
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Introducing menu to select categories in an already cramped mobile UI

The image below is from a language learning app in which users guess which image from a selection of four matches a recorded audio caption. All of the images and captions are crowd sourced. ...
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to have or to not have multiple categories [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Including unique content under multiple navigation trees It's simple - how visitors respond to one product/item placed in multiple categories? Is it considered as ...
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Sorting from A-Z - plain stupid?

A common component of a product category page is the sort menu. User could usually sort the products by price, ratings or from A-Z. I guess that you would use the alphabetical sorting to find a ...
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Organising vehicle categories screen?

Currently working on a taxi app and need to organise the vehicles into categories. The user will need to be able to quickly select their desired vehicle while showing passengers & luggage for each ...
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How to represent user interest in more sectors of same category?

I want to represent the user interests for particular subcategory of some category, to be concrete - let's say we want to track user interest for clothes and I want to see how much they're interested ...