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Aug
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comment What cues signal an unchecked state?
Talking with someone about this I realize the core issue may be the phrase "I'm in", which describes a state, rather than an action for the button such as "Commit". Unfortunately, I'm at a loss to come up with an action phrase that matches the energy and informality of "I'm in". "Join in" is close, but confusing as the user has already joined the discussion; this action is committing to the project, but "commit" is too formal for the context.
Aug
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comment What cues signal an unchecked state?
Yes, I've already decided to split out action to mute/delete the event to elsewhere, making it less prominent, since it's not as common or desired. So my main challenge is how to begin in the "interested" state and make it clear action is required to move to the "in" state.
Aug
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comment What cues signal an unchecked state?
Looking at your jsFiddle, it sounds like you're advocating being more verbose. I'm not sure -- for such a central and repeated UI component, the cognitive load of parsing a whole sentence is something I'd like to avoid. I'm hoping the sum of minimal labeling and visual cues can communicate everything in a blink.
Aug
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comment What cues signal an unchecked state?
I like the use of colors to signal states. To solve the first-time user issue, both states and colors would likely need to be displayed at the same time. Red is likely too strong for unchecked in this case; perhaps gray.
Aug
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revised What cues signal an unchecked state?
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Aug
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comment What cues signal an unchecked state?
Good, these are the kinds of cues I was hoping for. I'm not sure how clear fading the button icon (which is a monochrome image rather than a photo) will be for someone who has never seen it highlighted. As mentioned above, "interested" is the other state rather than "out", so I don't think a toggle showing "interested" will make it clear clicking will transition to "in".
Aug
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comment What cues signal an unchecked state?
Of course, you're suggestion could be applied using "I'm interested" as the second option. I'd want to make it much less prominent. Vertical space might become an issue, but it has potential.
Aug
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Aug
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comment What cues signal an unchecked state?
Yes, I considered something like this. But leaving the box unchecked doesn't imply something as strong as "I'm not in" -- there will be a separate button to leave/mute the discussion. Conceptually, there are three states: in, interested and out. The user is by default in the interested state and the call to action is to move to the "in" state.
Aug
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asked What cues signal an unchecked state?