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Aug
27
comment What is the best way to bring your old users to your new site?
Jared M. Spool would argue that subtle evolution causes much less user backlash. A safer approach is to very slowly change any public-facing behavior (though massive back-end changes are fine, if invisible to users).
Aug
14
comment Have there been any usability studies for finger signing on mobile apps
I'll intermittently "fail" to produce an adequate signature when signing on a virtual clipboard. "Failing" to sign a document doesn't really have much of an impact (neither the user nor the recipient of the failed signature minds that it is "wrong," as it's still a legal signature. So, I'm not sure if the size really matters. Thus, I can't imagine that size has an impact on failure rate, but I suppose it might impact completion time.
Aug
14
comment Designing a password/authentication system usable for young children in a classroom
For point 9, Nielsen would say not to mask.
Aug
13
comment Should the Wall Street Journal's form for emailing an article have the “send me a copy” box checked by default, so the sender also receives a copy?
If UX can't make a decision on this issue, the marketing folk will respond, "we like sending email to users. Since, for once, the UX folks aren't raining on our parade, let's send it by default."
Aug
13
comment Should the middle mouse button close tabs?
Should the middle mouse button close tabs? Yes. Do most users expect that behavior? I'm not sure, but the ones who don't are not middle clicking on tabs.
Aug
8
comment How to make font that clearly distinct “b” and “d” without sacrificing legibility
Maybe a dot in the middle of the d (like Source Code Pro's 0)? It would probably take a while to get used to it, though.
Aug
8
comment If a user does not want my application to use his title, should I give him a checkbox for this setting?
@RumiP. One possible compromise with your product owner: Don't call it "How would you like your name to be displayed in the application?" Call it, "Your Name" or "What is your name?" As with your original proposal, users who want to be addressed as "Dr." can enter "Dr." as part of their name.
Aug
8
comment Is it okay to use red and green in another way than notification purposes?
While truly monochrome vision is incredibly rare, red-green color-blindness is common. Random googling suggests 7-10% (depending on who you ask) of males are red-green color-blind. So, using red/green as a sole method for communication is especially bad.
Aug
7
comment Good idea to accept only JPEG uploads on a social media site?
@SurrealDreams: The usual strategy is to A) have an upload size limit and B) just convert the file after the user uploads it.
Aug
2
comment Are users more likely to share embedded videos or videos watched from a dedicated viewing experience (YouTube app/site, etc)?
Personally, I think I'd be more apt to share a video if it was launched within a youtube app than if it was launched in situ, since I am more comfortable with the definition of "share" within youtube than within an arbitrary app. That said, I'm not a typical user, so I don't know how well this carries to real users. RK, I think your flow is assuming the user is sharing within the app, but youtube has its own sharing functionality; some users are probably familiar with it. None of this applies to desktop apps; don't launch youtube from a desktop app.
Aug
1
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Jul
31
comment Why would a battery indicator display a battery with open perimeter?
@17of26: No, because that line makes use of the gap from the bottom line. It's possible that a variant on this question would be on topic within electronics.SE, if you want an answer from that perspective.
Jul
30
comment Should badges be be listed and described or secret until you earn them?
This is better, but personally I still feel uncomfortable with secret badges.
Jul
29
answered Should badges be be listed and described or secret until you earn them?
Jul
29
comment How to convince clients to use a one-page layout?
@David: It's not surprising that you aren't seeing one-page sites. The technology (browser support, engineering experience, library support) for doing so is somewhat new, and adoption takes a while. Further, more well-established sites tend to be hesitant (rightly so!) to do large-scale redesigns (and gradual redesigns take a long time to ramp up, for those taking a more measured approach).
Jul
29
comment How to convince clients to use a one-page layout?
Google recently spent a lot of time/money/effort redoing their play store to use a one-page layout. You may also have noticed that they've had their search load in the same page. Really, the main advantage one-page layouts have over identical, template-based layouts is that the site is feels more fluid and much more responsive. There is plenty of data to show that responsiveness significantly improves [insert metric your customer cares about].
Jul
26
comment How to inform an audience a TV show is playing from a DVR and is not live?
@Keiwes: No. Any overlay (i.e., overlay on the tv screen itself) will be distracting. During regular TV watching, such an overlay would be a source of anger, akin to a prominent dead pixel on an LCD screen. However, such overlays are fine if integrated into an existing, user-acceptable overlay. Thus, showing such an indicator while the user is changing the volume is fine; the user is already partially disengaged from the show, and you're forced to show an overlay anyhow.
Jul
26
answered How to inform an audience a TV show is playing from a DVR and is not live?
Jul
25
comment Does SSL on a company's website make the company appear more credible?
@snipe: The fact that these issues are easily addressed (for most sites; it's probably a big hassle to address them in some older sites) doesn't prevent them from being issues. However, non of these concerns are UX concerns.
Jul
25
comment Does SSL on a company's website make the company appear more credible?
Users have been trained to be wary of sites which perform transactions without SSL. Users do tend to prefer EV certificates over non-EV certificates. However, I suspect this is because browsers tend to use friendlier graphics for EV certificates (e.g., greens instead of yellows), rather than because users actually understand the difference between an EV certificate and a normal certificate.