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Aug
13
comment What voice should an option you don't want users to change be written in?
In your first picture you could consider naming the options 'Disable' and 'Enable' instead of 'Yes' and 'No'. This should make the unwanted option appear more negative to the user.
Aug
13
comment Tick this checkbox if you DO NOT want.. underhanded tactics?
Here is an amusing satirical example of the problem: games.usvsth3m.com/realistic-facebook-privacy-simulator
Aug
13
comment Is there data supporting the theory that women prefer rounded borders?
I put 24px borders on my userscript dropdown, to make it stand out from the rest of the page, but my girlfriend mocked them! So there's a counter-example for you. I didn't remove them though; I'm still hoping she'll learn to love them... :P
Aug
7
comment Should I show the troll that I know he's trolling?
I think you should focus your efforts into providing a rich experience for your valid users, not a rich experience for your trolls. That said, I noted a couple of techniques here for dissuading or distracting a malicious user or bot.
Aug
7
comment How should undo actions be worded?
Thanks. Grouping a number of operations under "Set Text Style (...)" seems valuable. It would assist the user if they want to undo back through all the text styling they just did; it may be easier for the user to parse the tooltip when the wording is "hierarchical", and it also describes what type of object was edited!
Aug
7
comment Saving & restoring undo stack — good or bad?
+1 for stopping the Ctrl-Z to retain the "return to last load state" feature. You can keep the undo data in the user's app cache, and associate it with the file by file path, file hash, and filename, so it could be recovered even if the file is moved or renamed.
Aug
7
answered Settings dialog with multiple tabs: same options on two different tabs?
Aug
7
comment When downloading multiple files, should you give many options
I think the two tasks should be numbered 1 and 2. That may help to show the user it is a process, rather than two different options!
Aug
7
comment What is the best way to show that a link opens a modal window?
Oh. I was going to ask "what is the icon for modal dialog?" :)
Aug
7
asked How should undo actions be worded?
Jul
24
awarded  Yearling
Jul
8
comment Where to place the '< Back' link or button?
If you are going for the wizard look, you may want to name your button "Previous" instead of "Back". In both cases, a left arrow icon would be a helpful indicator.
Jun
4
awarded  Critic
Jun
4
comment Alternative to dialog windows
First I imagined a stack of forms, with new ones appearing at the bottom, but then its a long way to scroll up to the top form. Then I thought, sub-forms could open in a collapsable/foldable pane, so the user can hide/show them as (s)he likes. Nesting forms that way would provide something like a tree structure, but indenting sub-forms would keep losing you space. Another option might be to open each form in a tab, so the user can switch between them, but that might kill the concept of hierarachy.
Jun
4
comment What is the best way to manage windows?
But anyway I notice that most of my colleagues fullscreen all their windows, and Alt-Tab between them, making window size and position irrelevant!
Jun
4
comment What is the best way to manage windows?
To answer your query, almost all of the Unix window managers provide Move on Alt-Left-Drag and Resize on Alt-Right-Drag, anywhere over the window. (KDE, XFCE, Fluxbox, OpenBox, AfterStep, Enlightenment, ion, ... The one exception is Ubuntu's Gnome/Unity abomination!) Those actions are incredibly swift for power users, but not so easily discoverable (tooltips when the Alt key is pressed could help).
Jun
4
awarded  Commentator
Jun
4
comment Are there studies on how well window glueing is received?
I really liked the interface Eclipse offered for re-arranging panes. You could drag and drop panel titles and it would often end up going where I had wanted it to go!
Apr
30
comment What is the correct term for the grace period when a user unfocuses an element
I certainly can not. You discovered the answer. I don't want to steal your points!
Apr
29
comment What is the correct term for the grace period when a user unfocuses an element
Thank you @RedSirius. It says the term for the delay itself is hysteresis. Interesting how serious Amazon got with theirs!