Questions tagged [error-message]

information displayed when an unexpected condition occurs, usually on a computer or other device

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Is bad for UX replace all content and display the error when an error occurs?

I'm creating a web form and I'd like to know if is bad for UX if, when a submit error occurs, I replace all content (the form inputs) by the error message. The error isn't an error which could be ...
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How do you communicate to a user that their money will not be available because of a technical limitation?

We have a feature that allows a user to add a button where they can accept online payments. The payments are processed via Stripe. It's pretty straightforward - user creates a payment button, user ...
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Why use graphical illustrations on error pages?

These days you see it more and more. You click a dead link on a website and before you know it you're looking at a beautifully illustrated page with the code 404 written somewhere. Here are such ...
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Desktop app status bar: Notification vs error message

I'm working on a particular feature that requires messages to be shown in the context menu when user clicks on it. Option 1 Display different icons for different events (Upgrades and errors for ...
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What is the best way to design a 'debt' screen

So I've been searching for this, but I think Google thinks I want to know about 'UX debt'. The thing is, I've been assigned to design a new screen for when our customer hasn't paid for the service. ...
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When should the error state on an input field disappear?

I've seen two types of behaviour circulating; one where the error state disappears as soon as you start typing a new input (so when the input field is in focus), and one where it stays until the input ...
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Best way to show error in a Date of Birth field

I have an input for Date of Birth, but I not quite sure what error I must show if the user enters a future date. I already test it out with Invalid date of birth but it's confusing.
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How to inform user that change will take time to reflect?

A form edit page works on the following logic: If number of changes made during edit > original inputs, it can take up to 30 days for the changes to be reflected on the UI. If the number of ...
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User dialog - How to state clearly username isn't found, and unable to connect to server?

An app I'm working on has an "offline mode" - as it is frequently used in environments where mobile data is unavailable. When they're connected to the internet and login to an account, that account ...
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User friendly error message for invisible reCAPTCHA

Lately we've been using invisible reCAPTCHA, and more recently reCAPTCHA v3. Both are hidden and don't require the user to enter a code or tick a box to confirm they are human. So when there is an ...
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Handling error messages on mobile when there are many fields

I am designing a signup form that has the following fields in it: Username Email Password Confirm Password Where did you hear about us? I have to show validation errors in these fields. There are ...
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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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Keeping alert messages the same on desktop & native app

For a given alert/error message, a version that specified why it was happening and how it can be resolved tested the best on desktop. The current message is 173 characters long (including spaces). But ...
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Is it best practice to show errors that are potentially duplicate by implicit meaning, or just one error?

When validating form fields (such as a number field) - what is considered best practice when it comes to validations that potentially encapsulate another validation? Example: An Age field on a form. ...
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How should I format inline errors when there is input description

How should I do this? Should the error replace the input description, should it go under? Please give your opinions and reasoning. I would still like users to see the description, but I feel like ...
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How to display minimum required tags information

I develop a form where I need to add multiple items for one field (multi select) and the submit button is disabled as long as all fields are not valid. This field needs to have 1 minimum tag to ...
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Handle bad request for a form

I have a form that needs to be compiled. The form before to load it gets some data from some service, if one of these services fail the data of the form will not load, because it will be an incomplete ...
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Less vs. Fewer for validation message?

Should an inputs validation message read as A or B for each of the following? A Nick Name must be 10 characters or less. B Nick Name must be 10 characters or fewer. A Number must be 10 digits or ...
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Is it bad to show a negative message after a positive customer interaction?

Are there any thoughts on how best to tackle the issue of displaying a negative message after a positive customer interaction? Or if it's an issue at all? I need to display an important negative ...
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How to tell the user that he doesn't have permission to access a page? [duplicate]

We are developing a system that have different levels of access. Some features are only available for high level users. What would be a good error message for a user with low access trying to access a ...
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Should software refer to itself in the first-person, especially in error messages?

(I've searched this StackExchange site for posts relating to the use of first-person pronouns, but all I found concerned how to address the user and not the software, e.g. Form instructions/guidance - ...
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Error message in login

In the login page of my software, there are 3 input fields - organization, username, and password. There isn't an option to register, but the registration is done by the organization manager. ...
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Best response from calculator for uncomputable expression

What should be the best response from a calculator or computer algebra system when it can't evaluate given expression ? Some examples: LibreCalc : =😁÷🤣 → Err:501 Ubuntu Calculator : 😁÷🤣 ...
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How to structure Error Messages, issue first then solution or vice versa?

So I have been reading about Error messages guidelines and read almost every post on here about error messages. One main point I agree 100% with is that an error message should mostly contain two ...
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Material design error message on top of a pop up

We are using material design messaging guidelines in a complex system, the problem: in case I have an issue with a form and the issue is a non critical one, I will show a banner, In case I have a ...
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Should have a cancel button when the action itself is to cancel

This is a dialogue box from an employee scheduling application. Here, the action to be performed is to Cancel the approved timesheet with a reason. "Request cancellation" button is for cancelling the ...
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Does it make sense to display error messages for in-place editing?

In place editing definition: A label fields that when I click turns into an input field and allows me to type modify the text. Then either by clicking out or pressing tab it will automatically save ...
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Should I use error message or warning message for optional field validations?

I have two types of validation pop-ups (toasts). One is used to display error messages in red and another one is for warning messages in yellow. I have an (optional) image upload field in my form ...
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How to incorporate error messages in a form?

If I am designing a form, how do I incorporate error messages during live inline validation? Should I leave enough white space between input fields from the beginning to accommodate such error ...
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Material Design - How to display an error on a larger screen

A bit similar to this question Material Design - How to display a log in error Though it doesn't address how to do this on a larger screen (i.e. desktop browser) since snackbar at the bottom as an ...
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Can we make a tooltip as error message?

I have a form wich contains some fields,when the user leaves one of these fields empty,I change the border color to red and I attached a red tooltip to explain the error ,is it possible to make ...
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When is the best time to validate an Input Field in a form? [duplicate]

I have a form with a few fields in them. I wish to validate all of them before I could submit the details entered. For example, First Name should have atleast 1 character. Email should match the Email-...
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Best solution for alert boxes positioning in SPA's (single page applications)

I'm designing my first single page application which is for users to manage their USB dongle for a desktop application and also to create teams and request tech support. This is the wireframe of the ...
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Webpage behavior for an expired authentication referral link

I'm working on a Single Sign On service. An example use case I'm trying to solve is as follows: User A sends User B a link to www.exampleapp.com/resource/abc. This resource requires authentication ...
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Can multiple error screens (e.g. 401, 404) be grouped into one catch-all page?

Is it best practice to have a screen for every individual error state (e.g. 401, 404, 415, 500, etc), or not? I would argue that users do not care or understand error codes and a simple catch-all ...
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In “Please add more X and Y to continue”, should X and Y be alphabetical order?

Imagine I have an app, which has some limited functions unlocked by coins and bonus points. If the user doesn't have enough of either one, some error messages may appear: Please add more coins to ...
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Can we use Radio/Checkbox for mandatory form fields

I am working on designing a website which has admin side fuctionalities involving large number of forms related to creation of sevaral entities within the application along with normal user login. The ...
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Should I make space for error messages in forms?

I'm designing an mobile app for both iOS and Android, which includes a form. The form has several required input fields that the user needs to complete before continuing. If the user clicks Continue ...
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Is it good practice to show notification on error?

Is it good practice to show this type of notification on general errors? It looks like material design is suggesting for mobile, but how about web? Example: User tries to login, but login fails ...
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Why do websites still display 404 pages instead of just another error page? [duplicate]

I was asked to design a 404 page but do we actually need to say 404? Even though most people understand what 404 means, do we need to explicitly tell users its a 404? Why cant it just be an error ...
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Error/ success messages: File not downloaded or File was not downloaded. The download was stopped or interrupted by another file download

Error/ success messages in web apps. Material design writing style, recommends to be simple and direct. Here's an example they give: The advice is easy to follow in one-sentence messages. But what ...
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inline form validation when user tabs out of an empty field

My question is similar to Should inline validation check empty fields if user only tab the field but do nothing and skip to next field?, but a bit different. Let's say I have a form containing a few ...
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How to handle situation when a site fails to retrieve only part of a webpage?

Say that there's a search filter where the page pulls a set of metadata from the server in order to display the individual items within each filter category. However, in some situations where a ...
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Should I use the word successfully in pop-up messages?

The workflow: User clicks on a button that triggers some action. On top of the screen appears a small pop-up that informs about the result of an action (successful or not). For example: New files ...
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What language to use for error-pages on other-language site

A website I maintain has two possible languages, namely Dutch (the default), or English (if the url starts with <site>/en/<page>). We've only recently implemented full-site ...
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How can I tailor my error message when there is packet loss?

I am building a mobile app. Internet connection is often an issue. If the user's phone does not have an Internet connection I just display a message saying 'No Internet Connection'. I have a ...
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How do we tell a user that when they logged in we noticed their password was insecure?

I'm not entirely certain if this belongs on Information Security or here, so if it needs moved I'll delete it and repost. An application I'm developing has a "feature" that alerts a user when a ...
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How to tell a user about an error after clicking a button?

I'm sending an AJAX request to refresh the blog page with posts that apply to certain a category. How do I tell a user that his request failed? Should I tell him exactly why it failed(error, internet ...
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Specific messages for wrong password or wrong mail - which is the correct practice?

I built two different error messages in login flow. One for when users err the mail and another when users err password. The developer whom I'm working with suggests to let just one message to avoid ...
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How to manage usability with multiple http error messages?

I am writing an Angular 1.5.3 app. On my main 'home' page controller I call 2 different endpoints with $http. The two endpoints are not related to each other and have separate data etc. One problem I ...