the art of writing promotional text to make an emotional impression on the reader, usually to encourage a purchase. Don't confuse with [tag:copyright].

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Checkbox Label Clarity

I have a checkbox that is used to toggle a filter on a returned set of data displayed on the page. The data consists of rows of media items (i.e. photos, video, docs) each with a date range during ...
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Which is the more common term used: Preferences or Settings?

Given that preferences and settings are roughly equatable to users of websites, it seems the more commonly used term would be preferable for the sake of being more readily understood. I haven't been ...
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Why use the append text to copy-paste (“Read more at …”) pattern?

I was copy-pasting some text from a website and besides the text I copied, the following text was appended "Read more at: http://www.YYYY.com Copyright © YYYY". I've seen this pattern in many ...
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Should I offer an “If your download does not start…” option?

I'm designing a web app where you can download a single file or a dynamically-generated zip file of several files. For single files, I am planning for the file to be downloaded immediately. For ...
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A better name for “Non Archived” entries

My app shows a list of items that require the user's attention, and allows to "archive" some of them, and access the archived items later (like in Gmail) I can't figure out a name for the "Non ...
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What should I call users who are not banned?

I'm writing an application to manage users. To avoid clutter, I want to create two tabs: Users and banned users, which is going to look like this: What should I call users who are not banned?
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What word can be used to mean either click or tap?

Very often we need to speak generically about clicking or tapping an item, but there seems to be a lack of vocabulary in English for this. We could just say "click or tap" every time, but that is ...
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Alternatives to the word “credential”

I am currently working on an account management page, where the user can edit their sign in credentials. I'm looking for a strong CTA term that is not "Manage your credentials". There is secondary ...
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Why shouldn't we use words such as 'here' and 'this' in textlinks?

Over the years of surfing on the web I have found numerous examples of people saying that you shouldn't use the word "here" in a textlink etc. Personally I like the idea of using the word, because it ...
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Copy question: What to call credential management

I am looking for help deciding on CTA copy, for a button that launches the credential management page. This page will allow a user to update their credentials, the user can: Add a password (If one ...
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[sign up] vs. [sign me up], what's the best way to name buttons?

I'm a bit confused as to what the best way to naming buttons is. And if it needs to be consistent with the instructions (voice of one person), for instance: Example A (one person): Are you new to the ...
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Best text/copy to label a CAPTCHA with?

I don't want to hear why CAPTCHA's suck for user experience, I already know the pros and cons. I am using CAPTCHA on a website that has an older audience that may not be familiar with what CAPTCHA's ...
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Best way to differentiate “downloading content” and “downloaded content”

I'm working on an iOS app that lets users download and watch video content. In the playlist section I'm trying to find a way to clearly show what titles are being downloaded, and which ones have been ...
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Who decides about text usability, the ux person or the technical writer?

A technical writer wants to change a label of a table column. He says it is not clear. I, a usability expert, am against it. Who should have the last word?
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In the UXD process who owns the body copy?

I am currently working on a web based application and we have wireframes and style guides. Our process works something like this ... designs for each major flow are prototyped and visual creates the ...
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What to call “Cancel” when “Cancel” is already the default action?

When attempting to cancel a service or setting, "cancel" is the default action. What should the normal "cancel" button be called? Redbox uses a playful "just kidding", which may not be appropriate in ...
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Reminder text for an iOS meditation app

I wanted to see what your thoughts were on the simple reminder text that comes up when a user has turned reminders on for a meditation app I've built. As of now it is "This is your reminder to ...
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The pitfalls of rewording common phrases such as 'FAQs'

Personally, I'm not too keen on the phrase 'Frequently Asked Questions' - I think more often than not it provides a negative connotation where one isn't warranted. Now obviously this is a very common ...
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What is the correct way to indicate something can be either singular or plural?

Taking it as a given that the system is not intelligent enough to be able to recognise a single result as apposed to multiple results (don't ask!), what is the correct way to represent the possibility ...
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Conceptually similar but actionably different choices in a modal

I have a modal in which users can choose between removing a user entirely withdrawing the user while leaving an archival entry in the list cancelling out of the modal without taking any action ...
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Recommendations for good resources on writing good error messages

Writing good error messages which help users understand how to use the system is difficult. Often we get bug reports stating "Error message x is confusing" which usually sparks a long debate in the ...
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Using “Sign in” vs using “Log in”

Is there any research in this area, it seems "Sign in" is more common and hence more recommended.
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What is the recommended wording for a generic error message

What would be the best wording for a generic error message? With generic error message I mean a message for an error that has occured but there are no details on what the error is or how to recover ...
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Is the usage of exclamation marks in copy jarring to users?

I've always been taught that exclamation marks in body, header or even any other text, is jarring to users, however, I'm not too sure why that is, if it is in the first place. I'm not talking about ...
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Coming Soon Mobile App - How do I ask for users email?

I'm creating a landing page for my app which will have an input for user's email if they want to be notified when the app launches. My question is what is the best copy to accompany the email input? ...
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Should a CTA name use more casual/friendly language or direct language

I am currently working on a project where a user configures their product and the next step for our user is to click a CTA to contact us about this product. Our main success metric is the successful ...
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Should error messages apologize?

We are having a discussion on our team about an error message that says "Sorry, you do not have permission to access this feature. Please contact your administrator for assistance." Is it ...
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“Your” vs “My” in user interfaces

Some user interfaces feature titles such as: My documents My photos My previous orders While others opt for: Your documents Your photos Your previous orders Are their any guidelines addressing ...
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Is it ok to include an image in email signatures?

Over the years my company has had anniversaries, won awards, and done various other noteworthy things. For each of these "major" events, someone in HR will ask everyone in the company to include some ...
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How to define/classify messages and notifications in web applications

I have seen content from various style guides and UX guidelines about this, and was wondering if there is a much more simple system to create a consistent and easy to implement design for various ...
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Should an interface ever say “thank you”?

I just read an answer to another question, in which Roger Attrill wrote: You might not need to say Thank you if this is a very frequent action or if your user's won't appreciate the nicety - ...
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alternative to 'menu' when placing text with a hamburger nav stack icon

Ive been trying to think through some alternative text to place next to a hamburger nav icon. I feel 'menu' sounds like a restaurant, although the only other thing i could think of was to use the ...
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Alternatives to “Like”, “+1”, “Bookmark”, and “Favorite”?

I'm building a web-app where users indicate that they "like" feed-items published by other users. The act of "liking" also inherently bookmarks the feed-item as well as the publishing user. I'm ...
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Should map markers be called pins or markers?

For reasons I won't explain, I have to change the word 'issues' to something different in our UI. 'Issues' corresponds to the number of map markers on a user's map. Should 'issues' be changed to ...
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Is it OK to phrase the title of a modal as a question?

Modals are often used to force the user to make a decision, so they're basically questions. Is it ok to present the question in the title of the modal? Something about it rubs me the wrong way. This ...
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What is the best phrasing for “starting price” of a product on ecommerce site?

On an ecommerce site, I'm showing products and a starting price. Should I say: 1. "As low as $50" 2. "Starting at $50" 3. "From $50" 4. "$50 and up" 5. other?! Please see mockup with 4 examples for ...
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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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Microcopy for searching

I was designing a microcopy for searching friends on an online community. I want to enable users to search either by names/emails or comma separated criteria. I made a draft wireframes shown on the ...
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How to tell the user his login credentials are incorrect?

When a user has entered incorrect details into a login form, is it better to tell them: The username or password you have entered is invalid. or The user name you have entered is invalid (for ...
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“New” vs. “Create”

For buttons that initiate some content creation interaction, which label is better: "New X" or "Create X"? Are there specific uses that in which one is better than the other?
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Should I use Yes/No or Ok/Cancel on my message box?

Semantically, the Yes/No buttons are roughly equivalent to the Ok/Cancel buttons, but in general what would you recommend to use? Should I always use Yes/No or always use Ok/Cancel? Or does it depend ...
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Save vs. Submit vs. Done vs. “Specific Action”

I am working on a Web Application (not a website with forms). It is a fairly exhaustive system with 250+ unique pages design. It has pages/sections/ settings where the main “actions” to be performed ...
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“File” for name of drop-down menu

In Windows mostly, a lot (most?) applications have a "File" drop-down menu, with things like "Exit", "Import/export settings", "Preferences", ... Is "File" a blindly accepted standard/default? ...
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Should we use 'Title Case' or 'Sentence case' for headlines and buttons?

I am wondering if we should use Title Case or Sentence case for buttons and headings in websites and web/mobile apps? Title Case:     Sentence Case:     In Yahoo's UI ...
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Update vs. Save

I'm working on an application that has a lot of CRUD functionality. When creating an element, I have a button labeled with "Save". My original thoughts were to bring this "Save" button across all ...
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Next vs. Continue

Is there any situation in which either Next vs. Continue would be more appropriate to use? I'm working on an application that has many, many different forms (data entry), and have been using the word ...
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Ordering of website developer, development years and copyright sign in footer

Are there any specific etiquettes or reasons to organize the following details to a footer in some order? [Developer] [Years] (C) Currently my data is organized as: [Years] [a href="dev's site" ...
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Writing quotes of a business name with star as hyphen

I have a business with a name e.g. "my business". Wherever you see the company name it's always written as my★business - the company logo is similar and anywhere we write the name on the ...
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Which makes for a better UX: using copy that is short and simple or copy that is casual, yet possibly more wordy?

In the context of a web app, which makes for a better User Experience: using copy that states the facts as simply as possible or copy that speaks in casual language, yet could end up being more wordy? ...
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What is an alternative way to display a very large number?

In my application I have a text field that should display numbers (representing money) ranging from 0 to 999 trillion. The users of my application are the general public, so displaying a scientific ...