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Are Save buttons still necessary in web applications?

There seems to be a growing trend with online applications to save data/progress automatically. In many cases where an interruption to the connection or service is quite likely, it is definitely a ...
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How to unobtrusively confirm a user's choice in a survey?

I'm running a survey on students to collect their feedback of the courses of study they've undertaken in a college. They have to answer the same question for every course they study. There are some ...
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What is a good color combination, visibility for outside use

I am designing the layout for a touchscreen for outside use, What are some good color combination to use that will be visible under the sun light for outside use? Maybe bright neon colors?
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When to use reversed/mirror arrow cursor?

Is there an established pattern for when to use a reversed (right-pointing) arrow? I most frequently notice it in Outlook on part--but not all--of messages in my inbox: My Google-fu failed at finding ...
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Should an API documentation include When-to-use and when-not-to-use list?

The target user base for the problem described below is one of the most neglected and underrated one - Programmers/Developers/Coders. Consider, for example, this java doc which is explaining about ...
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Why can I only close tabs to the right?

In both Chrome and Firefox I have the option the close the tabs to the right, but not to the left. Why is this? This seems like a somewhat ridiculous limitation to me.
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Where should I display 'free shipping if payment by debit card'?

I've been working on an e-commerce website, and the stakeholders want to add the following text: 'free shipping if payment by debit card'. Where should I display this on the website? I think the most ...
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The side help bar is being missed by our users. How do I refuse a screen judder?

I'm designing a page which has a side help drawer for users. I.e. the users click on the 'help' text on the right hand side, and a drawer flies in from the right. The page is long so the 'help' drawer ...
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At what point do you let users opt in to a redesign?

I'm doing a "refresh".. mainly we are going responsive so that users over 1366px width will see a large layout with bigger media objects, users below 1366px will see the same layout with a slightly ...
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Accessing secure content

Which of the permutations for accessing secure content do folks prefer? In this instance I'm referring to a saved quote and have usernames, email addresses and quote reference numbers available. ...
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How to indicate real-time constantly loading content?

We're moving into more "next generation" web apps where the amount of reloading a page someone has to do is greatly diminishing in favor of real-time/reactivity. I'm wondering if there's some sort of ...
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How do Enterprise Softwares validate A/B testing?

I just started working for an enterprise software company, and I'm having a hard time integrating validation to see "what works" for the user. I'm used to working for more consumer-based software, ...
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Should a user be prevented from making an invalid selection or denied with an error message after the fact?

In my UI, there is an icon for ‘Open File’. When user clicks this icon, a normal file browser window opens. The user selects a file by browsing through the computer. The user should only select ...
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Using long domain name which actually explains the site's purpose

Im asking this question since it will directly affect the user experience. I am planning to buy a domain name for my new site. I want to use a domain name that directly explains the purpose of the ...
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How best to draw the users to a potential issue in the data they have entered

I have a form where the user can update project information. A project is linked to an organisation, and an organisation has license(s) - which has an expiry date. When updating the project, if the ...
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Best usability: visual presets or simple action?

I'm working on a webapp that lets designers generate CSS through an intuitive interface. Right now I'm working on the Shadows panel and I can't decided which option has the most versatile usability. ...
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Alternatives to showing file size in a download?

I think I've seen somewhere that only showing the size of a file for download is not particularly useful for some users (in particular those less technical users). I guess the argument for this would ...
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Showing the user the hierarchy of inputs in a form

I'm working on a form where the user can enter multiple "disciplines" using multiple text fields, the form starts out like this: then if they press the button (Add SUB), this happens: As you ...
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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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Is making an important action harder to find an effective practice, when trying to discourage its use?

The recent Android Gmail App is a perfect example of what I'm talking about (see screenshot below). When you open an email to view, Google has moved the Delete action into the sub-menu. In previous ...
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Context-switches & integration of workflows to avoid them

I've been searching everywhere I know for research concerning the topics listed below, but have been unable to find anything specific. The best I can come up with is general literature. Specifically I ...
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Is it good practice to ask date of birth and gender from users or Avatars can suffice?

I am building a system where I need user explicit data like Age, Gender, Preference towards a category(fashion/Gadgets/...). I came up with 2 solutions for Age & Gender: Ask user these ...
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Best way to show tabs in UI

I'm working on UI where I need to add tabs. Currently I have added tabs all of same size but size of text inside each tab may be differ. Selected tab is shown by different color as shown below: but ...
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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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Is the “apple slider button” using the correct affordance?

Here's a screenshot of apple.stackexchange.com: The button "active" is decorated in a way which looks like an iPhone's slider control. The first thing that comes to mind is that it's draggable ...
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Likert Scale - positive to negative or negative to positive?

We are soon to be conducting an online survey, and several of the questions will attempt to measure how the user feels about a given situation. We are using the likert scale to display the choices. ...
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Show 6 share buttons vs one button that opens tooltip with 6 share buttons

I have a web application that hosts some user content, say tutorials. I'd want to give users opportunity to share this content using social network buttons like Facebook Like/Share, Twitter, Reddit, ...
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Red buttons in an e-commerce site?

I'm designing an e-commerce site with red buttons. It has a yellow/white background and it looks quite good that way. Now, my boss finds the same, he likes it, but he is doubtful, because red could ...
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Unexpected A/B testing results

We've just run an A/B test for one of our landing pages using Visual Website Optimizer. We are an online hotel booking reservation site. The landing page shows information about a particular hotel ...
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If text is editable, how important is to show it (appearance wise) inside a text box?

A new approach we adopted for one of our applications is that all our editable text such as name, a description that was once filled out to be border-less. To edit the text the users simply click on ...
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Better UI for exchanging blocks up and down

I have developed a UI as shown below: Now I want to add a functionality to this UI that if user wants to exchange positions of if and else if blocks, he must be able to do that. One option could ...
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Which is better option 'School', 'College' or any other?

I have used the school field name for both school and college on my website, but I think 'School' and 'College' have different meanings. Can anyone suggest a more appropriate option?
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Is pausing button under a scrolling banner necessary?

Carousels appear massively in my web projects, usually for making users able to check each "slides" in detail, we will make the scrolling paused when hovering on the banner content. However, one ...
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Should tabs changes in a web app be part of the browser history?

I've implemented a JavaScript plugin that tracks tab changes in through the browser history. Here's a brief overview of how it works: Once tab is clicked, the URL hashtag (the part that looks like ...
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Is Successful Validation useful for step forms

We've been designing a registration form with 5 steps. The form has many input fields, some required and some not. The validation is client side and is represented with red text for errors. I was ...
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Is there a widely-understood visual metaphor for privacy?

On our profile page, we're giving users choices among three privacy settings for each field. The checkbox choices will not appear until a user highlights a particular field, but we do want to convey ...
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What is the advantage of drop down list appearing in front of control instead of below it?

Originally, drop-down lists appeared at a static position below the control (or above it if space was restricted): However, in recent user interfaces, these lists appear in front of (i.e. layered ...
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Does Lack of Content Contribute to Higher Bounce Rate?

I've been doing some research in Analytics to hopefully discover why my bounce rate is higher post-redesign, and thus far, my results have been inconclusive. How important is it that a site has ...
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Studies about how many lines from a testimonial a user will read on home page

I am building a home page for one of our products and researching how to integrate testimonial section. In my first prototype, I have 3 sentences which makes 6 lines on a tablet. My thought is ...
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Visually indicating that a website supports drag and drop?

I'm building a system that requires file-uploading, and I'm wondering how I can indicate that the browser windows supports drag and drop. Since the feature is new to modern browsers, there's no user ...
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How to inspire users to share the app?

There could be some app platforms where multiple user participation is essential. For instance, a multiplayer game, in which user could pick another user to play the game from the list of his phone ...
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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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Does math scare users? [closed]

On most food containers, they say: Sugars less than 1g. Why don't they just say: < 1g Do users not like math in any context? Even if the math helps summarize and shorten content?
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Different experience in simulation and real system

I couldn't find a better match of SE site to ask than UX. My question is what is the technical term when a user have difficulty (cognitively speaking) of using a real system because the user was ...
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How many interface designs are necessary beyond the initial mockup phase?

Every time we start a new software project at my company, we will go to great lengths figuring out the best and most user friendly interface possible. We often have many reasons for the decisions we ...
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Terminology for user fear of unbounded space

There is a term used for describing a behavioral pattern where users feel disoriented or anxious when a navigable space is unbounded and there is no reference point. For example, in a 3D drawing ...
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When is the best time to deploy operating system updates?

Related to this question, it was proposed in the comments that it frustrates the user even more when when they go to shutdown their workstation and it takes forever to install updates. However, it's a ...
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How should I alter my programs progress bar?

An application I have just been asked 'to take care of' has some interesting code features. One is that when it is loading up the login screen, it displays a 'splash' with a progress bar. This splash ...
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Showing facebook profile picture to show logged in user

Let's say you login on a web shop using a facebook connect button. Do you think it is good practice for the site to retrieve your profile pic and display it just by your login name? I wonder if it ...
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Easiest to read fonts

Has there been studies to determine what fonts make it easiest to read? I'm interested in the font type, but also size and color. For example, is dark gray better than pitch black? Also of interest ...