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How to encourage honest user behavior in UI

This is a constrained behavioral design problem Observations It's similar, but not identical to, a tragedy of the commons problem where participants are able to use and potentially exhause a common ...
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Is the "hot network questions" element on Stack Overflow a dark pattern?

No, it's not a dark pattern. You're not being tricked or forced into doing something that prevents your intended action. Dark Patterns are about being tricked into doing something you otherwise don'...
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Is the "hot network questions" element on Stack Overflow a dark pattern?

No, it's not a dark pattern at all. Neither by definition, nor by interaction. As JonW clearly said, no one is cheating on you to do something that will affect your intention. However... At UX, we ...
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How to encourage honest user behavior in UI

The point with these kinds of things, where you rely on customer honesty, is twofold. First to make the honest route easy. Second to make the easiest route as honest as possible. I would radically ...
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Is the "hot network questions" element on Stack Overflow a dark pattern?

I would say yes. If the only intention of the HNQ area was to advertise other StackExchange sites, they could have used neutral links, such as "Learning Japanese? Visit this site" "Love math? Visit ...
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How to encourage honest user behavior in UI

Could a video camera feed of the car be included in the UI? This may encourage users to think that they are being watched, even if no footage is actually kept and inspected.
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Purposefully obscure user interface design to encourage behaviours

These are called 'Dark patterns' and these can be used in many different ways to influence users behaviour. Social networks as you mentioned put the logout button in a separate menu, Facebook in ...
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Is the "hot network questions" element on Stack Overflow a dark pattern?

In my opinion no. However, I do feel that the design is flawed due to lacking an option to quickly toggle its visibility. As mentioned by @JonW, by my understanding of the definition merely ...
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How to encourage honest user behavior in UI

Even if I don't have any garden waste to take to the waste management facilities what is stopping me offering to take some for someone else and therefore having 51% of the load being garden waste? Do ...
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Is the "hot network questions" element on Stack Overflow a dark pattern?

As someone who has been drawn into spending more time than anticipated in the wormhole of the various stack exchange sites, I would argue that it does seem to be a way to get users drawn further into ...
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How to encourage honest user behavior in UI

Could the system be turned 180 so they are assumed to be carrying "mixed" unless shown otherwise, and pay at the exit? So, you come in, you take stuff to the people who would be charging you to sort, ...
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How to encourage honest user behavior in UI

It is not UI problem but more general UX/business process organization. I see two steps here Customer should determine "majority" of the waste. Customer should honestly choose this type of waste. ...
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When does a persuasive pattern become a 'dark' pattern?

As always, there's a spectrum here. It's not black and white as there isn't one point at which an interaction suddenly flips from being simply a persuasive pattern to being a dark pattern. It's also ...
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Is it a dark pattern to change Radio buttons into a Dropdown?

First, radio buttons can have a default. So, at issue here isn't the fact that a dropdown affords you a default selection and radio buttons don't. What you are doing by switching from radio buttons to ...
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Dark Patterns - Preselection

Pre-selecting on its own is not a Dark Pattern, in fact, it's a common pattern called defaulting. I'd consider defaulting good UX as it alleviates resistance on the path of action. A user is being ...
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What's a UX-friendly way to inconvenience a user into action e.g. prompt for payment

In software, what you are describing is generally know as a 'nag screen' - a popup or interstitial screen that the user has to dismiss in order to use the content. The only warning I would add is ...
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Is the "hot network questions" element on Stack Overflow a dark pattern?

The answers to your question all seem to hinge on where the answerer draws the line for calling something a dark pattern. So let's sidestep terminology, and get to the underlying questions. 'Dark ...
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Is it a dark pattern to change Radio buttons into a Dropdown?

Are you doing this with the interest of the user at heart or are you doing this to benefit the business? If the default option is the best for the user, then hiding the other options in the dropdown ...
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How to encourage honest user behavior in UI

One major problem I see: What defines "most"/"more of"? Sample scenario, I have: 1x large trashbag of grass clippings. 2x 5 gallon buckets of paint. 3x boxes of batteries. I have "More" containers ...
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How to encourage honest user behavior in UI

This is not an UX issue. Your UX cannot make up for the fail of the facility's/municipality's approach towards payment. The problem with honesty is that it does work both ways. If I deliver multiple ...
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The "Hey Google" interaction - Dark UX Pattern?

2) Can this be termed as dark UX? Short Answer: No. Why? Because Dark Pattern is a user interface that has been carefully crafted to trick users into doing things, such as buying insurance with ...
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Are there solutions to dark patterns?

From the dark-patterns description (emphasis added): A design pattern which is carefully crafted to accomplish some result but does not have the user’s interests in mind. In other words, a dark ...
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Synonyms for Dark Design Patterns

A design pattern is defined as "a general, reusable solution to a commonly occurring problem within a given context". Dark design patterns are considered "dark UX", but since ...
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How to encourage honest user behavior in UI

Just as a thought, if you knew how many times somebody had come to the facility, you could display something like: You have deposited [garden|mixed|..] type waste [n] times in the past [m] months ...
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Is showing product price after registering bad UX?

Legal and ethical considerations What you're describing is a UX dark pattern. It might be, depending on when post-registration the price is being shown, in some jurisdictions a violation of ...
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Is the "hot network questions" element on Stack Overflow a dark pattern?

Other answers discuss if it can be classified as a dark pattern or not. Regardless of that, one could argue that this isn't a user-friendly practice (despite benefits such as boosting user engagement)....
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Is the "hot network questions" element on Stack Overflow a dark pattern?

Yes, it is somewhat of dark pattern IMO. It distracted me so much I added a CSS rule to my ad blocker to block it across sites. Fortunately Stack Exchange doesn't make up random CSS ids to try to ...
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How deal with usage of dark patterns in relationship with user and business needs

I find the usage of dark patterns a very interesting (and complex) topic. As it is a very broad area I would start dealing with a concrete example. The newsletter example could be approached with the ...
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Purposefully obscure user interface design to encourage behaviours

This is very well documented and there are bodies that deal directly with consumer protection but in (my opinion) they are yet to catch up with reality! There is of course an underlying ethical ...
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How to encourage honest user behavior in UI

One option which might help is to provide additional information, based on the answers given. For instance, at my local recycling facility, I often end up missing the drop off point for one type of ...
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