Questions tagged [notification]

a message to a user about some event.

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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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What are arguments against the usage of a ticker / marquee on websites?

I was recently asked to add a ticker (with daily updates) to one of our HTML-based dashboards. (A ticker would be text scrolling through the screen. In the past you could achieve something like that ...
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What is a “toast notification”?

Microsoft mentions the toast as a visual element in the package manifest for Metro-style apps with the attribute ToastCapable="true". What does this mean?
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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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How long should a temporary notification (toast) appear?

For our intranet application we have little notification messages (toasts) that indicate successful operations like "information saved," "logged out" etc. Most of them are not important enough to ...
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Best Practices for Warning of Session Expiration

Our application has a 30 min auto-expiring session - the session is renewed on server communication. What is the best way to communicate an expiring session to the user? My initial thought is a to ...
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Placement of flash/growl notifications or messages in web application

Question I have been wading through tons of questions on the topic of flash/growl notifications, but none of them touch on where those notifications should be placed and why they should be placed ...
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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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Use old or new name for an update confirmation message when name itself has been updated?

I want to provide a user of a web application some confirmation message like: The task "foobar" has been successfully updated. Now, in term of usability, if the update consists in changing task’s ...
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Should a mobile media app lower volume or pause?

When designing mobile media apps (specifically audio-only ones), what should they do when a notification comes in and phone volume is on? I noticed two different behaviors on my phone - Spotify will ...
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Pop-under: Really that bad?

We're currently discussing to add pop-unders to one of our platforms to get users to use one of our notification features. As you can probably imagine, as a UX person I'm really against the use of pop-...
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Why do alarm clocks not all come with 5/7 day alarms for the working week?

In all the advances in usability why do alarm clocks still wake us up on Saturday? Why not only Monday to Friday instead of being set every night? Do we have to rely on our mobile phone if we want ...
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The notification tray at the top of Stack Exchange sites: what is it called? And are there other good examples of this?

I'm trying to clean up notifications for a client site and was wondering if the notification pattern that Stack Exchange employs has a name that I can use to search for more examples.
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How to define/classify messages and notifications in web applications

I have seen content from various style guides and UX guidelines about this, and was wondering if there is a much more simple system to create a consistent and easy to implement design for various ...
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How should I indicate that a download is in progress?

I have a data table that has a row of buttons with download format options. When one of the buttons is clicked, I want to display some sort of message to indicate that the download preparation process ...
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Is a “Login Successful” Message Necessary?

On an informational/forum website (say, similar to a StackExchange site), is it necessary to show a "login successful" message? Clarification: On the site in question, the users can log in by ...
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How to overcome feature blindness

I work on a product called AwesomeAds, a marketing platform that specializes in kid industry where users can create an ad campaign and monitor the performance of their campaign (engagements, budget ...
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Multiple notifications for the same thing

I am not a UX expert but since I work in internet space I have some interest in it. I am slightly bothered by multiple notifications for the same thing I receive on my mobile phone (I use android). ...
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Design pattern or best practices for top notification bars?

The top notification bar on SE pops up to show messages like 'badge x earned'. What are the best practices for this type of UI? Specific details: On showing - Displace content downward (like on SE) ...
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How to tell the user that an input box is autocomplete-enabled?

Is there a good graphical sign which tells the user that a particular field on the page is autocomplete enabled? For instance, the field name says "Document author". When you start typing in that ...
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What will be the Best notifications and error messages?

As a UI architect, I am always wondering about the best format to display errors and notifications to users. Which of the following examples is the best format? Name is required Name cannot be ...
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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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Is there a standard for the frequencies and or duration used for beeps?

Is there a standard for the frequencies and or duration used for error or alert beeps? When I hear a ding or bing sound, I sometimes find that the frequency of the tone is too high or low (in my ...
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Handling plurals in notification messages

We are migrating from an old system to a new HTML5 web based system. The earlier system had the error messages like "The message(s) was deleted successfully." "Are you sure you want to delete ...
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Using progress bars in long web forms: motivating or demotivating?

I've been going through the jQuery demos to determine which UI widgets could be used to help optimize our user's journeys through our web forms. One such widget is the progress bar, but it raises a ...
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Correct terminology for that circle/bubble with number of notifications in it?

Some applications will overlay some colored bubble/circle with a number to show how many unread messages/notifications or "things to do" are currently available. For instance, it's on Skype to show ...
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Prominent Notification Areas in a Desktop Application

I am working on ux for a desktop application for users. I am looking to find out more information, answers, best practices when it comes to handling notifications of actions and other alerts within a ...
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Alerting visitors to a website of a current event (e.g. breaking news)

Backstory: We have a website for a conference. As part of the process of the conference, we invite people to submit sessions, but only for a limited period of time. We want to alert visitors to the ...
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Are “Thank You for Unsubscribing to our Newsletter” emails necessary?

I am about to disable the "Send a Thank You for Unsubscribing to our Newsletter" message for some of our clients as I think it's superfluous and unnecessary. My suggestion was to have an Unsubscribe ...
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Given CSRF protection, how can I deal with an extremely slow user?

We use a CSRF cookie on all of our forms that send data via HTTP POST. By default, the CSRF cookie out lives the session cookie by 2+ hours, in order to ensure it does not expire for users that still ...
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Best time of day to deliver daily notifications?

A while ago I wrote an app for myself that automatically checks if I've been near my gym every day. If I miss a day, I get a mean message the next day like "Missed the gym yesterday, you fat fuck". I'...
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Timer for undos (aka ctrl + z for pointing devices)

We are in the middle of an endless conversation* in the office : Should undos have a timer before disappearance or should they be displayed until next action? In our discussion, closing or changing ...
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Snoozing an alarm: should the alarm grow progressively louder or softer?

Hypothetical design question: upon snoozing an alarm, should the alarm grow progressively louder or softer? Case for louder: you’ve been snoozing too much; wake up now. Case for softer: maybe you ...
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Page updating: “full”, “notification” or “replacing”

What is the best user experience with the auto-updating pages - for example, a list of songs. Currently I'm thinking about three good possible solutions: "Full" update: when the new content appear at ...
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When should you mark something as read?

I'm building an application where a user can be mentioned by another user and they get a notification. Similarly, they can send e-mails and they get a notification when someone replies to that e-mail. ...
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Web App - How to grab the user's attention no matter what! (notifications)

I'm working on a web application that, among other things, receives orders for a business. There's a page where the orders are listed, and it is refreshed at fixed intervals so that the list shown on-...
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Notify in-app or device-level in an enterprise mobile app

User is suppose to use this app all day in the field while taking orders. Order could be saved offline (when network is not available) and saved on server when network is available again. If the data ...
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Messaging a user success and error messages at the same time

There's a screen in our app where the user performs a batch action to list some products on their online store. In the UI, they select the products from a list and click a 'list' button. During this ...
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Notification - Best practice

We have been working on developing a web application and I am currently researching best practice for user prompts notifications. We are currently using standard system notifications which work well ...
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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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Non-technical term for AD Credential

In one of the mail notification I have seen a message like "Please login with your AD credential". For a technical user we know what is AD and what is AD credential. But what about non-technical users....
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What is a good clean way of notifying the user their action was registered?

I am developing an internal website for managing company resources. The user sees very few full page refreshes. Therefore, when they click "Save" to save their changes, they don't get a refreshed page ...
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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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How to show user that page objects automatically update

I'm working on an online auction site. We're working on functionality to make the user dashboard auto-update without refreshing, so a user can see bids update real-time. The bid price and time updates,...
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UI : Is it fine to have MessageBox without a caption?

A trivial UI guideline question - Is it ok to have MessageBox without caption ? I have a Winforms GUI with 3 confirmation boxes at different scenarios. Can anybody provide me some formal UI guidelines ...
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What icon could be used to mean 'notifications'? [closed]

As part of a web-based application, we have a toolbar at the top of the page. The toolbar contains buttons that consist of small (30x30) icons with a single word underneath (for example, a search ...
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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 best to draw the users to a potential issue in the data they have entered

I have a form where the user can update project information. A project is linked to an organisation, and an organisation has license(s) - which has an expiry date. When updating the project, if the ...
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What are the best practices for site-wide maintenance notices?

I manage a set of websites with a largely non-technical user base. We want to occasionally provide site-wide notices for forthcoming planned maintenance. We've tried using a messages with red ...