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comment What is the reason arrows are interpreted as direction?
@JensSchauder I'm not suggesting that they consciously understood one-point perspective, I'm saying that converging lines automatically suggest direction to us, because our visual cortex is optimized for just those kinds of cues. It explains why the arrow is a compelling symbol to us, but I'm not saying someone designed it with this in mind.
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comment What is the reason arrows are interpreted as direction?
This is a nice approach from first principles, but I think you should distinguish between a point and a direction. For a point, two lines in a cross is probably more natural, while for a direction, two converging lines is the simplest way to do it.
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comment What is the reason arrows are interpreted as direction?
That's a good point, but I'm not sure that rivers usually that straight. Also, early man wouldn't often find himself in the middle of a river I expect. I think I'll just have to accept it as a weakness of the hypothesis. Still, you get converging lines even without a road... I'll try and find an example.
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comment Intuitive interface for Composing Boolean Logic?
If it fits your situation, it can really help if the user can start with a set of examples. For instance, if I'm creating an e-mail filter, I could select a load of emails which should match it. From that it's a relatively simple task to suggest a starting point for the filter, which the user can fine-tune. You can also help the user in their editing process by showing live examples of which records match and which records don't.
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comment How best to let users know that the site is responsive, that it should run well on desktops, tablets and mobiles?
To expand on the second paragraph, the best place to do this would be in a blog post announcing and describing the site (re)-design. Those kinds of posts are a great place to show your users how much is going on behind the scenes, without bothering them with it when they have someting important to do.
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comment Does my website still have to support Internet Explorer 8 and earlier?
I agree that there is a point at which an app doesn't have a meaningful HTML-only version (like a browser game). In that case, you should probably tell people that their browser isn't supported. But in many cases, the app is just a skin on basic HTML functionality: a slider is a fancy text input, a file chooser is a fancy selection dialog etc. It does pay to build these things on top of basic HTML functionality when you can.
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answered How many questions is too many when profiling a user?
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reviewed Approve Security questions vs secret password/passcode when logging in or retrieving login details?
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reviewed Approve location request on site load - in a pop up window
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answered Is user stupidity reason for bad UX?
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comment How do you make it very obvious that the user should click on a text input that has an onclick event?
In your example, much would be helped by removing the white space between the text and the button. Things that are close together are associated in the mind. With this much white space, people lose the connection.