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Mar
19
comment Why are vote buttons on Stack Exchange shown when they can't be used?
:-) Exactly....
Mar
19
comment Why are vote buttons on Stack Exchange shown when they can't be used?
@Ian, I didn't say the UX was aesthetically well designed or especially usable; I just said the issues were thoroughly considered and debated. See all the discussion at meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/… for example.
Mar
17
comment Why are vote buttons on Stack Exchange shown when they can't be used?
I don't have anything against your giving an opinion as an answer, especially since you labeled it as such. However, I think you'll find that the UX issues on SO have been pretty thoroughly considered and debated. That's not to say their conclusions are all optimal... maybe they suffer from too much input.
Mar
17
comment Why are vote buttons on Stack Exchange shown when they can't be used?
@DavidRicherby: "serve no purpose at all" is a hard thesis to prove. I would say, and others have argued here, that the buttons aid discovery, letting users know that a feature is sometimes available, even if it's not enabled at the moment. You may not find that to be a worthwhile purpose, but it is a purpose.
Mar
17
comment Why are vote buttons on Stack Exchange shown when they can't be used?
Related question: ux.stackexchange.com/q/16707/5618
Nov
22
comment Make object look draggable
The fact that clicking an object does something other than selecting it, and dragging the selection sign around changes the selection (doesn't do anything related to the selected object), is pretty counterintuitive. Any possibility that you could change that? E.g. click an object to select it; do something else for another function on that object?
Oct
3
comment Tick this checkbox if you DO NOT want.. underhanded tactics?
+1 for the question. However, anecdotally, I've been under the impression that the trend is in the opposite direction... companies are letting you "opt in" more often and requiring you to "opt out" less.
Sep
10
comment Why don't mobile apps have a 'close' button?
@Koen: no, my desktop is current. And no, the OS can't always manage resources better than a knowledgeable user. Re: ghoppe, you're right - I found the close button (on Android) since my comment above. That helps.
Aug
22
comment Why are spinning animations typically used for loading sequences?
I think this is the best answer so far, as it's really the only one that address the question "why spinning?"
Aug
22
comment Why are spinning animations typically used for loading sequences?
By "endless" I suppose you mean "of indefinite amount"?
Aug
2
comment How could you prevent users from leaving their original copy in the photocopier?
No doubt the research is interesting, but I'm still wondering how studies can "show" subconscious effort.
Aug
1
comment How could you prevent users from leaving their original copy in the photocopier?
@Urbycoz: Fatal Prank: Disgruntled Employee Leaves Glue on Copier Platen. (Details at 11:00.)
Aug
1
comment How could you prevent users from leaving their original copy in the photocopier?
@Urbycoz: First, you use the other copier to take a photocopy of that page from the encyclopedia. Then you hold the photocopy up to the vertical glass to make your real copy.
Aug
1
comment How could you prevent users from leaving their original copy in the photocopier?
I wonder how in the world "studies have shown" "a subconscious effort." Can subconscious things be counted?
Aug
1
comment How could you prevent users from leaving their original copy in the photocopier?
I read the last three lines of this answer and thought the doors of the room were locked until the user removed their original. That would be effective, but a bit risky... what if the sensor malfunctioned? nytimes.com/2012/05/03/us/…
Jul
18
comment Does “Don't Break The Back Button” Apply To Web Applications?
I won't venture an answer on this somewhat controversial topic, but I will suggest that you can't break that which isn't working. The back button arguably already doesn't work in many situations in a web application, some of which have been mentioned on this page, e.g. after a POST. If there's no well-defined behavior that a user expects and which normally works, I don't think it's worth bending over backwards to fix the back button, especially since your fix will not be universal or expected.
Jun
27
revised Why is the “Record” icon always round and usually red?
correction: the Japanese character shown is katakana, not kanji.
Jun
27
suggested suggested edit on Why is the “Record” icon always round and usually red?
Jun
19
comment Is there a better character than the asterisk to indicate a modified document?
Good answer, but I'm not sure it's true that the use of * to indicate a modified buffer is mostly a Windows thing. Emacs has been doing this (www.gnu.org/software/emacs/manual/html_node/emacs/Mode-Line.html, gnu.org/software/emacs/manual/html_node/emacs/List-Buffers.html) for ages, and it originated on Unix systems.
Apr
29
comment Synonym for 'GUI' for non-technical people?
@MainMa: I would hesitate to paint "the users" with such a broad brush as that. There are many kinds of users. But I would agree that, to most users, the behavior of the interface is what matters, and it's irrelevant how the implementation of that behavior is distributed between various components of the program.