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I realize this is a fairly old question, but I got here from google so others probably will too. I had a similar situation, I needed to show a notification to a user (on a desktop) that could contain any number of words, and of course show this notification for an appropriate amount of time. I did a little research and drew from the answers from another ...


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Oh, you're missing out on something essential here: Emotional design Strictly speaking, the word can be omitted. It really doesn't add any useful information to the context - but it does add a voice. I think the developer wanted to sound friendly and reassuring when he wrote that message. Remove all doubt and not sound like a dead message from a cold and ...


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How do you think the word "successfully" affects the user experience? Is it something that should go away or is it all right to actually have the word in messages? Ambiguity "Operation X completed" can be ambiguous, for example: Microsoft SQL Server jobs produce messages like this when a job fails. Since the message doesn't always imply a successful ...


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You asked, is successfully necessary in "Operation X successfully completed"? I think that your question is loaded. What you should really be asking is whether the status message is optimally worded. Given that "successfully" and "completed" are somewhat redundant, I would say that completed is the word that should be removed. "Operation X succeeded" is ...


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Funny word, successful; I used to do a lot of Big Testing. I started every presentation with the words "all serious software has bugs. Our job is to find them. If our test was successful, it means we found bugs." I never gave way to the temptation to say "useful" or "productive" or whatever. Managers tend to think a successful test found no errors. Users ...


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I'm going to disagree with the others and say that sometimes the word successfully is meaningful. I agree that in many cases it is redundant and in those cases is not needed, however there are cases where it is useful. Mostly this applies in partial success cases or cases where you may expect an error. For example if you are validating a hard disk, then ...


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My opinion on your specific phrase: "Operation successfully completed" is that the successfully word is not needed because the completed already has intrinsically on it the meaning of having success. If your phrase was "Operation successfully made" or "Operation successfully done" I would not remove the successfully word.


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To add on to Phillips answer, the only time that a user needs to read information within a verification system would be when something atypical has occurred. So for example in a successfully completed action, the only indicator a user needs is to know everything has gone as expected. Even something as simple as the text "Complete" or "Thanks" with either a ...


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In talking to an end user, I don't see any action being unsuccesful 'and' completed. Not with those words anyway. But I do want to point out that it 'is' logical in certain cases. When doing asynchronous calls for example in programming there is a clear difference between success, error and complete. A call will always be completed, albeit succesfull or ...


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You trust you work, data and time to application. You communicate with application through interface. You often don't know what magic algorithms are working inside since you push the button to start operation. That's why word successfully to make sure user that everything OK continue you work. And about unsuccessful complete of operation. There is no ...


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"I can imagine tha you may get users to read by providing good button labels. If the button label is always "OK" then yes, noone will read anything and just click away. If your button labels provide the action or in Y/N dialogs something like "Yes, do it anyway" you probably have a better chance of people reading the text above (user thinks: "anyway? wait... ...


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Answer "No". "Successfully" can be removed: Joel Spolsky covered this issue very well here: http://www.joelonsoftware.com/uibook/chapters/fog0000000062.html The basic rule of thumb is that: "In fact, users don't read anything. This may sound a little harsh, but you'll see, when you do usability tests, that there are quite a few users who simply do ...


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There is another issue with the word "successful" that I experienced in our SaaS. We provide a function in our application, where you can send stuff via email. However, the only thing we do is to send the email. The message used to be "Email successfully sent." User feedback then made us realize that they got the message more or less wrong as they believed ...


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I am writing this as an answer, because otherwise my question would be opinion based. I think that developers write such error messages because they know that a particular operation can fail in a million ways. Most of the time, the code developer writes has hundreds of conditions that can make the operation fail. It is a moment of success for the developers ...


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It sounds like the actions you have in mind are Hide and Delete. For hiding an item (an action which implies that the item can come back at some later time), consider the established pattern of minimizing found in window managers. Linux, Windows, and OS X all support hiding each window, with the understanding that they can be restored, and they often use ...


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In older versions of Windows, there was an exclamation mark on the icons to indicate whether the item was being deleted permanently. Move to Recycle Bin: Delete file permanently: You could perhaps have a trash can with and without an exclamation mark, depending on whether that would fit in with the theme of the your application.


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Removing an item for just this session is conceptually a filter action, rather than a delete action. There are lots of ways to represent this, but the best one will depend on your specific use case. I don't have enough detail on this to give a really good suggestion, but here are some ideas: You could represent this with a standard "filter" icon (a ...


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Supposing that the usual action is to delete the item for the session, you could try to display only one delete action. After the item has been deleted from the session, you could fade it out and add display another CTA that says something like "Delete Forever" (GMail uses this wording). This has two advantages: less space used, as only one option has to ...


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Two ideas... Have a trash icon that triggers a small dropdown with two options -- Remove from session -- Remove permanently Think GMail menu in email view with trash having dropdown like "More" Have an x for session and trash for permanent with a small, nice tooltip description (not preferable if you have a mobile audience) Good luck! Hope it helps!



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