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Oct
30
comment Alternative reward levels to “Gold, Silver, Bronze”?
If you were to go with the jewel theme, you could improve ranking differentiability by increasing the number of sides of the jewel on higher ranks, and keeping the colors in spectral order (e.g. ruby, topaz, citrine, emerald, sapphire, amethyst, diamond). The side count can be differentiated by a fully colorblind user, though less than the star counts for low-sight users, while fully sighted users will quickly learn to correlate the spectral association with rank.
Oct
30
comment Alternative reward levels to “Gold, Silver, Bronze”?
A benefit to the star-based system is that they have greater accessibility. While you can carefully tune your gold/silver/bronze colors to maintain easy differentiability even for colorblind or low-sight users, counting stars is easier for either class of user than trying to differentiate color.
Oct
30
comment Alternative reward levels to “Gold, Silver, Bronze”?
Of note on the star designs, bear in mind the stars need not be arranged linearly, depending on your UI layout. One star obviously has no dimension, and two stars have to be next to each other, but 3 stars can be arranged in a triangle (for either 1/2/3 or 3/4/5), and in a 3/4/5 scheme the 4 stars can be arranged in a square and 5 in a pentagon. Of course linear always remains an option if that fits your layout better :)
Sep
26
comment Which way do arrows point on a tabbed web page?
@SNag I see the lighter space as a "container" for the content, and thus all four of the arrows will point into the container (the arrow from option one just incidentally happens to be pointing to the title). By your logic, why should "arbitrary white space" be pointing to an option?
Aug
8
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Aug
8
comment Should people be able to change their usernames?
They'd have to visit the pages of many users who have changed usernames to actually accumulate these cookies. Also, there would ideally be an "expiration" time for this behavior, so that after someone else has had the page for a year, the cookie is no longer set. This would help minimize the number of pages on which this behavior occurs, and reduce the number of cookies that would need to be set.
Jul
28
comment “Do Not Disturb” tags in hotels, how can they be improved?
@HotLicks: not everyone has a necktie handy -- should a woman have to pack a necktie when she travels just to use as a "do not disturb" sign, or a guy vacationing at the beach and dressing casual?
Jul
28
comment “Do Not Disturb” tags in hotels, how can they be improved?
@njzk2 many hotels are more "environmentally friendly" these days, only doing cleanings every 2-3 days (which conveniently saves them money to pad their bottom line too). "Please Clean" tells them you want your room cleaned regardless of the interval, and "Do Not Disturb" says you don't want it cleaned. "Do Not Disturb" also informs other possible visitors you don't want them to knock/visit.
May
21
comment How to prevent users using your app while driving?
The speed-based solution by itself is terrible. I have been blocked from using certain apps while riding on the train, because the train exceeds (by far) 15mph -- yet in no way am I doing anything that could endanger myself or others.The "attention verification test", on the other hand, might not be a terrible idea.
Apr
17
comment Why did early telephones use a rotary dial instead of 10 individual buttons?
@JosephtheDreamer that's still talking about TONE dialing (which was a newer development over pulse dialing). The question simply asked why buttons weren't used, to which the answer is "there wasn't a simple way to mechanically generate a series of pulses with a single button press". Even the bold part of your answer does not cover this.
Apr
17
comment Why did early telephones use a rotary dial instead of 10 individual buttons?
@jb then this should be clarified; just describing how each one works doesn't answer the question. Imagine for a moment if someone asked you "the green shirt looks better on you -- why did you wear the blue shirt today instead of the green shirt?", and you answered "the blue shirt is made of cotton, and the green shirt is made of polyester" without bothering to tell them that polyester irritates your skin. Did you really answer their question?
Apr
17
comment Why did early telephones use a rotary dial instead of 10 individual buttons?
While highly-upvoted, this answer does not provide any insight into the choice of a dial over buttons in the user interface, which is what the question was about -- and thus does not answer the actual question asked.
Apr
17
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Oct
4
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Oct
9
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Oct
9
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Oct
9
revised Should people be able to change their usernames?
adding clarification on part 3
Oct
9
comment Should people be able to change their usernames?
@PaŭloEbermann Sorry I wasn't clear; I meant a "page not found" error would come up, but would include a link to the user's new page. Personally I'd recommend against a 301 redirect, as it doesn't give visitors a chance to update their bookmarks (and they may not realize they need to do so). Edited as such :)
Oct
7
comment Should people be able to change their usernames?
@KristianAntonsen: That's why I suggested having a "counter cookie" that tracks whether the visitor actually went to the old user's page -- if they don't do so within a few visits, assume they're intending to visit the new user's page and hide the banner. Also, I mentioned expiration of the "name history" in part 2 (so a page isn't forevermore cluttered with "previously used by" banners) ;)
Oct
4
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