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Feb
8
comment Why do profile pictures overlap banner images in most websites?
I wish Facebook would do face detection on the banner/background image, and strongly discourage users from using a photo with faces and encourage one with scenery, patterns, art, etc.
Jan
17
comment Are you sure you want to answer this question?
@MaxdeMooij It's not a general solution, but works well for shutdown— the user's next likely action is walking away from the computer, so a 60-second delay is not a pain point. Still, this type of interaction (performing a potentially-destructive action after the user has shown they're not interested in preventing it) could be used more often. I suppose iOS's Photos app's “Recently Deleted” album — which works like a trash can with 30-day-delayed auto-delete — is another example of this.
Jan
17
comment Are you sure you want to answer this question?
The most utilitaristic way to solve it is actually to reduce or eliminate the consequences of proceed, which is the way tech is heading. For example, browsers used to ask “Do you want to close all tabs?” because there was potential data and workflow loss from proceeding. It's far less common now because tabs re-opening when the browser re-opens, and page state being restored when reopening (such as filled-in form fields) has now become state-of-the-art. I know this doesn't directly answer your question, but I think it's important to see these messages as stop-gap solutions.
Jul
18
comment Why is the drag area usually limited to the “title bar”?
@Ruslan Yes, but still only one window manager amongst the many many WMs for the many many OSes with GUIs in existence. The vast majority of implementations in OSes do not exhibit this behavior as a design choice. And this is the UX SE, so the question is the design choice, not if Unix is a cool/neat/popular OS too just those over-buzzed Windows and OS X OSes that surely nobody actually uses.
Jul
18
comment Why is the drag area usually limited to the “title bar”?
Makes sense: The title bar is OS-level UI for OS-level tasks, (nearly) the rest of the window is app-level. And apps (from a UX perspective, not programmatic) have little-to-no jurisdiction over the positioning their windows across the screen(s).
Jul
18
comment Why is the drag area usually limited to the “title bar”?
Oxygen isn't software? Again, the OP's question isn't “is this common?”, it's “why is it the way it is (most of the time)?” You're combatting the assumed premise of the question, not answering it.
Jul
17
comment Why is the drag area usually limited to the “title bar”?
-1 Doesn't as much answer the question as combat the statement “Why is it uncommon”. OP is clear that there are examples of software that implement windows that are indeed draggable.
Apr
11
comment What is this side menu called that can be found in many multi-touch apps, and where does it originate from?
Bottommost screenshot (YouTube on iPad). It's there.
Oct
28
comment What is this side menu called that can be found in many multi-touch apps, and where does it originate from?
@NewAlexandria If I ever chance upon a new UI concept to coin, I'm going to think of you and seriously consider naming it The Single-Malt Menu/Button/Bar/Indicator/Widget/etc.
May
17
comment What is this side menu called that can be found in many multi-touch apps, and where does it originate from?
@JoelGlovier I think there's a number of ways to look at it. There's the icon itself, which strangely is horizontal lines not vertical lines like the resize/gripper buttons of yore. Then there's the stacked nature of the menu, like a super-tall burger. And then there's the layered feel of the screen, like one is sliding off the top bun to reveal what's inside. None of these concisely say “hamburger” or “hotdog”, but with the union of these interpretations (and perhaps others), the name seems to have stuck.
Apr
17
comment What is this side menu called that can be found in many multi-touch apps, and where does it originate from?
@Brian: The Meat-Or-Meatlike-Product-In-A-Bun Menu
Apr
17
comment What is this side menu called that can be found in many multi-touch apps, and where does it originate from?
I would say that “side panel” and “side menu” refer a panel/menu on the side, not the whole concept of content sliding away with a tap or drag to reveal a side panel/menu. That is to say — IMHO — a side panel/menu is a much more established and generalized UI concept, which is used as a part of this specific combination of elements that has come into vogue recently. So that would make AppAdvice not incorrect, just unspecific.
Jan
18
comment Why do we say we “browse” to a place on the Internet when we actually download a web server’s content to our browser?
+1: I totally agree with the broader answers that others have given: that it's an abstraction and a metaphor of what we're perceiving. However, I would disagree that the metaphor was completely intentionally constructed; I think you're spot-on that it formed out of prior English language usage. I swear there's a broader spoken/written language concept that covers describing a receiving activity in an active participating nature, but I can't think of the term.
Jan
14
comment What is this side menu called that can be found in many multi-touch apps, and where does it originate from?
@JonW: I picked up on the name from a short article at The Industry (theindustry.cc/2013/01/07/13-design-trends-for-2013) by a Gannon Burgett (imagine that). Though he references good ol' Marco Arment, and Marco has used the term before (twitter.com/marcoarment/status/274003293473218561 or cl.ly/M9kD), so maybe he coined it.