613 reputation
28
bio website
location
age
visits member for 2 years, 4 months
seen 5 hours ago

Jul
24
comment “Do Not Disturb” tags in hotels, how can they be improved?
Nice low-tech low-cost idea, but there are practical issues: so you slide it under the closed door while in the room, and then you open the door to leave - how does it stay under the door when you close it from the outside? Fine if the occupants don't want to be disturbed because they're staying in bed, but problematic otherwise. And how do you then ensure it can't jam the door by acting like a door wedge?
Jul
23
comment “Do Not Disturb” tags in hotels, how can they be improved?
@user52057 you could even have a "Checked out" option activated by dropping the key card in a box in the room, and save queues at reception. Also (less seriously) with electronic room numbers you could have fun shuffling your guests' room numbers every April 1st...
Jul
8
comment Is it OK to phrase the title of a modal as a question?
Looking at the Windows style guide linked below, it looks like the purpose of message box titles is so that the user knows which feature or program sent the message when many are running at once. For many sites, apps, etc this won't be an issue.
Jul
8
comment Is it OK to phrase the title of a modal as a question?
Also: "Use the title to identify the command or feature [or program name] from which the error originated". So the intended purpose of such titles seems to be, for cases where the user isn't sure where this message came from (note this advice is specific to error messages in Windows)
Jul
8
comment Is it OK to phrase the title of a modal as a question?
From a lot of user testing sessions I've observed plus personal experience, many people seem to automatically ignore popup window titles. I believe it's from years of exposure to window titles that are not task-related. So, if you do do this, make sure the central content makes sense to someone who skips the title - or, make the title look more like a 'header' than a 'window title' (e.g. no separate bar, more padding, etc).
Jun
30
answered Best practices for how search icon functionality should work
Jun
20
comment Visual feedback of “no new data” after pull-to-refresh
The big benefit of the "friendly format" would be, you'd see something like "Updated just now" when the update completes successfully finding no new data, and you'd immediately know for certain that the check worked. Whereas, if you pull down at 17:32 and it says "Last updated 17:32", you have to check the clock, and if you're checking repeatedly e.g. you're expecting something new any minute, you might wonder if the last check failed and it's talking about an update from 55 seconds ago.
Jun
3
comment Upvote / Downvote Button order
While I agree with this answer, it would be better if reasons were given for that grid layout.
May
31
awarded  Nice Answer
May
30
revised Why do read links turn purple?
added 65 characters in body
May
30
revised Why do read links turn purple?
added 485 characters in body
May
30
answered Why do read links turn purple?
May
26
revised Why do door knobs still exist?
added most relevant quote from linked article
May
26
suggested suggested edit on Why do door knobs still exist?
Apr
30
comment Why do traffic lights have three separate light bulbs instead of having one?
It's worth mentioning that nearly 10% of men (and fewer but still quite a lot of women, 1% or so) have some degree of red-green colour blindness, and these people usually judge red from green based on relative brightness (which is very difficult with a shining light on black). So, even if it was not in reality a consideration, with it being so common, it should be!
Mar
31
comment Are people sick of logins?
There's a site called BugMeNot that exists purely to provide fake logins people can use to access sites that "bug" users to log in. If it wasn't true that a significant % of users are sick of logins, that site wouldn't be commercially viable.
Mar
25
comment Difference - Font and Typeface
A typeface is the aesthetics and design of lettering. A font is the physical thing you use or install. "Typeface" is to "font" as "song" is to "track" or "MP3". Your handwriting is a typeface without a font. Wingdings and Chartwell are fonts without a typeface.
Mar
25
comment Difference - Font and Typeface
Similar question on the Graphic Design site, on the practical difference between the terms
Mar
17
comment Why are vote buttons on Stack Exchange shown when they can't be used?
Any change to the appearance of the arrows (lighter grey, outlines, dotted lines, empty space, etc etc) would stand out as unusual to someone familiar with the site - drawing the user's attention towards something that does nothing, like a sign saying "See this, here? Don't look at it!"
Mar
12
awarded  Yearling