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Roving Psychologist.


Dec
21
comment Why do department stores create bad experiences with escalators?
A downside from the store's point of view is that they have to use up space which could have product in it to provide a path between the escalators.
Dec
15
comment Positioning Enter/Backspace Keys on a Numpad
I'd agree with the bottom right for the enter button. There are actually 2 parts to the question: number order (calculator v phone layouts) and then where to put the Enter and Backspace buttons.
Dec
14
comment What algorithm to use to change colors on dusk / dawn?
Can I have this effect as a screensaver please ? :-)
Dec
13
comment What's the best way to present date of birth form fields?
Thats a good point: do you want to know their DAY of birth or just how old they are to the nearest year ?
Dec
13
comment Why would a web site hide the log out button?
Amazon does this as as it has two 'levels' of login: one for browsing and then another to access purchases or other more sensitive account information.
Dec
5
answered How to test a website for visually impaired users?
Dec
5
comment Do users like choice? How much should I give them?
+ 1 for citing an acadmic paper. I can't remember what I've read in where. but my recollection is that users like to FEEL that they have a choice (ie that they are in control); but often don't actually like having to make the decisions about the choice (particularly if they are choosing between options which seem similar).
Dec
5
comment Is a book more user friendly than an e-book?
A good answer for citing academic research.
Nov
29
comment Naming features of an app or site
In talking about site designs I've resorted to creating a diagram with labels of the areas of the site layout to go in reports and on the wall: for example this site (SE:UX) might have a 'top blue bar' and a 'top black bar' - and some made up labels for some of those standard bits right down at the bottom of the page...
Nov
29
answered What's the most logical place for a read more link?
Nov
28
answered Examples of online help for hands-on physical hardware components rather than software?
Nov
27
answered Why there are two Enter keys and two ALT keys etc… on a general windows PC's keyboard?
Nov
26
comment Origin of the 'Loading Circle'
Some fond memories there (one used to see a lot of the stopwatch as data loaded very slowly) Apart from the not so fond memory of the 'bomb' icon...
Nov
26
awarded  Good Answer
Nov
25
comment Origin of the 'Loading Circle'
The earlier Apple Mac OS's used a sort of stopwatch clock thing as the 'working' cursor - which had (unsurprisingly) a clockwise rotation. I think Apple went over to Spinners with OS X
Nov
22
awarded  Enlightened
Nov
22
comment Flashing messages and cognition, how effective are they over non flashing messages?
Thanks Linda. I think that's what I was looking for !
Nov
22
comment Toilet paper orientation
I think this is quite a nice question about physical ergonomics. The 'Over Setting' of the control somehow feels right to me as well - so the question is "why is this the preferred orientation of the control ?". It may have something to do with our general perception of 'standards' for physical controls - ie to make something move 'up' you push the associated control 'up'.
Nov
22
comment Why are normal water coolers so low?
As the tall 'younger' person in one office I worked in who got given the job of replacing the things I can testify that they have a high 'ruin your back' potential...
Nov
21
awarded  Mortarboard