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Alert is a colloquial term used to define a machine-to-person communication that is important and/or time sensitive. An alert contains user-requested content such as a reminder (important), a notification (urgent), and ultimately an alert (important and urgent). Alert messaging or alert notification is the delivery of alerts to recipients.

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How Do I Avoid Users Becoming Numb to Warnings?

I've been thinking about this a lot lately because it's bitten me in the behind a few times. Think of the Windows User Account Control in Windows Vista (and to a lesser extent Windows 7). The idea is ...
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Should I show the troll that I know he's trolling?

I'm building an online store that has many features and functions. Whenever a user interacts with the site a notification is shown. These notifications should give the user a response to his action ...
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“We use cookies” notice on websites

Every website I visit now seems to display a warning such as "We use cookies to improve your experience. By your continued use of this site you accept such use. To change your settings please see our ...
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Should alert boxes be avoided at any cost?

Thanks to Gabriel Svennerberg and Sam K for this one - raised in a comment here. I was fairly casual about alert boxes until a run of user tests where an alert box was put up to warn learners that ...
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red checkmark vs. a red “X”

I am currently designing a panel in my business application that shows a table of data to a user. The data in the table is the company's percentage (this is equated by many different values), whether ...
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Alert colors are really user-friendly to color-blind users?

I have seen many alert boxes are differentiated using only colors, even bootstrap has given. Has this box been really user-friendly to color-blind users?
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Making user recognise they are writing a public note / message rather than a private note / message

We're building a custom business application which internal staff have access to and also clients have limited access to. There is an option for the staff to leave a comment / message to each other, ...
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What is the difference between alert, notification banner and toast message?

Is there is any difference between alert, notification banner and toast message, When it should be used, under what condition and scenario. In which component does the below image will suit?
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How should I handle playing multiple alarms?

I have a web application that monitors a service (polls) every 30 seconds or so, and displays any new records (notifications). Each one of these must be acknowledged by an operator. The customer has ...
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What is the difference between an alert and a warning message?

Is there any difference between an alert and a warning message? When it should be used, under what condition and scenario?
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How to make it easier to cancel bookings for a class?

Let's say I have a gym class and have scheduled slots for the classes. Now Customer A booked on Friday at 8pm class. This is the last slot. Now Customer B booked on Friday at 8pm class too. But this ...
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Why can't you turn off your iPhone with Siri?

With the help of Siri (voice interface), people can have a call, add tasks, have a search. I give a command for turning off my phone but Siri said that "It is beyond my skills". I tried again and Siri ...
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New vs. Unread notifications

(This may be a pure opinion question, in which case feel free to close...) I'm trying to come up with the list of pros/cons of two forms of user notifications around messaging. Think of email, or ...
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How to use repeatable alert sounds without driving the user crazy?

I'm making an app for a small business that alerts the user when they have a new order. It should play some kind of ding to get the user's attention. People will be using this app for eight hours a ...
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What is an appropriate UI for a prepopulated textbox that you can overwrite?

Suppose I have an edit box that gets prepopulated with text. For example, in tax prep software, there may be a function that computes a value that is displayed, but then also allows you to change that ...
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Text Emoticon for Warning Messages

My error message has a sad face emoticon : ( so that users can easily know that there's an error since just making the alert background to the color red doesn't really emphasize an error message ...
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For how long should alerts be displayed? [duplicate]

For how long should alerts be displayed? By alert I mean messages such as "You are now logged out." in this page: Normally, they disappear when the user clicks on some link and the page reloads, but ...
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Where should we tell the customer that the item in their cart cannot be shipped where they live?

Since we do not know where the user lives until after they have added the item that cannot be shipped to where they live, and then entered their ship location, I would love to see examples or ideas ...
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Notifying Friends When New Friend Joined?

What seems like the proper way to notify friends that a new friend has joined. Pros and cons for each scenario from experience would be helpful, from a UX perspective I'm interesting and seeing which ...
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Notification patterns in ios7

Are there any useful notification patterns in iOS7 for alerting users that an action (such as a download) completed successfully? A comparison would be Android's 'Toast' notification. I couldn't find ...
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Application color theme and alert notification colors / status colors

I've been fighting this forever and it just occurred to me that it would be a good idea to post here and get some useful feedback. The main application of the company I work for was initially based ...
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Mobile interface - how to non-obtrusively ask user to do an optional action (alert equivalent)?

Modern mobile users have been conditioned to very quickly find the X, close or cancel buttons to dismiss all kinds of modal dialogs and ads in mobile apps. The typical scenario is - a user returns to ...
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Validation, Alert, Urgent color usage

Im building a mobile application that allows users to ask each other for help with homework questions. Users also have the ability to message each other directly. On the page of my application that ...
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Tray Icon application with pops up alerts

I am coding a Tray Icon application in Java - it runs in the background & polls a server. On receiving a particular message from the server the application pops up an alert from the Tray Icon. The ...
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Is it necessary to notify users that everything is OK?

“Your virus database has been updated.” “Your plugin is up to date.” (major software vendor) ... I’ve noticed that a few software programs like to notify that “everything is okay”. Notifying the user ...
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Rate Now, Remind Me Later, Never Remind Me Again

I'm creating a mobile app that would alert users on its initial startup to rate it and link to the App Store for a written review. From doing some research so far I've found two approaches that ...
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what is the best way to ask the user to turn on bluetooth and enable him to do that?

A medical app requires bluetooth to be on in order to sync with external device, we want to permit the user to do so inside the app, what will be the best way to do so?
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Yes/No button placement on confirmation dialog boxes

I have seen various takes on the yes/no button placement on dialog boxes or confirmation messages over the years. For a long time, it seemed like I was almost always witnessing the "Yes" option being ...
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floating versus inline alerts

I personally am a fan of floating alerts such as Toasts. I am thinking of using them for the form validation and feedback. I find the inline movement of content terrible, though it seems to be the ...
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Improving notification alerts UI / UX

We've got a notification system on a CRM type web app. There are many stages in the CRM, and each stage has many projects, each project can have many notifications. We have a dashboard showing the ...
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Are there unambiguous words for alert boxes?

The words that appear on the alert boxes are sometimes ambiguous. For example, if the task is to quit the application, then an alert box with the pair of choices "Quit" and "OK", or with "Cancel" and "...
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Showing alerts on item's “best before” changes in web application

I need to show 2 level alert for material stored in refrigerators. Orange and red alerts. The alert depends on how close item is to expiring date. Refrigerators are tree structured objects so I have a ...
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Bold button on pop-up alert

I am working on an iOS application, and I was wondering how my alert should be. The alert asks the user if they have finished adding the info. As the info cannot be edited later, I wanted to make sure ...
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How to show allowed characters in URL

I have an input textbox, where I take user's URL for callback. I have allowed only certain characters in URL for security purpose. I want to tell use about these allowed characters, but I am not ...
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What is the type of alert called when it doesn't require user interaction? And when should I use it?

I'm speaking of alerts that don't require the users direct attention, more of a "oh, by the way, this actions just happened". Not much unlike gmail's "you action has been undone" or "Your message has ...
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Save Before Quitting

I'm designing a mobile app with a settings screen which allows users to save their settings or reset them. It's setup where if the users makes changes to their settings and taps to go back home, they ...
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A good way to manage notifications read/unread in my social network

I'm building a social network that triggers some notifications to the user regarding friends' comments, similar to Facebook notifications. The notification simply serves as an alert, meaning that it'...
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How to friendly alert user of a specific browser issue?

In my app, an user fill a password confirmation form and submit, and the page is refreshed with JS. Because of an unresolved bug of Safari (https://bugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=23735), issued in ...
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Automated options vs. confirmative options

I got two options in my application: Auto save on close Confirm saving I believe both options are obvious in their functionality, but what should I do when the user wants saving to be confirmed, but ...
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What are some guidelines for designing a good pop up message for your webapp?

I’m trying to build a guideline to refer to when creating alert/pop up messages Are there any recommended "rules" as to: The inner layout - Centering vs aligning the content of the message to the ...
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Notify the user that all form fields are required

I've been using React for a while now for creating forms, and for some reasons I cannot do some inline validations because I'm not yet that experienced on self-created inline validations and I'm also ...
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Alert placement on user interface - debate (need opinions) [closed]

I'd like to have opinions to see things differently or to confirm that my view is better :) Situation: We are developing a complicated information system (legal stuff) - lots of information, lots of ...
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How and when to notify user of AJAX call error/exception

I'm working on a website in ASP.NET that loads the page, before doing an ajax call through javascript to get the actual data from the database (and show it inside a table most of the time). However, ...
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Is it ok to show confirmation dialog on pressing Cancel?

There is a page, which can be edited by the user, and there are two actions - Save and Cancel. Would it be appropriate to show some kind of alert, once the user accidentally pressed Cancel after ...
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How often should I send email notifications from a chat app?

So I have a site that has live messaging system to chat with other users in realtime. How often should I EMAIL them saying "You have a new message on ...". If they are heavily chatting it would ...
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Position of a delete prompt?

In our software, we have a delete prompt where the user has to confirm a deletion. What is the better approach to show the prompt? Centered in the window: In the near of the pressed button:
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Should users need to re-confirm booking appointments?

Let's say a customer booked an appointment for a class. Then on the day of the class, an SMS will be sent to the customer to remind him of the appointment. At this point, which is the better approach ...
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Material Guidelines for Alerts

Aside from Bootstrap's alerts page I am unable to find any material guidelines for alerts that we can use in the development of a notification bar. Are there any good guidelines out there based on ...
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''Remind Me Later'' ethics

I have created an android app which deals with users who are interested in exchanging different currencies worldwide. So far, when two users do an interaction and do a deal, a pop-up message shown to ...
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What's a good way to display Important Notice headings on a blog?

I have a blog/content website that has notices on the landing page, done using Bootstrap. A notice is a piece of time-critical information that expires (almost, but not quite, an alert). There won't ...