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"Recovered" is a poor choice of words here. All that app is trying to do is warn people that the action is not reversible and they can't simply hit cancel or undo and all their files will be returned. A better solution would be: Formatting SD card will delete all data. This action cannot be undone. Continue? This is more direct to the point that you ...


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I would go with a cross icon, e.g.: but display a red version of it when it's hovered. Try this: go to Google Images search and type "delete icon". You will see mostly "x" icons. Update: I gotta agree with @peterchen; a hand drawn" "x" without the extra bounding box/circle would reduce chances of confusion with a Close icon. The following shows an ...


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I see no problem with the message that other suggestions completely solve. Formatting SD card will delete all data. Data cannot be recovered. Continue? Data cannot be recovered gives a very good sense of urgency, and speaks well to the target audience who at this juncture needs to know the likely worst case scenario. Even though the data can be ...


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I'd say a trash can icon would be the first pick. A cross or a minus symbol would be a close second.


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AOL was notorious for making account cancellation a terrible task to perform. Everything in your application should be a joy, including cancellation. Make sure they understand the consequences of actions you can not undo, but make it clear and fun. The moment of cancellation is an opportunity to show the user how awesome you are. Don't make it hard to ...


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If you're going to have an undo button, don't make it something that disappears after a few seconds. Put it there until the user takes some other action. The ideas of making the item grey and having a temporary list is good thinking, but rather than do that, why not just have a permanent "deleted items" list on a separate screen? That way I can always go ...


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The problem with your current mock-up is that the 'Delete'-button is the most visible one. My immediate thought when I saw your mock-up was that the 'Delete'-button was the primary action. Although it's not flat enough for that your 'Save'-button looks disabled on first view. It doesn't jump out like the 'Delete'-button does. Make sure your primary action ...


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Really good question. I've thought about this inaccuracy (although in a security, not UX context) and had to explain to several colleagues that most "delete" options (yes, even formatting a drive) are not secure and that the data is quite often recoverable. I have never found it difficult, nor has anyone failed to understand, that the way to think about ...


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The wording "delete mode" is not so user-friendly, pretty technical, just by reading it without seeing your explanation, I really didn't know what it is. Do you have any other operations other than "delete" that could be applied to one or multiple pictures? If you do, you should have a "select items" button, and it will get into a mode where you select ...


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Why not the flash message: You've deleted the user Jon Doe. _Undo?_ I'd personally rather give the user the ability to fail and fix it rather than impose popups and confirmations on every delete action.


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You can avoid the automatic clicking of users in different manners. Apart from confirmation dialogs, here are some options less intrusive but also effective: One option is to fake reversibility by delaying the actual action. You can delay the real deletion of content and show a "confirmation" for the deletion to the user with the undo option. Later ...


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My suggestion: Delete John Doe? You will lose his financing and payout information. [Cancel] [Delete] Make clear what action will occur. Use verbs in the text.


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How about providing a brief message that's displayed right after the action, giving you a chance to reconsider? "You un-friended Jack. You will no longer receive updates from him. Undo?" If the message doesn't open a dialog but appears on the page itself, and it disappears automatically a second later, then it can be very subtle and non-interfering. This is ...


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Well, the confirmation dialogue is really there as an error prevention mechanism; similarly the undo method Rahul mentions above is an error recovery mechanism. Both are used to protect the user from losing work; they are not mutually exclusive and they do not always have to be used in tandem. My advice is weigh up the frequency of task with how serious the ...


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Firstly don't rely on colour only, a surprisingly large number of people have difficulty interpreting colours. Position would be a better way of differentiating, or using contrast or borders. As far as the wording goes: ask yourself this question: when a person is in the supermarket, do they delete or clear an item from their trolley ? If you asked 100 ...


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I will choose trash bin,but a cross is ok.it depend on the other icons near by delete button.


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Delete is an option that you don't want anyone to accidentally click, so you should de-emphasise delete as much as is reasonable. If you make it red (as you did in your example), you will draw attention to it. Instead, you should draw attention to the normal action (save in this case). You should place the delete far enough away that an accidental ...


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It depends (of course!) on how often deletion is an action that is likely to occur. I obviously agree with the sentiment that tasks need to be made easy to perform - that's a given. However, deleting a lot of content should perhaps be slightly less easy - provided it happens infrequently. If deleting stuff happens every five minutes then it should be as ...


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I think that being able to edit their recipes is important because the authors might want to add alternatives (gluten free etc.) or correct their texts (typos etc.). This is especially important if you wish to have high quality entries.


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Users will want to have full control of the content they post. This will be the case whether the context is a social networking site, a discussion forum, themed communities etc. If you block the possibility for a user to remove content they have added to the site you will produce agitation in that user. And if you keep content posted/accessible that a user ...


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I would suggest "Data will likely be unrecoverable" as having a clear meaning that is unlikely to materially mislead anyone. While it is true that the likelihood of data being truly unrecoverable if nothing is done with the cartridge following the format might not be as high as the adverb "likely" would suggest, few if any users will care about the odds in ...


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I know the question is about the text, but in addition to others responses, consider that user don't always read what you have written and can click on a single button as a habit/reflex. Consider adding 2 buttons with exact same formatting to force them process the information


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A hand-drawn X seems most intuitive, with that I agree with the other answers - especially if its color and shape sticks out a bit from other icons nearby. To add some options, I sometimes go with a simple text link "Delete" or "Remove" if there's not a lot of other actions to take - even in longer lists, just to be extra clear. A story about us ...


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Firstly, I'm not sure if this is the right location for a delete function - my first instinct was that the 'delete' function might resemble a 'clear form' function of some sort - so it would probably be better to attach the delete button at a higher level of abstraction (e.g. the list of flights), or at least make the action less ambiguous. As for position, ...


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Regarding the first scenario: It is a good practice to avoid orphaned items; my advice is to stick to 10 users per page and show 11 users at 4th page. Now if you delete all items on 4th page, remove the page number from pagination and take user back to third page. Regarding the second scenario: It will be best to update the list in real time via AJAX and ...


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You're coming up against the difference between account and data retention. While in an ideal world, we would like the two to be the same thing, when it comes to certain legal issues, they are not. You should definitely cover this in your privacy policy, and make sure that it's readable and not impenetrable legalese. However, deleting an account is not ...


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Maybe the UX should go in a completely different direction here. Starting with some (always dangerous) assumptions about context: The majority of users landing on this bit of UI are here because they want to re-use the SD card on the same device. They have no intention of removing the SD card, or sharing it with anyone. And many of those users actually ...



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