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Nov
10
comment Ways for a company to organize common/shared Icons Images and Graphics
Also consider that some of these solutions, such as Google Drive, give special permissions to the owner such as determining who is allowed to access it. If that owner ever leaves the company, you have to make sure that the owner first transfers ownership to another person or all the stuff might become inaccessible. Dropbox might have this problem too, depending on how you set it up.
Oct
1
comment actual effects of “bozo room” anti-sock-puppet strategy
Can we have an operational definition of a "bozo room"? I've never heard of the term before and I imagine others haven't either. I'm guessing it's either an off-topic chat-room or a sandbox environment, but I'm not entirely sure.
Jun
3
comment What would a “reset to factory settings” term be for a digital app?
I find it interesting that in the example of the followup message that it still says "factory-default values". Was this for a digital app or boxed software? Perhaps this is still an appropriate term to use.
Feb
26
comment Will I confuse users by making my whole site HTTPS?
One situation that may result in confusion: some wi-fi hotspots that redirect the user to an "I Agree" page or similar login page may not redirect if the user's home page is an https site. At the library I worked at, we had loads of users who had google.com as their homepage on their laptops and once that site was switched to https only, our library's "I Agree" page wouldn't appear for them and so they couldn't get on the library internet until they tried an http site (which understandably never occurred to them). Not sure if IT ever fixed that. It may be a niche concern, but is a concern.
Feb
26
comment Should I capture exceptions and present a nice error page to hackers?
The answer you're going to get here is probably going to be centered around user experience, probably with the assumption that a newbie might wind up getting accidentally identified as a hacker. If you're wanting an answer from a security perspective and are solely concerned with the hacker's behavior, this question might be a better fit on Security Stack Exchange.
Feb
14
comment headings as links
@MarjanVenema it's not so bad for writing quick comments (I'm writing this one on my iPhone). You're right though that any lengthy contribution pretty much requires a keyboard, but some users use an iPad with a keyboard attachment or a Windows Surface computer. When it's like that, they are basically laptops with a touch screen rather than a mouse.
Feb
13
comment headings as links
@MarjanVenema, while it's true that you can discover the links by "waving the mouse about", that's not something that can be done on touch devices without a mouse. Since users don't randomly tap to see if something is a tappable area, the only clue they have is the appearance.
Dec
31
comment Airport kiosk signage title
Given that the original poster is looking for a specific English phrase to use, this question would probably get a better answer at English Language & Usage Stack Exchange.
Dec
31
comment Should image overlays have a close button?
Elaborating on your mobile comments, sometimes the image overlay is so large that on a small device, there is no room to "tap outside". This can especially be a problem on some of the smaller smartphones.
Dec
11
comment Does the use of monospaced fonts negatively affect legibility of article text?
I'd like to see the later research on dyslexia and such that you mentioned at the end.
Nov
27
comment What is the benefit of the “hover to reveal additional buttons” interface found in Gmail?
@3nafish, because they use completely different wording, I never found it before I wrote my question :-) It does indeed look similar, although I find it interesting that the current answers are quite different than the answers over there.
Nov
27
comment What is the benefit of the “hover to reveal additional buttons” interface found in Gmail?
While I understand the desire to hover rather than click, I'm not sure why they're not visible in the first place. And maybe it's just me, but I don't think of "attaching" an emoticon or a hyperlink.
Nov
10
comment Should Preferences Be Phrased Positively or Negatively?
Your examples don't really explain which one should be first. For radio buttons, is it the positive that's first or the default? What sort of pattern is being followed with the iOS example (it seems inconsistent).
Sep
25
comment Should a mobile site link to the desktop site where features are unavailable on mobile?
@zeel there are some situations where a mobile version may be desirable due to differing use cases. For instance, the mobile version of Goodwill.org has a more prominent store locator than the desktop version, since that is probably the main reason for going to the website on a mobile device (you can look up the address when you are nearby). On a desktop site, users are more likely to go there for other reasons, such as finding out about volunteer opportunities, although they still have a store locator as well. And the mobile version does have access to the desktop version.
Sep
24
comment What symbols should be used for YES and NO when the user can't read?
Some educational software I used growing up (don't recall which) took this approach. A dialog box showed up (with the prompt being read aloud), but instead of yes/no buttons, there was an animated face nodding up and down (yes) and an animated face nodding side to side (no). There was also the words "Yes" and "No below each face respectively so that kids might learn to recognize the words. Worked well enough for me as a kid, although if your target audience includes cultures with different head gestures, you'll have to have an opening question to determine the locale.
Jun
26
comment Is giving users false assurance a good thing?
It's also worth noting that you shouldn't say something like "we're working to fix this" if the developers aren't notified that you had the problem or have no intention of fixing it. A statement like that is probably alright for a 500 error where the owner (most likely) already knows the server is broken and is trying to fix it, but not a 404 where the owner may have no idea.
May
29
comment Where to Put Credits for an App
It's for Mac, PC, and Linux and it's a document creation app. Potentially, it could be ported to iOS and Android.
May
23
comment Best Way to Display Event Start Time for an International Event
Since an online event doesn't have a location for an event, would you put the timezone of the organizer or the timezone of the greatest concentration of potential attendees? (I've also heard the suggestion that for countries spanning multiple time zones, put the time zone of the capital; E.g. Eastern time zone for the United States)
May
23
comment Best Way to Display Event Start Time for an International Event
Actually, e-mail is going to be the primary means of communication, although your solution could be done on a website.