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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.
Jul
25
comment System Upgrade: Scheduling and steps
I picked Install Later because right now I'm doing something important. What promise do I have that I won't be doing something important later? Per alexey's answer, I'd omit "Install Later."
Jul
24
awarded  Organizer
Jul
24
revised Should a 40+ field web form be single or multi-page?
Added tablet tag
Jul
24
comment Is it a bad idea to use grey buttons?
I remain suspicious that the buttons in alternative B are disabled.
Jul
24
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Jul
23
comment Is the “shopping-cart” paradigm suitable for buying add-ons in an SaaS?
On the other hand, Amazon AWS does not use a shopping cart in most circumstances.
Jul
22
comment How to write info email on my website (Plain text or Image)?
The standard solution to this problem is to use a contact form. Spammers will still hit it, but the number of spammers with your email address won't slowly increase time, so it's pretty manageable, even without captchas.
Jul
22
comment Why are soft drink bottles round, and milk cartons square?
Alex brings up an excellent point; making a rectangular paper-based container is much simpler than making a round paper-based container (fold it and glue it). I'm honestly not sure about which is easier for plastic; I suspect that with a mold it wouldn't matter much.
Jul
22
comment Why are soft drink bottles round, and milk cartons square?
@Brendon: It would still work, but they'd be less space efficient. Where you get problems is when you put drinkable containers with tiny legs in a refrigerator with a wire rack (rather than solid surface). Such legs inevitable slide into the gaps within the rack, tipping over the drink. Thus, Gatorade rarely tips over, but Mountain Dew often does.
Jul
18
comment If guessing a display name, what kind of confirmation is needed?
@JOG: In that case, please call it a display name, not a user name (nor a screen name). As a user, seeing the term "user name" makes me suspect that it is used for logins, and does not make it immediately obvious that it is public.
Jul
17
comment How the user should be informed that the file she submitted is not an image?
@MainMa: At least according to dictionary.com (and every other dictionary I checked), telling the user that it's not an image would not be a lie, because something is only considered a lie if it is not merely wrong but deliberately wrong. And this distinction is important; a lie is often part of a dark pattern, whereas being inadvertently inaccurate is merely a form of poor design or an error. Mind you, plenty of UX people like to exaggerate and call inaccuracies lies to draw extra attention to problems, but this intellectually dishonest.
Jul
17
comment Should punctuation at the end of a sentence be bold, emphasized, or colored?
Similarly, styling should not be attached to punctuation if the styling is used to represent an action (e.g., a hyper-linked word or url) or some form of quoting (e.g., italics for titles or fixed-width font for code samples)
Jul
16
comment Elegant way to handle multiple columns of checkboxes
You really should ask only one question per post. Though the question of how to select a language is probably already well-covered on UX.SE.
Jul
16
comment At what stage in a project would hiring a UX contractor provide the most value?
If you want something to look "pretty," you would need a graphic designer, not a UX professional.
Jul
16
comment Evidence that requiring registration using facebook/twitter/google on a public terminal increases abandonment rates?
There is plenty of evidence that registration increases abandonment when done in private. Considering the disadvantages of a public terminal (inherently harder to use an unfamiliar system, public systems are less secure, more people are looking over your shoulder, etc.), why do you believe public users would be more willing to register in public than in private, where it is already known that registration represents a barrier?
Jul
15
comment What is a good visual cue for drag and drop? (for reordering a list of items)
I would avoid option D. It looks too much like a context menu, especially with the line separating it out from the content.
Jul
10
answered Should websites provide high contrast or alternate schemes?
Jul
9
comment What's the best and most intuitive way to have a user enter a height value in feet and inches into a web form?
Implementation note: html does have support for a "range" input type, which does neat things like adding up/down buttons, allowing text input, and supporting restrictions on min/max values. On older browsers, it is treated as a text box.
Jul
5
comment Pros/cons of splash-screen with articifial loading delay
Plenty of big-name products exclude splash screens. For example, IE, Firefox, and Chrome. The more frequently the user will be restarting your App, the more annoying the splash screen will become.