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I notice that the answers cover a slightly different field from what was asked in the comment by JonW: Really, what I'm interested in is whether or not people know what they can do with tags after they've already been assigned - such as browsing the site using tags to find related content, as opposed to just tagging content with relevant tags. so ...


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In What Drives Content Tagging: The Case of Photos on Flickr (Nov, Naaman, Ye, 2008), content tagging by a random sample of Flickr users is analysed: We contacted a random sample of users, selected from a page of photos uploaded recently to Flickr, and emailed 1373 users an invitation to participate in the webbased survey. A total of 237 valid ...


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Well they should be for different uses. Tagging is for adding some meta data to an object. To describe it. Categories are more organizational and a way of grouping all content into few groups. Here is a good article explaining the difference. So its the age old answer that "it depends" on the use. If you want the users to just add more description and ...


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The first thing to remember about taxonomies is that there is never one correct taxonomy per set of elements. Imagine having the product set {paper, cotton fabric, old wooden lineal}. For a tailor, the categorization within their taxonomies is: {paper, old wooden lineal} -> pattern making supply, {cotton fabric} -> clothing raw material. For a paper ...


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Skip the breadcrumbs. You are not building a desktop app. The mobile platform comes with constraints. Some features, like breadcrumbs, works better on desktop than on mobile. Often you are better off reducing the number of ways to do stuff in a mobile app. Fortunately ... ... users know that the standard back button allows them to retrace their steps ...


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When you have categories, there are often items that don't fit into any category well, and so you are left with a choice between having a category with a single item in it, or a catchall category like 'other'. If the item isn't needed in the first place, then regardless of whether it fits into a category or not, you should not include it. That said, I will ...


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Definition The word Taxonomy originated from the work of Carl Linnæus, who created an hierarchy of organisms in the 18th century. The word Taxon means a group of organisms. Since then, the word has been used to describe a multitude of classification schemes, mainly ones with strict hierarchy. While definitions do exist, the term is often abused. However, ...


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The idea behind tags is the same as the idea behind labels in GMail: the ability to assign multiple tags to a single post/mail/.../item. The GMail labeling of e-mails was born specifically to counter the need in most e-mail clients to archive an e-mail in a single specific folder which ususally would be part of a hierarchy of folders. So what do you do with ...


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A lot depends on how many items and groups you expect there to be, as well as how many you expect someone to be actively working with at a time. If working with large numbers of groups and items, the first option would become unusable. Although, I would tend away from it even if the numbers were small. The second option may not look fancy, but is both ...


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It's more of a question weather you need to see the entire mapping or not. If you don't have to see the whole mapping at once there is another possibility. download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups If the entire mapping information is essential then you best way is to use a matrix that will allow people to view the entire ...


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I would definitely not go with 'Short News' since it implies the news story is short. Which, from what I see, is not the case. You click on the item to be redirected to the complete article. 'Top News' seems like a fairly simple to understand and generic enough term to cover this. Other alternatives include 'Trending News', 'Latest Stories', 'Featured ...


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Looking at the image, a few things come to mind: Flatten the hierarchy. Your hierarchy is deep, and (deep) trees are difficult to use Your tree is unclear, because it repeats the same nodes at different levels. Get rid of the repitition. For me, it is not clear what this actually means. Are you trying to represent a network in a tree widget? If you must ...


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I have seen a few ways of solving this issue: Instead of breadcrumbs, you show a clickable area that says "< See all Home Care". If user clicks on that, it will go back to "Home Care". In "Home Care" you will display "See all categories", and so on. It won't allow moving directly to Level 3 from Level 7. You replace the long breadcrumbs with "..." and ...


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You're on the wrong path, here. The problem is that you try to show the attributes in different trees. The tree should contain the content. The attributes should be displayed as attributes to each node. This can be done in various ways depending on the importance of attribute. As a column: ...or: - As a popup dialog - By showing the attributes ...


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I had this exact problem about a year ago, and ended up doing a number of interviews to try work out whether it was clearer. What I found is by no means definitive, it is just sharing my experience. We found that most people in our target group understood the concept of tags. A few understood them better as 'labels', which it seems they got from gmail. ...


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As a UX professional, I'm not convinced there really is a difference. The article jonshariat links to makes a case for categories being mutually exclusive. If universally true, then that's perhaps the one difference, but given that many sites use tags as a form of category browser, I don't think that holds true either. But let's assume it does. From an ...


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Tree navigations is a simple and effective solution to discover hierarchical structures. I would test two different solutions. Accordion: http://ui-patterns.com/patterns/AccordionMenu Drilldown lists: http://mobile-patterns.com/lists Accordions work if you have flat hierarchies (e.g. one sub level). They keep the user in context and you don't have to ...


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I would probably call this a News ticker. I think it fits very nicely with the case you describe. On the left hand side you've got longer news articles and posts. The column on the right has shorter, brief news. Facebook uses the term 'Ticker' for the brief news that are displayed on the right side of the screen in the desktop version. Basically all ...


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I personally prefer tagging to using categories. The advantages of categories: clearly defined could be hierarchical static (in most cases) The advantages of using tags: unstructured could be very easy user-defined The advantages of using tagging is that the amount of tags something can have is unlimited, and ultimately users can tag items ...


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EDIT: This might help. An article pondering 'If everything is design, then what is a designer?'. Link to PDF report. Basically, UX is a form of design. Also see 'Design thinking' as a topic. For me, UX is the intersection of: Psychology (science) Business Design Though these diagrams show a slight variation of this:


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The Kano Model allows us to fit user needs into three categories; from this you can match your usability problems to what type of feature they impact and prioritize from there. From Wikipedia's article on the Kano Model: Basic needs are things people need to do, this is where poor execution is really bad and amazing execution doesn't sound out as much. You ...


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I would steer away from using "news" at all. Try simply "Latest" as the title. Or, if you have some statistical engine that makes popular or trending topics bubble to the top, use "Trending" or "Popular." The content of that section may include "proper" journalistic news, but it may also contain a blog post, tweet or other social update. We as Web users ...


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My immediate inclination is that the slightly fuzzy edged search or navigation facility provided by the tags concept is not likely to fit well in the context of the precise nature of the world of accounting or resource planning. The user model seems slightly at odds with the more unstructured tags concept which more suits a changing environment. The good ...


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Tagging seems to be a huge trend on many sites, especially with the use of the word tag on Twitter, etc. Most sites like this are using the tag terminology.


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Couple of reasons. Firstly, as @Chase noted, discrete values make more sense because it's relatively easy to determine the importance of the bug, but it's often meaningless to prioritize it over other bugs of the same importance. It will require the QA guys to dedicate a lot of time to thinking over the priority of each bug, comparing it to other bugs and ...


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Maybe you don’t want a tree control. Tree controls are best for users editing the hierarchy to an arbitrary depth (e.g., like when creating and moving file folders). I don’t know what the user task is here, but here’re some possibilities: UI #1. Known Entity Selection If the purpose of the UI is to select a known entity (e.g., a custmer) for further work, ...


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Why not combine the two? Use the initial display of the second, and allow users to select checkboxes. (Selecting checkboxes is far faster and easier than dragging and dropping, which makes this superior to Option 1.) So that the user can easily tell what items are in a given group by glancing down the column, have each checkbox turn into a button as soon ...


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I would recommend not to name the block after the some visual attributes, i.e. "Short News", "Green Block", etc. This features already perceived by users. It's better to reflect functional (what it does) or semantic features (what is it for). Here you can use labels from formal "External News" to less formal but still meaningful "News of the World" ...


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Since 99% of your users will simply pick their route and go, your choice for changing the vehicle should be broken out to a separate screen (perhaps using Ajax so a full refresh is not required). Quote the price, and have 'Standard' listed with a nice visible [Upgrade] button next to it. Clicking that button takes them to a separate screen dedicated to ...


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Most e-shops tend to keep all the products listed at all times, but put a notice on the product page when out of stock. This helps SEO to avoid having pages appear and disappear all the time. When viewing a category with OOS products it's helpful to note which ones are OOS - perhaps greying them out or moving them to the bottom of the list so they don't get ...



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