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Feb
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comment How do I make it obvious that Autocomplete suggestions are not mandatory?
@houbysoft no, it's something we are fixing. (for those who are interested, look up levenshtein distance )
Feb
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comment How do I make it obvious that Autocomplete suggestions are not mandatory?
This is a great general guide for Autocompletes, but not relevant to this question (apologies for not providing enough context). I wonder if there's a way to upvote it outside the context of this question?
Feb
5
comment How do I make it obvious that Autocomplete suggestions are not mandatory?
It's not hard to implement accepting emails in that field, however I'm not convinced that providing a list of emails first, clicking OK, then facing another set of inputs to write names for these emails is an optimal experience. Isn't [name+email] * 5 a more natural flow than [email * 5] then [name * 5] ?
Feb
5
comment How do I make it obvious that Autocomplete suggestions are not mandatory?
Interesting idea. Don't you think it feels a bit backwards to provide an email first, then the name?
Feb
5
comment How do I make it obvious that Autocomplete suggestions are not mandatory?
I updated the question with how the DM/email interaction works, if that clarifies. Any suggestions for the 'alternative name' problem? (Considering we'd very much like to know the twitter handle of the person.)
Feb
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comment How do I make it obvious that Autocomplete suggestions are not mandatory?
@Erics that sounds like a good and safe solution, although not the most elegant. I think I will implement that.
Feb
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comment How do I make it obvious that Autocomplete suggestions are not mandatory?
@dnbrv I'm a bit torn on the whole thing after reading Ben's comment above concerning Google. Would be really helpful to test.
Feb
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comment How do I make it obvious that Autocomplete suggestions are not mandatory?
The placeholders were for some reason missing from the screenshot, I updated them.
Feb
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comment How do I make it obvious that Autocomplete suggestions are not mandatory?
You are right, for some reason the screenshots don't have placeholders. The first one has ("Name or Twitter handle") and the second one has ("Email") as placeholders. You're right, we intend to DM if it's available. I don't think people using different names is a realistic concern, but you are right that our sorting is off.
Feb
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comment How do I make it obvious that Autocomplete suggestions are not mandatory?
Thanks for a comprehensive answer! I can't combine the two fields, since I need both the name and the email of the person. We also don't need a wait indicator since all this data is already available when the page loads. I'll think about a clearer 'valid' state for the fields.
Feb
5
comment How do I make it obvious that Autocomplete suggestions are not mandatory?
Not highlighting the first option sounds like the most elegant option here.