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How about something like this? It removes the confusion between occurring one-time and repeating once by changing the terminology. download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups Find out how your users think about this. If it's important for them to know the total number of occurrences rather than the total number of repeats, ...


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Your proposed solution also introduces a jump. If it's 20 June 2013, and I see a post dated “22 June”, I'm going to think “June this year”, and then do a double take because that's still into the future. When it's June 2013, all posts from June 2012 should be marked “June '12”. As the end of the month approaches, it may be good to mark posts from July as ...


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If one wants a more advanced option, I'd take a peek at Microsoft Outlook, where you can be pretty specific on what you want. In our organization we have a meeting the third thursday every other month. And it can be accomplished in Outlook, which is very nice. I don't need to calculate which thursday is the right one. This setup may be overdoing what you ...


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Website should always include the year in title. This is to set a non-confusing standard for everyone. It is also important for crawlers and web scrappers since the full UTC date can be easily transformed to a timestamp with a single method call, where machines can understand it.


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For a budget app, I believe the users would think in terms of frequency rather than repetitions. If I were putting some numbers into a budget, I would think: "Once a week" "Once a month" "Once every second month" "Every monday and wednesday" etc etc


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I think a better way would be a stacked bar graph. It would be one bar so the row height wouldn't matter, and it would be split up into colors the same way. Each color should take up whatever % of the bar, and they should be arranged in order so that the smaller ones are on one side and the larger ones towards the other. You should add a hover state (like ...


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$100.00 - does not impart enough information to an international user. The '$' symbol (and many other currency symbols) are used by multiple countries. USD 100.00 - is not generally the order used, and if someone doesn't know what "USD" means they could be lost. 100.00 USD - is better, but still suffers from the "USD" issue. Also, as I scan "100" is a ...


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Include the year once nine months have passed. You don't want to include the year when it's inferred, as it's generally a bad idea to increase noise without an increase in signal, particularly when that noise takes a datestamp above the ten-character scale of a single fovea fixation. That reduces scan-ability, which might be a detriment in certain usecases. ...


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In the case of the SE example, I don't see a huge problem with this. It's not like it's telling you the post was made "a year ago" vs. just a few days ago. As long as you're leaving the date/time on a post rather than insisting it's just 'a year ago", 90% of folks will be smart enough to figure out it's recent, and the remaining 10% don't care. If you ...


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You really shouldn't have to make your users think too much. It may be obvious now, but in the middle of the year (say, April), will it really be obvious that "March" means "a month ago" and "May" means "a year ago"? Even worse, what if it is April 15 and you see "April 16th"? (this can be avoided by doing it month-wise, though) It's even more confusing, ...


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Your example seems perfectly fine to me, and that's generally how games represent this situation for recipes/etc: it's a convention. If you want to drive the point home even further you might want a clearer message when you don't have enough; maybe a little bubble that reads "you need X more" or a (?) icon which reveals that information. The checkmark ...


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I'd put a small count bubble in the top left w/ the amount that they have. Preferrably over the avatar representing the item. Then at the bottom, I'd put "Wants #". Then color the count bubble green or red to indicate whether or not the deal is good. Considering the input from Ben Brocka, maybe this would be ideal:


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If you be willing to trade-off "parts-of-a-whole" against seeing narrow "slices", you could use vertical bar plots with a logarithmic scale. This is how such a diagram might look like (instead of small stacked boxes representing the individual items, also usual bars can be used): I think this representation also provides further advantages: You could ...


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The moment you state a date instead of an elapsed time (where 48 hours do really seem to provide a good boundary), the year should be mentioned. Why? Just imagine in the dark distant future a mirror that didn't know about your smart-date-adjuster(TM) becomes the only available source, with no information on the actual crawling date. How should a visitor now ...


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While Evil Closet Monkey's answer is really nice, there might be some over-thinking going on here, and I think this might be a simpler solution. Add "USD" if you feel like it, especially when there are multiple currencies in certain countries, but the flag should largely do the tick. Aside from that, perhaps put the price in a dropdown, or otherwise have ...


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Have you tried using colors? if colors are not an options, then different shades of grey with different variations of weights should help. remember, just because one column is important that does not mean other columns do no needs any effects(like less important columns could be made thinner or with different shades grey to reduce importance) My suggestion, ...


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I don't understand your conclusion that icons cannot be actionable. My email program distinguishes emails that I've read from those I still need to read using pictures of envelopes that are either closed or not closed. A icon with a closed envelope is a call to action to me to open it. In addition, I can set flags on my emails with various colors.. Why can ...


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Here is something that our US users may not be aware of. When displaying currency amounts, please bear in mind that many European countries use a comma to denote the decimal point, and a point instead of a comma as a thousands marker. 1,005.50 EUR would be displayed as 1.005,50 EUR


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You can use a customer/user journey map that focuses in this case on the 'journey' that the user is taking on the application. It's a rich visualisation of the process and touch points which works great in groups. There are loads out there on journey maps, but a good place to start is at: User Jourenys - The Beginner's Guide What is a user journey? ...


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According to your description, what I got is that you want to represent the 64 MB of data in a proper format and that too in less size of 8MB's each. One suggestion is that you can display the blocks of 64 MB's each (of total 256 MB). Let the blocks of 64 MB should be divided into 8 blocks of 8 MB each. (if possible). When the user will click on any 64 MB ...


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For simplifying and making your visual encoding system more consistent you can use the set:


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I guess we'll all have to chip in with our ideas, but I fail to see anyone giving a 'right' answer to this. The problem is that it is hard to associate icons with these words, without requiring users to know what the icons actually stand for (if such is the case I'd go for the last option). You may wish to consider traffic light colours: Red for ...


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I think we're ok with years, I mean we're all filling papers with dates, and these dates are fully formatted and we can pretty quickly understand the difference between january (a start of the year) and december (it's end), so, I think that adding some unclear rules, like skip 6 (or 9?) months before adding a year, will just increase complexity. Keep things ...


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Trying to think through all the ways to do this and what makes sense to me...(I'm sure if everyone chimed in, there would be thousands of different suggestions) I guess what I would prefer most would be to bump the relative timestamps to 30 days and then show a full date thereafter. Seeing "2 hours ago" or "10 days ago" is great. And then when I see a ...



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