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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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13answers
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Should you concede to user demands that seem clearly inferior?

Currently working on a ground-up (not just the UI) reimplementation of a whole, existing system. Because it's internal we've been able to work with its existing users during the process, and get their ...
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5answers
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Are there any letters/numbers that should be avoided in an ID?

For example, an image upload site that gives you a 5 digit ID for your file (domain.com/aCd5y) Should any letters/digits not be used in the final ID, to make it easier for people to read and share ...
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Will I confuse users by making my whole site HTTPS?

I'd like to make every page on my site load through HTTPS by default (less hassle at my end, personally I prefer HTTPS if given a choice as a user). However, I'm concerned that seeing the HTTPS icon ...
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2k views

Next vs. Continue

Is there any situation in which either Next vs. Continue would be more appropriate to use? I'm working on an application that has many, many different forms (data entry), and have been using the word ...
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1k views

What text should be used for an insertion button? “Create”, “New” or “Add”?

Whenever I have been designing interfaces, I always wonder if I should name the button Create, New or Add. I have never decided and stuck with one and would like to get an explanation on what use ...
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461 views

Highly rated content, how do users expect this to be sorted?

We are currently designing a community where users can upload content (User Genererated Content). This content is voted on by those who have used the uploaded content (usage is a criteria for voting) ...
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5answers
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Is the Kano model adaptable for measuring user experience?

I have been looking to develop some metrics for a UX project (which was also a question I posted previoiusly), and have been reading about the Kano model and how it maps to different user ...
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Login without breaking the user flow

Let's say a user wants to perform an action that requires him to be logged in (e.g. sending a private message) so a link is provided to him to log in with a message similar to the following: Only ...
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Should marking a chat message as spam automatically ignore the user?

Two typical features of chat rooms are, the ability to ignore another user (hide all of their messages) and to mark a particular message as spam. Should marking a user's message as spam automatically ...
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Use up or down arrow to represent “sort ascending” at table header

To represent "sort ascending" (a -> b -> c -> ...) , my first sense told me that, I should use ↓ to represent it. This is because if I lay my data a b c It seems like thing is moving naturally ...
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Which page should we go to after results are deleted?

I have a list of users shown in a paginated fashion and need to determine how to handle these two scenarios: Scenario 1 41 users, 10 users per page - There will be 5 pages and the 5th page will ...
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Battery - what percentage range to use for each color?

I need to display battery with 3 colors: green, orange (or yellow?) and red. This device's battery (like iPad, iPhone etc..) with a battery life of up to two days. What percentage range to use for ...
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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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1answer
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Asking for “User ID” when ID is always an email

I tend to have one username that I use for most of the sites that require it (and thankfully it is almost always available). There are a number of sites where the user ID is an email (this post was ...
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4answers
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How do i balance MI requirements with the user experience?

Im designing an online form, to start the form, the user has to select between x3 options: (option 1) or (option 2) or (option 3) If the option 3 is selected, a lightbox appears to tell users they ...
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Android pattern of left aligning in action bar

The design guideline for Android action bars is to left align the text or branding of the app, as opposed to center alignment in iOS. Other than the fact that it increases familiarity with other ...
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1answer
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Is the back button in Windows 8 apps purely chronological?

The back button is ubiquitous in Windows 8 ("Metro") apps. What exactly is its meaning? The Microsoft apps I have seen and the Visual Studio page templates use the button in a chronological manner ...
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Is it a good idea to add new rows on top of existing ones?

Consider my fiddle implementation of a table1. (For those who are curious, here is the code2) At the beginning, my table was more conventional, featuring the + button below the table and adding new ...
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2answers
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How should hamburger menu open in mobile apps?

I have seen many mobile apps which currently use hamburger menu as sidebar menu as it is very convenient and user friendly. Now, we have started to use it in our mobile apps design and it is very ...
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1answer
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Best practice for clearing user input from a kiosk app?

We're developing an app which will be run on a dedicated device on display in a promotional stand. The app consists of a splash screen and several subsections, one of which allows users to select up ...
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3answers
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Customer logged in - Show dashboard on homepage

This is something I have been struggling with and overthinking. SCENARIO I have a website where customers create accounts, log-in and work in a dashboard to create and post items.The homepage simple ...
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1answer
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Should we fake succesful form submit, display result and then revert if some conditions are not met?

Like on Stack exchange, when you try to vote up your question, it appears like you successfully voted, count goes up and vote up button highlights, but then when form actually completes submitting ...
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How to deal with extra space

I'm developing a web application that already use a responsive design(bootstrap) and play well within any small resolution. But that's common that nowadays desktop screens go up to 1920px wide, and ...
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2answers
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Should a check box field be disabled or removed from an interface if is it not going to be used?

I have a web page set up wizard that guides a user through several steps to create an object. One of the steps in the wizard requires the users to pick via check boxes a property to their object. ...
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“more…” What happens then?

I've often seen links on the web - mostly beneath smaller text blocks - indicating that theres more to read when you click on it: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consetetur sadipscing elitr, sed diam ...
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Links vs Actions

This question may be a little vague, but thought I would ask anyways. I'm working on application that has alot links and actions visible in my interface. Most of my actions are accompanied by some ...
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133 views

Is remembering and using user ID when logged out a bad thing?

I'm developing a website for a group of people who play a game online. (It's for a mmorpg guild). I'm creating it all myself rather than using an existing system mostly to learn website skills as I'm ...
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2answers
183 views

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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1answer
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Should I display Edit/Delete Buttons when only one field is editable?

I know there's a lot of questions out there asking where to place the edit/delete buttons in a row. My question is if there is only one field of data that is editable in a row, does it make sense to ...
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1answer
239 views

Displaying internet connection error message on application

We are designing a new android application. The app is in its initial stage of architectural design and UI definition. One of the main question is how to display internet connection error message, On ...
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Should a 'Calculator' support '{' (curly braces) and '[' (box braces)

NOTE: I had originally asked this question on http://programmers.stackexchange.com/, but I had been asked to move it here. I am currently developing a Simplifier for a Calculator. This allows the ...
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3answers
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For a streaming music service, should clicking play on an album, add to the start or end of queue? Or play immediately?

I want to know what the user's expectation is when he/she clicks on the play button of an album and it's position in the queue. Rdio: If you press the play button – plays immediately. However, they ...
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Do people expect to mistype their passwords?

I expect people have to type in passwords pretty regularly. Sometimes if you haven't typed it in for a while but end up faced with a login prompt, you think you remember the password, type it in, and ...
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1answer
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Tutorial Design (android carpool app)

We are developing a carpool app. I need to display a tutorial during the registration. The tutorial needs to convey that we remove all awkward cash exchange by exchanging km's. Now, these are my ...
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3answers
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What welcome text to use when user name not known?

What is generally recognised as the best way to handle a welcome message for a user whose username may not be known? In my menu I have a "Welcome " title, with the user's photo but thinking ...
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1answer
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Should tabbing focus on datagridview

Should pressing the tab button within a windows form take the focus through a datagridview? What is the typical expectation of windows forms users from other applications? The purpose of the form is ...
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Hide or disable an Advanced button?

Assuming I have a form with a drop-down list and an "Advanced" button. The last button should be enabled only if certain options are selected in the drop-down list. Now I'm wondering whether to ...
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2answers
177 views

Should there always be a header and footer on a website?

Strange question perhaps but I've been pondering over the idea of not using any header and footer at all for a website application (non-responsive). I thought of the idea for only having a sidebar on ...
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1answer
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Best practice around selecting items for an action - how persistent should the selection be?

We have a web application for managing large numbers of digital files (referred to as assets). We have recently added the ability when you are browsing the files, or on a search results page, to be ...
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Update vs. Save

I'm working on an application that has a lot of CRUD functionality. When creating an element, I have a button labeled with "Save". My original thoughts were to bring this "Save" button across all ...
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How can I improve this GUI interface?

I'm making a Mac GUI for my application Mac Linux USB Loader and I'm not sure how to design my application's document window to conform to good UX principles. Here's a screenshot of the window: The ...
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How to represent medium difficulty? (fitness)

We have several video fitness programs with difficulties related to the intensity of the workouts. When categorizing them by difficulty "Easy" and "Hard" are clearly communicated by these terms but ...
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What works the best: User convenience or User habits?

I've noted that sometimes convenient features are too far from users' expectations or habits. For example, I've noted that http://small-improvements.com uses a form without a save button and they ...
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Should social media links open in a new tab or window?

Is it advisable that social media links (facebook, twitter, etc) will open in a new tab? Does it depends on the number of social media links?, What if there were only 3 social media links?, should I ...
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How do users react to Bootstrap's uneditable-input class?

Bootstrap supplies a class .uneditable-input, which can be applied to a span/label/text/etc to mimic the appearance of a disabled text input. Bootstrap describes it as: "Uneditable inputs: Present ...
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Correct way to tell file size to user

When a web application wants to tell its user the size of the file the user intends to download, should the app tell the user its logical file size or the size of the file on disk?
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What's the right experience for deleting a favorite conversation from a messaging inbox?

I have a messaging app that produces a lot of conversation volume each day. I am adding a favorites section to the messaging feature, and need to define the flow for when a message is deleted. Here is ...
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Simplify the gamification further (carpool)

I am building a carpool app for India. And the app needs to work on a point (km) system. Initially I thought that working on a system that is based on points will be good enough until I was advised to ...
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Browsing a collection of items via tag name

Take a collection of items. You split this collection up into 3 groups and then within your UI (in this example we'll assume we're designing an iOS app) you place a segment control with 3 segments so ...