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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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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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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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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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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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This seems like the kind of thing you should test with a card sort. Get as many potential users, company employees, stakeholders of the site as you can to provide input on the titles of these menu items. (This lets the stakeholders get their say in, but also gives you some research to point to if it becomes necessary to contradict them) Alternatively you ...


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Anticipated content is not useful content (unless you expect the user to stay and refresh the page in case the content becomes available). Not knowing how big the space this unavailable data occupies (and assuming the worst that its significantly large), it may take up space that could inhibit the other data from being seen right away (i.e. content being ...


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If the data that will be available is truly 'meta' and not essential to the use of the app, then, for the sake of clarity, leave it out. Providing placeholder or partial data is unlikely to positively affect the experience. When there's enough data available to be useful to the user, introduce the UI component. Regarding your concern that the user may ...


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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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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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A tough question Benny. I read an article a few years ago that talked about online papers versus hardcopy papers. It didn't answer your question unfortunately however it did make this interesting quote: The paper cites other researchers on the subject who have theorized that the layout of online pages—which often insert ads mid-story or force readers to ...


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I would suggest that having a "Free area" or a separate section of the site where everything on offer is free might attract users to that part of the site but probably won't generate a lot of traffic to areas where items must be paid for. An alternative solution might be to mix free items with paid items in whatever other cataloguing system you have but ...


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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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Make as little of the content obligatory as possible before the form can be submitted. Users should be able to return to it later and add extra info if they want to.


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Take a look at these websites: www.roomorama.com www.wimdu.com www.9flats.com https://www.vayable.com/experiences-edit/new https://www.stay4free.com/step1 On many of these sites, you can simply sign up with Facebook and access the listing property page. In the last two links I think those have their sections broken down very well.


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I don't think it is possible to give a 'correct' answer, as such thing depends on many variables. For example, do users enter the site in explorer mode, or in task-completion mode? Anyhow, analytics data such as Average Time on Page (ATOP)can give some guidance for this ratio - the larger the ATOP is, the larger should be the content area. The existence ...


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It depends on your type of application/website you are delivering; Structuring the Navigation with content is very important process in IA. You have to categorize the goal as primary and secondary to display the navigation+content. If you can achieve your goal through displaying 70% content area then why not to use that theme. I would say there is no ...


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In this case, convention is on your side. Users inherently expect that they will find navigation on the left or top of a site. By employing contrasting background colors and other emphasis techniques, you can keep your navigation satisfyingly small and users will still have little to no problem finding it. You can look at this very page for an example. The ...


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I think the best solution to this problem is to have both. Create a contact us page. This page will be rich in detail and can include things such as: a list of relevant contacts at the company, including names, emails, phone numbers etc. location map(s) a contact form company social media a set of FAQs for common contact us issues links to other relevant ...


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There is several tricks. Split information to paragraphs with different level headers. Like you can see at wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Article_(grammar) Hide information and show the wide button [show more]. Don't forget about formatting. download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups Hide some paragraphs under ...


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Adding to some approaches mentioned in @Pierre's answer. You could use some visual elements that hide portions of the information (text, in your case) and display the hidden portions instantly on demand (usually, following user's action, such mouse click). Such visual elements include, but are not limited to, tabs, expanding text panels and widgets (I'm sure ...


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It actually all depends on the purpose of your site and of course of its users. If you take the example of a newspaper website, no one will argue that displaying a lot of text is bad practice. Such sites, however, have taken design steps to continually improve the experience for their users. One interesting idea is to take advantage of the "reader" feature ...


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Under. If the filters are interacted with less than 25% of the time the search feature is used, they should be an addendum to the search text box + submit button, as in Sample 2. Visually Sample 2 has the textbox and submit button be sufficient for a search, whereas Sample 1 feels like the Filters need to be selected in order to be able to search. A case ...


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There are some of my thoughts regarding the issue. I have 15 years of experience working on translations (mostly open source) software into my native language. It's already mentioned that translations might be much longer than english strings. It's so obvious, but it's so often overlooked. I can't count how many times I've seen "please translate the word ...


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It is really depending on how important you see the testimonials for the goal that you want to achieve. Basecamp (https://basecamp.com) used to have it right as first point in their navigation so people have this social trust / assurance. You can even put one or two on the homepage and then have a read more button that leads to the own testimonials ...


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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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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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