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How can I say "there is a possibility, up to 30 mins delay in the time you booked for calling you" shorter?

It sounds to me like what you really want is for the user to select a one hour time slot instead of a fixed time. This makes it much clearer that you cannot commit to a specific time and the user must ...
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Should a pie chart show the legend for a wedge with 0%?

Show the numbers. If the user selected three fruits to be shown, Apples, Oranges, and Melons, and only sees Apples and Melons in the pie and in the legend, they will wonder where the Oranges went. If ...
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Is it okay to name submit button as "Select"

...but name buttons after what they actually do. This might seem pedantic, but looking at the screenshot the "Select" button doesn't select the video, it confirms a previous selection, presumably by ...
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Users entering the wrong decimal separators for US$ amounts

Another option would be for the text field to ignore all non-numeric characters, and display appropriate formatting automatically. For example: User enters '3' -> Text field displays '0.03' User ...
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Dealing with long-title buttons

Remember the user's context. Sometimes when we are creating an interface, we tend to forget that our user is navigating through a specific set of information to reach an action button. At that point, "...
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Should a pie chart show the legend for a wedge with 0%?

How about his. show the percentage in the legend: Apples (20%) Melons (80%) Oranges (0%)
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Users entering the wrong decimal separators for US$ amounts

Let's talk for a minute about user expectations and magic. A user comes to your tool with certain expectations, and not every user's expectations are the same. You're seeing this first-hand. Culture,...
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Dealing with long-title buttons

Can you just annotate the button with a label? The label explains the action, and the buttons indicate a clear and specific action that will be taken. In some cases, we do something like this: ...
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Graph with overlapping labels

You have several visualization problems to solve in one graph. How are the users interacting with this? Your question is focused mostly on labels, however, you also mentioned showing when an element ...
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Users entering the wrong decimal separators for US$ amounts

Show the user what's expected visually and show how the machine interprets the user's input. My contribution to the brainstorm would be: Use a reference to the cheque-form of the old days :) Let ...
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Should a pie chart show the legend for a wedge with 0%?

Yes, show it. The data IS important. Others gave given good reasons (the inclusion of Oranges clarifies they HAD been taken into account) and suggestions (show percentages or numbers, show a thin ...
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Better labels than "Date 1" and "Date 2"

So the user is interested in the price history of a product? And this part of your website lets them see how much the price of that product has changed between the first date and the second date? ...
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Users entering the wrong decimal separators for US$ amounts

You can do whatever you wish basically, as long as you provide a way to verify the input. I would personally dynamically display --next to the input field-- the amount at least partially written out, ...
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Align text left or right Next to textBox?

It depends. LukeW has covered this in his book Web Form Design. It's not a new book, but covers most of the common web form problems. Each has an advantage/disadvantage: Right aligned: Right-aligned ...
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Counter in a corner of a button

Are you restricted to using an angled corner? If not, a box would be much more simple & sleek. Otherwise if you are stuck using the angled corner, aligning to the top right rather then center is ...
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Should a pie chart show the legend for a wedge with 0%?

Don't use a pie chart Your problem stems from the fact you're using a pie chart. Pie charts are simply not a very good way of representing data (see here, here, here or here for some discussions of ...
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Should I use "Search" or "Find” on my buttons?

With regard to English in general, "Search for Flights" and "Find Flights" would work equally well. "Find Flights" is subtly optimistic that there are flights that match the user's criteria. That may ...
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Graph with overlapping labels

If it is absolutely necessary to see all the amounts in detail all the time you could go with a variation of your second solution but still keep the figures in one column. like this Alternatively you ...
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Better labels than "Date 1" and "Date 2"

I think you're missing an element of the form. Trying to explain each individual field rather than the purpose of those two fields as a whole. Think of this from an accessibility perspective. If ...
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Should labels in forms follow the same grammar rules as titles

This is from Microsoft Title Caps: Capitalize the first letter of the first and last words. Capitalize the first letter of all words in between, with the exception of articles (a, an, and the); ...
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Should a pie chart show the legend for a wedge with 0%?

Definitely keep it in the legend. If you only have the two items in the legend it looks like you created a chart to show the comparison of Apples and Melons. For all the user knows there could be ...
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Form fields as sentence

Recent trends call that technique a Natural Language Form. That field and label appear appropriate to me in given situation; as it doesn't leave any scope of confusion. I just rearranged the fields ...
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Is it okay to name submit button as "Select"

Take a step back here, do you need that button at all? The title of your dialog asks the user to "Select video", which they do by clicking straight on the video. Isn't that good enough? Do they ...
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Users entering the wrong decimal separators for US$ amounts

You could create two fields - 1 for dollars and 1 for cents. In this way you don't need any formatting logic and you can strip out any non-alphanumeric characters when you save to a database.
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Dealing with long-title buttons

There are at least a couple of strategies you can apply to deal with this: Stick with the primary action word larger, then the rest of the words in smaller text, but it won't necessarily solve the ...
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What to do with button that have long labels

Buttons shouldn't be that long A button should be a succinct action statement: Download Upload View results Add to cart When the button verges on a sentence, there's likely room to optimize. How ...
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How can I say "there is a possibility, up to 30 mins delay in the time you booked for calling you" shorter?

I like the answer of @musefan, that was my first thought too. But there might be another solution: 09:00 AM (+/- 30 minutes) 10:00 AM (+/- 30 minutes) 11:00 AM (+/- 30 minutes) etc. you get the ...
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Better labels than "Date 1" and "Date 2"

Assuming the rest of the form makes it clear how this is supposed to work, you don't need separate labels:
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Counter in a corner of a button

One option you may try is to make the dark area variable, depending from the number of digits. This way the dark area will also work as a visual cue, indicating the magnitude of the number.
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Which is better to show "Label (optional)" vs "Label (not required)"?

There are few reasons to prefer optional but they do not make its usage mandatory. First and most simple because it is shorter then it requires less screen space. This has two advantages: It's ...
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