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Should users of a social app be required to send/accept friend requests?

I'm currently working on a social music-based application that, among other things, allows users to recommend music to their friends. In trying to pare down the system to be as simple and ...
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Formatting relative dates and times

First, when I talk about relative times (or would dates be more accurate?), I mean these 4 minutes ago, 1 hour ago, etc. When should they be used? With what degree of precision? Shouldn't it be the ...
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A service like Usabilityhub's Navflow but featuring branching?

For testing navigation flows of static screens/image mockups Usabilityhub's Navflow is a pretty nifty service/tool. However, to my knowledge it only allows the test creator to specify one single path ...
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What to pay attention to when designing a completely new service from scratch for the first time?

I a novice UX designer and my current assignment so far has been designing UIs for the "version 2" of existing services - which means I use data points for improvements of existing UI which I gather ...
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Better purchase conversions for single page vs. multiple?

I'm mocking up a page for purchasing our product, and I'm wondering is it better to do everything on one page or split the ordering and payment into two different pages? Anyone have empirical data on ...
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How do you version-control your wireframe/prototype assets?

How do you version-control your wireframe/prototype assets? I have largely been working with interactive HTML prototypes and as I go through iteration after iteration I find that my process of ...
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What are the good UI/UX elements of a web bug tracker

What are the good UI/UX elements of a web bug tracker? Does anybody have an example of good web bug tracking UI or elements of good UX design of a bug tracker?
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Fastest way to choose 2 items from a list of 10

What is the fastest way to select two elements from a list of about ten? Here are some constraints: The list elements are strings of about 5-6 words, drawn from a list of 600. The users are ...
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how to explain logarithmic scale to a non-techie user

In the product we sell, we show comparisons between websites on a number of metrics. Some of those metrics are best displayed with linear graphs, some are best displayed with logarithmic graphs. As ...
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Displaying Search Results in a Confined Space

I am creating a search box where the results will be displayed in a popup below the textbox (standard layout, like the Google search box). The search term will be compared to multiple properties in ...
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Rollovers within Accordions

I am currently redesigning an existing site that contains a large number of articles. I'd like to cut out a number of intermediate "category" pages within the site by fitting article links within ...
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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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Is there any research on mitigating the effects of using a non-representative user group on measuring perceived usability?

My client is running a series of vendor demonstration where they want the staff to measure the perceived usability of the system (SUS and SEQ). Originally we asked for a consistent group of ...
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Recommend UI modifications [closed]

I am looking to modify the "faceted filter" on our schedule page and would like some input on what kind of UI elements I could use to enhance the experience. The current one is woefully bad and the ...
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Examples for good Frequent Flyer / Loyalty Program pages [closed]

I'm looking for good Frequent Flyer / Loyalty / Rewards program pages. I'm talking about the "My Account" pages displaying current status and how long till we reach the next "level". (You know, ...
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Selection of multiple items and then selected one as default

I'm trying to design a web interface in which users pick particular "items" and set one of them as default. The textbox for searching uses autocomplete to find the matching item. I've come up with the ...
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Is there a name or a phrase for not being able to think like a new user?

I'm thinking of when you have too much knowledge about how something works to see it the way someone who had never seen it or something like it before would see it. I know I've read about this before ...
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Hotel Finder by name - should it take you directly to a hotel page if it matches the search, or to the search results page?

Here's the dilemma. To help users quickly find a hotel (the same could be true for a shop finder, pub finder etc) there is a search field on the homepage where they can type the search query. This ...
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Better way to implement a dynamic hierarchy

Just a bit of a background, I write business apps and have never been concerned with user experience. If the application works then that's what is shipped. I have been starting to change my thinking ...
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Disabled submit button on form vs allow submit then show errors?

We have a few different forms as part of a web-based medical application. These forms have quite a few fields - 10-20 depending on the form. Each has at least 5 or so required fields. We currently ...
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Multiple Phone Number Inputs on Forms - Best way to reduce manual entry?

I'm working on a web application that will be used internally in an organization. The application will ask users for multiple pieces of contact information. We will allow them to optionally enter a ...
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Good example of a Keyboard Shortcut Manager implementation [closed]

I am implementing a keyboard shortcut manager in which the user can assign shortcut keys to global (or contextual) commands in a Windows desktop application. Note that the application has load of ...
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Use UAC Shield icon to indicate (non-Windows) elevation will be required?

i am working on financial software where there are many times where a "supervisor" is required to authorize that the user can continue, e.g.: user wants to void a funds transfer user has a variance (...
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Is it a good idea to have a homepage with multiple templates that alternate on a periodic basis?

I am working with a client that has been producing a print magazine and is interested in transitioning it online. One feature they were interested in was a homepage with multiple templates. So the ...
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What motivates people to keep on sharing ideas, develop new concepts and innovate on online innovation communities? [closed]

I'm very interested in crowd-sourcing and online innovation communities. Currently, I'm conducting research on what motivates users to continue sharing ideas, developing concepts, funding projects and ...
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Alternate to nested tab controls for a windows desktop application

I develop a complex LOB windows desktop application. Right now it has only one feature say A. All menu and toolbar is for A. You can open multiple document related to feature A, each within a Tab ...
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Is the alt attribute on navigation sufficient for section 508 compliance?

I was wondering for a html page which has two navigation options ( 1. Login method 2. Roles), is it just sufficient to provide a alt text to describe what they do? Or should I try to have something ...
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User suggestions in electronic dictionary

Let's imagine we have an electronic dictionary - it doesn't matter if it's a webpage, a desktop application or a mobile app. The question might also apply to an encyclopaedia. Every entry has the ...
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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 present heavy data tables on smartphones?

Problem: I've got a table with 10 columns and ~100 rows. What is the best way to present these on small screens? My idea: effective search + data displayed row-by-row. Is there any better solution?
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What is a good web page resolution to design for? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Common screen resolution in 2011? What would be a good web page resolution to design for? I currently work according to 1024px wide resolution screens. and create UIs which ...
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Recommended UI/UX conference in Europe?

Really liked @wnathanlee's USA-question, and it's UK-counterpart but I would like to broaden the field a bit. I know there are some great conferences/sessions/symposiums/seminars out there on the ...
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A way to denote possibility of multiple selection in table view

I'm creating an OS X app and during it's setup (the very first launch) I need user to select a few entries from a list (a one-columned table). Usually on OS X user is able to select a single line from ...
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What is the best way to spend a very limited budget on UX design?

We might be starting development of a web product in a couple of weeks. This being a startup, we have a limited budget. It's not zero though, we might spend a couple of grand on UX design. I would ...
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Discrete priority values instead of continuous ones in bug tracking tools

In bug tracking tools (and probably other similar applications), tickets are prioritized based on discrete categories rather than on continuous values. This can produce strange and counter-intuitive ...
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Which design pattern to use for showing users task completeness?

For instance I have some data like this: I have multiple users, every users has tasks which could be: not started completed in progress done When I want to achieve clear separation of users, ...
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Order of 'Country' and 'State' fields in Registration forms

Most registration forms seem to be to ask for the 'State' first and 'Country' after that, both being drop down lists. The 'State' list has the State names of USA by default, and this list is refreshed ...
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Is it time to reevaluate what keys keyboards should have?

I just got my Google I/O Chromebook and one of the most interesting things about the keyboard layout is that certain keys have been replaced by Google with new ones that are more relevant for an ...
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What's the most efficient/least troublesome way to scroll when reading on mobile?

For reading purposes on mobile devices, what is the way to go? Paging or scrolling? If I want to give the reader the option of a scroll, should the controls for that be on-screen or in a menu?
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Interaction with elements on cartography touch application

I'm currently designing a touch tablet application that deals with cartography and elements manipulation. We need to be able to touch interact with the elements on the map and : get info move item on ...
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How to represent optional fields?

I've read somewhere, that if you have more required fields than optional, best practice is to mark the optional form fields. However I think that asterisk notation for required fields is a widely ...
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Too many tabs - use buttons instead?

We have an admin page in our application that has toomanytab-itus (see the second set of tabs are stacking): I've been tasked with solving this issue. Reorganising/grouping the content to reduce the ...
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Is there a resource for MMORPG trading interfaces?

I’m searching for some documentation/training/resource on MMORPG trading UIs (marketplace, auctions, changing items etc.). Is there any detailed documentation in this topic somewhere? ps. Google is ...
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How do you choose which game mechanics to apply to a non-game system?

Is there anyone doing gamification? (apply game mechanics to non-game system) Just wanted to ask: how do you choose which one to use when gamifying a system? Because there are multitudes of mechanics....
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Do many spinners on a page look good?

Our engineers are making some changes to our RESTful service calls, so on one page we are making many calls to get different contents through different AJAX calls to fetch small amounts of data, ...
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How to minimise the biasing influence of stakeholders

I'm working on a large project where I am a UX consultant. The company I am contracted with also consult a domain expert (DE) but she is not UX. More than a few times now I have noticed her insisting ...
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guidelines for creating videos to demonstrate a web application's functionality to end user

In a previous question, a person asked: what are the Best/Standard Practices for Creating & Building Help Files for End User? My question is related, but already assumes that offering videos for "...
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How to explain to a client that User Experience and web/graphic design is different?

My client is absolutely sure that there is no difference between these topics. How do you explain that making a UX adjustment plan is not the same as a web design task? You have to write a contract ...
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Rough and fine adjustments with horizontal slider

I'm used to scrolling being thrice as effective as arrowkeys in Firefox. I want to give the ability to quickly and roughly adjust values by hovering over the slider and using the scrollwheel. Finest ...
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Why don't we auto-save for users instead of having them save manually?

With the advent of Apple moving to auto-saving in its newest release Lion, should everyone start adopting the convention of auto-saving? At first it is definitely awkward and the user can feel like ...

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