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I just came across this modal from Airbnb with a different close button position. It is normally on the right but I wonder what's the reasoning behind this.

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  • Yeah, would be curious to know, since having it on the right is definitely a pattern that users are more accustomed to (Familiarity Bias). I wonder if this is some sort of an A/B test they are running. Dec 11 '20 at 9:34
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I suppose it is for consistency. They decided to the main button on the left and the button placement does not break natural human behavior, where “yes” is followed by “no”. Even in dialogs, it is better to align buttons right, a lot of platforms prefer to keep the left alignment for consistency. StackOverflow has the same position for buttons.

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The only reason, I can imagine is prevent user errors, like accidental click.

You can read more about here: https://www.nngroup.com/articles/user-mistakes/

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