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Are there any usability studies around facebook like social user interfaces? [closed]

Are there any usability studies around facebook like social user interfaces? Please share.
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how much in term of usability are the users willing to pay for visual effects?

How much the users are willing to pay in term of usability in order to have a visually appealing application? Will they forgive a difficult pattern just because it is visually attractive? How ...
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Navigation bar necessary for mobile app with no hiearchy?

In iPhone UI development, we have this design pattern of putting the current location in the UINavigationBar. When you first open the app, it will generally show the company logo. As you navigate, the ...
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Scrollbars as a semi-transparent overlay

In most GUI implementations today, scrollbars take up a dedicated space next to the scrollable content. How about presenting scrollbars as a semi-transparent overlay on top of the scrollable content? ...
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Where to place list filter controls?

Suppose the user -- from a CMS backend WYSIWYG editor -- opens an Insert link-dialog. When having a list of possible link destination pages, where would be an appropriate place to put filter ...
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Good practice for eCommerce sites where you don't directly buy online? [closed]

I have a client that wants to sell jewelry, and she wants a website to advertise her collection there. The thing is, she doesn't have any means to sell them directly online. So the site is almost like ...
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why is microsoft word so hard to use? [closed]

genuine question for seminar I am preparing... Does anyone else find the workflow and interaction with microsoft word incredibly confusing? For example: the seemingly random autoformatting of fonts ...
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What's the definition of Information Architecture?

According to Morville, Peter & Rosenfeld, Louis in their book Information Architecture for the World Wide Web (2006) 3rd edition, its this: The structural design of shared information ...
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input type file workaround for usability reason

The HTML input of type file consists of a text filed and a button that says "Browse". Because our users are not English speakers, we would like to change the wording on the button to be in Hebrew. But ...
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What is wrong with putting price timeline in e-commerce sites?

Why don't e-commerce sites, e.g. amazon, include price timeline charts for their products so that users will be persuaded on the discounts? Does it incur any culprits for usability or even for sales? ...
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Real example of inline edit [closed]

I am looking for an example of use of inline edit pattern (one of the Yahoo! Patterns library) for my work in the University. I founded examples of Table Edit (like spreadsheet) but this patterns ...
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Who knows the size of preview window for mac?

It seems that the size of preview window are fixed, though the window for WORD documents look bigger. And they are always horizontal square boxes that seem to make a consistence with the screen ...
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In a site that offers a voting system, should there be extra criteria to “down vote”?

In a site that offers a voting system, should there be extra criteria to "down vote"? I think it would make a lot of sense to add an extra step to down voting someone's question or answer. If you ...
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Showing how many users voted that a comment was helpful

I'm building a site with items that can be reviewed, and users can vote whether or not reviews are helpful to bubble the best to the top Amazon-style. Amazon, Yelp, and almost everything else I could ...
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Which is more suitable Separate Box vs Single box in BrijPad

I have created an editor for fast development BrijPad. I get feedback that there should be two boxes one for input and another for output. but I think for multiple operations it would be inconvenient....
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Alternatives to checkboxes and radio buttons in web-based surveys?

I've been tasked with designing a simple questionnaire design with a lot of different types of questions. I've been taking a lot of web-based surveys myself as well as testing some with users. The ...
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iPhone App: Tab Bar vs. Dashboard (aka Grid Navigation). Or both?

I'm working on an iPhone app (early stage) and we had some discussions on the best navigation system: Dashboard style (examples) This would be the home screen. What I like: Good feature overview; a "...
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Consistent UI experience

Shouldn't a user interface be as consistent as possible? I believe when a user uses an interface, he experiences certain behavior from the interface, and tries to couple those experiences to the rest ...
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Hover over icon

Along the lines of visual clues when hovering over a hyperlink, doesn't the same apply to icons? I ask this question since I noticed none of the SE sites I know of have this behavior when hovering ...
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What do you think of the new Yahoo Mail UI? Is it a good or bad UI? [closed]

Recently Yahoo changed the UI of the Yahoo Mail service. I am curious what you think about it? There's one "retro" function - keyboard shortcuts :-) and what is really interesting about them I ...
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Inline editing or modal popup

I'm interested to know what would be best the option from a UX perspective. I have a table in which i need to decide if i should edit each row with inline editing where you can click on each item in ...
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Best pattern for international address forms?

I've noticed an emerging pattern in web-based forms is to put the country field before city/state. This is contrary to how we would normally fill out an address on paper, but it allows us to have ...
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Keyboard shortcut to sort columns in a table?

Clicking on column headers in a table to set the sort order (or toggle ascending/descending if already sorting by this column) is a standard UI technique. However, it is mouse-only. Is there a ...
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Version Control for Help Files

What is the best way to have version control when creating complex help files with new updates and versions coming out quarterly or so? How does one best go about versioning the Help file? ...
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How to do a mobile field test?

The Smartphone have become a part of our daily life. Users are always online and use their Smartphone in very different environments. Smartphones are sometimes used in a calm, not distracting ...
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How important is the ability to change the color theme on a desktop application?

At my company we create Windows desktop applications using Microsoft's .Net (WPF to be specific). The window or "chrome" is completely customized, meaning that we do not use the standard Windows ...
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What are some tools to monitor user interaction in mobile apps? [closed]

What tools and services are available for monitoring user interaction in a running mobile (iOS) app? Is there a way to monitor users taps, time spent in between taps etc?
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Removing a listview cell in Android - UI Pattern?

I come from an iOS background and so I'm not too familiar with how things work on Android. What I need to do is something to the equivalent of "Slide to remove" feature that is normally used to remove ...
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multiple search boxes

I have a proposal in front of me for a government organsiation requesting a review of their search 'interface.' I have warning bells right away from reading one of the requirements: Is there ...
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Long scrolling form or 3 compact pages?

I have a form with three sections, each with about a dozen fields: General Product Information Product Details Shipping Options Should I place all sections on a single page (thereby forcing the user ...
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How should cancelled animations behave?

How should an animation behave when it is cancelled/changed? For example, let's say I have a button in my application that triggers the visibility of a tool panel. When the panel is shown, an ...
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Automatic UI without explicit “perform action” controls

Having seen a number of examples over the years I've been wondering where this kind of interfaces stand today. What I mean by "automatic UI" is the following. Normally on screens, dialogues and web ...
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A keyboard for developers? [closed]

Being a software developer, the keyboard is the most important tool to interact with the computer. Thus, the layout and placement of buttons is very essential. Especially the grouping of the escape-...
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What are factors to take into account when evaluating the effectiveness of symbols?

I'm mainly looking for referrals to studies that were objective in evaluating the effectiveness of a series of symbols, but open to opinions based on anecdotal experience too.
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What's the best UEA/Design/Code team setup? [closed]

Due to the discussion I need to rephrase this. (I put the old content as a quote.) My question is about a good setup of people with a strong focus on UX experts. Those could be UX Architects, UX ...
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Best place to put registration fields?

I have a form that will allow a user to post a classified listing on my site. The thing is, we required users to be signed in to post...so instead of redirecting a user to a separate page to sign in ...
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Where to put common actions on the screen in Android

Where to put commonly used actions on the screen in Android app with 4 tabs? Every tab has different actions. I don't want to put them into the standard Android options menu, because from my ...
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Whats an intuitive interface for managing user groups and permissions?

I am building a web app with an admin interface for editing users, groups and permissions. Currently, the interface looks like this: http://cl.ly/3I0l1B1e2x092g0s3q1B To remove a permission from a ...
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The missing “Folder Up” button in Windows Explorer in Vista and Win7

Windows XP had a "Folder Up" button in Windows Explorer. Whenever you want to go to a directory higher in the hierarchy, you just press it. Windows Vista and Windows 7 have a rather useful address ...
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Citation for the proposition “flashing boxes on the screen are annoying”

It seems self-evident that one should not put a large box on the screen and then change its dominant color frequently (i.e. make it flash) because it's very hard to ignore and will irritate people, ...
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Visiting Apple, what questions should I ask? [closed]

My class will be visiting Apple and I am very excited as I am huge fan of Apple UX. What are some good questions to make the most of the visit? Note: We will meet Jobs, but I am not sure if we will ...
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Guidelines to setup sound buttons

Are there any guidelines for positioning of sound buttons (play, pause, mute)?
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“Clear input” button within a search box - why nobody but Apple uses it?

In my opinion, this button is very useful, giving you an ability to start over in just one click. But I can't seem to find non - Apple software that implements this pattern. Why? EDIT: I'm not ...
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Which makes for a better UX: using copy that is short and simple or copy that is casual, yet possibly more wordy?

In the context of a web app, which makes for a better User Experience: using copy that states the facts as simply as possible or copy that speaks in casual language, yet could end up being more wordy? ...
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Placement additional menu on video website; top, bottom or something else

A friend of mine is building a video website where you can watch user submitted videos. Those videos are of individuals speaking their dream in the camera. The focus is on letting people watch those ...
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What's the difference between UX and layout design?

This probably falls under the "If you have to ask, then you obviously don't understand" category, but I've always wondered what the difference was between UX and layout. Or even if there is one. I'm ...
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Best/Standard Practices for Creating & Building Help Files for End User

Anybody know of any best or standard practices for creating help files/guide for software for the help of the end user? This is a software that has many features and options where the user would need ...
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Visualization of a resource with multiple competitors

In a game I am working on, the goal is to gather a specific percentage of some limited resource. Additionaly, players can shoot each other, resulting in a permanent loss of some amount of this ...
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Advantages/disadvantages of mixed gender Focus Groups

I am planning to conduct a Focus group for car navigation devices in coming weeks. Initially, I was recruiting mixed gender participants in each session. I am slightly worried that; Males might ...
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View refresh frequency

My application displays data that can be periodically changed. Changes follow 5-10 times per second. I have to avoid so frequent updates to increase application performance. But I have to add some ...

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