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When a client-side action needs to be validated from server-side, is it better to make the user wait or 'undo' the action if validation fails?

As written in the title, I'm wondering what is generally considered a better User Experience in situations where performing an action on the client-side needs to be validated server-side before the ...
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Any thoughts or research on forced updates on apps?

I was wondering the UX impact on forced updates on apps and found little to no research on the subject so far. There may be crucial information that needs to be accessed in certain cases but an ...
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What is the best way to notify a user that updates are available in a desktop application?

I have a Windows desktop application that is used as the front-end for a webservice. This application has a database that could get updated from time to time, but it would also work with an old ...
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Best approach to update all entries in a list that is paginated?

I have a list which is paginated in a webpage. It also has a function to select the number of entries per page. A bulk update on all is required. What would be the best approach to this? My concern ...
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When one of two inputs must be updated to satisfy a consistency criteria, which should you update (if at all)?

Let's say we have three text boxes for positive numbers (say A,B, and C) that must satisfy the condition that their product is 1. For example, A=0.5, B=10, C=0.2, would be a valid input. Once the ...
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How to communicate an enforced page refresh to the user?

I am working on an app that monitors firefighters during an incident. It could happen that we need to refresh the page automatically, in order to ensure that the user uses the last version of the app....
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Why do app developers generalize changes in their update notes?

Considering the case of app updates, why do app developers generalize changes in their update notes? How does each writing style (general or specific) for update changelogs affect UX? Image samples:
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Updating Search Results between sessions

I'm working with displaying search results on a mobile device - The search results are ever changing. On an hourly basis new results are added and unavailable results are removed. For more context, it'...
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What to incorporate into your MVP/first version to gain user insights for the next version?

I'm building a product and have ideas for future features, but I want to make sure the first version of the product, the MVP, is designed in such a way that I can gain insights into whether these ...
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Wording of update prompt for game mods

A friend of mine recently asked me a question regarding his UI on an update prompt for his mod update checker for Kerbal Space Program. He currently have two options: An update is available: [Update] ...
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How to highlight changes/updates on a booking/reservation that requires accept/decline?

Target audience: people who don't use internet and are not good with using smart phones or computers. Where: digital service on a mobile website / mobile app User receives a reservation, which they ...
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Tracking the intent of an Edit (Correction vs Update)

I am building a form-based application and plan to implement a history mechanism. It will operate similar to how the history feature works in Google Docs. The current and historical records will have ...
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Is it a good idea to pop-up a dialog asking for a search update after click on tab?

It's a desktop environment and there's one slow query with lots of joins. It currently executes when the user clicks a specific tab - instead of having to open the tab, and then click a button. But ...
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Is not redesigning an entire website at once bad for UX?

I have a website that I recently updated. I redesigned most of the website, but there's still some pages and features that are "old." Will this be a bad experience for users when they navigate to a ...
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How to handle exceptions to a set weekly schedule?

I'm building a scheduler for a consultant desktop app. In this scheduler, the weekly scheduler is straight-forward. The user just needs to select the day and time that will get repeated every week. ...
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When to refresh data?

I've got a web application where the data is constantly changing. But when to refresh it? There is a filtering tool (a sunburst chart) and a table that displays the data. So when the user selects a ...
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While editing fields in a modal, does it really need to have the Save or Update button appear already?

I am not sure if i need to let user see it already eventhough he has not change in the fields. Why on some modal or forms, they already appear? whats the reason behind it? What to save when user has ...
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how to find out if users are willing to upgrade their browser?

Referring to this answer from @DA01 Do a significant number of users of your web site use IE8 or earlier and would they be unwilling to upgrade to use your site? If so, then yes. ...
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Editing functionalities in a voting system

In the current design, the voting system allows users to CRUD votes. What concerns me now is the editing part. Suppose a user created a new topic with 4 choices. All votes casted by different users ...
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What is the best way to indicate the user that the edit can also lead to delete?

I'm sorry if my question may seems confusing, let me explain. I'm building an app (http://uncovr.it) and here's a page details : You can edit the name of your instance (here, Prestaddons) by ...
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Delivering updates: Separate beta channel or staged rollouts?

Let's say I have a program with an automatic-updating feature. When I'm shipping a new update, I can do either of the following (or both): Provide a beta channel for advanced users to test the latest ...
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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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Best practices for inducing AJAX application front-end refreshes

I develop and maintain several web applications for internal use at my company. They are all PHP/MySQL-based with HTML/JavaScript front-ends utilizing jQuery and various plugins for UI elements, grid ...
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End user impact by frequency and timing of updates and enhancements

As an organization, we strive to remain competitive and current. With that, we often discuss UI changes and the impacts they have to our user base. A concern we have is the frequency and extent to ...
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notify user of not being able to update array

I have an array of images that is loaded on my iphone through the internet. It is then cached. If I don't have any internet or bad internet should I load the cached array with: An on screen alert ...
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Hide or display a chart while its updating

I am working on a chart application and the user changes options many times to update the chart. Sometimes the updating may take few second. (A) Should I hide it to avoid any misunderstanding about ...
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Can we build UX into old, large legacy systems?

For huge corporate, legacy applications we dont tend to have the luxury of re-vamping the UI after assessing the UX of the process that those apps support. However, just because there has been a lack ...
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How can I replace a clickable list in a GUI without annoying the user?

I have a screen in a mobile app consisting of the title of a data object at the top, with a short list of actions underneath. (The layout of these on the screen is not set in stone, so if your answer ...
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Combination of AJAX and page refresh when updating content. Will it confuse the user?

I am making a web family tree that will allow users to update biographies that they view in the tree. If they are updating the user's name of a specific biography, it will simply replace the value on ...
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Is it beneficial to launch a complete app or gradually update the app over time?

I have an application with a very limited range of functions. This means that once I have implemented all the features there will be almost no updates in the features. Users are aware of the range of ...
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How to effectively communicate to the user that a status will periodically refresh

Say I have a page that has a continually-refreshed status on it. The idea for the service is that it's something you can keep an eye on in the background while it continually refreshes itself. How ...
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When is the best time to deploy operating system updates?

Related to this question, it was proposed in the comments that it frustrates the user even more when when they go to shutdown their workstation and it takes forever to install updates. However, it's a ...
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Telling user about updates in interface

Our product is some kind of CRM for our partners and they want to know about all the updates we release. Types of updates we're asked to tell about: Technical — invisible changes (counting money in ...
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Importing and Updating Old Records within a Grid

I am in the process of designing a feature that allows a teacher to select students from the previous year who they used our product with, and be able to update the records of those students to the ...
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Is it bad to post an app update to only show ads?

So, I have made an app and it's getting it's fair share of action on the Play Store. It is free and currently contains no adverts. I am nearing completion of integration with Flurry Ads. I am also ...
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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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What is the most user-friendly way to update a Web site?

From time to time I need to bring down my website for maintenance, bug fixing, upgrading etc. I have seen that many sites just place the "Site is under maintenance, please visit later" sign on the ...
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System Upgrade: Scheduling and steps

I'm working on a system that offers 2 options to upgrade: "Remind me Later" "Install" If you click on "Remind me Later" you can enter the number of days in which you will be reminded to upgrade. If ...
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How to "force" users to upgrade their browser?

I couldn't think of a better title for this question, but please don't jump to conclusions - I don't really want to point a gun at my users heads! I have a site that works well with the modern ...
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Forcing users to update software (or at least make them work not to)

I'm a mac user, and every so often I see this: Which is great and all, but it often interrupts my workflow as the notification appears above all open windows and only disappears when selecting one of ...
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"Modernizing" legacy applications and legacy users

I'm tasked with modernizing many older UNIX based applications to new, web-based applications. The UNIX applications are completely keyboard-based (ie. "04" to select the fourth application, "Enter" ...
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Why could "installing updates" not be listed as a distinct system restart reason in Windows Server?

When I install updates on Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2003 it often requires a system restart upon completion. When I use "Start"->"Restart" the dialog prompts me for a reason for the system ...
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How long should a software update be postponed when the user says "later"?

I'm designing a simple application (an OS X Dashboard widget, in this case) which the user might use multiple times a day, or hardly ever. When it detects that a newer version is available, I intend ...
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Do users always update Flash?

We are considering adding functionality to our online application which will require the user to upgrade their Flash player from version 9 to version 11. We have measured and found out that almost all ...
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When would the best day to update your webpage be?

If your website's # of visitors produced a weekly bell curve, with say Sunday generally being the lowest and Wednesday or Thursday being the peak... What day of the week would be best to regularly add ...
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How to handle pagination in lists that autoupdate

My current project is a running system that I've been tasked with improving. The user task is monitoring and adding information, when for example somebody calls on the phone with news. There are ...
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Only loading necessary items vs. pre-loading

I'm working on a Chrome Extension, and since Chrome's auto-updating system positively sucks, I'm doing my own. Also, I haven't even publicly released my extension yet, so the design can count on ...
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Is the concept of versions out of date?

I recently noticed some copy stating that something was compatable with "Firefoz 3.6, IE 8 and Google Chrome". I realized I don't know what version my copy of chrome is, yet it's always up to date. ...
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