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Jan
12
comment usability testing and target group
It's rarely the goal of a usability study to be statistically valid. If you do want to be statistically valid, Nielsen covers this topic as well. It would be an immense waste of time and resources to collect statistically valid results for a group of non-users of your site. nngroup.com/articles/quantitative-studies-how-many-users
Dec
22
comment What is the best email address format for people with the same first and last name?
I worked with two people who not only had the exact same name (first, middle, and last), but also shared a birthday. As we all know, names are not unique. A convention for email addresses that is based on a name is eventually going to fail because of this. Attempting to force uniqueness by adding complexity to the convention reduces the usability for everyone, and will still ultimately fail.
Dec
19
comment What is the best email address format for people with the same first and last name?
Yes, it is a high barrier. Middle names are used so infrequently that, if the goal is for the sender to be able to correctly guess the intended recipient's email address, there is little chance of the sender remembering it. How would the sender have any knowledge of it?
Dec
16
comment What is the best email address format for people with the same first and last name?
I disagree that firstname.mi.last is human-learnable. Middle names are generally not used frequently. Usage of a middle initial was reasonably common, but is now falling out of favor. Expecting senders to remember a middle initial is a high barrier to the learnability of the email address.
Dec
15
comment What is the best email address format for people with the same first and last name?
@plainclothes - I agree that a given format allows senders to guess the address of their intended recipient. The proposed design allows this to happen for the vast majority of cases. I don't necessarily agree that senders actually prefer to do so, or have a need to do so. Just because they can doesn't mean they prefer it.
Dec
15
comment What is the best email address format for people with the same first and last name?
@Crissov - It sucks to have an email address that I didn't select. Left to my own devices, I would never select given.family@domain.tld. It's my experience that, given no option or input into the email address, most people simply accept whatever (reasonable) email address is assigned to them. With that in mind, I'd rather design for the 95% case as opposed to over-designing for edge cases.
Dec
8
comment User research drives design or vice a versa for existing product?
I suggest considering feedback instead of outright rejecting it. I'd further suggest that being more thoughtful about how you react to feedback is a good skill for anyone involved in user experience to have.
Dec
6
comment User research drives design or vice a versa for existing product?
Existing products with existing user have evolving needs. Simply mining issues/faults and enhancement requests only tells you how people are currently using the product and the problems that they have identified. To continue to evolve the product to keep up with a changing marketplace and changing users, a researcher should do far more than mining self-reported issues and requests.
Dec
6
comment Designing a survey for people on the spectrum or have Learning Disabilities
Why are you using a survey?
Dec
3
comment Free usability questionnaire templates to follow?
What is your goal in the questionnaire at the end of the study? What are you trying to learn in those questions that you think you might not learn during the course of the study?
Feb
17
comment “people don’t know what they want until you show it to them”
@immibis - I don't see why one would fabricate a quote to prove a point. I agree that the sentiment expressed in the apocryphal Ford quote is true, I simply think that it's better to use a real quote or story to underscore the point. I'm too much of a UX researcher, I guess: use real data and quotes, not fake ones.
Jul
20
comment How to represent this notion of “favored” participant?
With slight re-wording of @jff's answer, this is still accurate. The organizer can reserve Julia's seat for her, and it is assumed that the seat is reserved for her until she explicitly says that she will not attend. In that case, you can simply show the reserved seats (and for whom they are reserved) and the free seats (which anyone can take). A reserved seat gets converted to a free seat either if Julia turns down the seat, or if the meeting organizer changes their mind about reserving the seat for Julia (ex: Julia is on vacation and isn't able to respond, so the organizer frees her seat).
May
14
comment Is it good idea to send user password upon register?
@AlexC, do you have a reference for that?
May
12
comment Is it good idea to send user password upon register?
My real name is Nadyne. My profile links to my website, which has various methods to contact me. Even if it didn't, my name is unique enough that a search on my first name turns me up on the first page of results. I've had my email address for long enough for the spambots to have added it to their lists long ago. I suppose it's possible that someone's bot is smart enough to figure out what (myfirstname) in this post maps to, but I'd be surprised if that much effort was put into it. Given that I make no attempt to hide my identity here, what is the concern?
May
2
comment Setting of Cancel, Back and Next Buttons in Apple UI
Is this a setup wizard that is separate from the installation wizard?
Apr
29
comment pilot testing to determine dropout due to fatigue / annoyance
Is this an actual survey, or is it a registration form? That is, if I don't fill out the survey, can I still register for the program? Your second alternative makes me think that it's a registration form. If that's the case, perhaps this previous question will help. ux.stackexchange.com/questions/55082/…
Apr
29
comment pilot testing to determine dropout due to fatigue / annoyance
I'm not sure if you need a pilot test for this. There's plenty of research about surveys about survey response rates and how the number of questions impacts it. How many questions and survey respondents are you anticipating?
Apr
15
comment Why didn't the phone companies change the length of the phone numbers for new applications like faxes?
I used to work for a small telecom. Who knew that all of the random stuff I learned during that time would be useful today? :)
Apr
15
comment Should web app users be allowed to edit/delete their own content?
The poster should have control. Users should not have access to the full recipe via an edit history if the original posters deleted it. If a user really likes a recipe, they can copy it or print it (you should make sure that you've got a nice printer-friendly version of recipes, too).
Apr
10
comment How to test icons with users?
@TruthOf42 You get what you pay for.