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when to ask for validation prompt?

I have a scenario where a user uploads documents to a system. the user selects from their hard drive a document. This is added to a screen where the user can add meta data to the file (first upload ...
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When is it appropriate to require the user to type out the entire word “yes” rather than simply accept “y” at a command-line yes/no prompt?

I've seen several command-line applications, including OpenSSH, which require the user to type the entire word yes or no at a yes/no prompt, rejecting single-letter inputs like y. Here's an example: ...
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Should system prompt user to save though no changes were made

Recently i opened a microsoft excel file by accident and tried closing it immediately but this pop up box appeared I was asked if i wanted to save the changes although i made no changes , this ...
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Default values for text-based confirmation prompt

In text-based environments, I've sometimes seen confirmation prompts in the form of Are you sure you want to _______? (Y/n) Generally, I've understood this to mean that Y is the default, and if I ...
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Different approaches to prompting Mac users about accepting an EULA

I’m a bit technical in my reasoning here but I hope that will be okay. What other approaches are there for displaying the EULA? Are there any who actually offer a non-disruptive prompt? Is there even ...
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When there's inactivity…should we prompt the user for action?

We develop children's toys. For one of the electronic devices that we are developing the child presses a button to initiate an activity. At the end of the activity (15 - 20 seconds in duration), they ...
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How to ask a confirmation question?

We often have to ask people to confirm an action. The usual text is: "Are you sure that you want to _________?" Are there any shorter but clear ways of asking this?
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Prompt user to edit an inline-edit field

Background Using an edit-in-place field for users to provide their name. Problem The phrase "Type your name" imperatively indicates that users can (and should!) type their name. However, unless the ...
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How and when to gently prompt user to save between pages

I am working on a complete rewrite of a complex, multi-step and enterprise-/internal-facing web application. The existing application's UI was literally based upon Excel spreadsheets that had been ...
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When should I use the “no-access” prompt rather than just hiding the button?

This site itself seems to be using a "no-access" prompt rather than just hiding the controls that the user can't use. In my opinion, hiding the controls would be better since the user can't really ...
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Decline in JavaScript prompt() usage?

I've been seeing less and less use of javascript's prompt function. I find it very useful but I was curious as to why the decline of usage. I see something very similar to it used everyday ( iOS ...