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You're asking when it's OK to hide certain controls. I came across one useful answer to this question is in the book, Designing from both sides of the screen, by Ellen Isaacs and Alen Walendowski. This book talks about frequency and commonality as a way to assess whether a feature needs to be built, and also how prominent the feature should be in the user ...


Bulk edit is a power tool. Affordance, although discoverability might be a more relevant term here, isn't a big issue because this is not the only way to delete or edit items. You can always drill down into a specific item to manage it. So while you do have to "learn" it the first time around. Once you have, it's not a big deal. Also remember an interface ...

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