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Mar
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comment Is there a method for deciding when it is okay to remove a feature?
Relevant: xkcd.com/1172
Feb
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awarded  Critic
Feb
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comment I'm considering two different layouts for an index of articles. Which of these is more usable?
Is there a specific ordering to the articles? If so, that might push you towards something more like #1 than #2, IMHO.
Jan
23
comment Three state button for a medical chart
This is actually really slick, though I suspect it works better on a mobile device where the sliding gesture is a little more natural. +1
Feb
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awarded  Yearling
Feb
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Dec
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awarded  Custodian
Dec
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reviewed No Action Needed how to get the colors list of a website?
Jun
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awarded  Constituent
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Jun
8
comment What's the deal with Windows 8 elements with ALL CAPS?
In the Visual Studio screenshot above, I would agree that if all you did was change from ALL CAPS to normal Capital Case, the menu bar would get kind of lost. But that's because the menu bar in the screenshot has no other style elements that make it stand out from its surroundings. In earlier versions of Visual Studio the menu bar had a gradient and a horizontal line below it, separating it from the next thing down. It seems to me that there were other, better ways of fixing this problem than using all caps.
May
6
comment Why should we ask the password twice during registration?
@JoeWreschnig: What you're saying is true. If you can't remember them, or if you have the "PC Sunflower" (with sticky notes of all of your passwords stuck around the edges of your monitor), you have a different set of problems, but they're not very vulnerable to brute force guessing attacks. I, for one, am able to memorize these random passwords just fine. But Dean mentions pass phrases too, which as you, yourself, said, can be pretty effective. I was referring to both of these types of passwords. Either one is much more secure than more "traditional" passwords.
May
4
comment Why should we ask the password twice during registration?
It's worth pointing out that these are the only kind of passwords that really afford you a lot of protection. Words in the dictionary and personal information are usually easy enough to crack. Adding a digit at the end or l33ting it is usually only a little better.
Apr
25
comment Do users trust shortened URLs?
I just read @JonW's link, and noticed in the 2007 update at the bottom, that it mentions of the fact that people study URLs to see if they think it will answer their questions. URL shortening services will likely affect that.
Apr
21
comment Multiple choice with Yes, No and 'No answer'
As food for thought, there are a lot of checkboxes that have three states: checked, unchecked, and an indeterminate state, where the box is filled in with a little square instead of a check mark. When I see that indeterminate state, I usually interpret it to mean a "mixed state" rather than an unknown state, but it is evidence that there are lots of things out there that use three states.
Apr
19
comment Rating Corporate Content
@BenBrocka, I think I agree with you, but are you suggesting that the anonymity of the Internet is what makes a site like SE or Reddit work?
Apr
18
answered Helping participants in usability tests
Apr
11
comment Explaining “circular reference” to a non-technical end user
Jeez, the text on that Excel dialog is all sorts of messed up. So... let me get this straight. The user did something dumb, and the computer pointed it out. Then somehow, OK means "submit to a mind-numbing lecture from the Big M about the evils of circular references, and Cancel means "Continue into the dark vortex of circular references"? What kind of evil green space magic is this?
Apr
10
comment Could scaring users be good UX?
Communicating risk is different from confusing users. I'm not a big fan of using obfuscation (like your UseBxfrMethod name) to make it so beginners don't make the change. Keep the name understandable so the experts know what it does. Nobody reads the manual, so don't expect your expert users to look it up. Find an alternate way to clearly point out the dangers of modifying that field and other "dangerous" fields.
Apr
5
answered What should the size of a game's window be?