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Jan
9
comment Clicking a Breadcrumb Link, Trigger Browser Back Button, or Forward?
@AndyM I wonder, was there any relation to age? 'Cause I remember back in the early 2000s, I'd occasionally run across historical breadcrumbs that used cookies, which did use javascript to trigger going backwards
Dec
16
comment Why is this design considered cluttered or overwhelming?
@Pharap People are a lot better at describing how they feel, than they are at analyzing why they feel as they feel
Nov
15
comment Why touch screens?
@NᴏᴠɪᴄᴇIɴDɪsɢᴜɪsᴇ No need to imagine...
Nov
6
comment Proper Term for “Phone Type”
"the mobile number is somehow not answered (when does THAT happen?)" - If you're not in my contacts, I send it to voicemail ;)
Nov
4
comment Should iOS native app be distinctly different than the responsive website's mobile version?
@Majo0od On "feel like a native app" - Android and iPhone apps are designed differently. Don't make something that looks like an iPhone app on Android and vise-versa. Likewise, a mobile site is unlikely to look like either unless your target is just one of the demographics
Jul
4
comment Controlling movement direction in isometric view
The games you describe are played from the character's point of view (or at least, largely pointed in the same direction as the character), so the primary actions are as you describe. But in an isometric game, the PoV is from above and doesn't rotate, so when the player thinks "I want this character here", they now have to translate that into "turn left, turn left, forward" instead of "go this way" - it's not much extra thought, but it's definitely more than necessary (and more likely to break the immersion)
Jul
4
comment Controlling movement direction in isometric view
I agree with @KaspervandenBerg - it doesn't matter, as long as it's close. Control schemes are transparent and give immediate feedback, so as long as it's a simple rotation of 45 degrees (that is, nothing crazy like mirroring, or a complete 180 where up=down), players will understand "this direction is 'up'" and adapt within a couple seconds. From then on there's no thought involved.
Jun
30
comment Is the folder structure dying?
@Odalrick Another bit of dark magic to an "average" user: Something I've encountered with some linux editors (and I presume the same is true for some on Windows), they'll work in a temporary file and replace the original on save, breaking the hard link
May
5
comment Should I show the troll that I know he's trolling?
@FranciscoPresencia There's a variant where the troll users can only see each others' posts, as well as being hidden from the normal users. I thought that was a hell ban, but from the link I guess not...
May
4
comment Do American users also confuse the day and the month in dates like 01/02/2013
@supercat I mentioned an ancestry site because the example I was thinking of was my great-grandfather being born in something like '97 (1897, not 1997). So the 1999/2000/2001 rollover isn't the only time when 2-digit years were ambiguous, but whether it's a valid thing to be concerned about depends on the project's range - like an ancestry site
May
4
comment Re-thinking “hover” functionality with touchscreens in mind
Looks like you also have to be careful to avoid links if you want the menu...
May
4
comment Do American users also confuse the day and the month in dates like 01/02/2013
@supercat Depends on the domain. On an ancestry site, it was always ambiguous (but the right value could be inferred, same as now)
Apr
29
comment Why do people clear the screen multiple times when using a calculator?
It is possible that three clicks would clear the memory as well. - Correct. Some calculators had a couple of M buttons (like M+, M, and MC) that allowed you to save the result of an equation (M+, add to memory) and, for example, use it as the divisor in the next equation. MC would clear the remembered value and nothing else, but so would C / CE if the entry and equation were already cleared - so, 3 taps to clear all 3 levels
Apr
28
comment How to determine the oldest browser version to support before you have users
Seems more like other commenters are just saying that in terms of modern browsers, the big "fall off" in functionality is IE 8 to 9, not 5 to 6
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