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May
30
comment “Typocaptcha” - an alternative to CAPTCHA?
"is probably so straightforward that it'd make a good puzzle for our Code Golf site" - done in my answer, although I haven't tried to golf it.
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May
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Apr
28
comment What are arguments against the usage of a ticker / marquee on websites?
when the amount of space you have is defined -- and unfortunately after 20 years of serious web development we're still having the argument whether or not the user's viewport constitutes a fixed space ;-)
Apr
5
comment Why do showers have “hot” and “cold” knobs rather than “temperature” and “quantity” knobs?
@usr: many sinks do have temp/strength controls on mixer taps ;-p That said, on taps typically it's not a thermostatic temperature control, the hot-cold axis actually controls the proportion of each water supply. My shower has a mechanical thermostatic temperature control, though.
Apr
3
comment Why do some websites (including Google) trim whitespaces in passwords?
@Mayo: "it cannot succumb to a dictionary attack" -- except, as is necessarily the case with any concrete example you actually give, this one can now succumb to a dictionary attack, or rather a corpus attack, since it's part of a corpus of text. Discussing passwords, no less ;-)
Apr
3
comment Why do some websites (including Google) trim whitespaces in passwords?
"thrown in some extra spaces to distort their observation" -- how does that work? If they observe and remember a sequence of key presses that successfully logs in, can't they later log in by repeating that sequence, regardless of whether some of the keypresses were insignificant? You might as well press the CTRL key a couple of times to "distort their observation". Chances are either they can watch you type or they can't, the space bar isn't going to blow their tiny mind ;-)
Feb
17
comment How can a retractable pen design be enhanced to discourage users from clicking the pen frequently?
... and so the design goal is not clear.
Feb
17
comment How can a retractable pen design be enhanced to discourage users from clicking the pen frequently?
@TimFitzGerald: I'm trying to highlight that in disagreeing with what the questioner says, "done for no reason", you've said that anything many people do must be "for some purpose". But the reasons people fidget despite that they know for a fact their habit makes others less productive because it's so irritating, is not necessarily a "purpose" so much as a "compulsion" (and the need to stop people doing it can be compulsive too). Your example of autistic self-stimulation is strong though, since it points to the possibility there's a genuine conflict of interest rather than just a bad habit.
Feb
17
comment How can a retractable pen design be enhanced to discourage users from clicking the pen frequently?
" It isn't possible, unfortunately, to prevent rapid clickers from buying the cheapest loudest retractable pens on the market", well, if "the company pen" is silent but some of your colleagues deliberately go out to purchase something louder instead, then it's a lot easier to make the case that their choices are callously anti-social. Which might be the goal here. So perhaps you can "prevent" them doing that in the same sense they're prevented from bringing their drumkit to work.
Feb
17
comment How can a retractable pen design be enhanced to discourage users from clicking the pen frequently?
"if so many people are doing it (this writer included) it must serve some purpose to them." -- although perhaps only in the same sense that fingernail-biting, alcoholism, and failing to find the right control in a bad UI, "serve some purpose" to the many people who do them ;-)
Jan
10
answered How to ensure users can't sign up for multiple accounts?
Jan
10
comment Save buttons that don't save
What happens in your preferred design if you click "Close" before the auto-background-save has completed? Is what it does actually "block-until-saved-and-then-close", or is it "close-right-now-but-the-thing-doing-the-saving-will-stay-in-the-background-and-‌​eventually-complete"? The former is arguably a good idea since it means nothing out of sight is still making changes with no means any more to indicate an error. And it just about arguably can be called "save and close", if it's possible that slow I/O means there's still some saving to do. It can indicate when that's done or failed.
Jan
6
comment Is there a more effective way to convince users to sign up with their social media accounts?
Mind you, if your service does the kinds of things they're concerned about on Facebook, then pushing them away from your service is perfect for them. If the only reason they're on Facebook is because everyone they know is on it, and they don't actually want to share user profile info with as many websites as possible, then warning them that your site is not for them would be an excellent service to potential users ;-)
Dec
6
comment Is it OK to autocorrect users when they have mistyped parts of their email address?
And .co is a public suffix, meaning that you should be prepared for more or less anything immediately under it. In contrast for example .il is not (currently) a public suffix, so if someone claims their email address is "steve@jessop.il" then it'd be a surprise. Still not impossible, though. They might be a domain registrar, and anyway the public suffix list isn't a perfect description of what domains are available to register. Of course you can check your own records to see whether .co is rare enough compared with .com among your users to justify an extra confirmation.
Sep
24
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Sep
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comment Is an in-app email function useful to users?
"Which user experience is preferable - emailing from your day to day email client, or doing it in some random application that you have to log into?" -- seems an intentionally loaded question designed to solicit a particular response. You could have loaded it the other way: "which UX is preferable, sending a message to another user immediately, or somehow finding their email address and firing up a separate email client?"