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When the username is an email address should the field be called 'username' or 'email'?

When the username for a service is an email address should the field be called 'username' or 'email'?
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Email confirmation on password reset?

I am building a prototype to a system that has a user account system in place. Of course with any account system, the user should be able to reset their password should the need arise (e.g., ...
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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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Alternatives to underlining an email address to signify MS Outlook “Check Names” feature

MS Outlook has a feature called Check Names that converts an email address to a full name, underlines it, and makes it uneditable (aside from deleting the resolved name). Some of my font enthusiasts ...
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Ensuring invitees are recognized and found by the system

I have an app that users can invite other people to by sending them an e-mail address. These invitees get stored in a special table that gets queried when a user signs up, connecting email addresses ...
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Reply all replies to self?

The mail client Microsoft Outlook have the option to use “Reply All” in a mail conversation. When you hit the “Reply All”-button, your name sometimes turn up in the to-box, meaning you’ll also receive ...
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Contacts and content, many to many relationship

The below screen shot shows a prototype I am working on in which an email gets personalised for multiple people. Contacts might share part of a personalization with another contact but not the whole ...
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User changes email address: verification process

Step 1: User changes email address. Step 2: He clicks on a link to verify his new email address. My question is simple: is he supposed to be logged in or not to verify his new email?
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Is it good practice to force users to give us their email address before showing them our site?

Our company has a website that sells wine. Our idea is that we will the ask user to sign up using their email address before we present them with any products. The reasoning behind this is that if a ...
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Is two-field confirmation for emails or passwords user-friendly? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why should we ask the password twice during registration? It is a very common pattern to require a user to enter things like an email address, or - more importantly - a ...
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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 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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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 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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Coming soon pages - best practices?

I think the design of these pages vary greatly, and there is no set standard on what's usually on these pages. However, one thing that has been common with these pages in the past is that people tend ...
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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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Should (and how should I) I use email addresses for login without validating them?

So that users don't have to remember a username, my webapp doesn't ask users to enter one (accounts are private and there are no profiles or user-generated content). However, I would also prefer not ...
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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 first registration

I'm wondering how to structure our signup process. We really need email verification, so the idea is that instead of having the classic 'register then verify' process, we ask for the email first, and ...
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Will users consider an invitation to a seminar a commercial solicitation? [closed]

From an email marketing perspective, could an invitation to a seminar be seen as a commercial solicitation? In respect to the CAN-SPAM Act, I would't think that a seminar is a product or a service, ...
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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 guard against users accidentally sending emails without attachments?

I often dash off emails to people and still I forget attachments. I am using an email client which does keyword sniffing, e.g. if I type 'attachment' or similar it will pop up a warning, but more ...
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How can I provide a simple dialog for a user to enter multiple email addresses (for invitations)?

I'm creating a dialog (modal) that asks the user to enter multiple email addresses to which an item on the website is shared to. The dialog is about 530x500 pixels big. Right now I'm asking the user ...
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How could I best organize email preferences for several “groups”

In my web app users can join many different groups (think facebook groups). Users need to be able to set email preferences for every group individually. I'd like to set up a single page for this ...
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Subliminal user registration

I'm developing a forum/community board and I want to avoid registration forms. So I decided to make user registration almost implicit. What I mean is, if an unregistered user is about to do something ...
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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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If your login is an email, should you canonicalize/lower-case it?

A lot of sites today don't have a username, just a "login email". If a user opened an account as foo@mymail.com, and are now trying to login using FoO@mYmAiL.cOm - should we accept this login as ...
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What's the best approach for newsletters to get as much information over as possible?

I'm sending a HTML newsletter by email. The most important part for us, is that the recipients read as much info as we provide (it includes important information for the members of a sports club). ...
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During sign ups, how to best instill confidence that email addresses will be safe

Many sign up forms will ask you for an email address so that they can contact you. Even the most minimal sign-up (other than no sign up) will need an email address to send you a validation email. ...
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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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Should validating an email automatically sign someone into an application?

When signing up for a new account with a web application, it is standard to send a validation email. I don't want to go into the pros and cons of the validation email though. When receiving a ...
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Button color for access and deny permissions buttons?

I need to create an email template which is auto generated when an user requests access permissions to a document .The email template is sent to the document owner and is in this format : Subject: ...
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What are best practices for (html) email digests?

Should Digests Emails (html version) contain a summary with anchor links? I get digest emails from Yahoo Groups and they contain a summary of messages at the top. Clicking the link in a summary ...
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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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email field or username for logging in an application?

What is the best solution for an app : Email or username field? I like email because: it's unique user will easily remember it's personal (which can be a disadvantage sometimes; Multiple users on ...
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Emails in plain text or HTML?

When communicating with customers, is it better to send emails in plain text or html formats? Each has different strengths and weaknesses, but the question of which is better still remains. Which ...
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When to explain email verification process to the user?

We designed a new "Edit personal details" form in our system that allows the user to change his e-mail. Changing an e-mail sends a verification mail to the user's mailbox, and only after verification ...
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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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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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“View Newsletter Online” link to be visible in online version?

When you receive an HTML or Text Newsletter, you'll often see a "Having trouble viewing Newsletter? View Online" link at the very top of the email. When you click on it your web browser fires up and ...
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no-reply@yourdomain.com or a real address?

For authentication emails and various other one-way communication applications often use no-reply@yourdomain.com. This comes across as unfriendly when compared to something like hello@yourdomain.com. ...
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What is the best email username to use for a myname.com domain?

Not sure if this is an UX question, well somehow it is, but I didn't know a better place to ask anyway. So I will just throw it in here. Let's say I have the domain johnsmith.com and I want people to ...
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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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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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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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Examples of well written emails for recruiting participants for usability tests / interviews or surveys?

I'm looking for examples of emails for recruiting participants for tests or interviews. I felt my first drafts for the last time I recruited were somewhat impersonal. So how do you write good ...
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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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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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Sending a formatted email vs. sending a PDF as attachment

I am working on a site that will have a "send to email" feature for semi-personalized content (think something like a short shopping list). We already will have a print-friendly view of this content ...
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Why is it common practice to send newsletters from fake email addresses?

Has someone researched the amount of recipients who respond to newsletter emails, and see "Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently"? -The ratio is probably high. People who reply ...