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The only good option that works is “4. Leave the bar up after 100% completion”. You do not know how long the upload will take and the internet speed is changing all the time. So if you say delay putting the bar up for 2 seconds, what if the upload then completes in the next half second? Updating the bar must be flicker free and not done too often, say no ...


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I would make the progress bar appear after some time if the process has not finished by then. That way fast uploads never get screen flickering or progress bars and you still have the progress bar for slow uploads. The time that still feels "instant" is around 200-400ms. I would not show the progress bar for 200ms. If the process is then less than 50% done ...


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One potential option is not to explicitly hide the progress bar for small files (how do you know what "small" is for a given network?) but to delay showing it for a small period of time. If the upload completes in this period, you can show the "Upload complete" message, but if the upload takes more than the delay, then you show the progress bar. The Psion ...


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#3 (not showing the progress bar for small files) seems bad to me. First, even a small file can take a long time to upload if there are network problems. Second, your idea of a file that's small enough to upload quickly on your whizzy broadband connection might not be the same as that of somebody in a third-world country using a very slow link. Third, if you ...


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Here's another alternative: You mentioned you don't find the progress bar the most appealing, and it's taking up precious real estate. Would you consider a more compact preloader and success message that do not impact layout? Just as an example: I don't know if that particular example would fit your situation. But if you can achieve a more compact ...


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Progress indicators are generally implemented to reduce the user's perception of system latency. It's this need to eliminate the perception of system latency that gives progress indicators value. Conversely, if there isn't any lag at all between a user action (clicking 'Upload' in your example) and the system response (uploading of the file), displaying a ...


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The principle you want to leverage, here, is called social proof. I noticed that the experts at user-experience consultancy NN/g discuss this in their article, Social proof in the user experience. This article gives a quick overview and, in the last few paragraphs, provides links to other authors and research for in-depth reading. You might like to read ...


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For your specific scenario, there are many benefits and really can't see why NOT to use them. Basically, you want to have user's reviews, so while users are not the focal point, they're an important aspect of your site, if not THE MOST IMPORTANT. and this is NOT an exageration. I assume your app is oriented to sell. Now, with apps like yours, I can find 100 ...



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