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I'm a UX specialist investigating analysis and design of multi-user interaction. I specialize in design of CLIs and GUIs for use by programmers, QEs, and release engineers.

My doctoral work centered around using discourse analysis techniques to understand design requirements for groupware. I am currently employed helping to design a complex versioning/building/testing system.

In my spare time, I write science fiction; my first novel Duplicate is available as an eBook, paperback, or hardcover. My second novel, We Were Gods is also available as an eBook or paperback. Yes, there's a fair amount of programming and user experience in each of them. ;)

My statements on these websites are not official statements from any employer of mine.


Nov
2
comment Default gender, “Male” or “Female”
Why do you need the gender? Is there a real, true, legitimate need for it? How about just leaving it out entirely?
Nov
2
answered What are some examples of famous/effective skeuomorph UIs?
Oct
28
comment What are best icons to identify/distinguish TCP and UDP connections
...why? Who is using this info? what skill level do they have? what task will they use the info for?
Oct
27
answered Too many navigation levels?
Oct
27
answered Alternative UI patterns for a large, shallow tree
Oct
14
comment Design Patterns for Discoverability
There are a number of such 'helpers' right here on Stack Exchange. The "here are some possible duplicates" helper. The tags helper. The "maybe you should go to chat" nudge...
Oct
13
comment Why is the “dislike” button going into extinction?
@jberger, you raise a good point--but then, why did the +1/Like button catch on? One reason: aggregation. "10 people like this". It's actually pretty annoying to see a post with 10 "like" comments--or 10 "damn dude that sucks"s, actually. (Another reason: it's less user effort...)
Oct
12
comment In-Line Form Validation - Checking for numbers in a persons Forename / Surname field
+10 for that link if I could!
Oct
12
comment Why is the “dislike” button going into extinction?
@Ben, yeah. What they really want is a "Damn, dude, that sucks" button.
Oct
10
answered Can ugly be good UX?
Oct
7
answered The psychology of everyday shapes
Oct
7
comment Should we delay the website launch to work on improving user experience and accessibility?
Can you afford to? Can you afford not to? You only get one try at 'launch'.
Oct
7
comment Which date format to use?
As worded this question can't have a good answer. Can you change the title and contents to something less contentious, like "what are advantages and disadvantages of different date formats"?
Oct
4
awarded  Civic Duty
Oct
3
comment Name for a rule about re-using terminology
Yes, you could go with "avoid polysemy" if you wanted to go concise. :)
Oct
3
answered Name for a rule about re-using terminology
Sep
29
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
29
comment scale or rating design
Echoing the above. We can discuss the UX/interface design (and there are answers below), but the actual domain is highly suspect. People are not very good at self-reporting their mental tendencies accurately; hence the existence of inventories and 'quizzes'.
Sep
29
comment What to do with non priced products when sorting by price?
What is the user task here? What would the user be trying to accomplish when sorting by price, and how would 'priceless' items fit into that task? This will fundamentally affect the answer.
Sep
29
answered Why shouldn't we use words such as 'here' and 'this' in textlinks?