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bio website orthogonaltonormal.com
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comment How many required fields are too many?
@JonW just make sure that if you're updating an existing system you test it thoroughly after making fields optional/input elsewhere so you don't have some part of the code blowing up because it assumed they could never be null.
Jul
24
comment “Do Not Disturb” tags in hotels, how can they be improved?
@BrianS DnD is also used when you've got something in your room that you don't want the staff to mess with; either due to paranoia about loss (eg sensitive business documents, high value electronics, etc) or that's legal but would freak the mundanes.
Jul
23
comment “Do Not Disturb” tags in hotels, how can they be improved?
Con: The user needs to remove/replace the DND tag every time they enter the room, and the clean now if they return before housekeeping.
Jul
22
comment What to do with the “last” button in pagination?
If you don't add some special functionality to the ..., pulling a few intermediate values into the sequence makes it easier to reach pages in the middle of a long with without manually editing the URL.
Jul
21
answered Is it better to include shipping cost in the product price?
Jun
10
answered Is a star rating more user-friendly and valuable than a simple up/down vote model?
Apr
18
comment Is there any evidence to back up the theory elderly people won't know how to use a smartphone?
@KitP I'm not sure your last sentence can be assumed to be true for people of any age at this point. The intensity of the hard sell carriers are making for smart phones over the last few years means there's a long tail of people who have smart phones but mostly use them the same way they did their old feature phone and who can only fumble their way through the rest of it on the rare occasions they need more than the basics.
Apr
17
comment Why did early telephones use a rotary dial instead of 10 individual buttons?
@PhillipW Probably a combination of if it's not broke, don't fix it; and rotary phones being cheaper than touch tone for some time after the latter were first available.
Mar
18
comment How best to ask a previously unsubscribed contact to resubscribe?
I'd add that while the risk of an individual suing you is low; a significant number will start clicking the Report Spam buttons in their mail accounts. If enough people do so, Google/Yahoo/Microsoft/etc are likely to start routing mail you send to current subscribers into their junk mail folders by default.
Mar
17
comment The reasoning behind book dust jacket while there is a hardcover
If you want to reduce wear and tear on paper dust jackets you can buy the same sort of plastic protective material that libaries typically use: ex amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=brodart+book+covers
Mar
17
comment The reasoning behind book dust jacket while there is a hardcover
@DominikOslizlo a number of modern inks (particularly red) are still vulnerable to UV fading; a paper dust jacket is still providing protection from things like that.
Dec
19
awarded  Yearling
Nov
21
comment Why are switches with light indicator common but outlets are not?
Where are they quite common? In the US I've only ever seen the opposite pattern (indicator lit when the switch is on), used for things like an external light switch for attics or other rarely accessed areas where accidentally leaving lights on for an extended period would be possible.
Nov
21
comment Why are normal water coolers so low?
@user1757436 figures. Any time you see a design that's user-hostile for tall people ADA + wheel chair access is the most likely reason. (While that article indicates that the ADA allows installing an adjacent unit at a comfortable height for people who have difficulty bending over, I've never seen it actually done anywhere.)
Nov
19
comment Most tapped areas on iPhone (by percentage)?
@AlbeyAmakiir The results in the article are aggregated over all phone types and the author didn't attempt to identify phone types. Since the data was collected by observing people using their phones in public the device proportions in it are probably similar to those where it was collected. That location doesn't appear to specified; but from the authors resume is probably somewhere in the USA where both iOS and Android have significant shares of the market.
Nov
7
comment Should I force the user to enter an email before actually using a paid app?
@ruakh if the relationship is one where I want the email or they make giving it optional I never use it. When they refuse to take no for an answer they're trying to spam me and I'll give them all the rope they can handle.
Nov
6
comment Should I force the user to enter an email before actually using a paid app?
@SeanCheshire I'm partial to the address that FTC requests people send spam complaints to: spam@uce.gov
Oct
3
comment Tick this checkbox if you DO NOT want.. underhanded tactics?
It's the trick question dark pattern: darkpatterns.org/library/trick_questions
Oct
2
comment Preventing users from closing browser tab. Bad idea?
While both entrance and exit popovers as either ads, datagrabs, or pointless are you sure you want to leave nags annoy me; I find the former more objectionable because they interrupt/delay what I'm at the site to do. In most cases I just dismiss the exit nag to complete closing the tab; one at the start is much more likely to result in my adding a new adblock rule so that in the future I can get directly to what I'm trying to do.
Oct
1
comment Is a website with a Fixed Header good for end-users of a Web2.0 website?
+1 for the second bullet. I'd estimate 90% of the sticky headers I've encountered wasted screen space and offered nothing I found of value prior to becoming the target of a new ad block rule to hide them permanently.