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UX designer (huge admirer of Steve Krug), Technical Writer (Tarutz and Hackos), and Business Analyst (Hooks).


Aug
10
comment “Modernizing” legacy applications and legacy users
@MobyD I'm sure I read something by Machiavelli about that.
Aug
9
comment Is it true that “the only 'intuitive' interface is the nipple”?
Thanks for bringing some reality to the thread!
Aug
6
comment Is there any standard guideline for requirements gathering?
Comment deleted. Posted as answer.
Aug
1
comment Is implementing dark patterns unethical?
"The problem with this question is that all of UX is a psychological trick to make the applications and sites people use as smooth and easy as possible." Yep. There may be many folks out there who do all that work because they are altruistic, but at the end of the day there is a $ whether we like it or not.
Jul
27
comment Is task-based the same as user-centric?
You could do worse than scan Welie's thesis: welie.com/papers/Welie-PhD-thesis.pdf It's a suprisingly readable dissertaion on task analysis and usability.
Jul
26
comment 3 column layout for a video player page?
You might also review ojr.org/ojr/stories/070312ruel which includes studies by Nielsen. And Tom Roberts has a nice article on white space: idratherbewriting.com/2007/07/09/white-space-in-web-design. Findings generally come out across all these articles the same way - it improves comprehension, is easier on the eye, focuses attention, etc.
Jul
24
comment Why Do Long, Ugly Sales Pages Convert?
"the more you write, the more is can fool the reader into thinking that the product is authentic" Whoa. No. I don't believe this is true. Any research to back up this claim?
Jul
17
comment Managing a list of tasks for students
@dnbrv Correct - which is part of what the OP is looking for, advice/direction because "I'm having trouble giving a rational reason as to why it's not ideal because I can't find any related research".
Jul
17
comment Is adding commas to numbers a cultural thing?
"Cultural" arguably. Countries tend to adopt guidelines for usage when they adopt their official numerical system. For example, when decimilization was adopted by Australia in the late 60s, the government published ways in which numbers would be written. The guides included notes regarding preferences from various institutions (eg. banks). In effect, they were publishing a style guide for the country. Many other modern states have done similar. FYI.
Oct
5
comment Should field labels be nouns or verbs?
Assaf, I think natural language - such as your example - has it's place, but I was more concerned with the concept of noun vs. verb as other posters have addressed.
Oct
4
comment Should people be able to change their usernames?
You're right, user6. Admins should always have a method to get in there and make the change.
Oct
4
comment Should field labels be nouns or verbs?
There's a lot to be said about determining "the best option", but I take your point.
Oct
4
comment Should field labels be nouns or verbs?
Yeah - I've not thought about it before. You are both right - I'm denying points which isn't fair. I'll reform, I promise.
Oct
4
comment Should field labels be nouns or verbs?
Agreed. I think so long as there is a clear argument/justification then it makes the decision easier. Thanks.
Oct
4
comment Should field labels be nouns or verbs?
Thanks for the suggestion, JohnGB. I am aware of the concept of acceptance, but I find that multiple responses tend to contain important information. Now if you gave me the option to accept multiple answers... :)
Sep
30
comment Why do some patterns flicker in strange colors while scrolling?
It would be helpful if the Close vote posted their reason.
Sep
29
comment scale or rating design
Matt - I work with surveys a lot, and I'm surprised you are left to make the design decisions on this (I'm assuming you are a developer and not a psychologist/social scientist/etc). The design will directly impact the data you collect - can you give us some info on what the setting is?
Sep
29
comment How to say that an online demo is interactive in 2-3 words?
I can think of a lot of users, and even some technical people, who would be confused by seeing the technical term "beta" being used in this context. I think other posters are right in saying the best choices in this instance are non-technical.
Sep
27
comment Using “user” in a URL structure
Nice response, Ben. Most people will know what it means in the url - at least, within the small subset that actually look at the url - so why go out of the way to introduce uncertainty.
Sep
21
comment What is the right success message?
Be careful, user32572. As Roger points out, "delete" and "remove" mean different things. Delete is destructive, remove is not.