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You could try to use a short description of the actual cause, e.g. no budget


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You're looking at the problem from the wrong angle. A user could also open a different browser, or use a second device, which means you can't rely on the idea of opening tabs(and preventing it), nor on IP address. Your solution needs to be server-side. Signing them out would just annoy them. Either make it so your website show them the same game no matter ...


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Corners on a picture of a face (which most people will choose as an avatar) are not just unnecessary visual noise, they may make the image harder for us to process. Things with rounded edges are considered easier on the eye than things with sharp edges. Circles are easier for the visual system to process, so generate less cognitive load. However, many of us ...


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10 seems quite a wide range for what is essentially a 'do I like this' poll. Does it really make a difference if Fifteen people rate Availability at 7 and Thirty people rate it at 8? I'm not sure you really need that much accuracy in such a subjective poll. Why not use a standard 5-point Likert scale? (Image from the Wikipedia article.)


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On any site is is not ideal to break a user's expectations. As a user expects to be able to navigate the internet with tabs in their browser, you shouldn't break it.


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This is what I think. If you look at an image, all you need is the centre most area of it to understand what it is about. If the centre of the image is removed, it becomes really hard for us to understand what the image is about, whereas if the corners are removed and the centre is preserved, we can still figure out what the image was about. The above is ...


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Issues You are right about the use of color. Users are unlikely to remember what it means if you have 8 states. It also creates problems for color blind users. Using a legend is not great because it forces the eye to dart around the screen. It also doesn't solve the color blind issue. 300 items will be difficult to navigate, so careful cell design ...


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A common solution for table cells that are not available or applicable in certain situations (such as your %Δ for a budget of 0) is to use the placeholder text n/a (or N/A).


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The first problem with having multiple 404 pages, each dedicated to a particular area is that you assume users were in the right part of the website at the point when they fell on to the 404. Bearing in mind that many links come from search engines and not necessarily from within the website, then I don't think you can guarantee that a dedicated 404 is ...


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It is a kind of a design. People basically got bored from the squared ones, so I believe twitter came up with the round ones and then people found them attractive and not boring anymore. Reference: On the flip side, because this shape is so common it can sometimes be seen as boring or plain. Also, on the other flip side when the community gets bored ...


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I would disable but add a count-down timer or some kind of indication that they will be able to close the ad at some point. YouTube has done this well with their "skip ad" countdown: This gives positive feedback that acknowledges that you have taken away control from the user (which they do not like) but that you'll give it back really soon. I would ...


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It's good to keep buttons in the same place. Here is a use case that could be pretty common. Let's say a user wants to just quickly glance at the additional information for the meeting. It's easier for the user to put the mouse in one location and click to expand (and retract), as opposed to clicking, expanding, moving the mouse to the new button location, ...


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One approach that tackles the problem, perhaps counterintuitively, is to use a slider. The user actually has infinite (or near-infinite) granularity, but without having to make an agonizing decision between 7 and 8. Visually, this option is very simple, as there is only a single line with a single button. If you absolutely need the data to be on an 11-point ...


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A few things about your question and some next steps: User Experience Experts are just people that swallow their pride & know to ask their users / customers. I'd like to think my experience gives me a solid base for presenting better-than-average first-shots, but I know that users ultimately control the direction of my work. I wouldn't necessarily ...


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Following the great work of Anders Taxboe who has categorized different types of UI elements in a classification which is easy to understand and easy to follow. At the very highest level he uses the following labels. It may look odd in the beginning, but going through each category, it makes the UI Design World quite understandable: Reference: UI ...


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You could use an exclamation mark icon that shows a tooltip on hover to explain exactly, what it means and what is missing / what value is bad: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups


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To avoid the "somewhere in the middle"-answers one could also use a four point scale, which makes responses more accurate on for-votes and against-votes. This is especially useful if you want to make it very clear if users like or dislike a statement. While survey research scales may range from two to ten points or more, researchers have generally ...


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Google hangout has the same requirement as your application. You cannot do two hangouts at the same time. Yet Google does not shock the user by disconnecting the first call when a second call is attempted. Instead, you see an error message in the second call's window. Why don't you try the same approach?


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You might consider having a word with the users and ask what they think they should see, though be careful, their initial reaction might be 'zero', which is DEFINITELY not right in any mathematical sense. I personally would leave the output blank, or perhaps use the term 'undefined'. If they really want to see a symbol, then I think you could safely put the ...


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Proper feedback is one of the most important parts of creating good, intuitive UX. Leaving it be would provide very little feedback and may cause confusion among your users. From my experience in UX testing, the majority of users don't retain the information presented on many "one time" notifications, so its likely that this won't be the most successful ...


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Map of the manufacturing site You could consider having a map of the manufacturing site with location of machines: This will help provide context and streamline the process of operating the machines. Below is just an example ( limited number of machines). If you want to scale things up you can user architectural plans with more graphical emphasis. ...


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Treat a 404 page like an error message, which it basically is. A good error message offers the users way to overcome the problem. In your example, a 404 for meetings could offer possible matches for meetings, a 404 for recordings could offer recordings, and the same for documents. The possible solutions are different for each type of entity, and the reasons ...


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You should (although it may be hidden in some scenarios). There are two things to consider: Mobile first You are basing your design on the current presentation - that's a reasonable thing to do, so long you remember that the presentation might change on other devices, like, say, a mobile phone. On a mobile phone the tabs may be collapsed under a menu, in ...


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The focus state should be more obvious than the hover state A mouse over or :hover state is a more direct interaction (i.e. the user is controlling the mouse cursor directly over the button they want to click) The :focus state, on the other hand, requires a separate scan of the entire page in order to determine which component is currently being targeted. ...


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A stacked group with the face of the last submitter is what I would consider. With the ability to expand the stack and see all involved.


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Sparling and Sen did research on rating systems titled "Rating: How Difficult is It?" trying to answer the question of how to choose the right scale (Like [unary], Thumbs Up/Down [binary], 5 Stars, Slider 100 points). You have to weigh the time it takes for each scale to be understood, interacted with, and then satisfaction. Really great paper. In short, ...


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The first thing that comes to mind for me is the little inline arrows you see in stock tickers. The arrow indicates whether the actual value is above or below the forecast, and you can still use a gradient from yellow to red to indicate how far away the actual value is from the forecast.


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Most spreadsheets (OpenOffice Calc, Microsoft Office Excel, and Google Spreadsheet) will handle these cases displaying a non-blocking error akin to "division by zero": I think this is the best behaviour, because it does fill the field with something meaningful to the user, but at the same time it doesn't "stand out" too much and compromise the overall ...


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This is my reckoning on the rounded profile pics. Why was there square profile pic before? The idea was derived from photo frame which were square and to match the real world the profile pic were square. Now why round? I guess now we are gradually shifting from skeuomorphic design to designs which are more efficient in the digital word. Also it's a ...


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Users will want to have full control of the content they post. This will be the case whether the context is a social networking site, a discussion forum, themed communities etc. If you block the possibility for a user to remove content they have added to the site you will produce agitation in that user. And if you keep content posted/accessible that a user ...



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