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

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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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Is a Q&A site a reasonable replacement for a forum for a software product?

I'm building a website for an open source piece of software that revolves around backups and cloning. I was originally going to use phpBB for the forums, but then thought about the possibility of ...
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Is it OK to nest clickable items?

I've noticed this on the SE network, and realised that when a clickable link is nested in a clickable item, users (me at any rate) tend to forget that the item is clickable. It took me a while to ...
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What is better than top-posting and bottom-posting?

Chat programs usually put the most recent information or message below others (bottom posting). Forums and feeds put the most recent information above others (top posting). Is any one better than the ...
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Can placing dark and light elements or blocks next to each other in a UI lead to problems in visual perception?

A designer on my project has proposed something that uses both light and dark backgrounds within the same context (basic mockups below). A short background for the app: It is a platform on which ...
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Visually show “File cannot be dropped here”

I am trying to show to user if "File cannot be dropped to the desired location" on my UI. Refer to the image attached above, user can drag and drop a file to the rectangular areas defined but not ...
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How to maintain a total of 100%

I'm working on a OSX desktop application for rebalancing investment portfolios. I have a screen where the user can input his desired target allocation for different sectors (US equities, Bonds, ...
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On an unlabelled slider, why does right mean higher, and left mean lesser?

Horizontal volume sliders, for instance, are often unlabelled. Other than the VLC player volume slider, I've never seen a label saying that the right means things get louder. How did that convention ...
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Is culture or language a stronger influence on UI design differences?

I read the article by Dan Grover on Chinese Mobile app UI trends and the differences compared to English or western mobile apps. The main list is provided below: Input is Hard Indeterminate Badges ...
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Opt-ins versus opt-outs in forms - does nobody else care?

Whilst filling out a form on the Royal Mail site this morning, I came across this heresy of form design: the self-negating checkbox... This required careful (re)reading to ensure that: I was ...
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Is a web form that sends an email bad UX versus native email client?

I am developing a web-browser-based contact form for our public web site. The form allows a user to enter their email address and compose a message. Upon submission an email is generated and sent to ...
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What modern human-technology interactions have been ingrained into your mind, so that you expect them?

During the course of my day, I have noticed human-technology interactions that have become so normal to me, that I have committed them to muscle-memory. Here are two examples: When attempting to ...
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Recommendations for well-known example where “UX” decision improved conversion rate?

I have to present the value of UX to a room full of marketing people. I have the very-well documented ROI stating that well designed interfaces = increased customer satisfaction = reduced cost of ...
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Use previous page/back links or not?

I mean something like: < Back to Venue I am working on a new site, and during my wireframing stage, I pondered whether I should include them or not. I know it makes a lot of sense for mobile ...
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Is there a reason to keep a Facebook 'Share' button?

For over a year now, the Like button enables you to add a comment, and it shares the story on Facebook with the thumbnail and all. Although the share dialog gives more options to the user - they are ...
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Is duping the consumer really a good business practice?

I have had this at the back of my mind for sometime and I believe UX is the proper place to post this though I may not phrase the question right so please chime in if you have suggestions! There are ...
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Is it user-friendly to ask the user their religion upon registration?

My app needs to know the user's religion to show the appropriate holidays in their calendar. For example, it won't show Christmas if the user is a Muslim. The problem is that users may find it very ...
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A client wants a “Show More” on every page on his website. (Weighing up the benefits)

I've been asked by a client to add a "Show More" button after a pre-defined height on all pages on the users website. It's naturally quite a difficult task to achieve because I have questions such ...
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Name for a rule about re-using terminology

Does the rule "Don't use the same name/word to refer to two different things" have a name, and, if so, what is that name?
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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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Which is more motivating to continue a process until completion: a percentage, or the number of steps?

I'm working on a set of guides to help users learn how to use our app. We want to show which guides are available and some data with each guide indicating how far you've gotten. The idea is that if we ...
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Is it still effective and appropriate to use psychological pricing for IT people?

I need to build pricing plan for service that will be used mainly by developers and designers. I can't decide what price to use, e.g. $20 or $19. I'm afraid that well-educated and smart people ...
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What is the best way to motivate users to participate in completing tedious tasks?

I am working for a company that is looking to crowdsource some tasks in a fun, engaging way. The problem is that the task is very tedious. How do we keep our users engaged long enough to complete the ...
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Do users care about having multiple options for payment providers (paypal vs google checkout, etc.)?

I'm working on a sort of CMS with a built in payment system. We plan on having it support multiple payment processors like Paypal, Amazon, and Google Checkout, but I'm wondering if we need to present ...
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How long should a press-and-hold-button action be?

How long should a button need to be pushed in order to indicate "this is a press and hold action rather than a simple press"? E.g., to unlock the OSD of my Dell monitor, I have to Press and hold ...
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Do we need to show Cart page after user clicked “Add to Cart” from list page?

Suppose if a user clicked "Add to Cart" from a product listing page, Do we need to redirect to Cart page instantly? Or stay on the same page and show "Added to Cart" with disabled style ? How do we ...
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Amount of Time To Determine a User Has Stopped Typing

I have a filter form for a list. One of the fields is a text search field. When a user types in the field, I wait until the user has stopped typing for a half second (500 milliseconds), and then ...
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UX Research: Can I improve conversion rates with the use of lifestyle over still life product photography

I work for a large UK-based clothing retailer. After some initial customer testing with our product details page there has been some debate on the following question: Do customers generally react ...
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During sign ups, how to best instill confidence that email addresses will be safe

Many sign up forms will ask you for an email address so that they can contact you. Even the most minimal sign-up (other than no sign up) will need an email address to send you a validation email. ...
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Deleting dependent records from a table/list

It would be great to have ideas around how to approach below scenario. User wants to delete a Item "X" from a table A. But item "X" is being referenced by multiple items from Table B , Table C and ...
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Unit of measure and Quantity in Purchase Orders

I have written an application that my clients use to keep inventory. The inventory system includes a purchase order module. Each purchase order has a list of line items including: Description of ...
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Is there any research on how users scan Pinterest or Trello style pages?

I'm working on a web app that integrates a Pinterest-like layout. Question: Is there any research around how users scan Pinterest-style pages? Illustration: download bmml source – ...
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Is there research on whether users know how to open a link in a new tab?

When I was young and personal computers where a new thing, there was a study that revealed that many persons did not know what to do with a computer mouse and how to use the pointer on screen to ...
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Visual reference for user impersonation feature

Right now, when a user logs in, on top of the page it shows it's nick name and an exit icon to sign out. I'm about to implement an "impersonate user" feature and I was wondering how to make it clear ...
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How can I make these links more obvious to click on?

I'm working on a website redesign for a dental laboratory. While testing the home page with a user, they never clicked on the links in the subnavigation. They clicked on the larger buttons in the ...
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Show the current votes before or after voting?

When votes are shown before someone votes, there seems to be crowd mentality that results in the post with the most votes (usually the first answer) getting disproportionally more votes - even when ...
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How do people react to domain names without a logical meaning, such as wadja?

I would like to know how people initially react to web sites whose domain name does not have a vocabulary/dictionary meaning, such as wadja and other strange names I can not think now. Let's say ...
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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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What is the ideal height of a button in regular desktop applications?

On most GUI creator (I just checked Qt Creator and Flex Builder), it seems the default button height is about 22 pixels. This is what I use for most desktop applications I create except those I make ...
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Is right-click still an important gesture to hold on to?

With more and more people using mobile devices (or devices which doesn't have right click gesture), its getting tough to indicate that there is an activity that involves right click on desktop ...
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how can you improve the appearance of security

What are the different ways to make users (especially paranoid one's like me) feel safe about the security aspect of the site?
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When is it better to use “You” versus using the user's name?

Currently we are designing a task management system that notifies users of current tasks they need to complete and about the status of tasks they have assigned. We are struggling with using "You" ...
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Input for Multiple Links

We would like users to specify certain pages an action can occur on. There are two conventional ways: textarea with some delimiter (whitespace, commas) between the urls. This is OK since usually the ...
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input type file workaround for usability reason

The HTML input of type file consists of a text filed and a button that says "Browse". Because our users are not English speakers, we would like to change the wording on the button to be in Hebrew. But ...
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How to differentiate icons for *client* from *server* IT services (mail, web, filesharing and so on)

I need to design a UI that includes widgets to control a server computer, and a client computer. This means I'll be doing similar pairs of icons for mail (mail program vs mail server), web (browser ...
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Should the Autocomplete let the user display terms that get 0 results OR should the Autocomplete only contain terms that would lead to results?

A user uses Autocomplete to search for something. The number of results for the term searched (using the autocomplete) is zero. Should the Autocomplete let the user display terms that get 0 results ...
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How to measure self reported computer proficiency? Ideally with one item

For a usability test, I'd like to have a simple measure for computer proficiency, to be able to see, whether it has an impact on successfully handling the tasks. How can we best measure that? A ...
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Usability and security for user access and password handling in a web application?

I'm looking at putting together a website aimed at ordinary users that will handle personal data which I don't want to be compromised. How can I make the site secure but also usable? It seems most ...
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How long does the User remember?

I'm wondering for how long the User holds the knowledge about a site? Assuming that you (as User) came to a new website, browse it for a while, accomplish your goals and then leave. You have learned ...
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Would it be risky to gamify school?

I feel that gamification could help kids to get engaged with their courses. There is probably lots of ways to make school enjoyable and it's even more obvious when you look at stackexchange platforms. ...