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Aug
1
comment Is implementing dark patterns unethical?
@DA01 - no but covert psychological tricks are dark patterns. They are, by definition, bad UX, but the question is whether these are unethical, not whether they are part of UX. My view is that covert dark patterns are unethical, but there are cases for using dark patterns overtly, which are not unethical, even if they are bad UX.
Jul
31
comment Is implementing dark patterns unethical?
Done overtly, then it is much better. There is then the challenge of understanding WHAT to measure. As you describe, that is perfectly acceptable. If it had been for the management to decide who to sack, done without anyones knowledge, and without telling you your performance, the same processes would be much more sinister.
Jul
31
comment Is implementing dark patterns unethical?
@Aadaam This is why it is such a difficult area to be definitive on. Order tracking is standard, and acceptable for commerce sites. Providing diagnostics is acceptable. Tracking users work activity to see who is working best is, IMO, unethical, because it is done covertly. As I said, others may have a different perspective on this. As with all ethical questions, it is always bigger than a simple "acceptable/unacceptable" classification for specific activities.
Jul
31
answered Is implementing dark patterns unethical?
Jul
31
comment Should we try and avoid fail states at all cost or allow users to recover from fail states?
Do note that roll-overs are not always the best idea. But something to indicate why the button is disabled would make all of the difference. If you are not using JS, then a permanent message would be as good.
Jul
30
answered Should we try and avoid fail states at all cost or allow users to recover from fail states?
Jul
29
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Jul
26
answered Conventions for the display of large numbers
Jul
24
comment Is adding “Flag as inappropriate” button necessary for site with expiring content?
I wasn't disagreeing with you, just highlighting why it may be a legal issue.
Jul
24
comment Is adding “Flag as inappropriate” button necessary for site with expiring content?
You may have a legal problem if you are considered the holder of inappropriate material. The purpose of the flagging here is to remove offensive content quickly, not to block users.
Jul
23
comment Reason that most (business) applications have a blue theme?
But because IBM were successful and safe, there is - maybe - a tendency to associate blueness with safety. It is working the other way round. And they chose blue because they think it feels corporate and safe. Possibly.
Jul
23
answered How do you make users vote objectively and not from emotions?
Jul
5
answered Ratings: 3 stars vs 5 stars. Why 5?
Jul
4
answered How to format 'Same as Street Address'
Jul
4
answered Up arrow for increase, Down arrow for decrease, what for no change?
Jul
3
answered Is it OK to change label alignment inside a form if labels vary greatly?
Jul
3
comment Denoting a tab as being “unsaved” in a web application
That is a problem. Italics might work, but are not as good. Do you need to bold the current tab? Brackets might be the better route in this case.
Jul
3
answered Denoting a tab as being “unsaved” in a web application
Jul
3
answered What do you do when you have too many choices in a checkbox field set?
Jun
28
answered Display Email Address + Website? Or is it redundant?