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comment Explaining “circular reference” to a non-technical end user
Mark them unavailable and why. Otherwise the user is, again, confused. And now that we're telling them why, we're back to the original question - how to explain it to them? And now we've come ... ahem ... full "circle".
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comment Explaining “circular reference” to a non-technical end user
I want to upvote your answer for the simple error message but can't because I completely disagree with pre-filtering the list. It's bad UI design, IMO, when the UI changes in front of the user's very eyes. It's a proverbial "pulling the rug from under their feet." "Where the hell did my choices go!?" is likely the reaction. See this: social-biz.org/2006/08/19/please-dont-disable-my-menu-options
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Apr
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comment Explaining “circular reference” to a non-technical end user
@BartGijssens I don't want to use "circular reference" or "loop". Both are too technical, IMO.
Apr
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comment Explaining “circular reference” to a non-technical end user
Really smart idea. I like this!
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Apr
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comment Explaining “circular reference” to a non-technical end user
Oh my!.........
Apr
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comment Explaining “circular reference” to a non-technical end user
I see what you did there. ;)
Apr
11
comment Explaining “circular reference” to a non-technical end user
I like this but there are multiple situations where this could happen so I was hoping I could explain it more generally. Two specific examples are: 1. adding a part to a list of subparts and 2. adding a task to a subtask.
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Feb
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comment What would be a good way to thumbnail audio?
@joar I get what a spectrogram is, but it's hardly useful to a human in any meaningful way. For example, you can't look at a spectrogram and know that it's instrumental-only, is a hip-hop track, is a bird call, a fart noise, if it's soothing, if it's grating, etc.
Feb
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comment What would be a good way to thumbnail audio?
I think this is naive. Correct me if I'm wrong, but really, what genuinely useful information does a spectrogram convey? (none, IMO) They're not even aesthetically pleasing. Think about how image thumbnails are useful because it's a summary of the image it represents; you can instantly pick out the fullsize image you're after from a folder full of thumbnails. Now, can you think of an applicable metaphor for an audio "thumbnail"?