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Does user need to activate account via e-mail in registration process?

I’m designing e-commerce registration process, and I’m in two minds about asking user for account activation via e-mail. I consider these solutions: User needs to activate account via e-mail or he ...
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Decoupling 1 technical function into 2 UI features

The context: I am developing this application where users can discuss about and contribute with some documents. Can think of it like an easy Document Management System. The main background technology ...
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Logging in with email only

I'm working on a blog and there will be an option to post a comment. I could implement registration with username, password and email — the standard way. I could implement 3rd-party authorization ...
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How to avoid accidental email sending?

I've had this problem a number of times: when writing an email, I accidentally click on the "send" button, thus sending an incomplete email. (E.g. in Outlook, the "send" button is alarmingly close to ...
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How do I provide value to my email subscribers without just duplicating content from my site?

I started a site about two years ago to aggregate free kindle ebooks from Amazon and display them in a Pinterest-like fashion. It was just a little weekend project, as I had a new job and wanted to ...
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Email notification service - registration required or not?

I am creating a notification service in my web app that will allow people to be notified when certain types of postings are published according to their tastes. They will be able to sign up for ...
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Why do you need to keep users engaged through your site?

I hope this is an appropriate forum for this topic. If not, I apologize. To rephrase the question, I am debating a new tactic that some marketers are trying to implement that goes against everything ...
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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 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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Compare engagement of different push mediums

We're wondering if there's research on the engagement levels of different push mediums, i.e. CTR's of email vs. iOS notifications vs. android notifications vs. etc. Had a google, and a search here, ...
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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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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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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 should a good error email look like?

Upon errors in my applications, I'm sending out error emails. Both, developers and administrators get them. The huge amount of "information" inside the emails tend to make them helpful for ...
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Is there any UX study on when we should send HTML email and when plain text?

By considering email web and desktop client's compatibility and big/small screen and devices. Is there any UX study on when we should send HTML email and when plain text? For better conversions.
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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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What is the accepted best practice for asking for permission to send a user email?

When a user is setting up their profile in my web app, I want them to act on 2 different email settings: 1) Permission to email when another user interacts with them (for example, sends them a ...
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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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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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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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Does spamming users work?

If there's one thing that drives me absolutely mad it's when I sign up to a website or an app and they send me emails without my consent to either "remind" me to use their product more often or give ...
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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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How can I validate an email account without leaving the checkout process?

Aside from the standard process in which someone receives an email to validate an account/registration to finish a signup process, is there any alternative/best practice that retains the user within ...
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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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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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What Are the Best Practices for Using Email Reminders with Mailing Lists and Newsletters?

From time to time I receive email reminders which always give me an overview of all the mailing lists for which I’ve signed up years ago. I still regard this as helpful although these mailing lists ...
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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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Are mailto: links a problem? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Using mailto: links for email addresses…what is the practice these days? What percent of the US sees a dead Outlook popup when they click a mailto: link? Most amateur ...
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Email username for automated emails

What would you suggest to use as a cool, friendly username for automated emails so for example if user signs up he receives a welcome email with his login details from certain address like ...