Questions tagged [notification]

a message to a user about some event.

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Best Way to provide Notifications to user using Metro UI approach?

I'm a developer, not a designer or UI designer. I'm developing a system and trying to use Metro UI concepts. What is the best (or correct) way to provide a user notifications about errors using ...
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What is the optimal alarm handling for a calendar (or todo) event?

I am not statisfied with current alarm handling methods. It got worse, when I moved to my current home, which is a small town, 20 km to the capital. The problem is, that IMHO there should be more than ...
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Duration of alert messages/notifications

From my understanding, alert messages/notifications should not just disappear after a certain amount of time for accessibility reasons - some people may require more time to read them so they should ...
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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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Update notifications content after they're sent

Let's say that I have a notification system embedded in a forum. Whenever someone creates a thread, we'll send notifications about this new thread to some users. But, if it happens to the thread owner ...
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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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How to display actions similar to one another for proper UX

The company I work for have a Search widget which will allow them to search for petrol station sites in the database. A User is able to have a "Saved Search" which will allow them to re-run a detailed ...
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Notify a user why nothing happened

I'm writing a content filtering application that operates at the hardware level. The UI is basically out of the picture once the user starts the filter, as it is hidden in the windows task tray. As a ...
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Easy and intuitive way to prompt the user for data entry throughout the day? (iOS app)

What are some easy, seamless ways to prompt an iOS/mobile user to input data throughout the day (e.g. for a food diary), from both the notification and the data entry perspective? So far the best ...
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Compare engagement of different push mediums

We're wondering if there's research on the engagement levels of different push mediums, i.e. CTR's of email vs. iOS notifications vs. android notifications vs. etc. Had a google, and a search here, ...
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What is the best way to handle mobile notifications with desktop clients?

I don't have an application that I'm currently working on, but issues I have both heard from others and experienced myself got me thinking. Some messengers (I have Hangouts in mind) have "...
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“This website uses cookies” notices should be hardcoded on the browser instead of the website? [closed]

Everyone is annoyed by this virtually useless cookie notices scattered in majority of all websites. Should there be a new a standard that this notice be placed in the browser instead of the website? ...
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The usefulness of home appliances sound notification?

In our homes we now have home appliances such as a dish washing machine, a microwave oven, a washing machine, a tumble drier. Every one of these appliances makes a little sound notification when it's ...
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When and how to validate forms in a usability perspective?

I am implementing a business application and wounder what's the best way to validate forms, and when. An example is a form where three textfields where a currency amount is expected. A valid input is ...
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Does the user want a notification when an action is performed successfully?

Is it good practice or not to give the user a notification of a successfully performed action? Like saving or deleting an item. Is it annoying and excessive or is it useful? I am mostly referring ...
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Designing a popup notice for a game

To put this question in context, this is for a (mouse-driven) ui-heavy game. During this game many popup windows will appear. They are mostly non-interactive, just displaying updates on various ...
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What's the best approach: real time email notifications or digest emails at regular intervals?

I have a Q/A site that deals with my area of medical practice. I'm a doctor and a programmer. Users can do the typical things like follow threads and other users. I don't want to spam users all the ...
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When should I make my notification sticky?

In Android, notifications can be set to be "onGoing", which means they are sticky and cannot be swiped away. Some common examples are music players, and Android's own update notifications. I have an ...
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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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Alternative method of displaying notification alert to user with awkward icons

Due to the awkward nature of my notification icon, I've been forced to settle with a red dot near the notifications icon, which seems less than ideal from a UX point of view particularly because it ...
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Email notifications: “You've received a message” vs the full message

While working on a web-based business management tool, we're looking into adding forums. Let's say a user has notifications turned on, for every time someone posts in a topic you've created or ...
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Notification when user leaves a page, if a background task is running?

I am developing a page which allows users to select files to upload to my server. While the files are being uploaded, if the user navigates to a different page (using the browser back button, for ...
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Should I use bulk action or allow individual actions on the Dashboard?

On the dashboard, I have an "Actions Required" section. I would like some feedback about user behaviour when being affected by length of time and number of items to manage. In the "Actions Required" ...
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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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How long can a user remember what they were working on?

A web application lets the user browse its screens for future or past months. The time period the user is currently viewing follows the user through every screen of the system. But users can be ...
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How to announce launch of mobile version (Native apps + website) of a website

What is best way to inform to user of desktop website that now website have Mobile version of website and native apps for many platforms? A permanent section on website to tell about it with icons. ...
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When should a toast arise in web app? [closed]

When should a toast arise in web app (need psychological suggestion)? Why Add to favorite action has no toast, while Archive or Delete actions have ones? Toasts or snackbars are used for low-priority ...
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Shouldn't there be a standardised icon for notifications?

Why isn't there a very common icon for messages which activates notifications window? I mean wouldn't it be better to place a bell icon as it better associated with notifications? For example, ...
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Descriptive notification or CTA?

I'm working on the notification system for a web app. It has very few messages to display, but these are very important in the use of the platform. I was wondering if it would be best to include call-...
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Removing features - should there be flags to notify users beforehand?

We have a legacy system with some reports that are old and badly implemented (both from code & UX perspective). There are some newer reports that gives user very similar info, but it's not an ...
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What is the best the message “Server is not Running” or “Please start the server” and why?

I need to show theis error message when local server is not running. I need to know which message is delivering the right information.
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Should I send the private message body in the notifying email?

My website is a bit similar to StackExchange sites in regards of user interaction, but additionally it has a private messaging system. A message has a subject and a body. Every time a new message or ...
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Layout of dismissable event notifications

I'm building an event notification system for a PC browser. The events queue up on screen on top of each other, until you "acknowledge" or "dismiss" them. The information I need to display is: Ok ...
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Why aren't dynamic phone ringtones more mainstream?

Considering that we are being yelled at by electronic devices at a high rate, why don't we have dynamic, synthesized notification sounds in our electronic devices? Our brains can pick up nuanced ...
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How to encourage ethical usage and discourage unethical usage?

I am currently creating a computer malfunction tool at a university IT center. Ideally, the tool is supposed to work as something similar to an amber alert, where the reporting of some event could be ...
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Should a user get a notification if someone leaves an activity?

I'm setting up a web app where a user can post an activity. Each activity needs participants. One of the features I think would be helpful if the owner of the post was notified when another user joins ...
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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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Is putting a toast in the lower part of the screen the optimal position?

On Android, a toast is a transient confirmation message appearing in the lower portion of the screen. Did Google consciously position the toast here for optimal usability? I want to port this toast ...
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Notifications on iOS vs Android

In a progressive HTML5 Webapp, is it OK for the Android Version to have notifications and the iOS version not? Seems a bit off, but iOS does not allow notifications for webapps. Should I use an ...
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When notification needed that does not launch app

I have an (Android) app that has a background service. This service is persistent and even runs in a different process to the man UI app. It serves a specific propose for the user. However, if it runs ...
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Should notifications “add up” if shown in a menu?

I have a B2B web app in which users can pay to add elements to their public profile. We are keen not to make it look too "e-commerce" as it is for financial companies rather than B2C. Currently, ...
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What is the best approach to informing users of new features on a web-based product? [duplicate]

I'd like to inform users of new features that are happening in our web portal. This feature is not applicable to all users but may be useful to others; nonetheless we'd like to raise awareness that it'...
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Should I retry a manual refresh when network is available?

I have a mobile app that automatically downloads user content from the Internet according to a schedule. Sometimes it might miss a scheduled update because the device wasn't connected to the Internet ...
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Notification Panel [closed]

What do you think is the best way to present a standard notification panel in a system to the user? Widely adopted is the 100% width bar at the top of the page with an icon. Generally this bar is ...
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What's the appropriate way using desktop like notifications in a webapp (chrome notification feature)

I'm planning to use Chrome's notifications feature. I want to show important informations on the notifications. My "users" are highly qualified technical persons, so i think it's good idea. But not so ...
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Setting up notifications with multiple parameters

What would be the best approach in allowing a user to be able to set up bulk notifications for themselves that can have various parameters. The problem is that because the person is setting up ...
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New Message Notifications and Unread Message Counts across Clients

This UX question is unusual in that it deals with the user experience across several devices and modalities, and not just within one screen. Suppose you have a chat app that can be accessed from ...
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How to let users know how to manually send notifications?

We're dealing with a schedule in our system that is composed of many tasks. Based on user feedback, we're introducing a "per cell" edit mechanism into the schedule grid to facilitate easy updating. e....
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Feedback : notification displaying and removal

I have some web applications which allow the users to do some actions. For example, i need to show a paginated items list. When the user clicks the "Create Item" button, a modal window is displayed. ...
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Why are email notifications editable in desktop clients but not in mobile apps (i.e. Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest)

If you open (on your desktop) Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest, you can edit your email notifications settings, but obviously not your mobile settings. If you open your mobile app, however, why are ...