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Why do some websites (including Google) trim whitespaces in passwords?

I have just noticed that Google as well as some other sites trims the whitespaces in the password. I can successfully sign into my google account even if I add extra spaces in the end of my password. ...
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Why is Google's “I'm Feeling Lucky” button still next to the search bar?

I'm sure that Google must put a lot of thought into the display of its homepage. With such a minimalistic design, every element matters. So what's up with the "I'm feeling lucky" button? Why is ...
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What rules does Google use to make a button gray, blue, or red on their sites?

This has been an elusive topic, and I haven't yet been able to form my own conclusion about what Google's reasoning is to make a given button blue, red, or gray, given their latest design ethos. Take ...
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Is Apple's or Google's meaning of the three-horizontal-bar icon more popular?

Apple and Google are going head-to-head to define meaning of the three-horizontal-bars icon: In iOS this icon means "drag me to rearrange items in a list" while Google Chrome's version means "click ...
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Google UX flaw? switching placement of Videos and Images

Google offers the possibility to search for several different types of media/information: Web, Images, Video, Maps, etc. Lately I noticed that these choices for other types of information is ...
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Calendar recurrences on the last day of the month

I noticed a difference in how Google Calendar and Outlook handle recurring appointments, specifically ones that are on the end of the month. If you try to schedule an appointment on the 31st of every ...
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Click on Logo no longer brings user to the homepage of a website, good?

The latest Google webpage redesign brings us a feature ( or a bug?): Clicking on the logo no longer brings user to the homepage of the website. This behavior is consistent across different Google ...
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Can you see a good reason to remove the plus sign in Google Chrome's create tab button?

I am talking about this button: The plus sign that used to be on that button has been removed in recent versions. I am very intrigued as to why they might have found it convenient. I'm a ...
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Purposefully obscure user interface design to encourage behaviours

Installing Windows 8 makes it seem that it is mandatory to create a Microsoft account, however the option to install without one is there, albeit wilfully buried. Logging out of the Windows Phone ...
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The use of tabs in Gmail [closed]

I have never really used the labels in Gmail, and it was quite interesting to see the recent introduction of 'tabs' in Gmail. Even though the concept of folders has always been in the Outlook (which ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of “minimal” design?

E.g. Google has minimal web design (just a search box). How do you define minimal design? How does this relate to minimalism in general? Is Facebook also minimalism at least from the beginning?
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Why don't people use the “I'm feeling lucky” button more often?

Have you ever seen or heard of someone using it? Back in the days when Google didn't automatically redirected you to the results page as you typed, I think not a lot of people used the "I'm Feeling ...
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Does Google filter on auto suggestion to avoid causing offence?

I've discovered that Google removes auto suggestion for some phrases on their service. For example try googling: women should men should women are men are The auto suggestions will disappear ...
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Testing on Googles new reCAPTCHA

Has anybody run user tests on Google's new reCAPTCHA? My company is looking at using it and wants to run some tests before we implement. If you haven't tested it, do you know of any places where ...
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Different styling for different tooltips on a single page?

I am working on a web application, and we are focusing very much on the consistency of the look&feel. When we are designing tooltip styles, we can see there is the 'plain style' tooltip and all ...
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Why are different cursors used when hovering over buttons in Gmail?

In the Gmail interface they are not consistent in which cursor they use on button/link hover. They use the "hand" pointer for: Links in the sidebar(mail, contacts, inbox, starred etc..) The mails ...
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What are the UX strengths and weaknesses of Google+? [closed]

Google Plus is a new product from Google that seems to be a Facebook-like social application. It also seems to supercede Google Buzz. It is sort of integrated into GMail. It offers a number of UX ...
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Why Google hides important and useful features?

Background Here's an excerpt from fastcodesign interview with Bret Victor: QUESTION: An argument I'm going to make is that UIs should ideally be "deep" -- that is, simple, intuitive and ...
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Why doesn't YouTube append the video title to the video URL?

How come YouTube doesn't append the video title to the video URL? I know they are owned by Google so good SEO isn't exactly necessary, but from a user experience stand point it makes much more sense. ...
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Why does Gmail hide email options under a '+' sign?

Why does Gmail website hide options like "links", "smileys" etc. under a '+' sign when there is clearly enough room along the footer? Am I missing something, or is google really pushing google+? ...
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What's the reason behind this Google Chrome feature?

Not that long ago I updated my Google Chrome browser to the 12.0.7 etc version and I notices a new feature. If you hover on the tabs, there is a slight glow around your cursor, something like this ...
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Is there any definition/guidelines about user experience of Apple and Google?

I like the both Apple and Google user experiences. But visually they are different. Though, I need to know their basic concepts/theory about user experience. So we will take their inspirations not ...
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Why does the Google +1 button not change to a -1 once clicked?

When you +1 something on Google or Google+, the +1 button becomes red and clicking this red button will remove your +1 in the post. Why was it designed like this? Changing the button color to red ...
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Why Gmail, Dropbox have started using bell for notification icon?

Recently, I've seen that Gmail and Dropbox have changed their notification icon and have started using bell. I would like to understand: Why bell? Is it becoming industry standard?
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Is it OK for scrolling interactions to not scroll content?

This is a general question about scrolling behavior with a trackpad or mouse. I've been discussing this with my peers, and it's become quite a debate. Our conversations are specifically about the ...
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Including URL in search results

Google (and other search providers) include the page title, URL and some description in search results. For search within a large organisation, where all results are from the same domain, is there any ...
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Why Google search form is not using auto-focus attribute?

I was doing some testing for a project where I wanted to ensure that the user still could reach certain functionality even with JS disabled. I wanted to quickly find something by going to Google and I ...
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Alternatives to pagination?

With Google Appengine, we can page to next page of a query using a cursor and with some effort we can also go to the previous page. But there is no good way to go to the n-th page, I believe for ...
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Is Chrome's ToS usage statistics opt-in a dark pattern?

I've just published a blog article on Google's deceivingly clever trick to increase the opt-in rate for its Chrome usage statistics collection program. Take a look at the Chrome ToS screen, especially ...
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Embedded Google Maps or static stylized map

Embedding Google Maps on your website doesn't always have the right effect on the design. With some effort you can stylize Google Maps, but I have bad experiences with that. To me, the only real ...
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Font 'Roboto' mandatory in Google's material design?

Is using the font 'Roboto' mandatory in Google's material design – or can I use different fonts in a material design based website?
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Assessing a value of a page in Google Analytics (GA)

I am analysing an information architecture using GA and am trying to qualify the worth or value of a page. There are certain metrics I have at my disposal such as unique views, bounce rates, exit ...
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Why are the Google Translate dropdown options all in English? [closed]

In the Google Translate dropdown on my site, all of the language options are displayed in English. So let's say someone who only speaks Arabic gets to my site and wants to choose his language.. how is ...
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How to choose a slug for “friendly url”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Underscores vs. hyphens in URLs I'm going to implement a sort of "friendly url" for geography like a regex /<region>/<city>/<category>? and then I ...
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Inline sharing URLs

What's the purpose of these inline URLs? Why clutter the interface when people can easily copy and paste their browser's address bar? Google Maps Google Maps does not change the browser address bar ...
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What to highlight in autosuggest options?

When using an autocomplete or autosuggest component, which of the following highlighting options are preferable, and why? Assume user types Mal. The suggestions are: Option 1 (probably the most ...
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What is the universal symbol used to import data?

I was wondering what was the universal symbol of "import data" when I noticed that Google Drive is using the up arrow for "upload" from your desktop which means to "import" in Google Drive. Actually ...
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Store Locator using Google Maps - Initial Zoom Level

I've noticed that store location pages of various Australian retailers and services don't initially position and zoom directly into the users current location even when the GPS coordinates are known ...
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Google Maps Link Name

We have an application that provides an address to a commercial property. There's a use case in which users will need to view the property in google maps. I was wondering if there's a standard link ...
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Why does Google Calendar use a RED 'Loading…' overlay

I've noticed that Google Calendar uses a red Loading... overlay in the top righthand corner on Ajax actions (e.g. opening a calendar item): I know that Google, being Google, have redefined the ...
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Usage of site/company name in title tags?

Web page titles, ex. "Lorem ipsum - Example Company Inc.", have a maximum lenght of 70 characters when being used in the Google search results. I work with SEO on a daily basis and have been giving ...
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How do I improve the QR code scanning experience?

Many people see QR codes, but many people don't know how to use them since an additional app is required. Sometimes TWO apps are required such as Zxing Some newbie people open up a camera, and take ...
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How to get people to click on the G+1 button

I would like my visitors to click on the G+1 Google plus button. What is the best way to achieve that - where should the button be located? Would adding it to the order confirmation page after a ...
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Auto-suggestion difference between Google Search and Google Maps [closed]

I've noticed that the auto-suggest behavior in Google Search and Google Maps is different. If you search in Google Search and enter "exa", you'll get suggestions like "exa mple". If you do the same ...
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Why when you click an app in the Google Chrome, the app icon become larger not smaller?

When you click something you expect the size of that object or thing become smaller. But in Google Chrome when you click on an app, the icon of that app becomes larger. I'd like to know why Google ...
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Why does the Google logo sometimes take you back to search and sometimes take you back to the product?

The title is a little lengthy -- I know -- but please bear with me on this one. I observed today that some Google sub-sites (namely Google Images, Google Books, Google Shopping) redirect to Google's ...
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New google homepage ? good or bad ? [closed]

I just saw that google updated its homepage for logged users at least. The top menu bar is redesigned. What do you guys think about it ?
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Google Chrome extensions and revenue without ads

A few years ago I developed a Google Chrome extension which unexpectedly got a fair share of users. Recently, I've been contacted by a company which devolves a big chunk of it's profits to a ...
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A/B Testing and Duplicate Content [closed]

Now that Google can crawl/index content from JavaScript, how are page variants treated by Google by serving a slightly different versions when A/B testing? Is it advisable to add references to the ...
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Which social login should I use, Google OAuth2 or Google+?

Google supports 4 ways to "sign in with google" OAuth OAuth2 Google+ Google Apps I want a generic "sign in with google", I'm not doing anything app-specific, so the last one is out. Presumably ...