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My users keep naming things with special characters to thwart alphabetization

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 ...
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My users keep naming things with special characters to thwart alphabetization

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 ...
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How to visually format questions/answers to easily follow the story?

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 ...
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Tabular vs Card-based presentation, which is better for lots of data?

Adding to @DesignerAnalyst's answer. Here are some parameters you may want to consider before selecting the metaphor, Amount of data for each record: If the data includes text, images, actions then a ...
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My users keep naming things with special characters to thwart alphabetization

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). ...
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How to visually format questions/answers to easily follow the story?

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 ...
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Paths Short or Long

Jabob Nielsen in his article URL as UI from 1999 highlights the importance of human-friendly and hackable URLs. Updates from 2005 and 2007 mentioning eye-tracking studies suggesting that people pay ...
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My users keep naming things with special characters to thwart alphabetization

When users add special characters to the beginning of the names they create two or more kind of objects, or categories, in the sort. These categories can be specific, as the ones in this example, or ...
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Tabular vs Card-based presentation, which is better for lots of data?

Quantity alone cannot determine the decision. The decision of tabular Vs card format depends also from the use cases, the purpose of the site and the type of data. I outline below advantages and ...
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Do negative words impact UX?

This depends. The word 'problems' might be negative, but in the context of 'solve problems' it indicates progress and benefit. negative words at user pain points will probably effect ux. e.g For a ...
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Breadcrumb and search behavior

We had a similar problem at the project I am currently working on. We decided that the breadcrumbs should represent the static hierarchy of pages - rather than the user's history. When representing ...
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Design intended to discourage certain actions

Friction is indeed the most appropriate term, but specifically the example with the ellipses also falls under Gradual/Progressive Disclosure. It's meant not so much to discourage users from using a ...
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"Can you make it more prominent?" stakeholder phenomenon

tl;dr: Focus your audience on the Product's purpose In the absence of a clear product strategy, use the User Journey Map and documented workflows to remove executive opinion and self-interest from the ...
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Design intended to discourage certain actions

Friction is the term designers use when they want users to make an action thoughtfully and deliberately (vs. something that is selected by accident). There are many reasons to design with friction: ...
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My users keep naming things with special characters to thwart alphabetization

It's possible that no matter what feature you implement, users may still continue to do this (unless you forcibly disallow it). Consider another system where this happens all the time: computer ...
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How to visually format questions/answers to easily follow the story?

Concept 1: Screenplay There is a standarised method of having dialogue for screenplays: Concept 2: Timeline If you want simple with very few colours, you could use some kind of a timeline style:
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Asking data from multiple users on the same screen - good or bad UX?

I agree that option A makes the most sense. It provides a clear path focused on a single user at a time. After the main cardholder completes their information, a notification of some kind could ...
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The website is addressing 2 categories (employers and candidates), Which one should we be addressing more?

Without knowing very much about what your website does, I would suggest having a homepage that looks something like this: At the top of your screen, let the users know a little about who your company ...
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Why is the “Print Screen”-button on keyboards actually named "Print Screen"?

Short answer - It was originally used to literally print the screen content. Wikipedia: Under command-line based operating systems such as MS-DOS, this key causes the contents of the current text ...
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How to improve readability of highly-structured text

"The Problem: On one hand deeply nested code is hard to read. On the other hand, visualising nesting levels are necessary to understand code. De-nesting code/html requires a lot of effort, which only ...
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Navigation and sidebar questions

Firstly, I think you are on the right track for choosing vertical sidebar navigation because of the following reasons Vertical navigation supports more efficient scanning than horizontal navigation. ...
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At what grid dimension does a user change his scan pattern from L->R to F?

Ok, before anything: not only F-shape isn't the only possible pattern (it's just a common one, see more at 3 Design Layouts: Gutenberg Diagram, Z-Pattern, And F-Pattern ), but right now there's quite ...
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"Can you make it more prominent?" stakeholder phenomenon

The stakeholder owes you more information. If something is asked to be made MORE prominent, something else has to be made LESS prominent. This is like the full glass syndrome. Nothing new can be added ...
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Input info tooltip in material design

Tooltips are text labels that appear when the user hovers over, focuses on, or touches an element. Tooltips identify an element when they are activated. They may contain brief helper text about ...
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How to visually format questions/answers to easily follow the story?

OldCastle is asking questions, which Jeff Zeitlin is attempting to answer. OldCastle’s questions are larger, and bold, while Jeff’s answers are in normal text. How can I separate the student’s ...
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How can I show more than 50 services on one page?

Take a look at how Google organizes their products: You may also view the full resolution, uncropped screenshot if you'd rather. They also have a very large number of products, but they do ...
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Developing good UX for handling configurations of multiple objects

The idea that you are proposing does make sense visually. However, there are certain things that we can take care in a better way are: Main view as preview: From our understanding, the user is ...
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Multiple websites vs single website when client's businesses overlap

There are likely some hotel and hospitality folks on this site who will give highly informed opinions. I'm not one of them, but my thought is that you should incorporate the restaurant information ...
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"More" as a menu item

Overflow menus exist everywhere, though usually aren't indicated with the word "More" but with 3 dots instead. It generally isn't wrong to have them; you only have so much screen space ...
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Payment methods on the product page or checkout?

People are used to small price adjustments happening during the checkout process rather than everything being shown on the product detail page. For example, service fees, taxes, shipping fees, and ...
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