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"New" vs. "Create"

I would say that "New" is best in most situations, as it is short and distinct. A good rule of thumb is to look at the other options you will have in your menu. You want to make scanning fast, so you ...
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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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"New" vs. "Create"

Ok I might be on to something: "New" is good for buttons that take the user to a clean "canvas", where the user can add his content. "Create" is good for buttons that "submit" the user's content or ...
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Can the "$" symbol be safely considered as universal when making a graphic depicting money?

It may very well be universally understood but I would be concerned (or at least keep in mind) the user's reaction to this symbol. Would a Russian (a patriotic Russian) be happy to see money be ...
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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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Can the "$" symbol be safely considered as universal when making a graphic depicting money?

Context matters a lot here. Like others mentioned, localization and your primary userbase should inform you whether to use $, €, £ or ¥ as 'standard' symbol. It might also be possible to do a ...
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Users entering the wrong decimal separators for US$ 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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How to clearly state to the User what characters are valid

Clutter is problematic. Emphasizing the valid characters might be enough. E.g.: Valid characters are A-Z a-z 0-9 . _ -. Displaying them with different color might also help.
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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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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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OK/Cancel on left/right?

It seems like Windows OK/ Cancel convention has done a lot of brain conditioning for users. So usability tests would certainly come out with lots of people looking for an OK button on the left, Cancel ...
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Can the "$" symbol be safely considered as universal when making a graphic depicting money?

Surely the best symbol for currency that will be universally understood would be a note and coin as every currency uses both paper notes and coins most currencies use banknotes and coins. Given this ...
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"New" vs. "Create"

Designers' over-sensitivity It is easy for designers to overthink things (and equally under-think things). I highly recommend reading this research paper: Petrie, H. & Power, C. (2012). What Do ...
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Placeholders with the same text as the label - good practice?

Typically I find using the placeholder text as an example of the intended content is best. So, the label describes the field, and the placeholder exemplifies the type of content. Here's a good ...
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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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How to clearly state to the User what characters are valid

Here is some advice : forbid characters only if it is absolutely necessary (I hate when I cannot use _ in my nickname) display a message only to the user who tries to use one of these. Other users ...
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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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Can the "$" symbol be safely considered as universal when making a graphic depicting money?

Historically, this question has been debated for quite a long time. There is a "Generic Currency Symbol," which looks like "¤" which has been used since at least 1985, where it was included in ISO ...
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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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Can the "$" symbol be safely considered as universal when making a graphic depicting money?

The answer is simply of course, absolutely not and it's surprising there is so much humming-and-hawing about it here. It's an extremely US-centric idea, it's "just silly" if you will. Indeed ...
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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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