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Why do people not notice our enormous, prominent, clear and contrasting purple banner?

I'm part of a MediaWiki site called D&D Wiki. Among others, one of our longstanding issues in the public eye was our failure to label clearly enough that certain pages are categorised 'Homebrew', ...
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Do websites still have to support Internet Explorer 8 and below? [closed]

BACKGROUND I am about to launch my website. It's an academic site with expected user base consisting mainly of academics. It looks good in Chrome, Safari, Firefox and IE10 and above. I just sent a ...
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“View Desktop Site” necessary?

On many websites when you access them via a mobile phone you find a link in footer that links you to the desktop version of the site, sometimes vice-versa (UX.SE does both). However, if your site is ...
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What color for error messages for a form with a red background?

I have a big website with some forms. There are four background-colours for the form components. One of them is pink/red. Here the image and the error message: I can't change the form background-...
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How to enable users to insert an infinity number

I am designing a web page which give admin users the opportunity to manage the users below them. in one section of this admin page, the admin user is required to fill out how many queries he permits ...
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Should iOS native app be distinctly different than the responsive website's mobile version?

I was in a training session, where a room full of designers were learning iOS prototyping in Xcode, and there was an individual there who came from Apple to make sure everything in the course was done ...
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Make user aware that he cannot enter arbitrary values into textbox?

In my current web project I have a textbox where the user can enter a bid for an auction. However, to prevent bidding of arbitrary sums, only certain values that match predetermined intervals are ...
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Why this timed-hover “like button”?

I recently caught "Where Good Ideas Come From" by Stephen Johnson on Alex Hillman's blog, and was intrigued by Alex's unique implementation of a 'like button'. Behaviour The element's initial state: ...
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Should I manually hyperlink phone numbers using “tel:” on my websites?

In code, you have the ability to make a phone number on a website into a link by prepending the phone number in the href with a "tel:" So, for example, you can create a link to 800-867-5309 with the ...
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Are HTTP error codes user-friendly?

Why do we still have these HTTP error codes? For me it seems like they are completely useless for the user (not for all but most of them). It says nothing helpful (look at the screenshot above, it ...
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Do people use `jump to top of page` links?

I'm talking about links or buttons at the bottom of the page or screen simply linking to the top of the website. Is there any data on that? Are they used more frequently on long pages? What about ...
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Is there evidence to suggest that designing tabs within tabs creates a bad user experience?

I'm designing a complex web application and my colleague believes that using a tab panel is a bad idea. I'm more ambivalent. Can anyone point to any evidence (anecdotal or research-based) that could ...
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Table with actions per row

One of the pages in our web app includes a table that typically has a few dozen rows for each user, and it takes most of the page's width (5-8 columns). For each row, users can perform 3 possible ...
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Does adding a click count next to a hyperlink enhance the user experience?

What is the main purpose behind Discourse's link click count?
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Should we be using the new TLDs (.coffee, .international) instead of the traditional TLDs (.com, .org)?

It seems like certain TLDs tend to have a negative connotation to them, at least among my peers, such as .info, .us, .biz. I'm not exactly sure why, but I personally don't tend to trust .biz domains ...
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Should I optimize my website for non-JavaScript users?

I have been working on a website which relies mainly on Ajax calls and jQuery to provide a rich user interface. Though the site looks just fine without JavaScript enabled. Some features like Login and ...
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Are users confused by the file upload element?

I have a fairly standard profile editing page (password, email, etc.) that contains one standard file input element. Since the file input field is the last editable field in the form, the submit ...
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How to showcase UX work?

Presenting your UX design on the portfolio is more than just showing off some screenshots of the wireframe or finished graphics. I am just wondering what your thoughts are on the ideal way to display ...
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Is it worth having custom 404 pages for different features of a web app?

We've seen a lot of beautiful custom error pages for server errors such as 404 and 503, but it seems like each site or app has just has one for whatever page you cannot reach. Is it in anyway ...
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Is it acceptable to open a modal popup on top of another modal popup? [duplicate]

On the web, is it wise to allow a modal popup (B) to be opened from another modal popup (A)? If modal popup B were to be closed, the user would again be viewing modal popup A. I am asking as I can ...
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Dashed underline on required fields

I am working on a massive user registration form for a web application for my company. We have been discussing different ways of alerting the user that a field is required for registration. As of ...
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When is double-clicking appropriate for the web?

I recently saw a website that required the user to double-click an item in a scrolling list to 'open' it for editing. It surprised me, as I don't usually think double-click is appropriate for websites,...
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Do web users understand the 'sandwich icon' for side bar when used on a desktop site?

I'm aware that the usage of the sandwich icon and side bar for mobile apps is wide-spread and well known by the users (so it seems, anyway), like this one from the Facebook app: I'm developing an ...
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Difference - Font and Typeface

I would like to know the difference between a font and a typeface. If anyone could please help me. I tried to Google it, but I can't understand that in general, Why the term 'Fonts' is used rather ...
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Wait/load indicator: Use built in browser functionality or display a custom indicator?

We have a bit of a discussion regarding the use of wait/load indicators in a project I am working on. The scenario: A click on an "open document" link possibly leads to a 2-5 second wait before the ...
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How to represent that a video has no audio?

It would be useful to know that a video (played on a web page) has no audio before starting to watch it. Benefits: Users wouldn't have to pause other audio sources (music player; audio/video ...
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What's the tradeoff for using an icon driven navigation?

It seems a common theme these days for the UI design of many web applications to use icon driven navigation (so fixed sidebar on the left consisting of only icons for navigation) Wondering why this ...
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Accordion in a webapp - Should I allow more than one open?

I have several long forms in my web application. I thought about using an accordion design to save unused space in the form (The form is already split into several sections) download bmml source &...
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Is the browser back button still the second most used navigation feature?

In 1999 Jakob Nielsen stated that "the Back button is the lifeline of the Web user and the second-most used navigation feature (after following hypertext links)". But the web has evolved since then, ...
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Why websites usually block the navigation interaction when under a full screen overlay?

I'm working on a research project of web navigation. During research, I found that when there is a full screen overlay, websites tend to block the interaction of the navigation bar. Like web Twitter, ...
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How to design a good one-line date picker?

I'm designing a website on which a user has to pick a date, which is today by default. The content of the site will be based on the chosen date. 90% of the time, the date will be chosen between today ...
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Best practices for long “alt” text and the vision-impaired?

One of my Stack Exchange communities is currently cleaning up its missing image alt text for the benefit of those who use the site with screen readers. We understand that the alt text we add will be ...
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Why do websites use “you are being redirected…” pages?

Frequently after logging in a website - specially old ones - I see the following: Welcome! You are being redirected, please click here if your browser does not redirect you. And similar pages ...
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How do I choose between disabled input fields and plain text for a read only view?

For displaying a readonly details views of a certain item on a website, is there a general rule to choose between disabled input fields or labels/plain text? In this situation, first an overview of ...
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How do I measure a user's seriousness while filling an online form?

I'm going to measure a user's seriousness while filling a form. One example of a way to do this is with a time calculation from when the survey starts until it is submitted. By considering this time, ...
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What's the official name of concept of input boxes with tags?

I'm looking for an implementation and the (official) name of this kind of control where it's a inputbox where we can add multiple tags into it. By example, it is used in JIRA like this capture (and ...
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Is it a Good UX to keep both star and smiley rating system as filters?

I came across this rating problem, whether it is a good user experience to keep both stars and smileys? If any one of the rating system is better than the other, please tell why and when to use it?
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Secure but still usable license key retrieval mechanism?

I just had a very interesting conversation with a support rep of a software product that I love (and which shall remain anonymous here). They use product keys for licensing, and in case the user ...
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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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Add question form - mark answer as correct

In a web-app quiz form used to add new questions (with answers) for the app, how should I indicate to the user to mark an answer as correct? Currently you mark an answer as correct by clicking the ...
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Do people really read parallax scrolling homepages?

First, let me define what I mean by parallax scrolling homepage with a few examples: Google's Nexus 5: http://www.google.com/nexus/5/ Sony USA: http://discover.store.sony.com/be-moved/ Koa Water: ...
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Does your average web user understand the concept of the clipboard?

I'm designing a web site where I would expect the intended audience to have limited computer skills. An important part of my site's functionality will require the end user to copy an URL that my site ...
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Login for multiple users

What is the best way to make a login form for multiple users? I'll give you an example for your understanding: If we have three different type of users, for example, teachers, students and ...
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Hover state on mobile: Does this sync interaction design on the web and mobile?

I read this news article a while back about apple patenting a touch screen technology that would allow for a hover state. Ever since I have been thinking a lot about how that might effect the mobile ...
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How to display misspelled words on search results?

Since 1996 Jakob Nielsen annually publishes a list of "Top 10 Mistakes in Web Design". The top mistake in the latest list is Bad Search. It has not always been that way. In 2005 Bad Search was listed ...
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What is the name of someone who does not know how to use a computer or the web?

People who cannot read or write are named "illiterate". Does a word exist to qualify someone in the same position but about using a computer or a web application? This term would be really usefull ...
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Is it acceptable to contact a potential customer who has accessed your site, using their IP?

We run ad campaigns to attract potential customers to our website. Sometimes customers click, but don't make contact. Is it acceptable to reach out to these customers, based on the public info ...
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Convention for showing that one of two web form inputs are required? [duplicate]

It's a common convention in web form design to mark required fields with an asterisk. Is there any way to denote that one of a pair of fields is required? In other words, a form like this: ...
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Responsive website UI mockups for different devices and screens?

Traditionally for UI designs, we usually do the mockups and UI layouts in Photoshop, then give it to the programmers. The UI would usually be 1920 x 1080 or 1024 x 768 or other common resolutions. ...
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Need a pattern to choose 1 or both of 2 options (+ edited for clarity)

I have a screen which allows the user to capture bank account information (+ the account information is for someone that the user wishes to pay, either now or later - this is a banking context, not e-...