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This user behaviour indicates a great opportunity to improve the usability of your application. Ask a few users why they rename items and try to understand the underlying need or problem that they are facing. Depending on what answers you get, possible solutions might include: Allow sorting the list in different ways; by date/user/... Allow users to add a ...


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Rumors of its death are greatly exaggerated ✞... Classic hierarchical folder views aren't dying. But they are being complemented by other ways of viewing and interacting with files. The key trend here is the decoupling of views from the underlying file system. The old world...One truth ⇨ One view Historically, file UX was heavily tied to the underlying ...


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When it comes to optimising the design, users happen to be the best designers. I would suggest that – instead of guessing - you should get in touch with these Users, who hacked the sorting mechanism to ask what they wanted to achieve. Maybe they wanted just to pin some items to the top of the list, for which starring would probably be enough. But maybe ...


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It's not dying completely, but it is becoming a power user niche feature. Everyone has seen or heard stories about the user who stores everything on their desktop or in a single My Documents folder. Humans are terrible at justifying a large upfront cost like creating and managing dozens of folders just for a possible, small benefit in the future like being ...


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The first thing to remember about taxonomies is that there is never one correct taxonomy per set of elements. Imagine having the product set {paper, cotton fabric, old wooden lineal}. For a tailor, the categorization within their taxonomies is: {paper, old wooden lineal} -> pattern making supply, {cotton fabric} -> clothing raw material. For a paper ...


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Definition The word Taxonomy originated from the work of Carl Linnæus, who created an hierarchy of organisms in the 18th century. The word Taxon means a group of organisms. Since then, the word has been used to describe a multitude of classification schemes, mainly ones with strict hierarchy. While definitions do exist, the term is often abused. However, ...


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The concept is indeed very badly explained, but as a rather abstract concept that can be applied in many ways, you would expect that. I'll use learning as an example here. Multi-channel The idea is that a complete experience can be realised using only one of a few possible channels (or media). For instance, if I wish to learn about Task Analysis, I can ...


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Teacher: How to visually format questions/answers to easily follow the story? Student: I think that using "T" as prefix for Teacher and "S" as prefix for Student may help. You may also use the full word (see also) at the beginning. Do not omit this if roles can be inverted or the flow will be soon unclear (unless this is your creative intent.) Consider to ...


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Having a blank field that means that all Organizations/Locations can access the item is really confusing. There should be a default that says "All Organizations" and "All Locations". It can be shown if the value is Null, if that is appropriate for the underlying code, but it needs to show the user what is going on. Changing the code to not confuse the ...


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It heavily depends on the site content and architecture. I believe it is very dangerous to try and make conclusions using statistics "on average" (moreover, I'm not sure such statistics even exist). In my experience no matter how well your site is indexed and how many good entry points there are, it is always better to have a home page than not to have one. ...


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Another way of doing this is by placing check boxes in front of every row and adding actions (Edit, Export, Delete) on single or multiple selection at the bottom but it really depends on the case. You can also have a top check box for selecting all rows in the table or on the current page (if you have pagination.)


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When you have categories, there are often items that don't fit into any category well, and so you are left with a choice between having a category with a single item in it, or a catchall category like 'other'. If the item isn't needed in the first place, then regardless of whether it fits into a category or not, you should not include it. That said, I will ...


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Powered by ACompanyName is old school and doesn’t provide any real benefit to the user. That said, there are still companies and consultants who discount their hosting or development services in exchange of the powered by statement. It can be treated like any other commercial placement, or a more sublime placement as in the footer. This is subject of ...


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Categorization of content is still very important, even after the rise of smartphones. Whether that's by date, by location, or by tags. The more and more popular use of smartphones since 2007 has forced designers to come up with simpler user experiences. Manually putting stuff in folders can usually be considered a bad UX experience, which is why in a lot ...


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Most people tend to think that certain aspects of technology die away, but I always get the feeling that it is far more common for it to "sediment". Whenever I see a new trend, it usually never ends like "this is the new best way". Normally it is more like "we solved this problem with one global solution, but now it seems there are different solutions for ...


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One possible solution is to progressively show more details as users select items and sub-items. The benefit is that the initial ui is still clean, while getting rid of extra panels and buttons. You can still keep your initial page with the "configure" button, even though i would try to eliminate it, if possible. Initial View User Selects an Item User ...


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It's very common on surveys to give some idea of a typical time that it may take for it to be filled out. After all, surveys can take quite some time and you can't typically gauge how much there is to do. That time should not be how long it takes you to fill out, but should be taken as an average of how long it takes real people to fill it out for real. ...


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As well as pinning items to the top of the list, fake-alphabetical entries can be used to pin them to the bottom (a trivial example: I use a contact called ZZ spam with a silent ringtone on my phone). In other words it's quite a flexible system. Consider how sorting by a range of parameters is built in so widely: All file managers allow you to get the ...


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I'm not sure what tone you're going for, but I'd consider going with a chat-style UI, with one person's speech aligned on the left, and the other (perhaps the one with which you'd like your reader to identify) on the right. This pattern is widely recognized as an exchange between two (or more) people. If you'd still like the questions to be easily scannable,...


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In short: No, because it makes it harder for the user to find an entry in the list. In long: Many alphabetised lists use a slightly non-standard collation, in order to make the lists easier to use. Example 1: When listing people, they are almost always sorted by surname (Smith, John, Mr) even though the surname is the last name as normally printed (Mr John ...


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I think the question you should be asking is what should be my content strategy and how should I define that to drive my site navigation.. That said, there are multiple steps in defining your content strategy : Plan your content: This is the initial phase of any site and should involve the questions such as the objective of the site, the user group which ...


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Regardless of the solution criteria, why not populating the field with a default value in grey? Telling your users what the field actually does without their input. If they're happy with it they'll move on, otherwise they'll replace it. As per the default criteria, I would choose the less painful i.e. "As a user the less input I have to provide the better I ...


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Although it makes sense for the banner image and the title to link to the event page, their affordance for clicking isn't as strong as that of a button or text link. That you can click on the image and the title might surface with a hover effect, but a button or text link is naturally clickable. However, the image offers a nice large target, so for someone ...


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Here's what I think regarding your questions, one by one. 1- When is it appropriate to tell users that "this may take time"? I plan on displaying a confirmation modal with their list of content and a message. FYI: There is no way to show an exact completion time, but a range is possible. A good analogy is to think about it is to imagine the product owner ...


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Jesse James Garret, author of "The Elements of User Experience", made an infamous visualization on User Experience elements before writing his book. It has two different scales: Abstract to Concrete- scale and Conception to Completion-scale. It's divided into five layers which should be read from the bottom and upward (from Conception to Completion and from ...


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I'm not so sure there's a huge difference from a UX stand-point. If anything, it makes it more difficult. Let's say a user is on your site and is at www.sub.example.com/articles/article-title.php, and he wants to go to your homepage. Users often clear the address bar, so he would click in the address bar, clear the end of the URL, and be left at www.sub....


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Probably. But it's a slow painful death. It essentially boils down to the need to put something somewhere where we can find it again, or where we can direct someone else to finding it. We are naturally predisposed to putting things in containers or compartmentalizing in such a way that even if it's a long time before we come back then we can still have a ...


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It's not published anywhere, but when I was at university I had to do a small usability study. For the sites tested, I did observe significant attempts to return to the home page corresponding with user frustration, particularly in users with mental handicaps such as dyslexia -- often they would fail to notice that something was clickable where neurotypical ...


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I would call it an Inline Help Box which can take many forms and shapes. Take a look at UI Patterns: Inline Help Box, where they explain the following: Use to gently introduce functionality to the new and untrained user. ...which is exactly what "How to format" in your screenshot is meant to do.


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I've solved this task using card sorting in a low tech, hands on session with my client and/or users. Write down all menu items onto index cards and let the participants sort the cards in a way they think it is correct. You will find a lot more information on the internet: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Card_sorting


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