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

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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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Where should the GUI light source come from?

I know that historically the light source on GUIs is in the upper left, casting a shadow on the bottom-right of buttons and the upper left of fields. Now, I see some places (like Apple) use a top ...
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Examples of good use of animation on web pages

I'm currently redesigning our company's Magento theme, with the aim of increasing our conversion rate as much as possible (obviously :-) ). I have what I feel to be a good overall layout with the eye ...
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How to encourage non-techie users to print the high resolution version in a photo gallery?

I am designing a photo gallery site where every picture page has a link for a high resolution version of the picture intended for printing, but I found out that people are simply clicking 'save as...' ...
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How should the [Big Buy Now Button] in the right gutter be linked?

I'm redisigning my website and would like to know how the "Big Buy Now Button" in the right gutter should be linked. This button will be available on every page of the site. I sell two software ...
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How to build a site targetet to well paid male company managers [closed]

I'm building a global web site that is targeted to well-paid male company managers. In what way should this user profile direct my user interface decisions? For example they will not have much time ...
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Welcome screen for Arab countries

On their website, my company wants to welcome visitors from Arab countries with some kind of "intro page" specifically tailored to comfort Arab visitors. Currently, we are thinking about a welcome ...
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Do people click items that are 'recommended for you'?

Many sites, such as youtube and other video sites and online stores have a 'recommended for you' section. Is there any data available on how often these are used? On youtube I always click the ...
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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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Will users scroll the autocomplete results on a mobile device?

I am working on search functionality for a mobile website. We are using a drop down list of smart auto complete suggestions so that the user won't have to type as much. In this case, a travel app, the ...
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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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Why do some webmasters INSIST on having auto-playing music elements on their webpages? [closed]

Is there any positive reason why someone might implement an auto-playing audio feature onto a webpage? I seem to see it all the time, especially on band pages and so on. The frustrating thing is ...
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Actions without text or hidden actions

In web UI as of late there seems to be a change in how actions (buttons and links) are displayed. Here are a couple of examples: Actions are hidden until the user scrolls over the "thing" upon which ...
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Why at some web are pages always from 1,2,3 … for newest messages?

When I visit some pages, they have newest items first; page 1 has always the newest items. Some examples are imdb boards and icanhascheezburger. I think this is case of top posting, because messages ...
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Why do people get confuse about the “U” universe? [closed]

On this article http://boxed.hu/en/articles/ui-and-ux/ we have a great definition about UX and UI. Like the author says "There are huge differences between the two, but the most important is probably ...
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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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What makes people vote?

What drives people to upvote or downvote content? I'm looking for the je-ne-sais-quoi quality on successful voting systems and I just can't put my finger on. Let's look at three examples: ...
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How do social communities sort users to display / encourage uploading profile pictures?

For a relatively new social networking community, not many users have uploaded their profile pictures yet. We think having an image will cultivate a sense of trust and encourage participation, so we ...
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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 ...
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Would you consider this a button? [closed]

I am working on a web interface and I want to emphasize a portion of it and make it attractive for people to click on it, which will show additional content (with a 3d css flip animation). The first ...
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Enabling spell check in the UI

We are building an application which will contain spell checking features for areas where users will enter input. We have already implemented the feature for our rich text editors, whereby spell ...
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Should social media sharing icons be placed on the homepage as well as article pages?

I'm working on an online magazine, and we are considering which pages in the sitemap should have social media sharing icons. We have looked at four examples of related precedent sites throughout this ...
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Should I use customized social buttons

I am facing a cornelian choice. Should I use custom social sharing buttons for UI consistency or should I keep them original for better recognition ?
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Is offering more than one openid/social-sign-in option a good idea?

Lots of sites nowadays offer the option to log in via Google, Facebook, LinkedIn and so on, and sometimes a standard username/password option as well. While this goes a long way toward helping users ...
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How to convert a visitor/ browser to a user?

I run a social learning network that enables anyone to create a class/ workshop on almost any non-academic topic and allows users to register online. Anybody can be a teacher or learner. Its free. ...
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Balance between mandatory fields and optional fields

I am working on the project part of which is building a user profile page that is used to collect some information from the user so that this can be used to display better matching results for that ...
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Search input on mobile device

I'm designing an mobile-web-app (ie: not a native app) for touchscreen smartphones. When you add a search input, do we need to add the search button (for processing the search) or use the one present ...
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How do interstitial ads impact site UX?

(Spawned by How should Ad splash pages be handled for those with ads disabled?) Has any data been published on the impact of interstitial (whole page ads between content) on the user's experience? Is ...
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Auto-suggest confuses users; How do I improve it?

I wanted to get some ideas on how a problem like this might be avoided. A mobile app (android, ios) that I work on uses a local sqllite DB to power an auto-suggest feature on the search screen. The ...
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Creating Interfaces that Build Emotional Bonds

What are factors in the user experience that lead to users having an emotional tie to an interface, why, and what would be an example of each factor.
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When is a right-handed navigation sidebar appropriate?

When is a right-handed sidebar for navigation a good choice? If possible, I would like some examples where it has been used, such as this sidebar from Google's official blog.
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What are the best practices for site-wide maintenance notices?

I manage a set of websites with a largely non-technical user base. We want to occasionally provide site-wide notices for forthcoming planned maintenance. We've tried using a messages with red ...
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Why is the “dislike” button going into extinction?

I've noticed that Facebook and now Google+ only have a "Like" (or +1) button, in spite of users wanting a "Dislike" button. This seems to be a bit of trend. Disqus also dropped their dislike vote - ...
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Is my UI for indicating the ability to add margins to text appropriate?

Curious. I have a Silverlight application where you can choose set margins for a piece of text. Thus you can choose set the margin on more than one side of the text (top, bottom, left, right). ...
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Does SSL on a company's website make the company appear more credible?

I recently had a thought about the way many modern browsers display information about a site's security certificates. At least Firefox shows a very noticeable blue box in the address bar on sites that ...
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Page on inline frame VS Page in new tab

I am building a feed aggregator for and one problem that cam into my mind is whether to use an inline popup that show the external article page. In the first picture below is how my aggregator looked ...
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Should we delay the website launch to work on improving user experience and accessibility?

Should we delay the Website launch to make it more and more better for User Experience and accessible, Is there any limit? I was making a website and i tried to make it as good as possible for better ...
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Progress Indicator suggestions for multithreaded operations?

In the old version of our application, the operations performed during loading were sequential. We indicated progress by updating a single-line text string with the component that was being loaded. ...
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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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Should field labels be nouns or verbs?

On a web form should field labels be nouns or verbs? This issue arose from two fields on an account request form that currently read: Temporary Password Re-Enter Temporary Password There is debate ...
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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 can the classic footer elements be integrated into an infinite scrolling layout?

Infinite Scrolling is a fairly new and effective way to display practically infinite amounts of data in a user's window, but one page element simply does not suit itself to this method; the footer. A ...
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When and how to validate forms in a usability perspective?

I am implementing a business application and wounder what's the best way to validate forms, and when. An example is a form where three textfields where a currency amount is expected. A valid input is ...
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OpenID login takes a second, how do I make it feel quicker?

Users on my site log in via OpenID. This is what loggin in looks like: Click the login link in the header Click one of 6 OpenID providers (wait one second) If they're there for the first time: Log ...
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Load more posts with sliding effect?

I created a feed aggregator with a "load more" button at the end of the posts. When the user clicks on it, loads some more posts and when it is completed, the list of the new posts slides to the top ...
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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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What to do with non priced products when sorting by price?

On a page that lists products, we would like to give the user the option to sort the products by price. The problem is some products do not have their price displayed and are "request a price." What ...
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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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How to say that an online demo is interactive in 2-3 words?

Basically, they can play around with the app, to get a feel for it in a advance. The target audience is business owners who may or may not (likely not) be technologically inclined. Demo implies that ...
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Does your average web user understand the concept of the clipboard?

I'm designing a web site where I would expect the intended audience to have limited computer skills. An important part of my site's functionality will require the end user to copy an URL that my site ...