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Mar
31
comment Are people sick of logins?
Hm. On the other hand I'm registered with StackExchange via OpenID (Google), and I'm quite happy to comment on a new SE member site because it's just a couple of clicks: "Sign up", "Using Google", "Accept", "Confirm". No typing at all.
Feb
6
comment Why do credit card forms ask for Visa, MasterCard, etc.?
@ButtleButkus: Suppose you're the sysadmin for ten sites, three of which for legacy reasons are written in languages you're not hugely practiced in. Now you have to update them all. Suppose the web programmer for a company left and they haven't hired a replacement yet. Suppose you put ten sites live, took 3 of them down, 2 of them split into five each, and 3 others merged. How many codebases do you have to update? (Okay, if you've written it ideally, one. Ideal programming isn't always followed in the real world.)
Jan
14
comment Indicating sort direction without increasing horizontal space
This is still confusing. Now both the salary and the bonus column are sorted ascending, which doesn't seem to be what the icons indicate at all. With the icon above the salary column, I'd expect to see $300 at the top.
Jan
7
comment How to layout an icon, text and number within limited space?
But those "character options" are associated with their positions. The helmet is up high, the weapons at hand level, the boots at foot level. It's good UX to make the icon's location suggest its meaning as well as the icon's content, so I prefer the original layout on this point.
Dec
19
comment “back” for RTL, mandarin and other languages
Even more confusingly, the "back" arrow at bottom-left of the screen points left, but the "back" ("return") icon at top-right of the screen points right!
Nov
21
comment How to handle “consistency” when the meaning of the word isn't…consistent?
Indeed. It really annoys me when I middle-click what looks like a link, intending to open it in a new tab, but instead it performs some operation on my current view instead.
Nov
3
comment Can an input field be too wide?
For 1000 characters, I'd definitely recommend a multi-line text box rather than a single-line one.
Jun
29
comment Is there a better character than the asterisk to indicate a modified document?
It's not actually blue. It's just a much more muted red, to the point of being almost grey. It's still definitely bad.
Jun
29
comment Is there a better character than the asterisk to indicate a modified document?
@danjiar: Indeed - as a selectable option. But I wouldn't want my text editor doing it automatically before I click something like "Diff", because reloading from disk can be slow (e.g. if it's a network drive) and diffing can be slow.
Jun
11
comment Is making an important action harder to find an effective practice, when trying to discourage its use?
@AthomSfere: In my Android Gmail app, swiping right archives the message, both in the app's inbox view and in the system notification area.
May
16
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Apr
24
comment Forcing users to use a particular pattern for passwords
I use a variation on this approach (three non-dictionary words separated by the same punctuation character), and get very annoyed when websites require me to capitalise one of the letters or include a numeral as well as punctuation.
Mar
20
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Mar
20
comment Why don't we auto-save for users instead of having them save manually?
I think this is the Microsoft Word model. Launching after a crash, you get "Word has recovered the following documents that were open. Select which documents you wish to keep:"
Mar
20
comment Why don't we auto-save for users instead of having them save manually?
"Avant-garde"? OS X Lion may have been avant-garde when this was written, but autosave as a concept has been around for decades, including in many very widespread programs such as Microsoft Word (and these days many webapps like Google Drive). I'm very familiar with Outlook's message "Outlook has automatically saved a draft of this message. Do you want to keep the draft?"
Mar
14
comment What's the best way to make a user read terms and conditions before continuing a form?
Is 200x200 meant to be big or small? It sounds very narrow to me...
Mar
14
comment Do people find someone in a list faster by name or a profile picture of the person?
@Deer Hunter: What? Why? There's still lots of other visual cues in the photo - the hairstyle, shape of face, size of nose, etc. "Despite" their sunglasses, I can tell that Robert Vojta and Vu Hoang Anh both aren't people I know but Robert Vojta looks a bit like one of my uncles.
Mar
14
comment What is the best way to represent the difficulty level in a children's game?
I don't like this idea. I think kids will after a couple of games know the kind of level they like to play at, and coming to feel that each time they start the game, they still have to play through the early questions until they get to the good stuff... Think of how we feel about unskippable DVD menus and trailers.
Feb
13
comment How to make it obvious that you can drag things that you normally can't?
But I wouldn't interpret three horizontal lines like that to mean "grabbable". That icon can mean many other things: ux.stackexchange.com/questions/30817/list-icon-vs-menu-icon
Feb
8
suggested suggested edit on A/B Testing Technique