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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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Purpose of “Read” feature in instant messaging - Whatsapp, Hangouts, Messenger

Many instant messaging applications have this feature, you can see when people read your message. What is the purpose of this? What came into my mind is to achieve a more natural way of ...
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What message/instruction should be given for downloading an image for browser and/or tablet

I need users to download an image from my web app. For browsers that support the HTML 5 'download' attribute my Download button automatically opens the browser download window. However, users on the ...
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Difference between Notice and Info messages?

I designed a program that is used to send data through the socket. In each program action, I display a message about process state. I'm confused by when to display a Notice message or Info message. ...
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Help needed with instructions

On our account registration page, we allow the user to enter an email address and a username. Although we optionally allow users to use their email address to login, we still require a username. ...
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Any usability studies on “on hold / waiting” calls?

I was wondering if there are any current studies on Call On Hold messages. Today I had to call 3 different companies that put me on hold, with all of the experiences ranging from bad to nauseating, so ...
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What do you call a website which is not in beta, but a re-launch with possible teething problems?

we are a launching a new website soon. We have ran some beta versions to users, but we are going to finally press the button, turn off the old one and only have the new website. I want to let users ...
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Is there a list of conventions and standards for notifications, warnings, and messages directed at the user?

My team and I are working on a style guide for our programs that will be both in the form of webapps and programs. While creating this style guide, we are researching common practices in order to make ...
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How often should I send email notifications from a chat app?

So I have a site that has live messaging system to chat with other users in realtime. How often should I EMAIL them saying "You have a new message on ...". If they are heavily chatting it would ...
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What is the type of alert called when it doesn't require user interaction? And when should I use it?

I'm speaking of alerts that don't require the users direct attention, more of a "oh, by the way, this actions just happened". Not much unlike gmail's "you action has been undone" or "Your message has ...
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Any credible studies or research on messaging system's display of unattended items?

I'm working on a client's app that uses a messaging system. The whole concept has been approved last week, so it's not a big deal now, but I was wondering about this: is there any research that ...
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Best amount of time to show a temporary alert message? [duplicate]

I would like to show a small, temporary pop-up alert to the user when they click on certain elements, e.g. a button that is disabled. What is the optimal amount of time to show a short message (2-10 ...
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Chat sidebar: Allowing users to chat & see who is online with just a follow?

Looking for input on the best approach to having a chat sidebar similar to Facebook's web app. I'd like to display a list of online users so users can chat with each other. However, I was looking to ...
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Should “Deletion successful” confirmation be red, or green?

What color should a deletion confirmation message be? This is related to the question Should 'yes, delete it' be red, or green?, but different because this question asks about a passive confirmation ...
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Acceptance and rejection message after user makes bartering decision

I want to display a message after the user makes a bartering decision: When the user accepts the quote, the following message comes up: Thanks for accepting the quote. A message has been sent ...
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Displaying a “waiting to download” message within an iPad app

I am designing an app that will require data to be pulled from our main servers, and upon the first use of the app, there is one screen that will take a few minutes for all data to load. I've been ...
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URL Acquisition Messaging

I work for an online retailer, and my company is acquiring the URLs from another online retail. We don't have plans to retain the acquired brands identity. We will simply be redirecting traffic to our ...
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When should an input's validation message show on a form that has already been submitted?

So let's say that we have a form. This form has multiple inputs, many of which are required fields. Understandably, we should not turn a required input red and show a validation message before the ...
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POS - Informing the user when closing a transaction day

Our current system flow on closing a transaction day is by showing a yes-no message box that informs the user if it will close a particular transaction day. But still some users made mistakes and ...
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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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FROM address for users sending messages to businesses on a listing directory

I have a website which is a business listings directory. Users can register and optionally create listings. So for example: User: Joe Bloggs Listing 1: ABC Construction Ltd Listing 2: XYZ Catering ...
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Messages such as “Operation Successfully Completed”: Is word “successfully” really necessary?

We see it everywhere: database queries to shopping carts, the message "Operation X successfully completed" is ubiquitous. But is the word "successfully" really necessary? Is there a way to ...
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Info Icon vs Question Mark

We're debating inside our team on whether to use a question mark icon, or an "i" icon for prompting a tooltip that reveals more info. Which do you say conveys the message better? Or, how do they ...
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Using funny error messages in Finance

Currently I'm working on a branch banking application which is going to be used for all banking transactions such as Money deposit, EFT but also Campaign Management etc. (Some user roles are directly ...
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Show message after cancellation

On my website, users can create, edit and cancel event dates Would it be weird or user-unfriendly to not serve users a message after canceling a date? (it redirects to the overview page) I'm aiming ...
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Do fine-grained message statuses (such as when a message was seen) help usability?

I was just reading this question, and noticed how often I see chat applications that allow you to know if/when a message is being typed up and when it is read/seen. I know the concept has existed well ...
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How to define/classify messages and notifications in web applications

I have seen content from various style guides and UX guidelines about this, and was wondering if there is a much more simple system to create a consistent and easy to implement design for various ...
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How to display SMS conversations effectively in website?

I have a web application for managing tuition which sends SMS time to time based on user actions. For example when a teacher cancel the class then SMS notification will be send to all the students in ...
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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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Delete permanently or temporarily

So I'm in a situation where I need to have two features for a list/grid of items: Remove an item for just this session Remove an item permanently I think a x or trash icon would be fine for the ...
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Feedback : notification displaying and removal

I have some web applications which allow the users to do some actions. For example, i need to show a paginated items list. When the user clicks the "Create Item" button, a modal window is displayed. ...
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How best to discuss the Heartbleed bug with users while keeping calm but getting action?

There are technical questions everywhere you look about Heartbleed. But none on not scaring the **** out of your users when discussing it, because lets be honest the news does a good job of scaring ...
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Compare two list of elements & visualize similarity between them

I have a two List of Strings; ex: ListA = {"A","B","C", "F"} ListB = {"C","D","E"} I need to compare these two lists & present the difference to user in UI. I have implemented ...
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Should message timestamps be the time the message was sent or the time the server recieved it?

I have a service where messages may be created (and put in a "send" queue) even when there's no connection to the server. When the messages are sent to the server after successfully connecting, should ...
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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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Flashing messages and cognition, how effective are they over non flashing messages?

How does a flashing message effect cognitive processes like memory and attention and what, if any, were the outcomes of any studies performed in this area? For example, if a warning sign flashes how ...
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How shall I present high volume(messages/hour) messages?

I'm building a dashboard that allows people to view messages they received via SMS and that could easily be thousands of messages per hour for radio stations, for instance. Shall I use pagination( ...
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let users know results don't match filters

We have a page where the users can select filters and then click search to see results. In the time between the user changing the filters and clicking search, should I indicate the the result don't ...
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Best practice for messaging system (microblog) using a “n-tier” model

I currently have a UX problem that I have seldom seen done well (or at all)... I am developing a messaging feature for a site (a messaging system for business, think Yammer), and I am in the ...
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How to explain that a data is only in localStorage?

I'm currently working on a web application where the user can enter some data. Unless the user is logged in, the data will only be stored in localStorage (i.e. in his browser). I will support syncing ...
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Period, or no period, when a text message is displayed on screen

When a user interacts with a button on a website, and the buttons gives some confirmation text to let user know that the action has been performed successfully or unsuccessfully, should there be a ...
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Personal information in messages

Is it good to add some personal information (name, username or other) in success or error messages?
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Placement of flash/growl notifications or messages in web application

Question I have been wading through tons of questions on the topic of flash/growl notifications, but none of them touch on where those notifications should be placed and why they should be placed ...
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What is the best way to let users read an “important note” before submitting a form?

We have a website where users can book a room and our payment gateway is Paypal. On the payment page, we have a form requiring customer information and at the bottom, we have a button called "Make ...
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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 marking a chat message as spam automatically ignore the user?

Two typical features of chat rooms are, the ability to ignore another user (hide all of their messages) and to mark a particular message as spam. Should marking a user's message as spam automatically ...
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Ambiguous textual output

In this question on SO, the asker had to deal with some textual responses that could be in a rather ambiguous format. One person commented there that that could be interpreted in two different ways: ...
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Is a “Never tell your password to anyone” message in chat really necessary?

In almost every chat window I open, there's this fairly obvious statement: Never tell your [password/credit card/social security/etc] to anyone. Are there some standards for chat functionality that ...
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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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Should I put “.” at the end of messages for mobile users?

Should I write "." at the end of messages displayed to the user in my mobile Android application? For example: High bandwidth required, switch to WiFi. or High bandwidth required, switch ...