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Is there a usability problem here in that I might be implying that these breaks mean something? (They don't...it's just one large number) If you use chunks of 3, like in 123 456 789 it might be read as “123 million, 456 thousand and 789”, which might not be desired.


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Digit Span Tests 6 is the average The adult average for the famous (auditory) digit span test is just above 6. The average for visual digit span test is roughly the same. Around 80% of adult population will score between 5-8 in such tests, and people scoring 4 or below will be suspected of some cognitive impairment. 4 is the boundary This means that ...


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Three or four digit chunks make the string more readable and repeatable. The advantage of three digits is that there will be either a remainder of one or two, so the last item in the list would be 4 digits or the last two would be 4 digits. Using four digits is easiest when copying information - say a license key from the cd case (remember those?). I ...


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Telephone numbers are an interesting example. Different countries chunk differently. The US uses 3-3-4 (a hangover from the days of area code (3), exchange (3), subscriber (4)) - but in France they use five 2-digit pairs, and pronounce them as the combined number: "zero-six, quatre-vingt-treize, soixante-onze, douze, dix-huit" for 06 93 71 12 18 (and ...


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Thumb Rule: 3-4 chunks with 3-4 digits each. real life examples : While using credit card there are 16 digits they are chunked to 4 chunks of 4 digits. Mobile numbers (10 digits) are also chunked 3-3-4. This article cites many psychology papers an research studies. Read the part "optimal size of chunking" Also I learned "this rule of thumb" from "Human ...


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I don't know about the thumb rule. But if it is about making the user easily readable then may be its fine with progressive number pattern For 14 digit 12 123 1234 12345 Like if i am telling you the number my mind will find the first two digits a simple then my mind will be ready for a little bit crazy length of the number which may go up to five ...


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4 digits is time-tested chunking for large numbers 3 to 4 digit chunks are easy to read accurately. Perceptually, the eye tends to read words and not letters across a page, and a 3-4 letter word allows the eye to read the end points and the middle letters of the word accurately without disorientation. Once the word gets too long, the letters in the ...


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Several answers have talked about 'social proof' and how the fact that many people have done something makes us more likely to want to do it. I believe, in a forum context there is a further purpose to the click count. The fact that 1,000 people have clicked on something, most or all of them not knowing the contents at the time of clicking, might not make ...


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Does adding a click count next to a hyperlink enhance the user experience? The fact that the use of click counter makes use of social proof as clearly suggested by many answers here is true and rightly so. That being said, does it improve the user experience? Yes it does, here is why: Social proof is a psychological phenomenon where people ...


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According to, literally, the first result when you google discourse click count, Jeff Atwood defends the click counter as a valuable signal for users to determine if a link is worth clicking: The purpose of links is to be clicked, their entire existence is predicated on being clicked at some point, and showing the click data gives you, THE READER, ...


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It's very simple: social proof. People are more persuaded when they know many others have traveled the same way. This click counter is very prominent in Like buttons, to serve the same purpose:


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I can't see how a click counter next to the actual link would enhance the ux – if the links were not part of some time of "hot list". And even then the probablility of 'backfirering' as @DaveAlger points out would be a reason not to display click counts nest to the actual links. Instead IMHO I would suppose a click counter would actually distract many ...


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The short answer to the high level UX question here is -- it depends -- so here are a few cases why a company like discourse might choose to put click counters next to their hyperlinks along with things to watch out for... I'm new here what does everyone else click? Sometimes when I visit a new restaurant I'll ask the waiter what most people order. This ...


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Good question, but the Wolfram reference is terribly incorrect. The use of the period . in user interfaces is almost universal nowadays, and I would advise against trying to overload the comma. The spread of the decimal point is a pretty interesting case on the effects of globalization and technology. In this case, the broad standardization of global ...



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