is an object of communication with the goal to pass information between communicators (human or non-human)

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What is the correct way to indicate something can be either singular or plural?

Taking it as a given that the system is not intelligent enough to be able to recognise a single result as apposed to multiple results (don't ask!), what is the correct way to represent the possibility ...
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Cross validation messages should be symmetric or asymmetric?

Lets let that there is a form in a popup window which contains the properties that are configurable for a chart and as you go on changing the values for the properties the underlying chart is ...
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Adding a new feature to an existing website

There is always the simple UX for having a popup when you log back into a site you frequently visit that says "Hey, look at this new feature we added! etc.." I am convinced there is more of a subtle ...
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Leave data in form after submission?

I've got a form in my web application that a user would use to send messages to another user of the system. So for example, a manager might want to send a message to all of their direct reports about ...
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“Record in Use By Other User” Guidance: Try Again Later? Or Other Solution?

Considered we have a use case where the product technology doesn't allow edits of the same record at the same time (for example different users might be want to editing different parts of a customer ...
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'Mark as read' on items that can not be 'opened'

Background: In the application I'm working on we have a feature which basically gives you important updates on whats happening in your business. These updates appear as notifications in the header ...
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How to design linked filters? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Best practices for no search results I always get angry when I refine my search applying filters in any website and I get the 'no results' page. Why do they show me an ...
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Is a private messaging system really necessary?

I have a very old private messaging system that either needs to be redone or removed. It currently accounts for about 20% of the activity on the site. We already have a system in place for ...
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Threaded messaging, simplicity

I am building a many to many messaging system, which means that one user can send a message to 35 other users, and any one of these users can reply, to this message, which then again everyone else can ...
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Unread message count in the list of conversations

Is it a good idea (or how useful it is) to show a number of unread messages for each conversation when user enters page with the list of conversations? Would it be enough to just indicate that certain ...
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Wording suggestions for “unhidden”, esp given translations

I am looking for wording suggestions. There is a panel on my webpage that can be removed by the user. If a user removes it, a message appears at the top of the screen that says: The "How it Works" ...
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Growl notifications in web application

The web application I work on includes long running tasks that show progress in the browser. While a task is running the user can browser and use the rest of the application. Would a pattern like ...
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Design patterns for “first run” messaging?

I'm working on a major re-design of a web app, and I'm contemplating popping up a "Welcome to the New Site!" dialog when users first log in to it. I can't seem to find too much discussion of those ...
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Confirmation message while inputing payments

We have electronic fund transfer code which is now being replaced by a new piece of regulation, the ePayments code. And we wanted to provide an onscreen warning message for customers completing Pay ...
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What message should we use with under construction page?

I have problem showing the message to the user on my under construction page. I want to know which is the best practice to write the message for those under construction web page.
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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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How to smoothly hide loading message and show the fetched data [closed]

How to smoothly hide loading message and show the fetched data. I am using jquery to make an ajax call to get some data in meanwhile I am show user a loading gif, once the ajax call is successfull i ...
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How to inform user that settings are in localstorage, and apply to this browser only?

I have a settings page in this web app where a user can configure the categories of notifications that they want to show or hide. How can I inform the user that these settings are not global (i.e. ...
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Why do ATMs (Cash Machines) display a thank you message for so long?

When I use an ATM, as soon as I have my card and cash I'm walking away. I don't hang around to read any "thank you" screen after the transaction is complete. When using an ATM immediately after ...
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Advantages of integrating chat and messages

The web app I'm working on (a social network) allows users to chat and send each other messages. This is not the main focus of the app, but it will be used quite a lot (these conversation need to be ...
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Confusion with private messaging system

Planning a social networking site with a private messaging system, including following folders: inbox sentbox drafts trash and labels that can be created, managed by the users and applied in a n:n ...
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Graphically displaying a conversation between more than two people

I'm working on a project that involves displaying a text-only conversation between anywhere from two to ten or more people. The reader will be either zero or one of the participants. The main UI will ...
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How can the Copy and Replace message box be improved?

I have a program (running on Windows) that I am developing that has a file and folder page as part of it that is effectively copying the Windows format. I allow users to copy, cut, paste, delete and ...
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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 long does it take to read X number of characters?

I am creating an iPhone app where I need to show transient confirmation messages (called a toast in Android). For example, when a user submits a comment, I pop up a message saying "thanks for ...
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Is putting a toast in the lower part of the screen the optimal position?

On Android, a toast is a transient confirmation message appearing in the lower portion of the screen. Did Google consciously position the toast here for optimal usability? I want to port this toast ...
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Should flash messages fade out or contain a close button or stay forever?

Note: By flash message, I do not mean Adobe Flash, but messages that should be displayed on completion of an action. I am designing a web application and messages will be displayed after a certain ...
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Positioning of a Growl Message in a web application

Following case exists: User has got an web application. One part of the software is a kind of dashboard area where the user can organize all his different graph widgets (diagrams). He has different ...
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Periods at the end of a sentence in alert message

How to classify what type of messages should've a fullstop/period and what should not? Because there are certain error/warning/success/info messages (be it a dialog, banner, contextual or ones in a ...
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Popup for a check box

Say there's a form (XAML) with a checkbox on it. If the check box is checked the user should be warned about something. The message to the user is basically, if you enable this then be aware that such ...
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Short phrases vs. long phrases?

I just found this while verifying my email with Tumblr. The simplicity of the message just shocked me, in a good way. I kept on thinking that is usually to deliver messages directly, in short ...
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What are the best practices for site-wide maintenance notices?

I manage a set of websites with a largely non-technical user base. We want to occasionally provide site-wide notices for forthcoming planned maintenance. We've tried using a messages with red ...
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Nagging the user with double message box for something that is important.

When our software is installed, it installs some networking components. It may run fine immediately after the install, but chances are that some applications won't be able to talk to the network until ...
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Do users read pop up messages/notifications/error messages, etc.?

Should you bother with popups? Do users read them? How can you get them to read them? Should you try to design your application so it doesn't need or use pop up messages/notifications? This applies ...