Questions tagged [error-message]

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

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Why is blue used as a background color to indicate no signal?

To my knowledge most projectors' "No Signal" screen uses a blue background: This might also apply to the legendary Blue Screen of Death So why is blue the color of choice for such error messages?
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"soft" error messaging. Is that a thing? Precedence?

We're on a project where the concept of a 'soft' error for a web form came up. It's an interesting idea, but I can't actually think of an example of it being used in the past, so perhaps it's not a ...
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Where is the best place to show validation/error messages in a form? [duplicate]

Where is the best place to show validation/error messages in a form? Beside a field? underneath a field? Reserve an area on the top/bottom of the page, and show any error/successful message there?
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Should there be a refresh button if a page automatically refreshes once network is available?

I have a view in my iOS app that displays an error if there is no internet connection. Upon detecting a working internet connection, the page will automatically refresh. Is there any point to having a ...
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When do we ask the user to try again on form input error?

I have a form whereby users are required to fill up several fields. Upon validation error, error messages would be shown. Example: The selected location is out of range. Please try again. The area ...
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Are my Sign Up form error messages correct?

I just got done with my Sign Up form set up for my File Sharing & Hosting service and now I'm at a point where I'm developing the returning of form errors. There are 6 fields, and they are all ...
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Unknown page - what to do? Error or default (omision) page?

I'm currently working on a webpage whose links work as index.php?do=buy, ?do=sell, ?do=catalog, etc. However, I stopped for a second, and thought: what if someone changes it? (?do=idontexist) What ...
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How should I formulate a validation error message for a number field?

How should I formulate a validation error message for a number field? A number is expected. A number is required. The value should be a number. Number is not valid. Invalid number. Value is not a ...
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How should an error message explain to users that they input the wrong URI scheme?

On my site, users can add a link to a website. The validation checks if it has a scheme (e.g. http, ftp). If it has no scheme, it adds 'http'. But what if the user enters an ftp link, for example? I'm ...
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Opting In/Out Error Handling in Mobile

Designing a settings screen in an app, which involve user opting in or out of marketing from app and/or website and sync across devices. The issue I am having is handling an error if the user opts out ...
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Progress Box and Subversion Repository Backend to update user on revert progress

I am currently on a project that uses a Subversion Back End to commit/revert/lock content. Right now, I am trying to find a way to communicate to the user when a revert fails, why it failed. Currently,...
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Benefit of custom 404 error screens on website

Are there any UX studies on whether custom 404's and the like benefit or enrich the experience of the end user? Some good examples below, I was thinking the wording might be more relevant in this ...
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Should I show a customer granular credit card errors?

When credit cards are declined, our gateway usually provides a useful reason: insufficient funds, CVV mismatch, invalid card number, etc. Should we show this to the user? Or should we just show a ...
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How might Windows show a loading status instead of just freezing?

Every now and then, you'll have a bunch of desktop applications open in Windows. Let's say you have a word processor, a web browser, a music player, and video game open simultaneously. All of these ...
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Should I throw an error or a info message when a form fails to submit because of user error?

I have a form where the user can add a drink recipe. There's a couple of details that needs to be provided in order to successfully add a new drink to the database a unique name at least one ...
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Can I ask a user to provide Mandatory description of the error?

In my app when an unhandled error occurs a popup window opens. It has a field to add additional info but it's optional. This is completely anonymous. Due to security issues I cannot use a stack-trace ...
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Should I warn that drop down filters are mandatory?

When dealing with various drop down list of options, with one acting as a filter to another and the last one being the desired option per se, it is more advisable to treat all drop downs as obligatory ...
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What is the best way to notify a user he doesn't have an account

As a helpdesk engineer I'm offering support on a rather big Belgian E-commerce website. While we have a vast number of users there are also many users whose account is deleted automatically after 1 ...
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Should payment details be retained on checkout page reload?

If a customer tries to checkout with invalid credit card/direct debit details, should the details be wiped when the page is reloaded? If so, which details? Only credit card number/bank account ...
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Form validation best practice using Twitter Bootstrap when input fields close each other

I am programmer not designer nor ux designer. So, I am using Twitter Bootstrap framework for design the page with input elements on it. Basic requirement for my form is - It should fit into 1024x768 ...
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Design pattern for handling network connection errors

In case you didn't know, people are increasingly using smartphones. One problem that comes with smartphones is a shaky and unreliable internet connection. For "static" websites that primarily serving ...
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Best practices for data file upload error handling

I am currently revisiting a data upload field in our system. These files (csv, xlsx) contain thousands of rows, which can produce hundreds of errors. Currently, the way we handle this is to spit out a ...
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Should we avoid negative words when writing error messages?

Does the use of words such as 'fail', 'wrong', 'incorrect' and 'invalid' have a sufficiently negative impact on a users frame of mind to warrant the prohibition of their inclusion in the error ...
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What is the best way to convey to a user a reason for failure using an icon?

I have a scenario where the user needs to test a connection by clicking on a button. Once clicked, they will be provided one of the follow results: successful (check mark icon) and failed (red x icon) ...
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Changing error message colours on different backgrounds

On our site, we have different backgrounds colours for various forms, and the designers have assigned different colours for the error messages, depending on the background. I was wondering whether ...
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Should an empty search box return an error message or all results?

I'm currently working on 2 different websites: an events and a news websites. On both sites, a search interface with filter options is provided. Initially, the search engine was build to return an ...
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What's reasonable time lag before displaying a timeout message?

We're developing an online application and wondered what is the average/expected/reasonable about of time to make the user wait after form submission before we say "Hey sorry, we think there's a ...
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Which validation error message to use for user form?

Which of these error message should I use for my add/edit user form. (Although I am over thinking this) Background I have various forms around the system where assets can be assigned to specific ...
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Number of error messages to display

This question is related more to a server side error such as a timeout or a database not being reached rather than a user error or validation problem. Let's say we have a web page which pulls data ...
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Related inputs workflow

This is the feature I need: Think of yourself as a part time employee. You are allowed to enter up to 2 time intervals to specify your availability for the day. So there are 4 textboxes/...
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Multiple Page Forms: Validate on every page or only on the last page?

We have a form that spans 3 pages (has steps 1 to 3). Currently, we allow them to skip required data because they may want to do Step 2 first before they feel like filling out Step 1 form. Our forms ...
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How should one phrase validation error messages?

What is the best phrase to use considering that these are short error messages that is positioned right beside the labels / input they are referring to. For example, there's a missing email address, ...
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Personal information in messages

Is it good to add some personal information (name, username or other) in success or error messages?
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How to handle user input error handling on signup form [duplicate]

I'm designing a signup form and got stuck in a ux discussion on how to handle user input error handling. Which would you prefer of the following two scenarios? Or is there a third, better option? ...
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How the user should be informed that the file she submitted is not an image?

In a given web application, the user can upload images. Currently, when the user uploads something which is not an image, the JavaScript alert box with the message "Please Select only Image Files!!" ...
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Contextual error message

I am designing a new feature for a CMS my company uses. A few things you should know: We have content editors working mainly on adding pages to the system. We have thousands of pages, and no one ...
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Is giving users false assurance a good thing?

I've seen websites that show messages like - Sorry, Something went wrong, we're trying to fix this ASAP , when they really should be displaying : 404 - the page you're looking for does not exist One ...
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What's the best way to handle unexpected application errors?

I know, i know, we should aim to handle all exceptions, but for those moments when it's just impossible... I thought of something like this: download bmml source – Wireframes created with ...
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What is the recommended wording for a generic error message

What would be the best wording for a generic error message? With generic error message I mean a message for an error that has occured but there are no details on what the error is or how to recover ...
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Partial success message when deleting items

In one of our applications, the user can select multiple items and delete as many of them as they wish in single click. However, while processing this request there is some validation and ...
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How to show user login password is wrong after the first time e.g. flash "wrong password" message

This is a follow up to this question asking about what should be displayed when a user enters a wrong password. Here is my current design: when logging into a website if the user enters a wrong ...
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When should the message informing the user that the password they entered is wrong go away?

This is a follow up to this question since it got closed. In a log in form, after the user enters the wrong password, when should the message saying "wrong password or user name" go away? For example ...
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What to present when wrong log in information entered [duplicate]

In my sign in page I made it so that the page doesn't need to reload when the wrong password is typed (similar to Google's). What should happen when the wrong password is typed? Right now I have text ...
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How can I highlight errors when bright red is the main color of the brand?

I'm working on a mobile website for a client whose main brand color is red. The website header and headings are all red. CTA buttons are red too. How can I effectively separate errors (mostly in form ...
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What to display in mobile app web view when the URL won't load

I'm creating an app whose UI is simply a web browser that loads a URL. Let's not argue about why I'm implementing it this way (I already tried that with the higher-ups). It can still do the background ...
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Humor on the deathbed

Here is a rather accurate description of an extremely rare situation, displayed by a program right before seppuku: cannot handle the fatal error due to a fatal error in the fatal error handler! ...
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Should general 404 page be shown to the user if he clicks one-time link second time?

There is a Sign up function in a web application. After user signs up, an email message with confirmation link is sent to his email address. This confirmation link is obviously valid only one time. ...
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Showing error in different pane in ipad app

I have lot of panes (5 - 6) in a iPad app. Each pane depends on a different web service from different URLs. What is the best way to show an error in one pane if the corresponding web service is not ...
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Should an application apologize for an error that's not actually the fault of the application itself? [duplicate]

For example, imagine if your web application offered inline installation of a Chrome extension. If that installation should fail because of an issue with the Chrome Web Store or Chrome itself, you're ...
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Name or data on this error alert phenomenon?

This is just a curiosity on my part, but I'm wondering if there's a name or studies for what I'm going to describe. I've noticed in many UX scenarios, not just computer related, that when there's an ...
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