Questions about how a system informs the user its state or status. How and what a system tells a user about the state of the system can have a meaningful impact on the system's usability.

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Log viewer in a desktop application?

I'm developing a desktop application for analyzing source code. It basically analyzes all files in given directory and produces a text file with report. Status of analysis is displayed in a text box ...
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Payment Received/Outstanding Interface

We're working on an internal tool to show and edit the status of payments received. To give you an idea: Is there a better way to represent this? Each row is associated with an item and there ...
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At what point should an application change the cursor to an hourglass or display a progress bar?

Our WPF desktop application will be executing various tasks. In general, the average length of time for each task will range from basically instant to a few seconds or longer (possibly minutes). We ...
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Displaying states of machines – Overview site

We need to display the state of some machines in our web application. The machines can have about 8 different states. Our idea is to make a site where the user can see all machines and their state. ...
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Users confused about status indicators vs. action buttons

Recently we did some user testing on our current method of displaying data. We had a list of items in a table (yeah, I know. Our software currently uses tables heavily), with icons on one side that ...
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Why are the users complaining of getting lost using this navigation menu?

Inside the website kteohellas.gr there is a subsection where it is explained in plain Greek what is the procedure to be followed in case you want to transfer a motorcycle from one owner to another. ...
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Any good examples of how to show an overview of the status of multiple items moving through a process?

I'm working with a client on the design of a tool runs an analysis on school data and presents the user with reports that help them support their schools This is the process a user goes through: A ...
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Workflow and icon status [closed]

I'm designing a new web app for my company. This web app allows the users to check some orders. For each order, we envisage to have the following status : I wonder which icon we should use to ...
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Is an office-lobby monitor slideshow any more usable than a homepage carousel?

I've got a real-world variant on the classic "Are Carousels Effective" question. My office, like many others, has a 40 inch LCD TV hanging on the wall in the lobby, and on it displays a looping ...
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Why did dial up modems have speakers?

In the days of dial up, everyone was familiar with the cacophony that was emitted from the modem as it was dialing up (if you need a reminder, listen here). I know that those sounds were all ...
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Standard representation of states for objects in software application

I am trying to come up with a standard to be included in a style guide for a software application. One of the difficulties with the guide is around documenting states/status that seem to have a ...
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What is a useful way of doing “all ok” notifications?

Who watches the watchers A monitoring system (e.g. nagios) usually has a good way of producing warnings and change-notifications. But the worst thing that can happen is to miss an event because 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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help with table

I have been asked to review a table layout. The table contains a list of reports which the user can sort and perform various actions on: I have been asked to work within the confines of the CMS and ...
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Should we explicitly or implicitly save filtered search criteria for re-use?

We are redesigning filters in our file search engine. Currently there are 3 options like file source, size and, date added. We observed that many users use the same combination of filters every time ...
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Email status request panel

I have been tasked to create a panel to display the status of an email server. I want to offer the client the information, status and next steps i.e. 'phone number' in the panel. How can I display ...
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What UI is appropriate for banning and unbanning a record?

We have a list of words and phrases stored in a database that if a submitted article contains any one of them, we would automatically disapprove the article (and send the submitter an explanation). ...
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Progress Box and Subversion Repository Backend to update user on revert progress

I am currently on a project that uses a Subversion Back End to commit/revert/lock content. Right now, I am trying to find a way to communicate to the user when a revert fails, why it failed. ...
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Is a “Remember Me” definition really necessary?

On many websites, when you log in, it gives you the option to "Remember Me". Next to that, on some websites, it shows what "Remember Me" means. Why would it have to explain what "Remember Me" is? ...
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Informing user how to delete list item

So I'm designing an Android app - there's a ListView section adding and removing accounts. I came across a problem where there are several solutions, but was curious on how the community thought. ...
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Improve the way we display members, pending members, non-members and pending deleted members

We have to display 4 states for certain groups or positions in our org tree. It's rare to show all 4 states so in the mock-up below, I only show 2 states. The sequence for my mock-up, is as follows ...
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Checkbox versus a button when switching between two states on an item

The user needs to be able to activate/deactivate an item in the ui. SPECIFICATION: Display the current state of the item (activated or not) and offer the ability to activate/deactivate it depending ...
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How should I indicate that a status bar item is tappable?

My app adds an icon to the iOS status menu that shows the status of the task that my app carries out. The item goes green when the progress is running, orange when paused, and red to indicate ...
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Displaying negative zoom values textually

Typically, most applications let you zoom in to a document. This is often expressed as a percentage (100%, 200%, 800%, etc...), or as a multiplier (x1, x2, x8). Sometimes they let you zoom in or out. ...
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Set color for status buttons inside grid

I have to update the buttons for a grid. Currently the ones used are the ones in the skin/light orange color and I am testing different ones. There are 4 buttons: Active Inactive Active long term ...
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The dreaded “loading page please wait” page

I've noticed that almost every site, when bouncing from page to page, takes a user to a blank white page while the content loads. Obviously that has to do with HTML loading thus showing them a blank ...
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How should I update the UI after user role change

One of the guys that tested the ERP I'm developing has noticed the following: When a user role changes, this should be reflected immediatelly in the system. At this time the changes in user ...
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Is there any public research on effectiveness of activity indicators, progress bars, and progressive loading?

Activity indicators (spinning wheel) and progress bars are very common across many applications. A new approach I have noticed is when an application shows the containers of the page or content ...
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Implementing account lock out on a website

A web vulnerability scanner on my website made a suggestion that I implement an account lockout mechanism for my site when there has been a certain number of invalid login attempts. I am trying to ...
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Status Icon - One versus many

At what point is it appropriate to use a single icon space to represent the current state of something, and when is it appropriate to use several icon spaces (one for each possible status) with the ...
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What kind of visual cues would you use to show 3 different states for object?

I have an app where I want to show 3 different states for object. Active, Deleted and Draft... So basically my question is: What kind of visual cues would you use for each of the above and why? ...
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How to effectively communicate to the user that a status will periodically refresh

Say I have a page that has a continually-refreshed status on it. The idea for the service is that it's something you can keep an eye on in the background while it continually refreshes itself. How ...
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Absence of negative feedback vs. presence of positive feedback

Anyone know of any research or guidelines on if/when relying on the absence of negative feedback is more appropriate than providing explicit positive feedback? Background: I'm working on an ...
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Best practices for naming steps in a workflow (status labels)?

I've been unable to find a good guide for naming steps in a workflow (status labels). What are some principles / best practices? If you're curious, my specific case is: I have a system where users ...
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How can the mode of a car's transmission be made more clear?

In a car, if you press the accelerator it can do one of three things: make the car go forward. make the car go backward. not move the car at all. The result depends on what gear the car is in, but ...
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Partial success message when deleting items

In one of our applications, the user can select multiple items and delete as many of them as they wish in single click. However, while processing this request there is some validation and ...
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Best way to distinguish between completed and in-progress items in data grid

I have a data grid of items, and each item basically has two states: in-progress or completed. What's an elegant, concise way to make a visual distinction between the two states? For the time being, ...
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Multipart progress / status bar colours

I am working on an application that needs to show users their currents status / progress in performing a task on a number of items. There are three states that each item can have: New (blue) - ...
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How to best show connectivity

I am writing an app which heavily depends on having a connection to the host. The app works fine with no connection it just doesn't send anything up or down. Because it's a business type app the ...
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Status Bars and their Nature [closed]

I want to know more about status bars, what are they useful for and what is the appropriate way to use them. I've noticed the following: Status Bars are always located at the bottom with the most ...
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Messaging a user success and error messages at the same time

There's a screen in our app where the user performs a batch action to list some products on their online store. In the UI, they select the products from a list and click a 'list' button. During this ...
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Design Pattern recommendations for application assignment visualisation

I'm sure there must be some terminology for what I require unfortunately I'm not sure what it is. Anyway, let me try to explain, I have a selection of applications for courses that are to be assigned ...
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Do we need to indicate that an activity that ran very quickly didn't error-out immediately?

We have a system that has a few maintenance activities that run very quickly (less than a second). Problem is, when users look at the log file for the system, seeing an activity that ran for 0 seconds ...
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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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How can I communicate linear progress through a series of states with color?

I'm trying to help visualize a portfolio of projects. They start off in the first state with some basic details, then they're reviewed, fully defined, and finally, work is begun. Right now, the ...
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System status and availability best practice

What are is considered best practice (layout, age of information, level of detail, etc.) for UX guidelines when creating system status and availability page(s)? Below are links from major companies ...
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How to report outcomes of a background task to users?

I have an application that in essence takes files and imports them into a database. As these files can take a while to import, we have a queue of these tasks that get run one-by-one. As such, each ...
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Showing the status of an action on a button

I have an application that can synchronize content between a website and a social network. with a button you can turn on and off the synchronization. the user needs to see the status (sync on or off) ...
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How do I best communicate a (chat) status of “application installed on phone”?

I'm looking to communicate, to a chat user, that their chat partner is available in the meaning of "has installed a chat application on their smartphone". Marking the chat partner as "online" or ...
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Simplicity vs. Conditional Views

I'm working on a SAAS platform. All users must login, so user ID, location, affiliation etc. are almost always known. The platform also has substantial game components, recording user progress and ...