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Categorising alert messages

I'm currently working on digitalizing a dispute form, and throughout filling out this form, the user is most likely going to run into alert messages of some sort. While designing, we realized some of ...
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Close/Cancel function: Use Secondary or Warning type button?

Some software systems use the secondary button for cancel/close functions, and others use the warning button (usually red). Which is more correct?
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Placement of warning within a trade flow

We need to warn customers who are about to trade a stock that it is currently suspended (https://www.nasdaq.com/glossary/s/suspended-trading). What's the best place and way to notify the customers ...
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What feedback to give to users about why drag & drop does not work here?

I've been struggling to find good examples of this online, basically, the issue I'm trying to solve is that I want to provide feedback to users on why they're unable to rearrange the order of their ...
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Maintenance countdown warning message - modal pop-up window? is it a good practice for such a important message

I'm currently designing a Maintainance countdown message. I think to create it as a pop-out modal window when the user logs-in and afterward place the countdown with a short header on a "sticky&...
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Warning/ Information on top of a Modal

I want to give users a warning on a modal that changing one form field has implications on another form field. I am aware of 2 patterns that are used as shown here. I am seeking suggestions on what UI ...
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What is a good approach for warning user on leaving a modal or side flyout panel with unsaved changes?

The user is editing a form element on the RHS flyout panel and the editing is not completed. In the middle of the process, the user decides to undertake the following actions: Click outside the ...
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When and how present a warning message when fields are not valid anymore?

I am working on a web app in which admin users can create forms, and editor users use those to create content. Admin can edit a form previously created and add warning validation based on specific ...
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Validations for dialogs

We developed a behavior, that presents warnings in the lower part of the dialog, in case that exists, after hitting the dialog button. The user can move forward with the warning. However, in some case ...
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Warnings on a dialog

What will be the optimal solution for the following use case: A dialog is opened on the screen, when clicking on an action button to send the dialog (after filling in details), in some cases a warning ...
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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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"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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Is it excessive to say "Are you sure you want to..."?

The situation: In our application there're several actions once done that will cause the data loss or won't be able to be undone. So, we ask users whether they are sure of what they are doing before ...
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How to explain that a feature is only "partially" secure?

Background I'm working on a mobile app for an institution that has a sharing functionality for documents that may contain private information. The user can send a document that exists in the app by ...
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How to display multiple complex validation errors and warnings

To help our users in data entry, we provide them with Warnings (User's data MAY BE correct so we allow them to save) Errors (User's data IS NOT correct; cannot be saved without fixing first.) How ...
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Warning message on a successful action

In the web application that we are building, there is a process where the user uploads a file. This file will be uploaded even if there are warnings because the warnings are solved by the application ...
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On a warning sign, describe safe actions near pictured danger, or pictured safety?

This thread on Aviation.SE raises an interesting question: what is the advantage in putting the "DO" actions below the hazard zone on the diagram, rather than below the safe zone? For context, this ...
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What would be the best way to guide users in this design and avoid forcing users to make the mistake then correcting them?

I am trying to find the best way to guide user to achieve their goal (Submitting a course) without the need to force users to make a mistake then correcting them. In this design: User lands on this ...
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Why put a warning sticker over the warning on this product?

My curiosity got piqued by a can of deodorant with a sticker with a "flammable" warning placed where the text was evidently already flowed around it. Peeling off the sticker revealed another "...
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What file size is considered large over mobile network?

What file size is considered "large" when downloading over a mobile network. For example, if a user comes to check a bunch of PDF's uploaded by an admin, at what time should (s)he be warned about the ...
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Is the message "Data cannot be recovered." when reformatting misleading to users?

My Android phone gives the following message when I try to format a volume (SD card or USB OTG.) Formatting SD card will delete all data. Data cannot be recovered. Continue? Now, this message is ...
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How to emphasize that downloads may be a malicious to users?

These applications allow cyber security professionals to access files that are involved in reported malicious online incidents. This is the part of a larger service offering to these users. 99% of the ...
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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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How to discourage users from using a feature?

I'm working on a hardware+software product that displays video. It has a brightness/contrast control. Unfortunately, it plugs into another machine (made by a 3rd party) that also has a brightness/...
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Are you sure you want to answer this question?

We've all seen these types of warnings: "Are you sure you want to shut down Windows?" I hear a lot of people frustratingly reply: "Yes, of course, otherwise I wouldn't have clicked it!" These types ...
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Why do folding stepladders have "not-a-step" steps?

Stepladders are typically labelled with a warning sticker that says: ⚠️ Danger: Do not stand on top step or, sometimes on the second-from-the-top step: ⚠️ Do not stand on or above this rung or ...
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What's the best way to indicate that the pop up blocker may stop the user from performing a simple task?

I have an application where user have the option to open all selected items in a new windows. Unfortunately, if the user is running a fancy new-age browser that blocks pop-ups, he doesn’t realize his ...
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Approaches for "action required" process?

I'm struggling a bit with this. The scenario This is a process where users signup, and after that I need to present them with a splash page telling them that, in order to use the service, they need ...
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What is the best way to convey duplicate content or task already exists message?

App context is a simple todo task app. So, what would be the best way to convey to the user the task already exists on the list? Basically, I want to keep the message and prompt as humorous and less ...
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Using warnings to reduce printer waste

I've seen where businesses try to limit printing usage by limiting users from printing more than 100 or so pages per month with an application like this: download bmml source – Wireframes ...
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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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How to inform about fields in a big form?

I have to improve a very big form with at lot of fields. I'm thinking about making some type of marking to inform the user about: 1. Fields that should be filled 2. Mandatory fields 3. Content that do ...
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Bad error message for required field: "Please enter value"

I just watched someone struggle with a form. The form was part of a normal online shop. It had reloaded after submitting, annotating the required field for the phone number with a red text above, ...
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Disabled JavaScript notice, AFTER user signup?

My site relies heavily on JavaScript, and the site is based on user signup If a user is logged in and has javascript disabled, it throws a notice and disables all major site functions The question ...
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Generic concepts for warnings

I would like to formulate a basic concept for a warning before clicking on a dangerous button. The concept should include a short description on the button purpose, the results from clicking and ...
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Telling users to avoid a setting

Say, I have an application with some advanced settings, which can be used for granular control over the application's behaviour. Most of these options are placed under a section called "Advanced". ...
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Should an application warn when it is used excessively?

I am interested in a particular class of warnings, but I don't know what to call them. The warnings are generated by tracking a user's specific usage patterns, and warns them when continued use of the ...
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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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How best to discuss the Heartbleed bug with users while keeping calm but getting action?

There are technical questions everywhere you look about Heartbleed. But none on not scaring the **** out of your users when discussing it, because lets be honest the news does a good job of scaring ...
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Is it recommended to play a sound for warning and error messages?

When you quit an application and it shows you a dialog box asking if you want to save or when you open a file and an error is encountered, some applications play a sound. By sounds I mean short, but ...
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Default action for the "Do you want to leave the page?" warning?

When you compose a question/answer on a StackExchange site and then navigate away before submitting it, you get a popup, warning you: (translated:) The "Leave Page" button is selected by ...
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Warn desktop user of draggable website

I'm building a site that uses the jQuery iScroll plugin in the main navigation system. (http://lab.cubiq.org/iscroll/examples/simple/). Please note that the plugin is not exactly drag-n-drop. Right ...
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Verification of consequences

I have a situation where a user is about to do something with consequences important enough that it's imperative they understand them. In this particular case they are about to revoke their right to ...
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When Back Button is Expected but Not Supported, The Least Invasive User Assistance?

Problem: I have a situation where in a browser-based web application the back button (and backspace key for that matter) cannot be supported or used. If it is used, the results can be unpredictable in ...
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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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Verifying that a user acknowledges and understands a given message without adding excess inconvenience

Say the user wishes to perform a dangerous but necessary task, from which there is no recovery or going back (for example, erasing a hard drive, or permanently deleting an online account after ...
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Best way to warn a user of potentially bad data

I have a web page with an autocomplete enabled combo textbox/dropdown. The user is able to enter values manually or pick a value from the list. While free text input is acceptable, I would like to ...
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How useful is this coffee cup "hot contents" warning?

I came across this on Dan Pink's blog. This caption on a coffee cup is supposed to serve as a warning sign to caution people that the coffee is hot and care must be taken to avoid burns. The problem ...
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What are some best practices for displaying an "unsupported browser"-warning in a web app?

We're building a web app, and the technology we're using will only allow users with relatively modern browsers (IE8 and up, plus most versions of other browsers) to even log in. We want to show an "...
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Deliberately annoying users to discourage certain behaviour. Is this a bad idea?

In my software, some users deliberately disable certain security provisions or practice bad security practice (such as running the software as root/admin). In the former case there a couple of ...
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