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Definitely give them an error message. If your app has content that they would expect (i.e. photos shared by them on another device) to be there and it's not, you're going to get a lot of customer support calls. If you just say something like this: Could not connect to internet! Old images will be used. Check to make sure you have internet access. ...


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The universal rule of thumb for an error message is to convey What went wrong ("Service not reachable") Why it went wrong ("Process name X not running"; "timeout on URL"; "port blocked by firewall on URL"; "port closed on URL"; ...) What the user can do about it (even if just "problem already reported to Admin and will be addressed. Please try again ...


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The answer depends on goals of the message. If your goal is just to inform user about server status, the first message is appropriate, while, if your goal is to request user to start the server, the second message is appropriate. However, in my opinion, a message that combines both goals would be the best (unless you have strict message length limitations). ...


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Server is unavailable The requested server is unavailable. Please contact your support and describe your issue. Often the application requesting the server doesn't know why it doesn't get a reply. The server may be shut down, offline, services on server malfunctioning or permissions have changed. I think it's better to tell the user that the server ...


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I'm currently working through a set of very similar problems so I've been giving this topic a lot of thought. 1) I see 0 benefit in displaying a list of "Read" notifications when notifying the user of new activity/events is the intent here. I'd focus solely on "Unread" notifications and have a control that can let the user access older "Read" notifications ...


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I don't think you're actually solving a problem by sending "Everything's ok" E-Mails. Even if they're sent daily, you can't be sure that they will be missed if they suddenly stop. But the main concern I see with those passive E-Mails (passive as they don't force any action) is that users numb themselves to E-Mails from the notification system. They're more ...


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Although it means writing a lot more code, you should try to prevent the user from making those errors. The most popular example is the password field: as long as the password is too short, ther will be hint on it and the "save" button is greyed out. If the user can't add new items, tell him before he tries to add a new one. Also always tell the user what ...


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I would recommend a page error message, not included in the layout but as an overlay, that is strongly visible and disappears after a while.


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Instead of an error list, place each error by its UI control If the errors and warnings you refer to are all related to UI elements on the screen somewhere, then it would be useful to have all the errors located by the UI elements they relate to; so if there's a problem with the third checkbox in the seventh tab, put the warning by that checkbox. The ...


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I guess with any content and interaction with the user, you can take either one of two approaches. The first is to show what is required to resolve any issues that will impact on the user's workflow, and allow them to discover additional details as required (progressive disclosure). The alternate approach is to show everything upfront and reduce the content ...


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I thing that the solution depends heavily on your application design and visual architecture. However what i can think of is a kind of a variation of the error list from VS. If there're errors you could have a notification on the top of the window: Which could then be expanded if needed: When user clicks on one the item on the list, he gets navigated ...


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I have seen this done many times with a message console window within the app (like your visual studio screenshot). If you want to go down this route, but don't want to take up space by having the message console always visible, you could keep it hidden by default (can be opened from the view menu), and display a toast alert to notify the user of an error / ...



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