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Apr
8
comment Why do some websites (including Google) trim whitespaces in passwords?
Not only that, if it became a common method of creating passwords, then attacks can design around it. You have an alphabet consisting of digraphs, with appropriate distributions and likely co-occurrences (eg, "st" is common, "zg" is not, "th" + "is" is fairly likely...)
Apr
8
comment Why do some websites (including Google) trim whitespaces in passwords?
Kind of OT, but it could theoretically work if you add so many spaces that the thing becomes too long too remember: "__p____a__s_____s___W...oh I give up". No, it's implausible really.
Apr
1
comment How to display duration (HH:MM) so it isn't confused with clock time
How about subdividing the boxes with a faint grey line, so it looks sort of like 4 | 00. You just want to make it slightly different from the very familiar 4:00. Optionally add small headers, h|m || h|m || h|m...
Mar
25
comment Why not show password criteria on login screen?
If for some reason I knew your password to stack exchange was "stack%Dodge1bullet" how hard is it for me to guess your password to Facebook?
Mar
17
comment Should “Deletion successful” confirmation be red, or green?
Blue with a thumbs-down or X icon.
Feb
19
comment What is your UX strategy when your users want opposite things?
I think maybe what's really going on in this example isn't two distinct sets of needs, but the fact that you have existing users who don't like the change being imposed. That's a whole different kind of pyschology to manage.
Feb
11
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Feb
11
accepted What visual metaphor is this checkbox trying to achieve?
Feb
11
comment What visual metaphor is this checkbox trying to achieve?
Thanks very much. (Eww, inconsistent spelling of "backup"/"back up")
Feb
11
comment What visual metaphor is this checkbox trying to achieve?
Ah, do you have an example of Microsoft's version? (I don't have access to a Windows machine). Maybe they've just copied it and gone wrong.
Feb
11
comment What visual metaphor is this checkbox trying to achieve?
This has always been a web application, and has been around for a few years.
Feb
11
revised What visual metaphor is this checkbox trying to achieve?
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Feb
11
comment “Device in use” phrasing
What do you mean by "being used", and can you give some examples of your current GUI text?
Feb
10
asked What visual metaphor is this checkbox trying to achieve?
Feb
3
comment Is it default that an English version is always Title Case, while other languages like Dutch don't use Title Case?
You can't make everything consistent everywhere. This kind of inconsistency is fine because very few people will see it, let alone notice it.
Jan
14
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Dec
17
comment Why do some users complete forms all in capital letters?
50%? Two or more capital letters in a row is ENough to indicate a problem.
Dec
10
comment Are alternate suggestions in “username already taken” errors useful?
If you use emails for logins (as suggested by Mervin), then your question is just "is it a worthwhile use of resources to develop this feature". The answer to that will depend a lot on the size of your userbase, and how much trouble they have finding available usernames.
Nov
26
revised Which input control is recommended for a large value range?
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Nov
26
answered Which input control is recommended for a large value range?