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Aug
23
comment Why is the I-beam pointer shaped the way it is?
Here's a patent on it google.com/patents/US5655093 but it doesn't go into any deep UX reasoning nor does it necessarily mean this is when and where it was invented. The answer to most of these types of question is "because that's how someone drew it and it stuck".
Aug
23
comment Why is the I-beam pointer shaped the way it is?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is not about User Experience.
Aug
23
comment Correct Use Of Alt Text When Image Is A Link
I'm sorry that it's not helpful to you but this site is about UX in general and answers here are meant to apply to the broadest audience possible. I get that we sometimes have to deal with crap from above. That doesn't mean we can't still promote the proper answer here. BTW, I'd never say the vast majority of web designers are building other's designs. That's obviously a problem in your organization that you have to deal with. I sympathize. All that said, my statement still stands: the answer to your question likely depends on the specific image and link and the context of the page.
Aug
22
comment Correct Use Of Alt Text When Image Is A Link
This is tricky to answer sans the context of the actual image and page in question. That said, if you can't fulfill both objectives, then the problem is that the image probably shouldn't be a link in the first place.
Aug
22
comment Usability measurement: Nielsen's Attributes of Usability versus the SUS
One thing to consider is that heuristics are typically applied by someone with experience, whereas the SUS can be asked of anyone. In other words, they are different tools for different needs.
Aug
21
comment Should you always minimize cognitive load?
Interesting take on the topic!
Aug
21
comment CMS: Best way to arrange a large number of fields?
What is the advantage (or problem being solved) By chopping a bio up into 60+ fields vs. one large textarea?
Aug
20
comment What is the best way to label placeholder call-to-actions?
don't confuse labels and placeholders. They serve different purposes. As to your specific question, there's no one right answer to it. It's mainly a writing style question and would be dictated by the rest of the writing style on your particular web site.
Aug
20
comment CMS: Best way to arrange a large number of fields?
We simply don't have enough information to go on here to really be able to help you. We'd need a lot more context. User flows. And an understanding of the actual content being entered.
Aug
20
comment General GUI Development: Acceptable tooltip string length?
Be sure you are using tooltips for the right reason. All-to-often they are used out of habit rather than a real need. As for what is an acceptable length, it's "long enough to actually communicate what you need to communicate but no longer"
Aug
20
comment Is UX design with the intent to change user behaviour without their permission or consent ethical?
@MichaelLai I can't think of any professional ethics that need to be codified for UX designers at the moment as I can't really think of any huge ethical lapses in the industry at the moment.
Aug
20
comment Is UX design with the intent to change user behaviour without their permission or consent ethical?
@MichaelLai What is defined as harm is relative and often subjective. :)
Aug
20
comment “An unexpected error occured”
I've always found "Unexpected error" redundant. If we were expecting the error, then we should have fixed it before shipping. :)
Aug
20
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Aug
20
comment Is UX design with the intent to change user behaviour without their permission or consent ethical?
I think this is ultimately going to be mostly opinion based. Everyone has different opinions on this topic.
Aug
20
answered Is UX design with the intent to change user behaviour without their permission or consent ethical?
Aug
20
comment Should you always minimize cognitive load?
@slebetman no argument there. That said, note that SE does not require it is part of the standard UX. It's an exception, so a bit more forgivable. Keep in mind that SE also has a much more robust anti-spam tool in place (that'd be us).
Aug
20
comment Should you always minimize cognitive load?
@tohster I don't think we disagree that much. Your allergy notice is an excellent example of heavier load that directly benefits the user. But to clarify the BBC article, it's talking about the content of human generated posts. It has nothing to do with Spam (at least none that I could find in reading it.) Ironically(?) they're pointing out that the problem is humans--not the bots in this case. :)
Aug
20
comment Should you always minimize cognitive load?
@tohster we might be changing topic here, but I don't see the connection to CAPTCHAs and that BBC article. Anyhow, you are correct. I'd argue there's usually always a better way to handle the problem than CAPTCHAs, but if the business is making the argument that it's needed, it is a case where it makes sense to do it in spite of the user experience at that time and place.
Aug
20
comment Should you always minimize cognitive load?
There's lots of ways, by definition, a load is preferable. For example, weighing down rear wheel drive vehicles when driving on snow. Or hiking with a heavy backpack for training purposes. Or truckers...who depend on heavy loads to do their job and make a living. :)