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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.
Oct
9
comment Should people be able to change their usernames?
@PaĆ­loEbermann 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
comment Should people be able to change their usernames?
The problem with this is, people may still use the old URL (say janesmith) to reach user1's page for some time (even after the name change to janedoe), and then suddenly when user2 signs up and tries to select "janesmith", she gets it, and now suddenly people who'd been using user1's old link are seeing user2's content with no explanation as to why. I just thought of a possible idea for this though... see my answer...