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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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 ...
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designing an “online / offline ” status indicator and examples of existing ones with good practice

Im trying to integrate an online / offline User Interface element in my application ( web app) I have some trouble getting it matches with the other user interface elements, and wonder what you guys ...
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How to indicate a user is a full member or just a regular member?

I'm looking for some nice ways to visualize whether a user is a full member or a regular member. Assume a Facebook-style website with full membership option. The profiles will be displayed as blocks ...
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How should I handle deleting a role when there are still users with it assigned

I presume this is a pretty common problem but I can never decide the best way to do it. Simple system. It has users, users can be a assigned a role. Roles are defined by the admin users. The ...
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Is there a better way to show 3 states of 2 types of data?

We are writing a web-based testing application where the user (teacher) can't move on to the next step in the process until all students (a young age group) have completed 2 separate tests. First all ...
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UI pattern for showing progress of concurrent tasks?

This is in the context of a desktop application. Typically if you fire off a request to some back end server then it is nice to be able to show some sort of progress indicator in say the status with ...
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Number of UX professionals in the UK

I am having big trouble getting hold of an estimation of the number of UX professionals in the UK. Tried the UKPA, ONS, Data.gov etc but no trace of relevant data. Is anyone able to guide me towards ...
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Which symbols to show availability status for online gaming ? [closed]

I'm redesigning the UI of an online multiplayer game where the red and green colors already carry important meanings, thus they can't be used along with the orange to denote users who are "actively ...