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Assuming that the technology in use supports it, an improved experience will be If have never retrieved data from that source, but do know the size, render a place-holder image. A subtle loading animated gif, with different desaturated icon per source. If have never retrieved data from that source, and don't know the size then render a place-holder at the ...


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There is a case for an approach as this (bear with me) in that you are allowing the user to explore and satiate the innate curiosity they have. However, it is never my go-to approach. I dislike hiding information from the user, and even worse distracting them with shallow animations. Content strategy would be the answer in this case. To keep a high level ...


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The UI isn't the main reason what makes difference in quality content. The reason is the difference in concepts behind the question and answer platforms. While Yahoo! Answers accepts questions on a wide range of topics, each of the StackExchange's sites focuses on some quite narrow domain. Domain restricts the questions and requires more skilled ...


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Honestly, you're going to struggle to get this done in a static Excel file. The first time you email it out, you've got as many copies as you have collaborators. It instantly loses its value and becomes an organizational nightmare. If you can, think about moving into better platforms for collaboration. We use a combination of Google Docs, Google ...


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The better question to ask is... What is the impact if I don't display this content on mobile? Some quick stats from December 2013 concerning mobile: Amazon: More than half of customers shopped using a mobile device during the 2013 holiday season. ESPN: 47.4 million people used mobile properties in September 2013, the first month ever in which ...


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Not only is it Subjective, but it is also contextual... For instance if your interface is information for say doctors, more technical and long winded scientific information requires longer paragraphs. However for marketing, you want to catch the attention, call out, and compel a response from the reader in a relatively short format. The best references I ...


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This answer sums it up nicely that Filtering takes an existing full list, and removes items based on criteria that match/don't match. Search takes a blank slate and adds to it based on criteria that match/don't match. In chronological order, that means that filtering usually is done after searching because it requires an already existing ...


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As long as the footer does not need a long scroll to show up, I think this design is good. If all you had in that 'contact us' page was just this small to fit in a footer, this new design would also be getting rid of unnecessary white space and an additional click.


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Because it is a fairly new site, begin by focusing your content within the engagement lifecycle. Right now you are just starting to attract specific demographic to your site, so keep the information relevant. If you are at the point where you already have what you consider to be a decent sized target audience, but need to keep them engaged and growing, ...


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It's annoying. I would think a better solution than presenting off-topic content would be to present your primary content in a fashion that your intended audience can relate to. For example, instead of having an essay on the dangers of the internet and then having "Cool music! New Movies!" as other options on your site, you might have "What to watch out ...


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The other day I was driving and it was raining a lot. The drivers around me were swerving like they had never seen rain before. I began to worry for my life, wondering why didn't I just stay home. Sorry... a little off topic... ...annoying isn't it? My two cents is that a website should serve it's user. The user came to your website for a specific ...


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It depends - on the website, technical constraints and mobile usage context: Very often mobile usage context is completely different than while on desktop. For example, if it is a website of an insurance company, the desktop version may be mostly focused on promoting their services, and on mobile most important may be the phone number you can call to ...


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A lot of these are very subjective and depend on your audience, and your offering. Regarding social media, I am turned off by the "NASCAR effect" of having every badge for every site on every page. It's obvious that it's a shot in the dark, and they should know better, that nobody will DIGG their contact page. On the flip side, some restraint is noticeable ...


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Using words like "star" or "favorite" usually imply some sort of bookmarking or tagging, which in this use case would not communicate to the user the true meaning of the interaction. The three examples below are similar in that they explicitly label the action using words that are unambiguous. Any variation on the wording below would be acceptable so long ...


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I think in large, the community you attract and the control you keep over the content dictates the general quality more than the actual UI (but it can compliment it). I agree with @Alexy Kolchenko in that Yahoo! Answers is a very broad category that will attract a wide audience where as a site like UX Stack Exchange is going to attract a more specific group ...


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Look for usage data. With an existing site there should hopefully be log files sitting around, or analytics set up. With those you should be able to put usage numbers next alongside whatever site audit you do. Hopefully in association with whatever conversion/action metrics the client cares about (remember - low volume access doesn't necessarily mean low ...


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A simple "against" is that this won't work at all on any touch devices: you would not be able to see the text because there is no hover state.


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You are thinking from the user experience. But perhaps over thinking. The user will want a mobile design on the phone and a desktop design at home. Users will search for the info they are looking for, and good ux makes that search easier. By predicting their behavior correctly, they will judge your interface as intuitive. You asked about best practices... ...


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You have a problem in your hands, and although there could be many possible solutions, in my opinion, there is only one that would really work. Reorganize the information/questions so they can be fitted on A4 pages. We can not tell you how to redesign the form because we do not know the contents, but what we know is that the people who has to fill the form ...


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Instead of worrying about what repels some people, which is very subjective anyway, focus on providing the content your users came to see. Are you selling widgets? Feature special widget deals. Make sure navigation and search options are visible. Regarding your list of 'put-offs', is there any actual substance to your twitter feed, such as daily deals? ...


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You could do either, depending on how you want to present the information. Do you want to emphasize "normal" or are you trying to emphasize the "non-normal" condition? Users will tend to scan from left-to-right - placing the object you want emphasize to the left would make sense as a result. Because the "normal" condition is common across all tabs, you can ...


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Typical practice is to use a combination of 1. and 3. The general descriptive text functions as an introduction. For the duplicate submenu, additional descriptors can be added so it differentiates from the existing navigation. And if the child items have a picture you can use that as a thumbnail as part of the submenu. If you'd like to leave it empty, I'd ...


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This seems like a very narrow view. It definitely depends on what kind of website it is and what you're trying to get the user to do. First tell the user story-what are they there for? What are the top 1-3 tasks they are there to do? And then you'll be able to tell if any of these things would be useful. For instance: Number of subscribers. If ...


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During user tests I have asked a lot of users about their context and needs, while entering websites using different devices. It has led to following: On smartphone users are often busy, on their way to your place, shop or whatever. In that situation they need address and opening hours. Tablet is mostly used at home sitting in the cough, often in front of ...


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The only benefit I can think of is that it gives an unique experience. Setting it apart from other Q/A websites.


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tl;dr: put your personal off-topic content on another site. Community content Your off-topic content is one thing - and a minor detail for off-topic content created by your community. If you get a community going - which is nowadays probably a goal for most sites - you will need a place where you can direct off topic content to. Most technical forums ...


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A complete site redesign is a huge opportunity. I would start by IGNORING what you have going on your current site. Spend 20 minutes staring into a mirror in an attempt to hypnotize yourself into forgetting that you know anything about it. Start by defining the flows and messages for each key audience. Audiences Put together a list of key constituencies. ...


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Disclaimer: I have no experience whatsoever in content auditing, but I'm a tech writer that often has to ask for feedback for customer-facing documention. If you are redesigning a corporate site, you should start creating some personas. That will make focus on what kind of message you want to send, and what kind of customers you want to target. For the ...


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The solution depends on the organization and how it creates and manages its content. Ultimately, there are a few ingredients needed in order to track and manage content responsibly: All content should be stored in some kind of data format, preferably a database. This allows you to run quick / easy analytics on all content at once. Content creation should ...


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You're right that you can't assume that all users will know how to open links in a new tab. And there are still times where you should open links in a new tab (external references, opening PDF). So the best thing to do would be to notify the user that a link on your site will open in a new tab without being so verbose as to put off your advanced users. The ...



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