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drag'n'drop nearly always has bad affordance. The current model in gmail is the following: Albeit I'm not sure if they're really serious about it, esp. as it only appears to the hovered element. The previous one was this: More dragg-ish, but still bad. I think in order to reach good affordance with a drag-n-drop control, it either has to be explicit ...


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Three bar icons are now being used widely to indicate a "show list/menu" function - it's not just Chrome. Below are screenshots from Day One and PlaceMe (I only had to open a couple of apps to find examples of this usage). I believe the icon was a poor choice by Apple (in hindsight) - it does not give a clear interaction cue, it's more of a reorderable ...


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It has been discussed in the google forums but it seems that there isn't any clue about it. The only theory I can imagine of is related to the situation when someone starts googling about an specific topic and opens a lot of tabs (which will be opened on the right), then when navigating, the result might be found in the first previously open tabs, so you ...


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Jennifer Morrow (part of the Firefox user experience design team) wrote a pretty detailed blog post about removing the Firefox status bar in 2010. As already mentioned, the aim was to remove the unnecessary "chrome" from the Firefox UI. I'd recommend you read the whole post. A short extract: The goal is to find places where chrome can be minimized, both ...


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Don't inform them. Provided it works fine on all browers and doesn't look a huge mess in IE8 (see 'Graceful Degradation') then why bother telling users to update their browser? The chances are if they're using an old browser it's because they don't have a choice - it could be a corporate network where they don't have permission / ability to update, for ...


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I could think of two reasons a link to Mozilla, which wouldn't make much sense, if you ask me you're offline, you dinosaur!


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As a matter of fact I'm quite sure that between the wrench and the kebab icon there was a hamburger. Either way, the most likely reason for the icon is consistency . This kebab menu icon is the same they're using in Material Design, so they're basically following their own guidelines, see Menus section in MD A menu is a temporary piece of material that ...


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I don't see this as a dark pattern at all. I haven't done any testing on this, but I've never been the slightest confused about that. The opt in is directly related to the TOS, and this seems to be a good place to put it.


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As you mentioned its about the subconscious level, if the system or application can provide a perception that a system has changed state in a high speed that it almost seems instantaneous, it enhances the user experience since it gives a sense of continuity and also informs the user about the change. To quote this article from smashing magazine A good ...


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Chrome was a major change in browsers. The major change it brought was screen space. Where IE and FF came from desktop apps and windows Chrome removed a significant amount of the 'Chrome' surrounding the window. The only thing it cared about was getting as much of the Web page displayed as possible. Chrome was backed by Google and achieving massive growth (...


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I agree with @rewobs about the first tabs often being more important. It's not just a common observation, but actually a very reasonable occurrence, because new tabs open on the right. So if I open my "main" item (my inbox, my facebook feed, an article), and then it leads me to open a bunch of secondary items (through links in the original), the secondary ...


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I agree with both previous answer but they've missed one pretty important point > Locked Tabs are always staying most to left. If you'd have a possibility to close tabs to the left you'd just simply always close your Pinned/Locked Tabs – which you for sure don't want to. IMHO that's the main reason – personally I'm using locked tabs for most important ...


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I'm taking a wild guess, since it's very hard to find out "why" on anything Google does. However, I think the choice is more useful since it supports how we use the web today. Back in the days (early 1990s) when the web was static, it was simple and easy to look at the history to find out where you were last. Today that's a different story. We use rich web ...


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No, it is not acceptable. The web server should only deliver what the user agent tells the server to deliver. This is what the user agent does, even though it has changed since the origin, it is still valid and a cornerstone of web technologies. "In HTTP, the User-Agent string is often used for content negotiation, where the origin server selects suitable ...


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If its faster than the eye can see then I doubt we will be able to appreciate on an unconscious level. I think that transition is there as a backup for when systems are performing slower than normal and the user needs to be informed that a process/action is taking place.


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Chrome's notification system works best when combined with extensions and Web Store installable or hosted web apps. When a user installs an extension or web app, they are asked once whether they want to give the app certain permissions, such as local storage, location, or desktop notifications. Once they give that permission, it's permanent until the app is ...


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Over the years, things have changed somewhat. Chrome has changed its menu icon to three vertical dots to comply with the Material Design HIG: Apple has changed its drag-and-drop icon to be visually distinct from the hamburger: Though the hamburger icon still isn't used consistently (e.g. Firefox and Gnome use it as a generic menu icon), both Microsoft and ...


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I agree that the three-lines icon is being established as a place to pull something. (See in particular the lined tab that appears if you drag down from the top of an iOS screen to show notifications, or on the lock screen when multiple notifications are waiting, or on the camera icon on the lock screen.) Matching that icon to the real world examples of the ...


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If it's not a dark pattern, it's pretty close. I call shenanigans on it. Obviously they are attempting to increase enrollment by leveraging the rote pattern of clicking the checkbox and submitting the ToS form. They are relying on the universal fact that no one reads any of this stuff. Sneaky. If they wanted to be on the level. They should put that statement ...


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In my opinion, this is not a dark practice. It doesn't fall into the user experience category nearly as much as it lends itself to user rights (or something similar). This is standard practice by many software companies, Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo!, Blackberry, etc. The "dark"-ness depends on the purpose of the interaction. The user data and feedback that ...


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From a user perspective I think it would be better to default to off for this, the new tab on update could then ask if the user wanted to enable it, the tone of this question is very important: Hi my name is x and I developed this extension, enabling y setting would help support me to support/improve the extension as well as donate to charity. I am ...


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Trying to overcome visual changes applied on top of your design by the browser or any number of addons is a cat and mouse game that you will likely never win. I'd therefore recommend to not attempt to control it, and just let it do whatever it does. If you think about the user's perspective on this, they are used to every website/app they go to having ...


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This notification shows accesses that will be granted. It is security important. So I think negative action is highlighted to ensure that user makes his choise after looking at permissions. And maybe other reason is that it also could be pressed by keyboard, accidentally, with Enter key. In this case nothing wrong will happen, app with dangerous ...


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If you are going to prompt the user to do anything, you should consider what the user is doing when you are prompting them, and why you are prompting them. Prompts should occur in the right context and help the user achieve their goal. In this particular case, "might enhance [their] experience" is an insufficient reason to stop the user from doing what ...


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This question is likely to have subjective answers so I thought I'd throw my hat in My (hiccup Uneducated) Opinion Yes, you should ask the user if he would like to again But only if he shows real engagement with the site and goes to it regularly. It should always be an option for him to do add it in the settings Similarities Adding a homescreen file ...


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IMHO, it's the right way to do it. See, at first I agreed with you, until I realized you're not seeing an error message, but technical description on an error message, which is an absolutely different thing. The error message itself is short, clearly represented by iconography and header and a very short text that describes the problem. Then they have a ...


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Without context for the application, we can mostly guess as to the why the 'close' button is there. On most desktop applications/browsers the 'X' is always used as a close button. Be it Windows/OSX/Linux. Since you're filling a form, I am not sure why it would allow you to close a part of the form, especially since refreshing will just make the item ...


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For what I compile out of your post, some of your requirements... Some remarks: Think before you start working out the idea, what you want it to do; What are logical steps in the process to achieve the task? Make it fail proof... A few pointers what I think of: When using a notification, it's not going to stay for minutes I assume, merely a matter of ...


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Notification seems like the most obvious solution. It's large, in your face, and will have minimal confusion. The others could be confused with the actions of other extensions, not the best UX.


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Keyboard Shortcut navigation is not a new phenomena, but its efficiency is questionable. Because keyboard shortcuts have the same problem as command line tools; there are no visual clues of what you can do. You have to fill your mind with irrelevant information of keyboard shortcut navigation until the day when you have placed the patterns in your muscle ...


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