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Why does the email subject appear before the body when composing an email?

Note: I am not talking about reading experience, I am focusing on the experience of composing email. I am very aware of this issue since it happens to me all the time, and I am pretty sure that it ...
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What is a good visual cue for drag and drop? (for reordering a list of items)

I'm wondering if anyone has any opinions on what is the best visual cue to indicate to the user that list items can be reordered via drag and drop? Here are a few options I've been playing around ...
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Can tags have hierarchy?

Does anyone have experience working with nested tags? I could not find any websites that allow users to have hierarchies in their tags (equivalent to non-mutually exclusive categories). Is it a bad ...
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How to prevent bias toward top filter results?

We have a part of our intranet that lists all the foreign language speakers within the organization that fellow employees can reach out to if they need translation assistance. Naturally, there are ...
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What is the best way to order items on an admin page?

We have a Content Management System (near enough). The picture below is the Administration page, which is a flex based front end, viewed in a browser. Thanks to Roger-A on another Q, he gave me the ...
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Which comment sorting order makes more sense on blogs?

I realize this is a pretty minor thing but anyway. I'm adding comment support to my website/blog. I'm trying to decide if I want the comments to be sorted from oldest to newest or from newest to ...
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Should menu items be listed alphabetically or in order of most common use?

I have a bunch of little submenus on a site I've inherited and their ordering is pretty random. I know there has been research showing adaptive menu ordering is confusing/frustrating and that 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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Alphabetical lists - horizontal or vertical?

When listing a large set of data alphabetically Is it better to list them horizontally or vertically? Craiglist lists states in columns vertically. Another site I've been using ...
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How many steps should a checkout process have?

I'm currently auditing an e-commerce website, and I noticed that the checkout process has 3 steps: Login/registration Delivery address/payment Verify/place order The page of the step 2 is quite ...
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How should email threads be ordered?

I thought I had the answer to this question. If you view raw email, you can see that the most recent email is at the top, with the rest below in reverse chronological order. I think it's fair to say ...
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Insert New Item - Before or After Selected?

For a list that allows the user to control the order of items, where should new items be inserted? Hamlet **Ophelia** Polonius After hitting "New Item", where should it go? Before the ...
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Order of items in a checklist vs the order those items are checked off

I have a modal with a sidebar of checkboxes that, when checked, append options to a panel on the right for the user to customize. Example: My question: I currently have the items being ...
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Conditional ordering of a thread list, cognitive load?

I'm working on a communication platform, that help teams (in healthcare) to work together. People most often post a message to the entire team (~25 people), but can also post a message to one person, ...
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Ordering Timezones for an Event

I have an event website that I'm working on and noticed that my client wants all 4 US Continental timezones to be accounted for the time of the event. For example: Sunday, January 1st | 1:00 PM EST ...
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Flow of Dynamic Grid

There's a recent trend in web design to use dynamic masonry grids, like Pinterest, for just about everything these days. If you haven't seen such a layout before, it presents content of variable ...
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Best order for the company history page?

I'm making a company history page for 2005 to today. Each year has a paragraph about what happened that year. I'm conflicted as to whether I should show 2005 first (and let the user scroll down to ...
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Log add to top or bottom

In my WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation) application I have a log that display important events in the application. I'm unsure where to add new events? Or in other words, how should I sort the ...
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Dropdown option order best practices when not using alpha sorting

Looking for best practices on ordering dropdown options when using a logical sort vs an alphabetical sort. To keep this from being open ended, here are some specific cases: Chronological - i.e. ...
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Level selection on dropdown

Designing a radio button interface for selecting how many sub-levels you would want to display for a website main menu dropdown. The options are: OFF 1 level 2 levels Considering that the default ...
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How should I sort items in a drop down list?

I have a simple drop down list containing about 12 choices. The choices are not countries, states, or any other common set of items that users would be used to scanning alphabetically or by name. ...
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In what order should contestants' entries be presented?

We run contests in which people submit either a photo or video, then audiences vote online each day for their favorites. When there are enough entries that many fall below the fold (particularly in ...
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What impacts the user's visual flow on geometrically non-traditional web layouts?

I'm interested in making pages that don't conform to the traditional layout of a rectangular grid, for example: Using a grid of hexagons or triangles. Placing the title in the center of the page ...
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Default sort order of a product list

Looking over a few ecommerce projects, I noticed that the default sorting order for any product list ends up being the order that the products were entered into the database. This seems rather random ...
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Best way to reorder a list on a web page

I started using the Careers site in the StackExchange group of sites and came to entering my list of publications. I had my initial set of 15 or so that have already been published. The list widget on ...
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Order of fields in contact forms

I'm looking for evidence to support changing order of fields in various contact forms. The first is a general form with: Enquiry details - textarea Where did you hear about us? - textarea ...
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Advice on ordering horizontal lists of commands

I have a set up like this with a title and then several buttons/links to perform actions: TITLE delete preview share stats publish All else considered equal, I'm trying to consider how to ...
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Item list - where should a new item go? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Location of new items in list Let's say you have a list of item you can order. When you add a new item should it go on top or to bottom? Did you read any studies about ...
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How to push items to the top or bottom of the list in alphabetically sorted lists?

This question is not related to any specific scenario, platform or product, and it's more of an end-user UX rather than a design of UX. It applies to various use cases and platforms. One specific ...
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Ordering a short list of images with HTML input elements

I want to create a quick survey in Amazon Mechanical Turk for an image sorting task, say from brighter to darker images. I know that I can even create an external website and design a drag-and-drop ...
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In a grid should I allow rows to be moved or use in place cell edit?

What is a better trade off: Allowing users to move rows around within a grid by dragging them and placing an "Edit" button on each row (see image) Giving users an in-place cell edit capability and ...
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Guidelines for ordering of tabs?

I am wondering if there are some guidelines for ordering of tabs. Typically we see General tab as the first which makes sense. What if there is no general tab? How to decide which ones should follow ...
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what is the ideal order of fields to have in a contact form?

I'm working on a contact form and was wondering on the order of fields. if I should start with the subject first and then name, email and message field or name, email subject and message field.
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Menu Contextual Order

The application I'm working on maintains lists of timezones, countries, cities, & venues, and it allows the user to manage those lists (list/add/edit/remove) via a menu. My initial approach was ...
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Order of the fields in a list of ingredients

I need to display a list of ingredients for a cooking recipe on my site. I was wondering if there is a right way to sort the different fields in each line: the name of the ingredient the unit ...
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Sorting alphabetically - best intuitive way to signify alphabetical ordering

So I have a plain old button (two buttons to be exact). The button reads "SORT", when you click the button, an option comes up and lets you choose a sort type. I have two types of sorting: price and ...
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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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Ordered Multi-select control in HTML

I'm developing a highly customisable SaaS application. It has at several places a multi select, for some cases additionally to selecting the items, the user can define an order, for other cases it is ...
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How to convey order of a list matters (and allow reordering)

We have a an application with a list of rules (probably no more than 10) that a user defines (plus some default one): download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups ...
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Organizing UX bookmarks folder [closed]

I enjoy stumbling upon the web for finding great and inspirational UX resources which I bookmark for future reference. I think I have a well organized UI & Design bookmark folder tree that ...
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Should you also order threads by their last edit?

In a discussion forum, you will often see threads sorted by the last reply to that thread (please disregard the sticky threads in the image below). What I'm beginning to wonder is what part editing ...
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In what order should navigation bars links be?

I was wondering, what would be the best way to sort website's navigation bar for the best user experience? Should the user read about me first, information or go directly to see the Services? Which ...
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What UI Control should I use to allow users the select the order items are displayed in?

Our UI displays different list of attributes in tooltips (mouse over) and balloons (right click). Users can select the attributes that will be displayed in each case in an admin panel. I want to ...
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Preferential ordering of content when comparing two items side by side

When comparing two items side by side, is it better to show the given or known item first or show the unknown variable first? I have a tabbed interface to show the differences of common eye issues ...
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Initial Setup Progress - should I show all required tasks or just next task suggestion?

I'm working on helping users through a non-obvious initial setup process for a product I work on, and so I'm displaying a setup progress indicator on the main screen. There are four separate setup ...
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Order of items in admin panel?

When editing a product, its variants are shown as accordion headings using twitter bootstrap; clicking on one reveals the form to edit the variant. My question relates to the ordering of the items, ...
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Digital goods conversion rate - instant download or manual review & approval?

I'm currently using the first tactic that is instant download upon receiving customer payment. The pros of this approach: Customer satisfaction is better as they immediately get what they paid for ...
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Fling cells in table view

I'm currently working on a concept that allows user to "fling" table view cells in the reordering process (you can watch my short demo here). I have broad experience with iOS apps but haven't seen ...