I have two drop-downs, one for users and one for movie sorting. Do users like to see themselves represented in the same way as other interface elements? Or, do they prefer to look special?
In this example, the username drop-down has different styling and formatting than the movie sorting drop-down. Do users like this, or do they like for elements to look consistent?
If I formatted the site so that the drop-downs had the same color, styling, etc, would users think:
Man, I'm being treated the same way as an inanimate object.
Or, would they think:
Man, this website is so clean and uniform!