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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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specific vs generic error messages

So in this site we have an array of error messages. In the case something goes wrong, we pick the specific error message show it to the user. There are many instances where the error should occur only ...
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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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Should an 'error message' be displayed in anticipation, or show after user interaction?

In an application (desktop, mobile and native) we have functionality that enables users to reschedule an technician appointment that they have previously booked, by clicking on a call to action/link ...
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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 ...
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What are the most common mistakes people make when entering their e-mails in a form?

I want to write some quite specific error messages for an e-mail form field in order for people to find out what they did wrong more quickly. – What are the most common mistakes people make when ...
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Duration of alert messages/notifications

From my understanding, alert messages/notifications should not just disappear after a certain amount of time for accessibility reasons - some people may require more time to read them so they should ...
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Presenting error to a user in OS X in Popover View

I've been developing applications for iOS for a long time, now I am making application for OS X. My application is an agent. My application is a popover from OS X menu in the top of the screen. I need ...
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Should I show a grids with empty search results?

I'm working on an application where i m searching on 3 categories(All,people, company) and showing results in separate tables for all the above categories. here are the business cases: if records ...
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Choice of color - logo, scheme matches with error message color

Most often than not, the scheme of the website has to match that of the logo. When the logo has a RED, on a page it becomes unavoidable not to have a RED colored alerts, warnings, error messages ...
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Persisting form field error messages in a fixed header

I'm currently redesigning an onboarding flow and i've come to this question with an engineer about designing an error message form field box that persists in our fixed header. This would of course ...
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Showing error in different pane in ipad app

I have lot of panes (5 - 6) in a iPad app. Each pane depends on a different web service from different URLs. What is the best way to show an error in one pane if the corresponding web service is not ...
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Alerts, notifications, (status) messages - looking for real practical examples [closed]

Are there somewhere real practical examples of texts for alerts, notifications and status messages? I thought of something like a library where you could search for an area and find ideas and ...
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How should an error message explain to users that they input the wrong URI scheme?

On my site, users can add a link to a website. The validation checks if it has a scheme (e.g. http, ftp). If it has no scheme, it adds 'http'. But what if the user enters an ftp link, for example? I'm ...
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Why do error and success messages have a close button?

It seems really weird as they usually do nothing, only hide themselves. Is it a "turn a blind eye to problem in hope it goes away"? I'm talking about inline status message like this one from ...
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How to show user login password is wrong after the first time e.g. flash “wrong password” message

This is a follow up to this question asking about what should be displayed when a user enters a wrong password. Here is my current design: when logging into a website if the user enters a wrong ...
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Should 404 page redirect to an error page?

Suppose user hits a dead link /foo. I have two options. I can respond with the 404 HTTP status, X-Robots-Tag: noindex and display a custom error message to the user. Or, I can redirect user with ...
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What are some unique ways to say “no data available”?

What is a good message to put for "No data available"?, Currently I include something as below. Is it good? to be specific the posts are in timeline format. I Include Sad Face on top of the view: Is ...
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Pop-up vs In-page Error messages

I am trying to determine what would be the most effective method of notifying a user that some of the fields they have filled out on the online form is invalid or required. The form itself is to ...
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Should I warn that drop down filters are mandatory?

When dealing with various drop down list of options, with one acting as a filter to another and the last one being the desired option per se, it is more advisable to treat all drop downs as obligatory ...
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Design pattern for handling network connection errors

In case you didn't know, people are increasingly using smartphones. One problem that comes with smartphones is a shaky and unreliable internet connection. For "static" websites that primarily serving ...
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How do you process the errors in your applications?

I have a new application with a status bar that I want to use to display the errors that occur but only as long as they're relevant. For example if the user clicks on a button to do an operation and ...
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Canceling/limiting a user's search

I'm developing a reporting application where a user can make some searches on our database against an extremely large data set and display them in a table on a web page. One of the searches has the ...
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Can I ask a user to provide Mandatory description of the error?

In my app when an unhandled error occurs a popup window opens. It has a field to add additional info but it's optional. This is completely anonymous. Due to security issues I cannot use a stack-trace ...
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Do we need to indicate that an activity that ran very quickly didn't error-out immediately?

We have a system that has a few maintenance activities that run very quickly (less than a second). Problem is, when users look at the log file for the system, seeing an activity that ran for 0 seconds ...
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error prevention: link a Checkbox with its textfield

Right now I am developing a Fragment for an Android application in a university course and I am facing a usability problem, where I and my fellow students can't really find a good solution. The ...
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What's reasonable time lag before displaying a timeout message?

We're developing an online application and wondered what is the average/expected/reasonable about of time to make the user wait after form submission before we say "Hey sorry, we think there's a ...
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Displaying and logging random series of words instead of cryptic error codes [closed]

I looking for an article that I read once but cannot find now. The author described his approach for error messages: instead of displaying (and logging) a code (e.g. 987345345EXRTET), he would always ...
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Phrasing a technical error in most clear way possible: XML config file not properly formatted

I’m developing a program for a group of scientists. The requirements are that user input will be given in the form of an XML configuration file. Also the requirements state that an XSD file will be ...
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Error messages / alert boxes on wide screens

I'm reworking a web app UI to take advantage of wider screens and I have a niggle I can't shake. There are many tables throughout the app for which a wider screen is advantageous. Above the tables I ...
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How should one phrase validation error messages?

What is the best phrase to use considering that these are short error messages that is positioned right beside the labels / input they are referring to. For example, there's a missing email address, ...
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What is the best approach to disallow an empty search?

I want to disallow users from searching without a query string (at least one character). To achieve this, I tried to disable the search submit button when the search box is empty, and restoring the ...
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Replace polling with clever simulation

On our website, users can type in their phone number to verify it. We initiate the call and pop up a verification code on the screen. However the dialog box stays up indefinitely, until the user ...
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User friendly way to describe maximum byte length?

Imagine you have a form on a webpage where some lengths can only be a certain number of characters long, and you want to show the user a friendly error message. Best animal [_crocodile__] *ERROR: The ...
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What are common interaction animations for error

Working on the error message system for checkout on an app. I've decided to use a simple skinny bar just below the main header to notify the user if something went wrong. however when it appears the ...
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If a user has created an account on my iOS app using Google, how should I handle their effort to also create an email account?

Imagine a user logged into my iOS app using their Google account. Months later, they are trying to create an account using their email address (the same one connected to their previous Google social ...
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How might Windows show a loading status instead of just freezing?

Every now and then, you'll have a bunch of desktop applications open in Windows. Let's say you have a word processor, a web browser, a music player, and video game open simultaneously. All of these ...
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Guiding the user through your page

We have a simple administrative page for managing stores open and close dates. Upon initial rendering, the page is readonly. Checking a box labeled edit in the top right of the page, enables the ...
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Changing error message colours on different backgrounds

On our site, we have different backgrounds colours for various forms, and the designers have assigned different colours for the error messages, depending on the background. I was wondering whether ...
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What to present when wrong log in information entered [duplicate]

In my sign in page I made it so that the page doesn't need to reload when the wrong password is typed (similar to Google's). What should happen when the wrong password is typed? Right now I have text ...
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Can errors be too simplified/generic (even for non-technical users)?

I was using a very popular application today and something about its behavior baffled me. A core feature wasn't working and there was a very short error message that simply expressed the fact that ...
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Why should I provide an undo error message?

I've noticed a trend where a few services are starting to implement an "Undo" Button within messages, providing the possibility to undo the last interaction. When deleting an email in gmail for ...
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Should an empty search box return an error message or all results?

I'm currently working on 2 different websites: an events and a news websites. On both sites, a search interface with filter options is provided. Initially, the search engine was build to return an ...
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A shorter but meaningful validation message for “This email is already subscribed”

What are the shorter, meaningful message for "This email is already subscribed"/ "This email is already register" What is good ? "This email is used" "This email is existed" "This ...
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Multiple Page Forms: Validate on every page or only on the last page?

We have a form that spans 3 pages (has steps 1 to 3). Currently, we allow them to skip required data because they may want to do Step 2 first before they feel like filling out Step 1 form. Our forms ...
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Wording to explain why our app is refusing to run on a jailbroken (hacked) iOS device

When our app detects it is running on an iOS device that has been jailbroken (hacked to circumvent Apple's App Store and the In-App Purchase payment system), we replace our usual user-interface with a ...
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Should there be a refresh button if a page automatically refreshes once network is available?

I have a view in my iOS app that displays an error if there is no internet connection. Upon detecting a working internet connection, the page will automatically refresh. Is there any point to having a ...
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Feedback for invalid selection of the text

In my application user is allowed to add objects in text (represented as HTML tags) by selecting a part of it. Something like in the rangy.js demo but the object is being added immediately after users ...
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Best place to display error message in the page?

Need to place error message. (also info message, success message) on page submission. or any error occurrence on the page. Problem statement - Right now, in the layout if we show the error message on ...