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In my opinion this can have a couple of different reasons – here's just some thoughts: Moderation of comments can be a lot of work – especially if you have a popular blog and you're writing all by yourself. For a high quality, high traffic blog I would estimate that moderating incoming comments may take as much time as writing the actual articles. If the ...


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I believe one reason might be trolling, which has become a serious problem these days. Even come to the extent that groups of people like students are paid to troll. Comment threads are good as long as discussions are productive. but with trolling and hate speech these days, comment threads easily go off topic and turn sour and make even the blog look bad


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Apart from sensitivity, "abort" by itself is open to too much interpretation. It is often used in circumstances where the user is able to repeat and action and so it's not as final as discussed in many of these answers. Even a file transfer can often be restarted. Considering the immediate effect, use Stop, Pause or Interrupt. You may have some context ...


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It's possible that there is a culturally specific answer to this but, as far as I know, there aren't any colors that have universally significant connotations. Even within cultures one should take these findings with a grain of salt. White may mean purity in one culture and death in another. Someone to whom white is the color of death isn't going to be ...


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Yes there is quite a lot of research on mood, perception, and bias related to color. The terms you are looking for are color theory and color psychology. Doing a search on these terms will yield the body of research. The research paper Effects of Color on Emotions should provide a decent overview as well as a good set of references if you need to dig ...


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My instincts tell me that while not a big deal in general, it would be prudent to use an alternative if you can think of one. Words differ not only in the potential severity of an unintended meaning but also in how (un)likely it is that someone would think of these unintended meanings in a computing context. Examples: kill is problematic because of its ...


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Historically, the Abort/Retry/Ignore question in MS-DOS was a result of an I/O subsystem which had no way of reporting problems from the disk sector level through the file-system level to the underlying application. If an application asked to read some data from a file, and block 1571 of the disk was unreadable, there was no defined mechanism by which DOS ...


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I once called a state of a collection of data (visible in a diagnostic app) "Stillborn". This turned out to be too creative. I'm not a native speaker of English and the intended meaning was "Staging finished, state of data invalid or unknown, further processing not possible." As soon as the app was released I received strong pushback from ...


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Yes, avoid using it. Probably... Some perspectives: Developer language vs user language. Abort and Cancel may have nuanced differences to a developer but to a user, factors like familiarity and friendliness are a lot more important than accuracy. An extreme example of user-language vs developer-language is placebo buttons which do absolutely nothing ...


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As a former officer in a pro-life political action committee who is also a software developer: I never found the use of the term "abort" in a software product offensive or disturbing. To "abort" a process is to kill it before it has a chance to complete its intended operation. To "abort" a baby is to kill it before it has a chance to be born. We regularly ...


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Are the listed words really synonyms? I cannot provide any references now (possibly because many software developers/producers do not consistently follow the distinction, either), but my impression is that at least abort and cancel are slightly different: Cancel sounds pretty much like a routine operation. You can cancel something before it has really ...


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The words have subtly different meanings. Stop means to prevent something from continuing, but not necessarily permanently. E.g. stop video playback. Terminate means to stop permanently. E.g. terminate process. Abort means to terminate before completion. E.g. abort file transfer. Cancel means to make something void. E.g. cancel subscription.


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Like Matt mentioned abort is a more of a technical term, so whilst we would use it everyday, it's not quite laymans enough. Though saying that, it really depends who you are building it for, if it's devs thats fine. If you're making it for a regular person off the street, they would eventually understand "abort" means to stop the process, so why not use the ...


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Like everything, this will depend on context. However, "Abort" is one of those 'computer words' that isn't normally used by people in everyday conversation, along with things like "terminate" and "submit". It's one of the reasons that in the past, people had to take computer literacy courses in order to understand technology. Thankfully, User Experience and ...



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