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Apr
15
answered Is the term “Wizard” ubiquitous enough for a helper/walkthrough tool
Feb
17
comment Why is the mouse cursor slightly tilted and not straight?
@PatomaS: That was a later generalization when machines became fast enough.
Feb
13
comment Alternatives to “Oldest” for Sorting Order
Or, if you really want to avoid the word oldest, "Newest Last" ?
Feb
5
comment Allowing non-Latin characters in address fields?
@AndrewLeach: You may "collect" addresses in the UK if you do so for the benefit of the user. Consider a map navigation site that allows you to enter locations by name instead of clicking on the map.
Feb
5
comment Is it a good idea to set a different signal for performing a u-turn?
Car developers are chiefly looking at vehicle-to-vehiclecommunication. Knowing the wheel position, speed & position of the pedals, a car can predict quite well where it will be. Already cars are starting to incorporate automated braking, with V2V communications this will become even easier. U-turns are characterized by strong wheel deflection & low speed, which should be sufficient to warn other cars. So adding different signals is just designing for obsolescence.
Feb
5
comment Single-character convention for weekdays?
Microsoft Windows even offers a localized version of this, LOCALE_SSHORTESTDAYNAME
Feb
5
comment Why do address forms ask for the US state?
@PatomaS: There are entire countries without post codes (e.g. Ireland).
Jan
31
comment Would it be risky to gamify school?
Oh, I can totally see how such simple rewards are not going to help. But think about it: there are millions of games, literally, and most of them have points or badges. Yet some are fun and others not, and some of the games without points are still fun. Clearly, points are at best supplemental. Efficient gamification applies the fun part of games, and again points are at best supplemental. No wonder: school exams already have points. Adding more of the same doesn't help.
Jan
31
comment Would it be risky to gamify school?
I'll agree that points and badges aren't needed. But as Frame91 states, his example is another case of gamification. Should that therefore be seen as a personal defeat, as per your summary?
Jan
31
comment Why do address forms ask for the US state?
Aren't there addresses without zip codes, too?
Jan
31
comment Should password be set by users without security check?
If you want to do "levels of security", at least do it right
Jan
31
comment Would it be risky to gamify school?
Levels to pass, exams = level bosses, final exam = end game boss. Auto save points, too: fail an exam and you don't have to restart from the first level.
Jan
31
comment Would it be risky to gamify school?
-1. Unnecessary jab at those applying gamification. It's an entirely reasonable point of view to consider physics and math boring in the absence of real-world uses, and gamification proves that there really are real-world benefits. Just claiming that math will be useful is more hope than pedagogy.
Jan
31
comment Why do credit card forms ask for Visa, MasterCard, etc.?
@nmclean: There are very few people who look only at the keyboard while typing.
Jan
31
comment Why do credit card forms ask for Visa, MasterCard, etc.?
Not upvoting, but that's basically because this kind of national systems should be sorted out first. In the Netherlands, I'd expect to pay by something called iDeal (which uses the two-factor authorization of my bank and is a lot safer). A Credit Card form should only appear in the payment flow after these national options have been skipped.
Jan
31
comment Why do credit card forms ask for Visa, MasterCard, etc.?
Indeed, doesn't make sense. If you know the relation between number and card well enough to reject numbers which don't match the card type, it's also easy to show the card type as the user types in the number. In fact, since it's based on the prefix, you can show the card type after no more than 6 digits, and often after the second digit. If you show a Visa logo and the user intended to enter his Mastercard number, he'll be surprised enough to break the (unintended) flow.
Jan
21
answered What's the rationale behind forcing users into one of their local languages?
Jan
16
comment Website Conversion [Retail/Consumer Products vs B2B Large scale sales]
B2B decisions on enterprise scale are not made by humans but by committees. Committees behave differently than individuals, and this should be addressed. But there's a unifying theme: in low-volume B2B sales, you should understand your customer and his decision process.
Jan
16
comment Website Conversion [Retail/Consumer Products vs B2B Large scale sales]
I can see it right now. "Customers who bought this Oil Rig also bought: Oil Tanker, $200 million. Oil Refinery, $3 billion". In the checkout process: "Is the Shipping Address the same as Billing Address? Yes[]No[]". "Buy Two and Get Free 3-day shipping!".
Dec
28
answered Why do department stores create bad experiences with escalators?