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Feb
8
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Feb
8
comment All my users are from Afghanistan; or, how to get users to correctly fill out a form
How does your first suggestion help? They'll just take the first one on the list as they do now; inserting "please select" as an option doesn't change that.
Feb
8
comment All my users are from Afghanistan; or, how to get users to correctly fill out a form
Which is the bigger barrier: making users select a country, or making users figure out how to correct it when you guessed wrong? I wasn't exactly thrilled recently when, for who-knows-what reason, a site assumed I was German and adjusted the language accordingly... it was kinda hard to find and fix the relevant setting in a language I don't read. (OP isn't talking about changing language based on location, but others do.) Making a guess is fine (I suggested that in my answer), but only if the user then confirms it.
Feb
8
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
5
reviewed Satisfactory How familiar are users with context menus on Android phones?
Feb
5
reviewed Needs Improvement Any cheat sheet available that shows UX match between mouse events and touch events?
Feb
5
reviewed Excellent What steps should a UX'er take when re-designing a website?
Feb
5
reviewed Satisfactory Why is that the most popular sites don't use responsive design (and choose to use a mobile version instead)?
Feb
5
reviewed Excellent How to make icons representing users differentiable when users do not have the same role/importance
Feb
5
reviewed Satisfactory How to showcase UX work?
Feb
5
reviewed Satisfactory UI pattern for selecting a rule (from a list of many) and applying to multiple items in a tree
Feb
5
reviewed Satisfactory Dropdown issues on Mac
Feb
5
awarded  Custodian
Feb
5
reviewed Satisfactory Ipad/Iphone designing in Full-Screen vs Non-Full-Screen?
Jan
30
comment All my users are from Afghanistan; or, how to get users to correctly fill out a form
@Nrgdallas, it does require careful wording of that notice, tailored to the expected user base. (You'd probably explain it differently on a web-development forum versus a photo-hosting site.)
Jan
25
awarded  Informed
Jan
8
comment Why is embedded help not popular?
Contextual help is more expensive to develop and especially maintain than "plain old help" is. And you're probably not going to ditch your plain old help, so you end up with the help page/manual/document for general reading and either tagging or a copy to support the contextual snippets. This is hard to do well and more expensive than just publishing the doc as a unit.
Dec
25
comment What are the best practices on religious holidays?
Yes, this. If you're a religious business then go ahead and use your religion's norms for these things; if I call a Jewish bookstore I expect to be greated with "shana tova" near Rosh Hashana no matter who I am, and if I call a Christian store I'll expect a "Merry Christmas" around now. But if you sell widgets, why do you need to do anything special at all? Holidays don't compel you to acknowledge them. (Hmm, I wonder if anybody has done a user study on this.)
Dec
25
comment What are the best practices on religious holidays?
Trying to guess religion based on geography may be right most of the time, but when it's wrong it'll be terribly wrong. It's one thing for a minority to think everybody got the same inapplicable-to-him greeting; it's worse if he finds out that you did adjust but, from his POV, got it wrong.
Nov
26
comment Should UX design consider how things behave when they are broken?
Is your question, then, about the relative priority of this consideration among all the other UX concerns ("how important is...?")? I'm not trying to criticize, just refine -- I think it's an interesting area, and not just because I recently replaced an otherwise-perfectly-good keyboard because the paint and "locator bumps" wore off...