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Apr
15
comment Making a Streak Visualization More Intuitive
If "best" isn't a full circle, what do any of the sizes represent?
Mar
31
comment Should the cross (or 'X' ) button do something other than close (e.g. minimize or hide)?
An aside on Skype and other chat programs: They stick themselves in the system tray, which a user could consider higher-level than a "main window". Closing the settings/buddy list window is then no different than a chat window in how it doesn't actually exit.
Mar
10
comment Does adding a click count next to a hyperlink enhance the user experience?
I don't buy it; no one can tell if it was worth clicking until after the count has already been incremented. This is almost like arguing for clickbait, something I think we all want to see less of...
Feb
13
comment How to best visually represent a dev team's skillset versus project needs?
...huh. What if each of those circles were only filled in partially, like one slice of a pie chart? A full circle would indicate 100% available, a half for 50% available, etc. Might be easier to see than size or shading (or save space if used instead of size).
Feb
4
comment Why are keyboards still the predominant input device?
@DA01 There is a learning curve, but it's not a steep one. You can use a keyboard with no experience. A steep learning curve is when you get to something like vim or emacs, where you need to at least have a short introduction to be able to use it
Jan
31
comment Is the discount more important than the price?
@corsiKa The same is true for cheap stuff at grocery stores - occasionally prices get hiked during a sale, so for example a $4 item is sold at $5 - 20% for one week, and it sells better, despite the customers largely being the same week-to-week... People just have bad memory for numbers, it seems like
Jan
21
comment Why are calculator screen digits right-aligned?
@NiettheDarkAbsol Like this? I think I've seen software calculators do it before
Jan
15
comment Why did the mouse beat the light pen, paddle, and other pointing devices?
@dcorking Also nubs, which our new work laptops all came with
Nov
13
comment Adding a “none of the above” option to a list of checkboxes
@Dorus If they're that dense, a greyed-out "None of the above" is likely to make them think something is broken.
Nov
12
comment Might a design be “too good” for users that expect a low price?
This question reminds me of Amazon.com - they had to keep "Sign in using our secure server" on the login button for certain pages to keep users from thinking "what, is it no longer secure?"
Nov
3
comment Will using “X” for both “close” and “remove” cause confusion
@L.Möller Yes, most look similar/same to me. What's funny is that they all focused way in on changing what's next to the item, and several say that - is only associated with reducing the quantity. No one has yet suggested changing the x in the upper-right to a - to symbolize "minimize"... (Which makes sense here, as your shopping cart does still exist off in the background)
Nov
3
comment Will using “X” for both “close” and “remove” cause confusion
@dan1111 If you opened up the shopping cart and had 5 of the item, then changed it to 3, then clicked Remove - that's where the ambiguity is. Am I removing all 5 or removing 3?
Oct
25
comment Multiple vs single field capture for phone number form input
@CourtneyJordan Aren't extensions usually on business cards with a pound sign? So something like: 15551234567 #9876 (Edit - Google Image Search seems to indicate there is no standard. So it might be worthwhile to store both the original and stripped-down version)
Oct
23
comment Multiple vs single field capture for phone number form input
On the first part of this answer, it used to be the 1 prefix was required, so I thought all phones still accept 15555555555
Oct
23
comment Multiple vs single field capture for phone number form input
@UweKeim Also US numbers, if you have an extension
Oct
19
comment Discard unsaved changes in tab if user switches to a different tab?
@corsiKa Probably most use * due to color blindness. Going from dark to light or vice-versa would get around that, but might clash with the rest of your design.
Oct
1
comment Does Computer mean Desktop and Laptops?
@DavidZ No need to imagine; there are kids who grew up on T9 texting(!) whose words-per-minute are on-par with their keyboard usage. Ones who grew up on "smart" keyboards available on touch devices might even reach speeds you can't do on a physical keyboard due to word prediction.
Sep
28
comment Which way do arrows point on a tabbed web page?
The up-arrow version (with styling as shown in the question) evokes a callout, a specific type of "is detail of". I think those are the most common when arrows are used instead of tab styling or underlines
Sep
23
comment Why don't ATMs show blank arrows for unused buttons?
@Colin'tHart Touchscreens can be far worse than buttons. An ATM that I use regularly was at one point miscalibrated for about a week. The whole thing was off by a good inch or so, putting touch-area for $100 on top of the displayed button for $20 (as well as all the other options in that column).
Sep
23
comment Why don't ATMs show blank arrows for unused buttons?
Given the images in the comments, this seems to be an issue with some peoples' depth perception and/or spatial memory...? I have no difficulties seeing which arrows align with which buttons, even in the angled pictures. (I'm not saying it's not an issue, but that it might be a common edge case like color blindness - until seeing those pictures, I thought the question was talking about arrows that were actually mis-aligned (like the miscalibrated touchscreen on a nearby ATM I use, for a good week the touch-area was an inch to the left))