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Is there a concept for “yet to be discovered” affordances?

We're building an app that has an element that performs some specific set of actions. The element itself is new, and tests are very conclusive: for the target the app is directed to, the affordance is ...
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Better labels than “Date 1” and “Date 2”

I'm working on a web application which has a feature to compare the price of products at different dates to see if they went up or down. Basically the user select two dates and click search. At the ...
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A universal word or term for “your device/machine/computer/tablet/phone/smart watch/gadget/whatever”?

I want a word that accurately covers tablets, phones, desktop PCs & Macs, laptop PCs & Macs, smart watches, smart glasses, smart fridges, smart socks (watch this space...) and any future kind ...
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Best abbreviation of Real-End User Experience?

I know user experience is commonly abbreviated UX. What about composita? Real end-user experience monitoring (usually some kind of passive monitoring) is often called just Real User Experience. So I ...
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Baseline website user survey, standard vs. custom questions?

I am planning on doing a baseline user survey this holiday season to assess where we are at before starting the entire user experience tests and study. I think the following questions are a good ...
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Is there any research between the options of “Don't do”, “Do not do”, “Avoid”, etc?

If you want to stop an unintentional action, physical barriers are the most effective solution. You can't open a locked gate without unlocking it, or accidentally push a button with a safety cover. ...
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Viewing data from a web application in Excel - is this feature an “Import” or an “Export”?

I'm developing a web application that presents a large amount of data in a grid. One of the features we are adding to this application is the ability to view this data in Excel. My coworker and I ...
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How to express that a form is part of a authenticity process?

I'm working on an app so user can ensure the products they are going to buy is not counterfeit and tracks its shipping. Tests To do so, we went for a form where people input a product's security ...
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How to name a single status that warns out users it could turn to be good or bad?

In a system where the current development uses a red-yellow-green rating (where red is bad, green is good and yellow could easily fall in any of these categories), what could be a better wording? My ...
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Using genders in physiologically oriented UCD

I've this problem: as a policy, we usually strive to leave out gender considerations if possible. If not possible, we use a wide range of genders . Not as extreme as Facebook, but something more ...
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What is the most appropriate term discontinuing records in an application?

I'm developing an ERP type application that predominately does create/read/update/delete operations against a SQL database. Sometimes it not possible to delete a record from the database as it would ...
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What difference does a positive / negative (do this, don't do this) slogan perspective make on the user's impression?

On my app, the brief loading frame shows the logo, and below it a slogan. Lets say the slogan is a form of command such as "Never create alone". Compare this with "Always create together". Consider ...
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Improvement tracker or: How I Learned to Stop Being a Jerk to the User

I'm planning a program (not sure if it will run on smartphones or just PC ) to keep track of user defined task and it's progress. I want it to be less bossy, but still give the proper incentive to ...
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Wording: 0% or NO?

I need to represent a stat for a weight loss stat. Right now I have this wording: 2% weight loss the client hasn't think of the logical scenario of no weight loss or even worse, weight gain. So I'm ...
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“Connected device” appropriate wording?

I'm having a bit of trouble with wording on a title for a feature I'm building for an app. I have 3 options which seems correct at first view, but I really don't think I'm getting the correct wording ...
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“To do” or not “to do”

I need to display a small block on site which displays actions, that user may pay attention for (unread messages, unfilled profile fields, etc.). Is it a good practice to have such blocks at all and ...
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Appropriate wording for “See images starting from this number” label

There is a page in my website that people can browse and see all the available images. I have created a section where people can enter a number in an input box to see the images starting from that ...
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How to handle blank state on profile pages?

What are some good examples of empty / half-filled out profile pages? Say the user filled out all the required fields, but not the optional ones. How do you handle these situations design-wise? Also, ...
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Alert dialog to confirm a Cancel action

I have an application from which you can run different step by step wizards. It has a Cancel button at the top, which allows the user to quit the current wizard. I have a dialog that appears on ...
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What do you call a website which is not in beta, but a re-launch with possible teething problems?

We are launching a new website soon. We have ran some beta versions to users, but we are going to finally press the button, turn off the old one and only have the new website. I want to let users ...
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Looking for good wording to indicate that “There are notes”

In a view I want to indicate that there are notes (like annotations) taken on the displayed element (that can be viewed by opening a notepad). Rather than displaying a notepad icon, I want to display ...
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What is a good way to word the warning 'audio device not found'?

We have an application which needs an audio input device, or at the very least an audio output device to do anything useful with it. Our user base will include people with limited English ability, or ...
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“Type”, “Type in”, or “Enter”?

I'm adding an ASP.NET Ajax combobox to one of our internal web apps. The combobox combines a dropdown list and a text field into the same control, allowing the user to either choose one of the ...
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What would you call as password/passcode that can't be set by the user?

In a system I'm developing, we send out a password(?) to a user. They can request a new password - sent via email, but they can never set it themselves. Is there a good word for this type of thing? ...
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Descriptive notification or CTA?

I'm working on the notification system for a web app. It has very few messages to display, but these are very important in the use of the platform. I was wondering if it would be best to include ...
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Should I avoid using “abort” in favor of its synonyms?

I've heard that the term "abort" could have a negative meaning in some contexts (i.e. due to abortion-related issues), and for that reason it was avoided in some interfaces of the 80's/90's, probably ...
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How to say “Your file has been modified (somewhere else) since you last opened it” in a few word. With two choices

I am using a dropbox api and building a code writing app for iPhone (so my space is very limited). When the user opens a file, Dropbox gets notified. If the file gets opened in another location (like ...
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Is there an English verb for making something dynamic that works in a web development context?

Not sure if this is more appropriate for Stack Overflow, but I'm a web nerd constantly using the invented word dynamic-ify to describe taking a flat, static web page and converting it into something ...
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Word to describe that buttons work like radio buttons

I have alternatives that a user can select from, and a toggle button to switch whether they work like a radio button (allowing exactly one alternative to be on at a time) or as toggle buttons ...
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“Invalid” vs. “Not Recognized” (vs. other?)

Let's say that we have a form which asks the user for some sort of tracking code for a package. So the user enters 33763, but there is no package with code 33763 in the system. As we always do, we ...
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A word for “not handheld device”?

At my company we're developing a web-based POS (Point of Sale) system software. It is intended for being accessed through a traditional desktop computer, a POS touch-screen computer or a handheld ...
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Word to describe friends' location

What is best to describe a friends' location using words, if I want to show their current place relative to user's? I need to show relative distance and elevation. Is this appropriate? 10 m away, ...
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Duplicate Entry Message Wording

What is the best wording for a popup message that notifies the user that the value they just entered is a duplicate value? The wordings I've considered are: The value you entered is already in the ...
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Impact of “Hide [x]” versus “Show [y]” to achieve the same goal

We're working on a filter interface. Most options can be represented by two options, one using "hide" as the primary verb, and the inverse formulation using "show" as the primary verb. Discussion on ...
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The pitfalls of rewording common phrases such as 'FAQs'

Personally, I'm not too keen on the phrase 'Frequently Asked Questions' - I think more often than not it provides a negative connotation where one isn't warranted. Now obviously this is a very common ...
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What is the reverse of an Unsubscribe?

We are working on our CAN-SPAM compliance, and have our Unsubscribe wording the way we want it. Our app mainly sends e-mail when it is notifying users of various work-related events. If a user ...
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Button instead of Buy Now

I need to develop an android based user interface which lists items to purchase. But in this release I cannot integrate the payment gateway. I would like to integrate a button that indicates an ...
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Designing a prompt for saving changes [duplicate]

Background Imagine there's a UI that contains a list of "talks". Each talk has fields such as "title", "speaker", and "description". Users can edit talks but have to explicitly save their changes ...
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Distinguish between a log file and a file logged in the log file

This form has a file upload element which is used to upload a log file, and a drop down to select files that are 'logged' in the log file. The users of this will be familiar with what a log file is ...
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Should I change the text on the save button when confirming the save?

When a user is clicking a button to save some data, in special situations we want to confirm with them that they know the data doesn't match, so the user has to click "Save" and then click "Save" ...
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Touch-screen equivalent wording for 'scroll'?

When referring to 'scrolling' up/down a page it is intuitive to use the word 'scroll' on a traditional screen (non-touch), because of the mouse scroll wheel etc. Is it as user-friendly to refer to ...
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What is the most appropriate opposite of “Select All”?

Is it more appropriate to use "Deselect All" or "Select None" or some other phrase to indicate the opposite of "Select All"? Context: A toggle button in an iOS app UIToolbar that will select all ...
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In a program what to say when the user enters the wrong type? e.g. number entered when yes/no expected

My program runs from the command line and requires the user to enter booleans (yes or no) and integers (numbers without decimals). For this I have two methods to check to make sure the user makes a ...
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picking a fancy word for posts [closed]

We are developing a web application where users can post beautiful magazine-like articles (those are mostly images and an adequate amount of text). Though we don't like words like atricle or post, so ...
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Should a Landing Page tell the User how to Pronounce the Company's Name? [closed]

I was recently reading a particular startup's website. The very first line goes: "Company (pronounced Com-Pa-Nee) is [description]." The big question is: is it appropriate to tell the user how to ...
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Messages such as “Operation Successfully Completed”: Is word “successfully” really necessary?

We see it everywhere: database queries to shopping carts, the message "Operation X successfully completed" is ubiquitous. But is the word "successfully" really necessary? Is there a way to ...
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'Likes' vs 'Upvotes' [duplicate]

When it comes to completely anonymous appreciation of videos. What is better to use: 'Likes' vs 'Upvotes'? I've read elsewhere that likes seem more personal and there is a network involved. But what ...
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Good wording to indicate Export and Download action?

I have run into this issue with a few web apps: There is a page that displays some data, and the user needs to have the ability to retrieve a file of the same data (typically as an Excel spreadsheet). ...
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Should map markers be called pins or markers?

For reasons I won't explain, I have to change the word 'issues' to something different in our UI. 'Issues' corresponds to the number of map markers on a user's map. Should 'issues' be changed to ...
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Any alternative to the term “anonymous”?

In some contexts, allowing users to send posts or comments without disclosing their identity can add value by providing more freedom of speech. Words like "anonymous" and "anonymity" do convey this ...