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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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When Back Button is Expected but Not Supported, The Least Invasive User Assistance?

Problem: I have a situation where in a browser-based web application the back button (and backspace key for that matter) cannot be supported or used. If it is used, the results can be unpredictable in ...
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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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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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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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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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When should the message informing the user that the password they entered is wrong go away?

This is a follow up to this question since it got closed. In a log in form, after the user enters the wrong password, when should the message saying "wrong password or user name" go away? For example ...
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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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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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content for information message

Is it better to display a positive informative message "You can only view and share links of icons. for additional options please login" or negative informative message "Downloading, Uploading or ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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News Feed vs Message Log, Sort by Newest vs Sort by Oldest

I'm starting out on building an application that will be a hybrid of a messaging application, but with "news feed" like qualities. These qualities being rich media, advertisement, and conversations ...
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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 I send the private message body in the notifying email?

My website is a bit similar to StackExchange sites in regards of user interaction, but additionally it has a private messaging system. A message has a subject and a body. Every time a new message or ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...