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May
13
awarded  Popular Question
Jan
17
comment Reason for blinking laptop power light on suspend
@Mene Ah, true! I agree that the actual indication of a sleep state should definately not be attention-drawing. Blinking should only be used when there is something user is expected to be interested in (e.g. notification). I usually keep my laptop at sleep, and I've often had to physically move it away from my field of vision to hide that annoyingly distracting blinking! Yet, I definately want to be able to see whether it's on suspend or shut down (hibernate).
Oct
28
comment Does language preference depend on context?
My preferences: Computer OS: English, Phone OS: English, Websites: Native, Most web apps: English. Mainly because using English keeps the used terminology clear, consistent and easy to search help on.
Oct
28
comment Does tablet size affect which orientation users use?
+1 for "people like to make that choice themselves and hate it if it is made for them by software developers" and the example! There are also environmental situations (eg. device being held on the table in a static orientation by a case), where I'll rather endure the loss of quality than hassle with physically rotating my device.
Oct
25
comment Symbol for long touch button?
Pedal is an interesting idea.
Oct
25
comment Symbol for long touch button?
In a touch environment, people expect levers to be actually flippable by a gesture, not long-pressable.
Oct
25
comment Symbol for long touch button?
Animation could make it easily discoverable, when the user tries a fast press first. I would opt for a more simple, generic animation though, such as a growing circle, or a progress bar.
Oct
17
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Oct
16
comment What are best practices for the “complete using” android dialog?
Please provide your actual use case, or some examples of similar use cases of applications where this needs to be done, to give some context.
Oct
15
answered What is the most minimal sign up process possible?
Oct
15
answered Real-life UX: What's wrong with our coffee maker?
Oct
2
comment Should i use “Be the first to like this” when there are no likes for a content?
If you watch carefully, I mirrored the language and argument type from the answer by @Izhaki in my statment. :) There is no basis for making any generalization on the issue. Neither mine, nor Izhaki's. The anecdote is honest, though - I do feel pushed by such language, and expect there are others. Both viewpoints seem plausible - we would need a study to know how the issue is. And in issues like these there could be large differences depending on the target audience. It is very speculative and error-prone to generalize based on anecdotal evidence.
Oct
1
comment Should i use “Be the first to like this” when there are no likes for a content?
"I have [...] never felt I'm being pushed, on the contrary - being first should motivate most people." I see your anecdote and raise you another: I always feel annoyed by these "Be the first to" -messages, because I do feel pushed by the language. Instead of neutrally providing the option, the language directly makes assumptions about me. It expects that I like the content, or that I have a desire to interact with it (therefore also pushing me adopt that mental position). Language that makes false assumptions of user's thoughts should discourage most users.
Oct
1
comment Does SSL on a company's website make the company appear more credible?
@JohnGB It should be noted that using SSL on the entire website - even for the nonsensitive parts - is still a very valid security mearsure. When the user transitions from the insecure parts to the secure parts they will do it via the insecure website links, so a MITM attack can be initiated to strip the security away from the secure parts of the website as well, and users usually won't notice this.
Sep
26
comment Complex Forms and Data Consistency
Instead of a dropdown, it might be a good idea to keep the different models visible and highlight the active one. I may be wrong, but I'd think that since the difference between models is a bit of a brain-twister it's likely some users will make initial wrong choices. It's much more easier for them to spot their mistake, and the correct alternative, if the other models are constantly visually accessible. (Also good idea to carry the values when switching models, where possible.)
Sep
13
comment Should I disable google maps scroll wheel zoom?
I agree - scroll wheel map zooming in the middle of content messes up the scroll wheel behaviour for content scrolling. Sadly, user expectations - even when that expectation is a slightly bad behaviour - trump that. Of course, you might want to deliberately break the trend, but then that's in the realm of advocacy for better UX instead of direct good UX.
Sep
13
comment Should I disable google maps scroll wheel zoom?
@AlexeyKolchenko Well, that depends on whether we're trying to have Google Maps for dinner. Which, translated back from analogy-land, means: Is Google Maps being used in a significantly different context? If it's used to display location information, the context is very probably the same as any other context user has encountered it in. And in that case, it should quack like a duck, not roast like one.
Jul
16
comment When a user does something in a way that is not supposed to be done… is it a design error or user error?
It doesn't really matter what "causes" the error. The error happens, and it can be prevented by taking action - like creating better design, educating users, or whatever. You, or someone, needs to balance the cost of those actions against the seriousness of the error, and the fequency it occurs.
Jul
12
awarded  Quorum
Jul
12
comment Complex Automated Wizard using filenames User Interaction Problem
One project to take a look at is: Métamorphose ("a batch renamer, a program to rename large sets of files and folders quickly and easily")