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This is a common UX situation Most users 'self police' and do not need warnings or guidance. You have few heavy users who need to be [gently warned/dissuaded] to avoid waste or abuse. You have isolated cases of abusive users. This heavily skewed distribution of users is very common in lot of applications (cell phone usage, all you can eat buffets, ...


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This is known as "microcopy" in the UX world. A couple of good resources include http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2013/06/17/five-ways-prevent-bad-microcopy/ Nielsen-Norman group has a number of articles and training conferences on writing for the web: http://www.nngroup.com/topic/writing-web/ One of the big problems with form fields and validation, ...


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It's simple really. They are all alerts, dialogs, modals, etc. Warning is the type of the alert along with Error, Information, and many more.


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Given that the user cannot proceed unless he/she performs an action/set of actions, the use of a constant reminder is a good play. Also supporting your text content with icons is a good strategy that will assist those users who tend to skip text content. For the actual content, I would suggest be precise and to the point. An Example: In order to use our ...


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Best way has fulfill two needs: Explain the user error Stop the error from occurring This is best done with an alert, typically. The language you use is up to you. I'd suggest something like "D'oh! You already have [taskname]" But be aware of the usability challenges associated with it. Does the alert offer a way to retain the data, meaning return to ...


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As a general rule, you should avoid presenting users with lots of fields at once (all on one screen). It is daunting for a user to be faced with this (unless they are a call centre data entry employee or similar). You need to break the form up into small, manageable tasks that are presented in a logical order. When you break up the form there will be less ...


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Just make them clear. Like "Please enter a phone number" for a missing required. Or "Please enter a valid phone number. The phone number you have entered is too short." Tell the user exactly what is required. It is also best to validate before submission with JavaScript and give them instant feedback. Show the error message right near the input field, and ...



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