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

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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 ...