A user is an agent, either a human agent (end-user) or software agent, who uses a computer or network service. Someone who uses the UI as opposed to someone developing it.

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Should “Yes, delete it” be red, or green?

Designing an interface for a CMS (Content Management System), I stumbled upon a paradox and I'm a bit confused about what to do and why to do. Context Before deleting an album, the user is asked to ...
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Handling the death of a user

Are there any common practices for handling the death of a user? How should the claim of a death be verified? How should the deceased user be "visualized" or otherwise indicated on their ...
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Better term for “user” [closed]

I often have to explain some aspect of an application, and often need to refer to users. I really don't like the term as it is not something with a good connotation (e.g. drug users) to the ...
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Preventing users from closing browser tab. Bad idea?

I have a customer who wants to add one of those annoying JavaScript alerts that prevent users from closing a browser tab to make them a discount offer. You know, something like: "are you sure you ...
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How much information should you ask for when users register?

So the company wants all the information it can get on the users of its site, but how much should be asked for upon registration? On one hand, it would be easier for the users to enter only personal ...
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Might a design be “too good” for users that expect a low price?

I am working hard on the new design of an online shop using all the best practices. But I had this strange thought: What if a design is so good that it worries the user? When you see something well ...
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All my users are from Afghanistan; or, how to get users to correctly fill out a form

I have a website with a form users fill out to create an account. Following advice from this forum and other places I am asking for only the minimum required information to create an account, i.e. ...
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Preferred format to display negative currency (US English)?

Which would be the more readable way to format negative numbers: -$99.99 ($99.99) Some other format I haven't considered Details: Most of our user base has finance experience and but some have ...
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When form submission fails, password field gets blanked, why is that the case?

I've seen many registration forms where if fields don't pass validation, the password fields are blanked as well. Why is this the case? I understand why you'd blank the password in a login form, but ...
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Why do ATM's not adjust to the user?

There are lot of questions on here about cash machines, and the poor user experience around them. The question is, Why Don't Cash Machine Automatically Adjust to the Person Using It? For example, ...
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email field or username for logging in an application?

What is the best solution for an app : Email or username field? I like email because: it's unique user will easily remember it's personal (which can be a disadvantage sometimes; Multiple users on ...
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Making the user login again after registration

Simple question: is it a bad idea to automatically login a user after their registration was flawlessly completed? A majority of all the websites I visit does not use this behavior, which is the ...
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Why Not Use a Real Person as a Persona?

My understanding of UX Personas is that they're descriptions of fictitious people designed to represent the common traits and attributes of a broader audience demographic. If that's the case, in what ...
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When is it appropriate to ask User confirmation?

A couple of times I archived some of my emails accidentally ( touch screen you know ) . They don't usually ask for confirmation while archiving messages or emails. But they do while deleting . So in ...
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What's the best way to handle deleted user accounts on a social app?

When users delete their accounts, what should you do with their stuff? I see a few approaches: 1. Recursively delete all their stuff This causes problems. We run competitions, and if someone ...
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Is it appropriate to display the warning message “Caps Lock is on”?

Is it appropriate to display the warning message "Caps Lock is on" when focus shifts to Password field? In gmail and yahoo I don't see it. So, what does the standard say?
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How to design identical UI for cross platform Mobile app?

One client wants to make a native apps for iPhone, Android, Blackberry and and Windows phone. But he wants to make the look of UI identical on all devices as much possible. 1) Is it technically ...
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What fields to drop from the registration form?

Our current registration form is too long and some fields should be omitted. All of these look important except 'Tell us something about yourself.' Currently used fields are: User Password Company ...
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Is UX the same as Usability?

The two terms have seemingly become synonymous, but is "user experience" really the same thing as "usability?" It would seem that some sites, apps or products provide the user with an experience ...
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OR & AND representations for the non technical user

So lets say I am implementing a searcher that people would use to check fantasy football teams and their roster (a fantasy football team can have 8-12 players that each user selects from all of the ...
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Why not use ellipsis to ask the user?

I'm using ellipsis in titles to ask the user. Something like this: I have also this alternative (more traditional): What do you think is the most intuitive for the user? Do you have another ...
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Is ReCaptcha a poor anti-spam mechanism?

As everyone knows, any website that allows users to submit content to be posted without moderation are subject to all kinds of spam. One of the most popular methods of combatting this is using ...
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What's recommended for the number of users to use in qualitative and quantitative testing?

I'm currently rebuilding our entire intranet from scratch, mostly because the tech behind is out-dated and it has been proved that a lot of information is difficult to find. Though that is beside the ...
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What is a great way to display a user's email address in a small amount of horizontal space (in a user card)?

I'm designing an area of an app that needs to display users in a certain group. To save space while providing larger (more recognizable photos), I've decided to use a "card" style with photo above ...
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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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Showing the full path to a folder when changing its name

I have a form where a user can enter a new name for a specific folder. The full folderpath is displayed on the form for informational purpose which leads to a problem. I don't want my form to expand ...
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Do we lose touch with our users? [closed]

I showed the hamburger menu icon ☰ ☰ to my wife (and living with me she's quite computer literate). But she couldn't make sense of the hamburger menu. "There's two of them, one each ...
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How should I user test teenagers? (Under 18)

I'm currently working as a UX design intern at an organization that revolves around motivating teenagers. One of my big projects for the summer is to help my supervisor get our user testing program ...
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Maximum amount of people in a single chat room

Ok, is there a number, an ideal or a maximum amount of people that can participate in a single real-time conversation? Something similar to the Dunbar's number. I'm asking this because I'm developing ...
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Tracking Shipment Progress

I am currently in the process of designing an application where customers can log on and see a list of all of their existing orders and view where the current transit progress is. Just like FedEx or ...
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Do users notice “don't show this again” checkboxes?

In a shopping cart, items can have a discount, but if a users asks for an express delivery on a specific item, the discount will change. I need to make them aware of that. 1 item = 1 line. The ...
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How design a dashboard for mutiple-role users?

I'm developing a dashboard for a client, and we have some users who fit into multiple roles within the company, ie. a Project Manager and a Department Manager. In this case they function as two ...
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Introducing usability into a large Government organisation

I'm hoping you can help me. I've been allocated the role within my organisation to look at how we can improve the usability of our systems. I'm not from a UX background at all so this is proving quire ...
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How do you source your persona photographs?

Like many of you I'm sure, I consider the creation of user personas to be a crucial part of the UCD process, particularly when starting a new project. While we all have our own techniques and styles ...
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What does “end-user” mean?

UX folks like to talk of the "end user" (examples in 1 2 3), because that is whom they are advocating for. However, the term is somewhat ambiguous: assuming I write an UI library, is the end-user the ...
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How to safely transition users from an old interface to a new one?

We're about to launch a new interface of an order form (which is arguably better, based on research and user testing). At this time we don't want to hurt feelings, or shock returning visitors who are ...
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Adding a new feature to an existing website

There is always the simple UX for having a popup when you log back into a site you frequently visit that says "Hey, look at this new feature we added! etc.." I am convinced there is more of a subtle ...
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Is task-based the same as user-centric?

Well, I think that the question is self-explanatory. In order to explain something to someone in the office I used task-based instead of user-centric and I was surprised. I'm usually complaining ...
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When to use Pull Down to Refresh and when to use a Refresh Button?

I'm building an iPhone app but I'm torn which type of refresh UI to use. I understand that pull down to refresh makes sense when you have things being added to the top of a list like twitter feeds. A ...
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Sliders and undoing?

I am looking to improve my open source project Retro Graphics Toolkit (for more information see https://github.com/ComputerNerd/Retro-Graphics-Toolkit ) and one feature that I plan to add is ...
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What is the best format to capture addresses for a universal user-base?

What is the best and most usable format to capture address information from a universal user base? I was thinking to have the system detect the country by IP address and have that selected by default, ...
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Are there names for patterns within UI styles?

Are there names or guides to classify similarities or reoccurring style patterns within UI? For example, Retro, Legal, etc. Example of UI patterns used in login forms: Indented outlines ...
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What are the best ways to interview customers to derive needs?

I have just started a new project and I am going to be speaking to customers directly to try to derive needs for a new version of the software application. I have not done this before. Some of my ...
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Why most software businesses require the users to “request a demo” to see their products?

I have noticed that on the large majority of software businesses, their products will not be shown to you unless you request a demo from their site, usually from a form by providing your personal ...
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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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What is the name of someone who does not know how to use a computer or the web?

People who cannot read or write are named "illiterate". Does a word exist to qualify someone in the same position but about using a computer or a web application? This term would be really usefull ...
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Will users understand the concept of “version zero”?

I've written a piece of software, and am trying to decide whether to call it version 0.0.0.0 or version 0.0.0.1. Logically speaking, it is version 0.0.0.0, and the system tool I am using allows this ...
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Can UX without research really be called UX?

However bold the question may seem it is still valid since how many UX Pros we are out there do we really know things before we test on real users? UX teams are responsible for creating desirable ...
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User tasks vs. user goals?

Can someone shed some light on what are specific differences between user tasks and user goals? Personas focus on goals while market segment focuses on tasks. I'm unclear on what exactly "tasks" ...
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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 ...