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It's an interesting question, but not one that has to be dealt with directly. You should allow people to delete their information / accounts at any time. Passwords can be reset if you have access to an email account, and so as long as loved ones can gain access to the email account, this is not something that you have to deal with directly. Email access ...


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If the browser interface is RTL, everything would be mirrored compared to an LTR interface: As for the second part of your question, I wouldn't phrase it in terms of "good" or "bad" UX. It goes like this: Usability and cognition Part of usability is efficiency, which by many definitions involves (amongst others) the mental effort users have to expend ...


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I would say yes. To quote this research article Different colors mean different things to people in different cultures. For example, Ricks et al(1974) give an example of a company with packaging having green label was not well received by some Malay- sians, because to them green symbolized the jungle with its dangers and diseases. However, green ...


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The only place where I've seen something similar is with Facebook's Memorialization Request where the Memorialization where users themselves need to report the demised providing proof of death (Unless the user becomes a Zombie and acts on his own behalf). This Time Article (dated Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009) says: (Read: "How to Manage Your Online Life ...


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I actually wrote a really long blog post about designing for international audiences where I heavily referenced the use case of How Macdonalds provides customized sites for each country depending upon the design principles in use there. To quote from my blog with regards to references to how design principles affect Chinese sites: Understand Color ...


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Two examples from Dutch communities: both Tweakers and Partyflock make it possible for friends or relatives to send and e-mail requesting to memorialize profiles. Both websites request a form of proof, such as an obituary or memorial card, to prevent pranks. Tweakers and Partyflock both have an index of memorialized profiles. Tweakers adds a ✝ symbol (with ...


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One eye is also a symbol of anti-Christ and this is understood among Arabs and Muslims. Prophet of Islam (PBUH) told his followers that one of the identifiable traits of anti-Christ would be that he would be "one eye blind". Personally I get an irritating feeling when I see only one eye looking at me. In Icons it may be less intriguing but it is ...


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Off the top of my head (I'm UK based, but do stuff with US folk on occasion): Thinking that US/Canadian is an audience. It's at least three (US, English speaking Canadian, French speaking Canadian)... probably more. Spelling. Copy in American English can appear misspelled to English speakers, and vice versa. This can obviously affect people's perception ...


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On the web, there is a color pattern which I've seen while browsing different sites. Gaming sites such as Steam, EA Games and Ubisoft have chosen black as their background color. The meaning of black in western cultures is authority, death, eternity, evil and mourning. These words sums up what we (in the western world) expect from violent gaming. In China ...


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Coming from a Latin/Mediterranean culture I don't see how it could be offensive. There are very few idioms and symbols that refer to evil/bad eye and in very specific contexts (swearing, cursing, protecting, etc). So unless your project is directed at a very specific audience, you should be safe.


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The best study that I am aware of was by Geert Hofstede on cross-cultural analysis, where he compared individual cultures and perceptions across thousands of professionals around the world. The result was that there were clear cultural differences between countries. But the most interesting thing was that the differences within countries were greater than ...


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You are going to be hard pressed to find a symbol (or opinion for that matter) that someone in the world doesn't find offensive. But that is not the point. Your goal should be to find a symbol that is clear to your target audience. If you can do that well, then unless it's an obvious problem, move on and work on something more important. I think ...


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Interesting and important question. I had a related thought on my question Mirror top navigation order between left to right-languages and right to left-languages?, where you actually should mirror content, and not just translate navigation on a multi-lingual site. On colors there are some considerations to do for white and red, as Christian Arno explains: ...


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I will state it this way: a person can die, an avatar (digital representation of a person) can't. A person has two states: alive and death. An avatar / account can be active or inactive or removed. So a good approach can be to restrict users to show some activity for a given period. This means that if no activity is shown, the avatar becomes inactive and ...


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Here's an example of something that works for a particular community. Metafilter chooses to put a note on the deceased person's profile page: Metafilter is a very social website where people care personally about each other, and a member suggested this feature. It's a way of honoring the deceased person (and reducing confusion for other people looking at ...


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A great question and undiscovered country for modern generations. I can share my personal user experience. A dear friend of mine recently passed away. Her profile is still active on facebook. I am comforted by it's presence and by the people posting notes and pictures to it. Right now her profile's active state is very healthy for friends and family. No ...


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You need to be careful designing for another market. There are a lot of traps along the way, which may be hard to find. When you're done with your Chinese internationalization, have a local Chinese UX consultant have a look at your work before launch. That way you can feel more safe that you are on the right track. On general there are a few things to think ...


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In China, Webpage background mostly white. It is Chinese people willing to accept the color.


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Google seems to use this, called the "Inactive Account Manager". In short, the user can set dates regarding when they believe being "away" or "passed on" represents in terms of the last sign-in, and as such, take action, whether it be informing acquaintances and family about a situation or passing digital assets to another user.


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One thing that sticks out to me as I read through all these articles regarding colored backgrounds, especially white. People are used to receiving information off of a white background. It's the color of paper, I would say world wide. Is there a culture in the world that avoids the use of white paper? If so I am not aware of them. I look at all these ...


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Yes. Because every color should be a conscious choice. But not necessarily because different cultures have different meaning for colors. Mervin brought up the example of McDonalds. However, this is what the article he refers to has to say about it: Global internet marketing doesn’t just mean translating the language. Different cultures have ...


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I'm not aware of any database that contains these data. But does it matter? Different cultures associate different meaning and symbolism to shape and color. Depending on how you define a culture, you'l get different results. I live in Holland, and I'm sure that the things we associate with certain colors are different from neighboring Belgium. Though we'll ...


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To give you a good example, RockShox suspension for Bicycle uses icon of a hare and tortoise to denote the speed of the rebound for their suspension. Slower (tortoise) or Faster (Hare) To answer to your question, I believe tortoise (turtle) and hare (rabbit) are understood to represent varying speeds cross culture.


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Perhaps in spite of Aesop's fable they might be understood, but only as long as the users are familiar with rabbits and turtles and their relative speeds IRL. You also have to keep in mind that some cultures hold various animals in either very high regard, or as despicable and unclean, and you wouldn't want that to influence the way your users experience ...


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Graphic User Interfaces on any kind of system has to adapt to the direction of the language, so they adapt their designs and positions to please the users of each orientation, right to left and viceversa. There is no "base orientation" or "true default orientation" and a reversed one. That only exist in the mind of the team building the original prototype ...


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Is your product supporting, or expected to support, users in international locales? If so, you may want to consider other visuals. If not, it is probably not relevant. Some companies actually do full product audits for visuals that may be offensive to other cultures (hands/eyes/body parts; some color schemes), or may hold less appeal in international ...


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I'm doubtful that you'll be able to find studies that specifically deal with adapting cultural probes to business environments, as cultural probes should be generic enough to work equally well in any kind of environment. There's nothing intrinsic to business processes that make a photo diary (or a regular diary, for that matter) not feasible, unless perhaps ...


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I discovered an interesting special-issue (Aug 2008) of the "International Journal of Design" that focused on the cultural aspects of interaction design. There is a lot of interesting material in the issue, but one article in particular looked at the use of colour (among other "cultural markers") to compare government, NGO, Malaysian and Chinese websites ...


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I had the situation of having to use the memorialization feature on Facebook for a friend. I also had to contact LinkedIn to have his profile removed. I had to provide details (online) of friend's passing (obit), dates, and so on. He left no instructions as to how his online presence was to be handled. Possibly one way to do this is to a) Ask users on ...


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The United States, Canada and the United Kingdom are all individualistic countries, thus participants in usability tests should behave with similarly. The Culturally Customized Website (Singh & Pereira, 2005) does note a couple important differences: Targeting Canada may mean a secondary target of the French in Canada. (preface) Even though the ...



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