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Jul
28
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Jul
28
comment Seat belt design rules
@MonkeyZeus - Not arguing with anything you said... and yet, the increased tightness of the seat belt has made the OP less safe, by discouraging him from wearing it. Yeah, it's a bad choice on his part. Probably the tighter belts help far more than they hurt, but unintended consequences need to be watched for. A similar example is how increased complexity requirements for passwords can drive people to write down all their passwords, decreasing security.
Jul
27
comment Seat belt design rules
Worth noting that it's entirely possible that making seatbelts 'safer' (by having them tighten automatically) may result in making them unsafer (by discouraging usage). Most UX is not as critical to life and limb, but the same principle can apply.
Jul
22
comment should I use singular or just default plural in labeling the 'followers'
Correct. Just to emphasize: You should pluralize zero. (You should also pluralize fractions, if for some reason you had 1.5 followers.)
Jun
1
comment Are touch-start and touch-end (i.e. Mouse-down and mouse-up for touch-screens) intuitive?
Not an answer, but I just installed an Android app yesterday that did this, and it confused me for a while. Worked fine once I grasped it. It was a video recording/editing app that would record video while you held down the record button... so it started recording on touch-start and stopped on touch-end. I can see cases where that's sensible, but I don't think that interface will be immediately intuitive for most users.
Jul
23
comment Origin of the Position of Logout/ Close Button
On windows through 3.1, you double-clicking on the windows icon on the top left was the only choice (besides menu options), and there was no dedicated '1-click' close icon. The familiar top-right close was added during the significant Windows-95 redesign, which I understand was very heavily tested into by Microsoft.
Jun
3
comment What's the best way to handle unexpected application errors?
I'll pitch in a contrary view, and say that I am glad whenever a program actually gives stack dumps and detailed trace info when it crashes. Many errors could be fixed by a half-way sophisticated user if the info isn't hidden behind 'user-friendly' messages. That said, it might be less intimidating to move it behind a 'details...' button.
May
14
comment Using icons as checkboxes?
If you feel like you have to use icons, then when you switch to edit mode, surround them each with a 3d button frame. Make the selected ones depressed. That at least will give them the idea they're clickable.
Apr
25
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Apr
25
awarded  Editor
Apr
25
revised How do I make a sitemap for a non-trivial and non-linear e-commerce web app?
Removed a dead link
Apr
9
comment Why is it that all caps text looks like SHOUTING, but all caps handwriting is easier to read?
Comics were originally written in upper case because of issues with poor quality print reproduction... lower case writing has more subtle distinctions between letters. It's the same reason that so many comics ended every sentence with an exclamation mark: Periods were just too small and would get lost. Printing quality hasn't been an issue for many decades, but now we have the weight of tradition keeping it upper case. Lower case text in comics just looks odd to many people.
Apr
5
comment What’s the origin of the metaphor “cloud”?
I know from doing load balancing in a call center in the late early 90s that the term 'cloud' was in use then, by AT&T. It described the processing of calls that took place 'out on the network', as opposed to actions you could take on-site. It was just as much a silly marketing term then as it is now.
Mar
25
comment What kind of design do users like the most at the time of this question, 'Flat' or 'Skeuomorphic'?
Upvoted because you emphasized that flat and skeuomorphic design principles are separate dimensions. You can have both, neither, or either.
Jan
14
answered Allow users to change fonts for increased reability
Jan
2
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