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What produces better response? Email address vs. contact form

First I'd like to prepend my question with this note: I already understand that it's bad form to put an email address on your website because you might be inviting spam bots. That's not the nature of ...
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Flag vs. Star in E-mail apps! Which would be the optimal placement for a 'flag' or 'star' icon in e-mail apps?

Most people read from left to right, so In my opinion the flag or star icon should be definitely on the left. In MS Office it's on the right, but there is an exclamation mark on the left (which has a ...
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Is a captcha necessary when email validation is being utilised?

During registration for my new website, I'm going to require that a link is clicked in a confirmation email before a new user has full privileges. Is this a good way to remove spammers/bots, or do you ...
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Should I save mail list subscription information for users who unsubscribe?

I'm planning a possible email subscription management system for our company. Users will voluntarily opt-in for initial registration, and can control which specific mailing lists they'll be ...
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Any evidence of increased click through rates on blue underlined links in html emails?

I'm redesigning our company email template. At the moment links are grey, bold and not underlined. I don't think this makes it very clear that it is a link. My gut instinct tells me that I should make ...
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What should a e-mail address confirmation e-mail say?

I'm sending out an e-mail containing a link as to prove the user had registered with an e-mail address they have access to. 1)What is the name of such an e-mail? Verification e-mail, confirmation ...
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What is a more personal email address than support@yourdomain.com or sales@yourdomain.com for a Service-oriented product?

If you have an email where you want your users to contact you with any and all questions, a true concierge/high-touch point of contact, what would you call it? Most products use emails like: ...
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Email Reminder Best Practices

I'm working on the email reminder system for a business-to-business social networking site. I'm not sure how often to send out email reminders for users who have actions to complete. Or even how many ...
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Best way to unsubscribe?

We are implementing a communication preferences page, where our users can select to opt-in to different topics of email marketing or choose to unsubscribe from all. If the user un-ticks all options ...
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Email address entry field on public kiosk system

Interesting discussion internally at this end re a sign-up/login mechanic that will be running within a public kiosk/display application. The question we have is related to whether or not we should ...
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Should email verification links expire?

It's a common practice for websites to send email verification links on sign up. Should these verification links expire? I know about a bunch of website where they do and I wonder why?
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Has anyone usability tested (handwritten) email before?

I was just reading this article: How to send and reply to email. It's basically about the user interface and user experience of email. There are many good tips, but unfortunately the article doesn't ...
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What would work better in order to get feedback upon unsubscribing from newsletter?

In our email newsletters the user will find an unsubscribe link... Should that link when clicked automatically unsubscribe the user? Or should they be presented with a form to confirm the action? I ...
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What's up with the Preview Pane? Why or why not to use it in internal web app messaging systems

I am about to redesign an app w/ internal messaging (ala Facebook) and just curious to get some input from the UI community on the concept of 'Preview Panes'. It seems that the majority of the ...
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What is the purpose behind some websites letting the user enter more than one email?

Some websites like LinkedIn, Quora, Facebook etc. let the user enter one or more email addresses. The user can make one of them as primary account and they show him all the emails he entered so he can ...
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Email address/app icon : is “@” sign still relevant today?

I have a doubt about the appropriateness of using the @ sign on an icon, to mean something related to email. For instance, a project I am involved into uses it the following ways: On a contact ...
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What do you think of the new Yahoo Mail UI? Is it a good or bad UI? [closed]

Recently Yahoo changed the UI of the Yahoo Mail service. I am curious what you think about it? There's one "retro" function - keyboard shortcuts :-) and what is really interesting about them I ...
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Money transfer username or e-mail

Paypal allows you to send money to someone by entering their e-mail address. Is this the best practice for money transfer services? Would it be more user friendly to use user-picked usernames instead, ...
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How to handle creating new account with email address that is unverified on another account?

We have email address verification on our accounts. Users have to verify their email addresses when they create their accounts and when they update their email addresses on existing accounts. With new ...
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Is it necessary to verify a user's email address?

It's pretty much a fact that users hate having to open a new tab, go to their email service, log in, wait for the email to arrive and then click a link/paste a code. Is it really necessary to do this ...
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A required field that isn't really required?

...the email field in my clients data entry system is required but users of the system are allowed to enter na@na.com if the customer refuses or doesn't have an email address. Is this best practice? ...
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Subject line of mailto: links?

It's easy to add a pre-filled subject, body and CC/BCC in mailto: links. It would be useful for website owners to know if an email originated from their website, or from an email address ...
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Does anyone know the percentage of people that still use the Exchange Mail Client

We are using 'Share This' as basis for sharing pages. However, it does not support the user scenario where the user has their email addresses saved in a client application. This client could be ...
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Do users like getting form 'we received your message' emails?

I'm wondering if there has been research into whether users actually enjoy receiving those 'We got your email' type of responses from support requests or feedback forms. I find it irritating ...
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Should I send the private message body in the notifying email?

My website is a bit similar to StackExchange sites in regards of user interaction, but additionally it has a private messaging system. A message has a subject and a body. Every time a new message or ...
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Trial Expiring Email frequency

I am building a SAAS service which as a 30 day trial period. We know we need/want to notify trial accounts when the they are coming close to expiring. But what is the right frequency? We were ...
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Which email address to use for answering support mails?

Bob, a (potential) customer, has a question about a product and sends an email to the support email address support@example.com. Alice, one of many team members who answer support mails, gets to ...
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Describing how to copy an email message to clipboard, visit site, and paste it into textarea?

A customer buys a product from an online store and receives an order confirmation email. My company receives commission for having referred that customer. We want to pay a bonus to the shopper (i.e. ...
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Email eye tracking

I would like to perform eye tracking on a set of email templates, aimed at understanding which template performs the best overall and also breaking down the audience by few demographic dimensions. Is ...
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“Your friend has sent you a message on our website, register to see it” - is there a name for this technique?

Sometimes I get emails like the following, presumably targeted to me as a friend/contact of some person, X: You have a message from X on our super awesome website! Click here to read this message. ...
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Email Verification for Paid Subscription-based App

We're developing a paid, subscription-based application and are currently contemplating different sign up flows. How does one go about verifying the users email address elegantly? Email addresses are ...
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Does personally signing automated communications provide any benefit/value?

I just ordered a few books from bookdepository and received a confirmation email for the order. The letter was signed by a person, "Kieron Smith": Dear Firstname Lastname, Thank you ever so ...
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Is a usability study on just a newsletter effective?

I'm doing a usability study in our lab next month to test a newsletter for a client. It will be my first test with only an email (instead of a website). I'll only have 3/4 tasks (open email, choose ...
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Using alternative TLDs in email addresses

If you have a non-standard TDL, such as .cc or .io, used in an email address do those you tell it to act in a confused or surprised manner when you give it out? The question is specific to .io ...
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What's the best approach: real time email notifications or digest emails at regular intervals?

I have a Q/A site that deals with my area of medical practice. I'm a doctor and a programmer. Users can do the typical things like follow threads and other users. I don't want to spam users all the ...
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Best way to input a list of emails

Whats the best-practice way to input a column of emails that associate with different people- a la: My worry is that all the blue buttons and call to actions look cluttered and feels overwhelming ...
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Courtesy email, is it always good?

From a UX point of view, when writing to a company email, should the company return a courtesy email (we have received your email), or not? Email responses are also feedback, and as such, I'm ...
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How to allow an end user access to variables?

I'm designing a form that allows an administrator to set the content of an email that will get sent out upon registration to a website. I'm assuming that the administrator will not necessarily be ...
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Experience with effective subject and body for “credit card expiring soon” emails

I have a subscription service that has a few dozen subscribers drop off every month because of expired credit cards. I was hoping to gain a little insight into some best practices for an email to prod ...
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Limiting access before email address is confirmed

I'm making a directory site and I'm considering having the following setup for email confirmation: After registering, user has x hours to confirm their email. They're sent immediately to the next ...
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Is appending the company e-mail domain to a textbox good UX?

My application has companies that have many users. To login to the application, they use their e-mail address. The company has a preferred domain name (e.g. google.com). Is it good UX to append this ...
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What is the best section divider for text emails?

We send out system email notifications for various things. I notice that the boilerplate text and the variable body text are a little hard to distinguish from each other. I want to add a divider to ...
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What is a good frequency for user onboarding emails?

I am working on the onboarding process for an enterprise webapp. One of the onboarding elements is a series of emails to help the user get up and running and effectively using the application. My ...
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Link color used for email

What is the recommendation for link color behaviors when it comes to a text link for someone's email address? For example: jane@janedoe.com The following thread, for example, has a variety of ...
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Convenience and privacy vs. extra step to send a notification

The Problem In my mobile app, the user creates an artifact and then has to notify a recipient so that they can pick up the artifact. The recipient may or may not be registered with the app. If the ...
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What are your favorite usability research mailing lists? [closed]

I'm a researcher at university and my focus is mainly on usability issues of certain software solutions, for example in the field of IT-security, user authentication, and privacy enhancing ...
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Is Markdown for emails effective? [duplicate]

One of the services I run is a simple email service that lets people send emails from their own websites. Because it's only a simple email thing, I didn't want to have to install an email client ...
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How to show user this content is available in another language

Our system sends emails out in our client's default language but all emails are translated in to many other languages. What can we include on the email that would let a user know the email is ...
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Send by email button - required or redundant

Is it a good UX practice to use a Send by email button, like the Email icon here http://www.addthis.com/bookmark.php, on a website to send content? The button would pop up a window where you can ...
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Best practices for a 'refer a friend' feature

I have been asked to design a referral feature on a site. The site is a non-profit that contains services for parents around children with learning disabilities. The referral aspect is for parents to ...