the way user interacts with an artifact and the reaction and/or behavior to the environment

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How far do we go to protect users?

Based on this question. While I loved reading the sassy replies about caves and leopards, the larger debate seems to be whether or not we assume the user is irresponsible and I wonder, as a user ...
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How to encourage users to discover software functionalities?

A perceived advantage of graphical user interfaces over text user interfaces is the ability they give to the user to explore the set of functionalities available and exposed through menus and icons. ...
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Why do users reply to messages clearly marked as do not reply

In a web app, we generate a lot of emails including reminders, requests for approvals, login details etc. They all come from a real email address to help with deliverability etc and they all quite ...
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Isn't all user testing essentially a way of gathering how people think things should work?

When user testing is performed, users are often presented with a serious of variations of a product and observed to see where they excelled and where they had trouble. People will often click in areas ...
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Being explicit with ToolTip

If we are gonna take in data from users(say mail id), and also if we are accepting more than one entry from the user, how can the tooltip be shown? It can either be explicit or can be made visible on ...
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How to prevent users using your app while driving?

I'm working on an app project for professional drivers. Besides all the features we need to offer them, we need to prevent as much as we can our users to use the app while driving. Can you think of ...
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Should a wastebin be global?

I am currently implementing a trash / wastebin for a web-application that works with 3 different entities of data. Each such entity is displayed in unique views. If a user deletes such an entity, ...
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How To Convince [duplicate]

In a current project I am working on the stakeholders seem to think that functionality is king. While I agree that functionality is important it is only one factor in the success of a software ...
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Is copy and paste user-friendly in Mac? [closed]

Whenever I use copy and paste files in Mac, my eyes always search for copy and paste text in Mac context menu when compared with windows context menu. Is copy and paste in Mac context menu ...
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E-Commerce website product with price

Why does many e-commerce or B2B websites like http://www.alibaba.com/ http://flipkart.com/ displays product with price. Is it not possible to make user to click on the product without displaying its ...
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How to inform users in a documentation if the topic is advanced, and if it's even necessary?

In the documentation page for my team's product, there are some articles under the same header that are fairly friendly but some that are definitely not for beginners. My employer wants something that ...
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Improving UX based on inaccurate stats

I've installed Google Analytics in our company's web applications. The problem is the application use legacy code (frames), so the stats we receive aren't very accurate. My question is, as a UX ...
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Differentiating abbreviations for minutes and months

I want to, instead of showing "X minutes ago", show "Xm". The problem is, how would I differentiate if it were "X months ago"? I can't do "Xm" because that's used for minutes. What should I do if I ...
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Well respected gamification book [closed]

I've recently started digging into gamification and would like to dig a bit deeper within the topic. Is there a well respected book on the topic within academia? (Example: The C Programming Language ...
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Is giving users false assurance a good thing?

I've seen websites that show messages like - Sorry, Something went wrong, we're trying to fix this ASAP , when they really should be displaying : 404 - the page you're looking for does not exist One ...
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Allowing every password of 6+ characters. Good practice?

I am developing a file sharing and hosting service, and right now I don't have any requirements set other then that a password has to be at least 6 characters long. I also accept all characters. I'm ...
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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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User Experience Evaluation [duplicate]

I wish to carry out a complete User Experience Evaluation for a portal providing education. What are the best methods for it ? The end users are barely computer literate, and they make do with ...
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Is there a standard icon for web accessibility?

The International Symbol of Access is a standard icon for building and parking access for people with disabilities. Has this icon, by itself, gained acceptance as a standard icon for web ...
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Error message text/buttons?

I have an iOS app where users can save contacts. There is a minimum of first name and last name to save, so when they try to save without filled out all the required fields, an alerts pops up that ...
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What is a 'good' timeout value?

In Android applications, the default AndroidHttpClient uses a timeout of 60 seconds. My guess is that no person sits around waiting 60 seconds for his or her device to display a timeout message. What ...
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Where does UX fit into captology, if at all?

I only recently came across the field of research known as captology, where the psychological principles of persuasion is combined with computer technology. Assuming that user experience design ...
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Setting of Cancel, Back and Next Buttons in Apple UI

I'm working on UI that follows Apple's UI Guidelines. Currently I'm developing a setup wizard UI but I'm confused about arrangement of "Cancel", "Next" and "Back" buttons. My current implementation ...
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Do email placeholders affect anything, and which kind should I use?

I'm going to have a small box on my website where visitors can input their email address to subscribe to my website newsletter. It looks like this, and will have a light text placeholder in the box ...
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What is the optimal load time for a website before users abandon a mobile application or website?

Obviously the goal is for an application to load almost instantly but I am curious as to what the average time would be before users perceive an application or website as "too slow". So, I'm curious ...
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Should I add a floating, fixed feedback button on the pages of my website?

I would like to add a Feedback feature to my website. Should I add it as a floating,fixed button on the side? Is that considered something users are annoyed by? If I shouldn't, which method is ...
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Select between page and object on it when both have same boundaries

ON the UI that I’m designing, I have a page and there could be multiple rectangles on the page like shown below: A page can be selected by clicking on its boundary. Similarly, a rectangle can be ...
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How to arrange five blocks on UI

I have five blocks on UI: On the basis of rights of user, these blocks will be visible. For example, if an Admin signs in, all blocks will be visible. For Manager, I want to show block# 2,4 and ...
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Best practices to document user flow for your portfolio

As a UX contractor, much of my work is under non disclosure agreements. In order to document and present user flows in my portfolio, what's the best way to show examples without risking confidential ...
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Overuse of JQuery animation; hiding text behind (animated) headers - how to make a case against it?

A client I'm working with wants to implement a "peekaboo" block where information is revealed when a client rolls over headers, (basically an image-block JQuery accordion) as shown here: (in the ...
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What is the best way to inspire users to choose strong password?

Most of the users use weak passwords. They may use weak passwords even for services where they store sensitive information. I think it's because they don't believe that their password may be ...
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The phone dialler in iOS 7.1 is userfriendly?

we can see the inconsistent in answering or declining incoming calls in iphone. when the phone is locked the green circle is focused towards left side and while unlocked green circle focused towards ...
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Is there any evidence to back up the theory elderly people won't know how to use a smartphone?

I was discussing with my boss earlier and he mentioned that the app I am currently designing for iOS and Android will be used by elderly people. We then began to plan around the same old theory that ...
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Why is it an industry-standard to have a window automatically grab focus and how do we change it? (in Windows at least)

Why is it an industry-standard to have a windows automatically grab focus? From a usability point of view, why is it considered "good practice" for a desktop application to grab (more like hijack) ...
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How to better name modal buttons “Cancel Request” (submit), “Cancel” (cancel)? [duplicate]

One modal-box asks the user wether they want to really cancel the request. Now there are two buttons (submit) and (cancel), but how to best name them? All other modals use text like "proceed" (submit) ...
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Anything I could do to improve my sign up form?

So I think that I'm finally at a point where I can say that my sign up form for desktop users is pretty much done. I've tried to make it user friendly at first sight by keeping it as short as ...
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About building Q&A system, should we allow user to modify their Q & A, or user can only do “Add Only” when posting Q & A?

Let say we want to build QA system like Stackoverflow, and I wonder whether "we should allow user to modify their Q & A, or user can only "Add Only" when posting Q or A?" -Option 1: User can ...
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Should web app users be allowed to edit/delete their own content?

I'm developing a site that will be nearly completely driven by user-generated content, similar to a recipe website. Obviously, the importance of the content goes beyond the scope of the authoring ...
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Why do users erase all the password when they hit one wrong key, instead of just the last wrong character?

We login to applications almost every day. The password is stored in our fingers, as an automated process (if they have used it long enough). When users realize they have entered a wrong character ...
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How to source the initial requirements for an app?

I have an app idea but do not know how to do an initial requirements documentation. Do I do a survey based on what features I think would be good? Do I do a competitive analysis? I have no budget to ...
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Tag cloud for web site actions - a no-no?

I am building a website, and my designer came up with the idea of using a (3d) tag cloud to display the different actions a user can take (the site's functionality is somewhat complex, and so ...
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Are people sick of logins?

If you have a website where users 90% of time only read and view content, but rarely post, like a blog, does it make sense to force a login? If I force the user to login to view some information, ...
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Why shouldn't we use words such as 'here' and 'this' in textlinks?

Over the years of surfing on the web I have found numerous examples of people saying that you shouldn't use the word "here" in a textlink etc. Personally I like the idea of using the word, because it ...
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UI for system model vs. user model, for developers

Background: Product I'm working with caters to developers, and I'm redoing the UI to improve usability. Currently, the UI behaves like the system model, which is fairly complicated because its a ...
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Metrics for measuring user engagement for web applications

Unlike business and e-commerce sites, web applications don't necessarily have an end-goal or target for users to achieve. What are some metrics that can be used to measure how 'engaged' users are with ...
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How do you give your user options without overloading them?

I was using WinSCP the other day for transferring files, when I came across this.. umm.. I'll call it a set of options, but it was more like an interview. Oh boy. I just want to move a file. Now I ...
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How to recruit engaged users for mobile apps usability study?

We're looking at redesigning our mobile app and we are also looking at adding new features. To evaluate some of the ideas, I'll need to recruit users that are familiar with the app and/or users who ...
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Would it be relevant to learn/understand how manipulation works as UX Designers?

When designing a service for users, we're constantly trying to push them to do things. We're creating systems to get them motivated so they see the value they'll get out of the product. Perfectly ...
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Typing speed for updating results

I'm implementing some ajax autocomplete. Whenever user types something result gets displayed. One thing that is bad about those autocomplete is that constantly hitting database. So I went with making ...
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Should an applied filter involve a data refresh?

Let's assume a page displaying a list of activities. They are some "Sport", some "Cinema" etc... To the Left of the list, there is a special column allowing user to filter displayed data. I'm ...