information displayed when an unexpected condition occurs, usually on a computer or other device

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How do I inform the user a component has stopped working?

This is my design challenge: The idea is to have a separate component integrated into a website, displaying data retrieved from another system. When a problem occurs with this other system, we are ...
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Is red text ever acceptable for use in non-error content?

I've always gone by the rule that red text should only be used in displaying error messages. Can anyone show me any usability blog/book excerpts that prove or disprove this rule? What are your own ...
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Benefit of custom 404 error screens on website

Are there any UX studies on whether custom 404's and the like benefit or enrich the experience of the end user? Some good examples below, I was thinking the wording might be more relevant in this ...
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Should a confirmation of the style “Your message has been deleted” be green, yellow, red?

For success messages, I usually use green, for warnings yellow and for errors red. Now in the trash folder users can delete messages permanently and restore messages. I got confused which color would ...
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What image and message use in the “Not found” page (404 error page) [closed]

I've seen the robot of Google, the creature that has Github. I think that is question of imagination and what kind of data manages your web app to design a custom image and the message to show to the ...
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How to communicate foreign key constraints in a business application?

I have a business app with various business forms where users edit data. When a user deletes a record - it shows "FK_ABC_AA.. constraint violated, etc." I want to do better than that and tell the ...
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Feature is only available on newer device

Let's say you have a software feature that is only available on a newer browser, operating system, or physical mobile device. Some examples include: A camera is required to upload photos in an app. ...
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Standardized (web) application error messages? [closed]

I'm in the middle of coding a bespoke CMS for a company and if there is one thing I hate it's coming up with good copy for "flash" messages (short messages that provide user feedback.) I know how ...
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When should the message informing the user that the password they entered is wrong go away?

This is a follow up to this question since it got closed. In a log in form, after the user enters the wrong password, when should the message saying "wrong password or user name" go away? For example ...
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Partial success message when deleting items

In one of our applications, the user can select multiple items and delete as many of them as they wish in single click. However, while processing this request there is some validation and ...
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“An unexpected error occured”

I know this is more language problem, but in many applications there is a text "unexpected error occurred". How do you get the sense (in context of UX) of this information? It makes me feel that the ...
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Question mark in alert's caption

My doubt might seems a bit silly, but still... Should the caption of an alert/prompt popup have question mark at the end? For example, let's say that I have to issue a prompt to as for confirmation ...
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Where should we tell the customer that the item in their cart cannot be shipped where they live?

Since we do not know where the user lives until after they have added the item that cannot be shipped to where they live, and then entered their ship location, I would love to see examples or ideas ...
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“soft” error messaging. Is that a thing? Precedence?

We're on a project where the concept of a 'soft' error for a web form came up. It's an interesting idea, but I can't actually think of an example of it being used in the past, so perhaps it's not a ...
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How should removed pages be handled in e-commerce sites?

On my e-commerce website I create many sale event/campaign related categories which are put offline after a specific event/campaign is over. Lots of customers bookmarks those category page and then ...
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Best way to handle a system failure (not the user's fault)

In my application, we're very dependent on a service to provide some information that the user can interact with. It's possible that the service could be down, or in some invalid state to where any ...
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best approach to notification/error message notifications

in the application i'm working on, there are 2 types of notifications: Confirmation messages (successful action results) and Alerts (unsuccessful action results/errors and Session expiration prompts). ...
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Error dialog for several parallel operations

I have a situation that I'm not sure how to handle, UI wise. Our program initiates several parallel and threaded operations. Each of these operations can fail thus requiring an error dialog. The ...
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Are there any rules to differ between Errors, Warnings and Notifications? [duplicate]

I am looking for any rules to give developers how they can differ between Errors, Warnings and Notifications. I haven't found something in literature or the web. Is there a standard that needs to be ...
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Best error message to display when too many users logging onto web system

I have a website that started experiencing issues when too many people are trying to log into the website at the same time (usually at the start of the business day). Are there some examples of or ...
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What's the point in asking the user to do what an application can do itself?

I recently logged in my Microsoft account with my 25 characters password and saw this: The only reasonable reaction I could have was: "WTF! Are they out of their mind to ask me to shorten the ...
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How to display errors with single LED?

I am working on a tiny hardware device which has a single LED that can be used to display errors (there are no other outputs). Actually it is a tri-color LED but the red color is dedicated to errors. ...
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Where should a 404 page link back to?

This might be a no-brainer but I can't decide whether the 404 error page should link back to the page, from which the user has come, or should it direct to the main page where the user can navigate to ...
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Turn 403s into 404s?

I am currently working on a web application where there are different levels of access. Users can get access to some areas of the application, but may not be allowed to access another area. The ...
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Why avoid the word “please” in error messages? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should an interface ever say “please”? According to Windows User Experience Interaction Guidelines (UX Guide) for Windows 7 and Windows Vista: Avoid the ...
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validation message placement

Is it better to have the validation message next to the label or the control? download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups Update: To be clear, I'm not referring to ...
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How to notify the user of a system error (out of their control)?

What's an easy-to-understand error message for situations where the error is a system error (out of the control of the user and cannot be fixed by the user)? Here's a few that I came up with, but ...
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Is it important to display HTTP error codes to users?

On a 404 or 403 page, should we include the error code or can the page be written and designed better for UX without it?
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“Invalid” vs. “Not Recognized” (vs. other?)

Let's say that we have a form which asks the user for some sort of tracking code for a package. So the user enters 33763, but there is no package with code 33763 in the system. As we always do, we ...
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Error Message Advice (for asynchronous/background tasks)

We have a web application which currently performs a number of intensive, time-consuming tasks. The initial design didn't really cope with the levels of information we're now dealing with and we're ...
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Error handling - what to do with large error list?

We are rewriting our desktop application and we are thinking of improving the error handling and error notifications. Currently, it is only based on modal dialogs. But some of the messages contain ...
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Best practices for data file upload error handling

I am currently revisiting a data upload field in our system. These files (csv, xlsx) contain thousands of rows, which can produce hundreds of errors. Currently, the way we handle this is to spit out a ...
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Number of error messages to display

This question is related more to a server side error such as a timeout or a database not being reached rather than a user error or validation problem. Let's say we have a web page which pulls data ...
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Best Way to provide Notifications to user using Metro UI approach?

I'm a developer, not a designer or UI designer. I'm developing a system and trying to use Metro UI concepts. What is the best (or correct) way to provide a user notifications about errors using ...
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Generic or dedicated error pages

The most common errorpage is the 404 error. Right now we are working on a website for a big client with several country websites. My idea for http errors is: One generic page which appologies for ...
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How should refer to data validation that happens mid-process?

I'm developing some guidelines and I can't work out what to call the type of data validation that takes place as the user enters data. i.e. an error message appears as soon as the field is unfocused. ...
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Is it necessary for error messages to have cause and fix in them

We are developing mobile applications, and our screen space is really limited. But our documentation guy is asking us to add long error messages that have cause.fix kinda format. So error messages are ...
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Is displaying search bar in Search Result/Error 404 page redundant (when it's already on sidebar/header)?

Is it redundant to display the search bar on Search Result or Error 404 page again when the website already has it on the sidebar/side navigation or on header? I've always felt it's kind of redundant ...
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a way to inform user about a failed paste operation

In my application if the user tries to press CTRL + V to paste something with nothing really in the clipboard .I wish to inform the user about the same meaning a informative message saying that ...
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Can text area be used as error/warning/notification output?

Problem. While developing an enterprise application I faced a problem of communicating various error/warning/notification messages to the user while they are filling out some form or performing other ...
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Kiosk: If a function is not available, should there be a notification screen?

So if my kiosk cannot print or access account info—which are important features—should I introduce a screen to inform the user about that error after sign in (2nd screen in the example below), or ...
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In a web application, what can I do to allow error messages to be efficent and functional?

While alerts force users to react, sometimes the widget gets lost behind other windows and then blocks the whole application. What other ways can be used to make sure a user will take notice of an ...
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Reset password, appropriate response if email doesn't exist?

It is common on login forms to see "Email or password is incorrect" when the user types in their account details incorrectly instead of just "password is incorrect". This is, for among other reasons, ...
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How much information should you show the user when his input is invalid?

Assume you have a website that makes several checks on user-generated input. A few examples example from my current assignment: the Belgian version of an SSN is validated using the user date of ...
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What is the best way to convey to a user a reason for failure using an icon?

I have a scenario where the user needs to test a connection by clicking on a button. Once clicked, they will be provided one of the follow results: successful (check mark icon) and failed (red x icon) ...
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Enable Button Only to Give an Error? Or Show a Mysterious Disabled Button?

Currently our system is limited in that we only allow documents to be downloaded and not folders. Eventually we will allow the download of folders, but not in the immediate future. So right now if ...
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What is the best way to notify a user he doesn't have an account

As a helpdesk engineer I'm offering support on a rather big Belgian E-commerce website. While we have a vast number of users there are also many users whose account is deleted automatically after 1 ...
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Contextual error message

I am designing a new feature for a CMS my company uses. A few things you should know: We have content editors working mainly on adding pages to the system. We have thousands of pages, and no one ...
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App for wearable device: disconnect notification

I'm designing an app for a wearable device which is connected to the phone over bluetooth. The app more or less can't do anything without a device being connected. When launching the app, the first ...