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Aug
25
comment Forcing a user to sign up to download a file
That would be "benefits," in quotes. Of course, what I (usually) want is to download the thing without getting signed up for additional stuff. (Realistically, though, this is a very good answer.)
Aug
25
comment Should the middle mouse button close tabs?
There's a middle mouse button??
Aug
17
comment Evidence that requiring registration using facebook/twitter/google on a public terminal increases abandonment rates?
So... only people with Facebook, Twitter, or G+ accounts - and those who want to register with their personal information - can get into the museum?
Aug
17
comment Drag and drop in long lists
If you can't find any published findings, try running a few informal tests yourself. Have a few people in your office, your friends, neighbors at the bar try dragging things around in a long list. That should show you what you want to know.
Aug
14
comment Define the word “parse” for a non-technical user in 1-2 sentences
Why not use the definition from the dictionary?
Aug
14
comment Loading several files
I wouldn't count on users knowing how to command-click to select multiple files, but +1 for drag & drop.
Aug
13
comment What are some of the user research methods conducted for an analytics based product?
You're saying that you'd like to test with CEOs and regional managers, but their time is hard to come by? Would people at the level below them test well?
Aug
13
comment What is the optimal number of images in a carousel so the user can see all of it?
Obligatory Lee Duddell.
Aug
13
comment What's the best label for an 'occurrences' field?
Why is the Google solution not right for your application?
Aug
13
comment Why should I provide an undo error message?
Yep, "Support undo" is one of the ten usability heuristics brought down from the mountain by the prophet Nielsen. It's UX 101.
Aug
11
comment Aesthetic way to hide ones face
FYI, do not visit facesplat(dot)com. It appears to be a weird spammy virusy page.
Aug
7
comment looking for the search criteria that would end up displaying most relevant search results
People have certain expectations for how search works, and most (major) sites match those expectations. I'd recommend you just spend some time with Amazon, Target, Best Buy, etc. and follow what they do.
Jul
31
comment When is it better to use “You” versus using the user's name?
If the list is sortable by Assigner, would "you" be sorted as "you" or as your name?
Jul
30
comment User relationship: friends vs followers
I "friend" people I know: coworkers, school buddies, etc. I "follow" people I don't know: Steve Martin, Craig Ferguson, etc.
Jul
29
comment How can I ensure users don't fear the word TEST in the invitation for usability testing?
Honestly, I didn't know people still used the term "user test." I've called them "usability tests" for years. (And we call the users "participants" rather than "subjects.")
Jul
14
comment Are users more likely to capitalize their names in name input fields?
+1 for "What's the drawback?"
Jul
14
comment How to usability test a prototype that's not fully functional?
I wish, @JeromeR. I'm designing and testing. It's a shoestring budget and schedule. Fortunately someone else is building the prototype.
Jul
13
comment How to usability test a prototype that's not fully functional?
I'll probably go with this, testing pieces of the process and talking about what happens in between - the parts we can't mock up.
Jul
13
comment How to usability test a prototype that's not fully functional?
+1 for Paper Prototyping, which should be done a lot more often. (It won't work on this project, though.)
Jul
10
comment Icon to request device rotation
Displaying the form in landscape mode will naturally prompt the user to rotate the device.