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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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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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Is it safe to assume everyone uses / has mouse wheels?

Is it safe to assume all users are aware of using the mouse wheel to scroll and that all users have a mouse wheel on their mouse? I'm hoping to implement a scrollbar which stays hidden even when you ...
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Will forcing response time to the average time as a minimum improve UX?

I have a situation where my Ajax call response time could vary from 14ms to 600ms, because of the complexity of a Query they could make. From my experience Users take for granted those 20-80 ms round ...
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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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Gender neutral photos for users who don't yet have a profile picture

I am administering a web application that has male and female users. Currently, the default user photo is: I don't like this because it seems rather masculine and gives me the impression that the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Text Field Validation vs Prevention

I've been having a debate (mostly with myself) over the best approach to deal with invalid input in text fields -- validation versus prevention. Taking a numeric text field as an example, is it ...
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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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Default filtering behavior: Everything displayed or everything hidden?

We have a selection field on our website. And today we had a discussion at the office about our filter options when the user is facing the filter options for the first time. Option A No filters are ...
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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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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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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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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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Show username or full name

In my web app I have both the user's username, and their Full Name. Username does not allow spaces. To identify a user, should I show a full name or should I show their usernames? The names would be ...
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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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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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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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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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Encouraging the user to hit the NEED A RIDE button

We are building a carpool app, and I need to encourage the user to hit that need a ride button. For that I want to hint to them that there are rides closeby, so it will be useful to hit that need a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to deal with superfluous numbers in input text fields?

I'm working on input textfields for lab assistants, e.g. a textfield to enter a temperature value (in a custom designed UI, not a web-site). Users don't have to enter the Celsius or Fahrenheit unit, ...
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Should a check box field be disabled or removed from an interface if is it not going to be used? [duplicate]

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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Alternative to large selection of check boxes on profile page

We are currently re-working our profile pages in our software and would like to explore the alternatives of having a large amount of tick boxes for users to select to attain certain privileges. The ...
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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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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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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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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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How to balance navigation menu hovering lagginess and usability?

I'm building a navigation menu with many icons. Hovering one icon, will expand a different sub-bar while hiding the others. The delay I've choosed of 180ms is to avoid the users to accidentally ...
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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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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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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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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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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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specific vs generic error messages

So in this site we have an array of error messages. In the case something goes wrong, we pick the specific error message show it to the user. There are many instances where the error should occur only ...