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Mar
12
comment Best practice for ordering social media login buttons?
Why order by popularity? Because the user is most likely to be a member of the top one, next likely to be a member of the next, etc.
Mar
9
comment Touch versus trace typing
I used gesture typing almost exclusively on my Nexus 7. (Tapping out non-standard words.) I miss it now that I've got an iPhone. And yes, my perception was that it was faster. Maybe it was just easier.
Jan
16
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Nov
12
comment Is lack of redundancy or visual consistency more important?
Some would argue that the user experience trumps programming effort.
Nov
12
comment How can I most effectively communicate design specs to my developer?
In my experience, it's the Visual Design team's responsibility to put together a document called a Visual Style Guide that addresses all these issues.
Nov
10
comment Might a design be “too good” for users that expect a low price?
I've always suspected that this is why eBay has always been so ugly. They want to convey "bargain" and "discount" through bad design.
Oct
30
comment How to influence effect of single vote on a like/dislike bar?
I'd suggest just displaying the ratings honestly. (That would require you to reconsider the "no vote count" decision.) Users will put less faith in fewer votes, as they should. And you should help them recognize the ratings that are more and less worthy of their trust.
Oct
30
comment How to influence effect of single vote on a like/dislike bar?
"Cast your vote to see the results" can lead to people voting without being informed about the issue, just to reveal the results. Many people are there to gather info in order to make a decision. At this point, they're not prepared to cast a vote.
Oct
30
comment Alternative reward levels to “Gold, Silver, Bronze”?
Depending on your context, you could use a single rating. You're either "special" with a cool icon by your name or "normal" without.
Oct
15
comment Prompt user for swipe for deletion - Design
The point, I guess, is that there's no consistency between platforms, or even between apps.
Oct
15
comment Prompt user for swipe for deletion - Design
In the Gmail app on my Android tablet, swiping email messages archives them.
Oct
6
comment Fill the whole progress bar
I see. So it's important for people to know that the vote-submission process has completed successfully. In that case, my answer is flat wrong. :)
Oct
6
comment Fill the whole progress bar
I think I misunderstood the question. I thought you were asking about something that shows progress of the application loading. But it seems you're talking about progress indicators on a multi-step process. Right?
Oct
6
answered Fill the whole progress bar
Oct
3
comment allow for user to customize a ribbon and its buttons?
Those would be my two objections too.
Sep
28
comment Should I enable hover dropdowns?
If you end up using hovers, please please please put in a bit of a delay on the hover so your menus don't pop up when you pass over them on your way to someplace else on the page.
Aug
25
comment Does the Oxford Comma increase readability?
The problem with equating commas with pauses is that it's then easy to do the opposite and stick unnecessary commas in a sentence where the voice would pause. And, as @DavidRicherby points out, commas are about sentence structure, not pauses in speech.
Aug
22
comment “Your” vs “My” in user interfaces
I hate both "My" and "Your" so I appreciate your justification for using neither.
Aug
22
comment Does the Oxford Comma increase readability?
@trlkly mentions "some guides." The AP and Chicago guides are commonly used here in the US. Lots of businesses default to one of those if they don't have their own guide. It doesn't look like I can nicely paste URLs into a comment, so I'll leave it up to the interested parties to google them.
Aug
22
comment Does the Oxford Comma increase readability?
Yes, I was referring to the US. And again, I'd suggest you conform to the style guide for your company. But in (US) journalism and publishing, commas and periods are placed inside the quote. (Question marks and exclamations are outside when that makes logical sense, @David Richerby.) If I were setting a programming text I'd use something other than quotes (italics or bold, maybe) to specify code.