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Display comments order - best practice

I wonder what is the best comments order on the website. I assume there are two major methods to display comments: from newest to oldest, from oldest to newest. Facebook uses method one and ...
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4answers
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When to display a link as a previously visited link?

Websites of today contains a variety of links including logo link, global and local navigation links, supplementary or related links, other header links, footer links, inline related links and more. ...
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2answers
220 views

Forms: Is it right to show empty fields in an info page?

In an application i am designing, there is a form, where the user completes the fields and some of them might remain empty (not filled by the user). Then we have the info page showing all these fields ...
8
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4answers
271 views

Why did older Windows installs delay before automatic restart?

Every time I need to install an older copy of Windows (today it's Server 2003 Enterprise), I run into the screen where the initial install phase completes and my machine needs to reboot. The ...
10
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3answers
382 views

Which color swatches best help users filter products?

I'm currently working on a design for a product filter, and one of the attributes will be color. Products will have any of several dozen specific colours, but it makes more sense to give users a ...
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6answers
486 views

Should usability testing of a competitor's website be a part of your usability testing routine?

I was reading up on best practices on usability testing for websites and a recommendation was that get your participants to do usability testing on your competitors website as well as that would help ...
12
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2answers
212 views

Alerting visitors to a website of a current event (e.g. breaking news)

Backstory: We have a website for a conference. As part of the process of the conference, we invite people to submit sessions, but only for a limited period of time. We want to alert visitors to the ...
9
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6answers
481 views

How to test usability on competing mock ups cost-effectively?

I have a client that is very opinionated about what she likes and dislikes about my design and moves things around to where they "look right" for her. I want to test my original mock-ups vs her ...
0
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1answer
141 views

Minimalistic User interfaces discussion [duplicate]

I'm wondering whether or not a minimalistic user interfaces is the best choice. For example you might have an application that has only one button per page, so a user can't get confused. Or multiple ...
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17answers
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What word can be used to mean either click or tap?

Very often we need to speak generically about clicking or tapping an item, but there seems to be a lack of vocabulary in English for this. We could just say "click or tap" every time, but that is ...
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7answers
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Help menu - “?” or “Help”?

It is a very simple question, but it has been bothering me for quite some time: when creating an application, should the help menu (in the menu bar) be called "?" or "Help"? I can see a few ...
5
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2answers
73 views

Incorporating new (unrelated) data on an existing table

We have a big table where user enters hours for each day of a time period (14 slots for day inputs) each row represents a task. the Dev team wants to incorporate tasks from another system into that ...
2
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2answers
132 views

Multiple plans and trials

We are building an SaaS application. In an ideal world, we would just have 1 plan that can cater to the needs of everyone. However, as we know, that is not the case. The situation: I have 3 ...
3
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5answers
326 views

Using scrolling up from pageload to reveal additional content

There are certain sites have a pattern where the page loads, and then if a user scrolls up, additional content is presented. I know that NBCNews.com does this with certain pages, and I've been told ...
9
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6answers
3k views

Metrics for measuring user engagement for web applications

Unlike business and e-commerce sites, web applications don't necessarily have an end-goal or target for users to achieve. What are some metrics that can be used to measure how 'engaged' users are with ...
1
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1answer
158 views

'Add to Bag / Basket' on category landing pages?

How I have the list currently displayed]1I'm currently working on a site selling books and my client has asked where the 'Buy Book' buttons are. On the books listings (category) page do I need a call ...
6
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2answers
147 views

Choices for users who don't read

I'm building a touch UI for a timesheet program. Requirements: 1) Record the start and end time of a break. 2) Determine if the user is leaving the work place for their break (for safety reasons ...
10
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5answers
225 views

Using a back panel image as navigation

I wanted to get some opinions and feedback on using an image of a back panel for navigation. In our current UI we have a setup of a appliance. The appliance has a number of ports and some need to be ...
1
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3answers
127 views

For landing page A/B testing, how do you recruit from a niche market?

I'm currently working with a client that has not launched the full website yet, but is A/B testing ads to drive member acquisition. The ads direct users to a landing page that collects user e-mails. ...
8
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4answers
215 views

When is it appropriate to split functionality into separate apps?

I'm a designer and my company has a single app that serves two different types of user. One group is the general public, who uses the app to navigate big events (e.g. annual user group meeting ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

Examples of patterns for multiple file uploads using drag and drop?

I've been working on an app that involves making an application for a permit. Applicants typically need to upload 5-16 documents (drawings and specifications) before they submit their applications. ...
4
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3answers
125 views

Word for a group of numbers?

I have a list of different numbers/ID's related to a company and right now I am using the title ID's to group them but I feel that this title may not be the best. Does anyone know of any better words ...
1
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0answers
47 views

Usability requirements [duplicate]

I've been asked to document a set of usability requirements, is anyone aware of a set of unambiguous, measurable requirements I can provide to our supplier please? We (generally) use a waterfall ...
5
votes
4answers
1k views

What is the best mechanism for language and country selection?

I need my users to choose their country to use my site. The French version has a totally different setup to the English version, for example. I'm The trouble is, if I merely ask the user for their ...
8
votes
1answer
138 views

Is it better to have more links to the homepage on your website?

Is it a good idea to have more than 2 or 3 links to the homepage on your website? Think about something like: Link in Footer Link in Header (obvious) Link in content Link the headerlogo to homepage ...
2
votes
3answers
687 views

How to make a user feel secure when using an iframe for payments

I've got a site where it's very difficult for me to add SSL, so I'm using a secure iframe on the payment page to collect credit card details. Currently it's set up to appear like it's the same site. ...
3
votes
2answers
132 views

What shall the recent tab consist of?

I have a site which creates activities and perform various functionality in it. It consists of two tabs, current and recent. Current activity -shows the name of current activity on which user is ...
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2answers
187 views

List of statements which can be used to measure the value proposition of a website

I'm looking for a list of statements that can be used to measure the value proposition of a website. For example: The site is intuitive and easy to navigate. The site's content is well structured ...
2
votes
3answers
182 views

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 ...
13
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6answers
651 views

Minimalism, Maximalism(?) or whatever?

Tufte & Nielsen believe that screen real estate is one of the most important asset for a (UX) designer. Utilize available screen space - Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox: May 9, 2011 & The Visual ...
3
votes
4answers
161 views

Should I put the map on the first page?

I want to make an application to find parking and my question is if I should place the map on the first page. On the one hand the map shows you where you are; if you're in a city that is not yours it ...
9
votes
1answer
125 views

How should I handle playing multiple alarms?

I have a web application that monitors a service (polls) every 30 seconds or so, and displays any new records (notifications). Each one of these must be acknowledged by an operator. The customer has ...
36
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5answers
1k views

How should we prepare users for a site overhaul?

We've taken over a legacy web application that has been running without anything changed for the past 4 years. We are currently re-writing the application because the original source code has severe ...
7
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2answers
180 views

Are people used to seeing a “My Cart” link in the header?

I have been designing an E-commerce platform where users will be able to buy Apps from the marketplace. I had thought of placing "My Cart" links in a number of places, such as: Docked widget in ...
14
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5answers
388 views

Is it better to offer 2-3 links to access the same page or one single link?

I'm currently working on an events website. On the events landing page, there is a list of upcoming events. Here is how each event is presented: The banner, title and 'more details' button lead to ...
6
votes
2answers
176 views

How to design a wireframe logically?

I'd like to know what is the reasoning you go through when you wireframe a page. After having determined the different components of a page, I usually identify the primary/secondary contents and key ...
6
votes
3answers
269 views

Are extensive validations necessary on mundane input forms in a website?

I'm having a rather bitter affair with my client who also happens to be my boss at office. He is a completely non-technical dumb muggle in terms of application development. The frustrating thing is ...
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2answers
1k views

Why did Microsoft put close and minimize buttons on the Office splash screens?

Starting with Office 2010, Microsoft put a minimize and close button on the upper right corner of the splash screens of the various Office apps. But, the splash screen is up for such a short time, ...
3
votes
1answer
186 views

What is the best practice for indicating (in, say, a task list) : Completed, In progress, not started

I'm working on a web app that contains "lessons" that a user can "qualify for". They can then have one of 4 states: Graduated Graduated and Mastered Unlocked, and started. Newly Unlocked, not ...
10
votes
3answers
344 views

What is better than top-posting and bottom-posting?

Chat programs usually put the most recent information or message below others (bottom posting). Forums and feeds put the most recent information above others (top posting). Is any one better than the ...
0
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0answers
41 views

Long page trend: effectiveness and guidelines [duplicate]

There is a trend to make pages very long with a lot of content. Some sites do it effectively some don't. Did anyone do usability study of a "long page" design to see if it is effective from usability ...
1
vote
1answer
95 views

How does a friendly, personal feeling affect a website or web app user's experience? [closed]

I am under the impression that if you try to make a "human" feel to a particular website or app, that a user will find it easier to use. After a short discussion with a colleague, I realize this may ...
7
votes
1answer
143 views

Assigning tasks to user based on work load

I'm working on a pop up where you can assign percentages of applications to users based on current work load. For instance, I have 100 applications that need to be worked on and are not assigned to ...
7
votes
3answers
281 views

How can I encourage my users not to multitask?

Context: I'm creating a website aimed at middle-schoolers and high-schoolers to help them collaboratively create stories. The site is gamified so that each user will want other users to vote for the ...
0
votes
2answers
146 views

What is a good way to display a ranked list in a table cell?

I have a set of metrics to fill each row of a table. And each metric has some factors, usually, there are about 10-20 factors for one metric and they are ranked by their importance as well. Now I ...
2
votes
1answer
671 views

What's an in between for a big red X and a big green check mark? [closed]

I'm trying to find ideas for a good, iconic, or not so iconic but still works, in between of a big red X and a green check mark. The context is in a feedback popup to a short 3 - 5 question quiz that ...
4
votes
1answer
150 views

How do you come up with a 'new' interaction as a designer?

So, we know that all the platforms (good ones) have their guidelines for creating interfaces and interactions to make the apps seem an integral part of the OS. But, every now and then you see new ...
6
votes
2answers
286 views

Mobile navigation

A responsive approach has been taken to the current project I am working on. It is a corporate website with 3 levels of navigation. Attached is an example of the solution I have come up with for drop ...
2
votes
4answers
488 views

Is it better to display featured products as a slideshow or as a list of products

I have here two wireframes for the homepage of an e-commerce website. The site has only 5 products so far but will have more so the design needs to allow for scaling. I'm wondering which of these two ...
0
votes
2answers
688 views

GUI Design advice on Add/Remove/Edit form

I am building a GUI that needs to allow the user to: Add entries Remove entries Modify Existing entries Each of these "entries" hold very simple information: Outlet Number (Non editable, ...

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