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Feb
27
comment Why might right aligned field labels be better?
in the web it's generally horizontal space that is scarce rather than vertical since most people expect to be able to scroll vertically, rather than horizontally. In small mobile screen this become even more pronounced. I almost always top-align unless there is a reason to do otherwise.
Feb
20
comment Do non-technical/non-web savvy users understand the concept of tags?
Personally, I pretty much ignored the tagging system in SE. When I need to search content, I prefer to use free text search (via Google, usually). I can understand the use of tag when you have nontextual content, like in image sharing websites, but in text-heavy sites like SE, I don't see why tagging would be useful and I've seen cases where it seems to be more of a hindrance, for instance many users in SO like to ask question about a specific language, but does not mention that language in body text, only in the tags.
Feb
20
comment Do non-technical/non-web savvy users understand the concept of tags?
Users has to learn how to filter content rather than just navigating/searching for it I'd paint a different future Machine has to learn how to filter content for the user.
Feb
20
comment Who needs an external on/off Wi-Fi button?
I often use external Wifi switch when Wifi tethering on public transport. Often I turned my laptop on first and after prancing around for some time, I realized that I needed internet to do something, so turned on my Wifi tethering. The laptop usually does not immediately found and connect to the Wifi hotspot that just sprung out of nowhere, so instead of going to settings to connect or waiting until it connects automatically, it's easier to reboot the Wifi using the external switch. My external switch is the Fn-key+F11 though, instead of a slide switch.
Feb
20
comment Who needs an external on/off Wi-Fi button?
If the operating system itself doesn't have a simple way of enabling / disabling wifi then dump the OS. Simple and sweet.
Feb
17
comment Is it user-friendly to make the main navigation bar disappear when the user proceeds to checkout?
I don't know about Amazon (never used them), but in ecommerce websites, it's often the case that payment page is actually a third party website (usually owned by the payment gateway or a bank). This is done to avoid the need for the ecommerce site to be PCI compliant. On those sites, I believe the reason why the payment page don't have the same theme as the main website would be due to limitations of what can be customized on the payment page (again due to PCI compliance).
Feb
14
comment Adding a new feature to an existing website
IMO, the most practical is to show it until your next version update (if you have a fairly frequent updates), or after X week of an update. This way, you don't have to keep track individual users who has or hasn't used the new feature. It's the easiest to implement as well.
Feb
13
comment 'My Account' or 'Your Account'?
Beware of using any results from that article, they are only valid for that particular website they are doing the test on; you should always do your own testing or at least make your decision using research that uses a larger number of websites. Also, some of his viewpoints is quite disturbing: "the goal was to get more sign-ups", "the goal is conversions" sounds like a narrow-minded marketing/sales person who thinks only about his own corner of maximizing leads instead of the business goals as a whole.
Feb
13
comment All my users are from Afghanistan; or, how to get users to correctly fill out a form
@Nrgdallas: Which is more evil though? I believe websites should respect a user's decision to not to want to be tracked, and that means to say straight that you're tracking their location, that means turning them away at the front door when it does not suit their comfort zone, instead of letting them in, snoop on their back, legally covered by a small print in a privacy policy hidden in unintelligible language (and then getting found out for it). Which is more evil?
Feb
11
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Feb
9
answered How much choice should I give users?
Feb
8
comment Clicking twice to edit filename - what are the reasons for this pattern?
I used F2 for renames, it's much faster because you don't have to wait for the second click.
Feb
8
comment Why don't most forms have a hover state?
Because it's annoying. Most major OSes on major browse highlights the "active" form element because you usually only click form element that you want to interact with. With hover, it's not necessarily true that I'm interested in the form element where my mouse is.
Feb
8
revised Does reducing white space improve or degrade the user experience?
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Feb
8
answered Does reducing white space improve or degrade the user experience?
Feb
8
comment All my users are from Afghanistan; or, how to get users to correctly fill out a form
@Nrgdallas: telling the user that you're geolocating by IP Address is IMO not more evil than not telling that your server log contains IP address or using some Analytics service, which almost every site does.
Feb
6
answered How well does Google Maps work in a responsive environment?
Feb
6
revised Is database too technical a term for user?
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Feb
6
revised Is database too technical a term for user?
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Feb
5
revised How can users be prevented from pouring water into the bean compartment of a coffee machine?
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