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Progress bar completing too quickly

Here's another alternative: You mentioned you don't find the progress bar the most appealing, and it's taking up precious real estate. Would you consider a more compact preloader and success message ...
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Is a slow home page better than a loading bar?

You might want to look into skeleton ui patterns or placehold patterns. They're very popular right now and are used by for example Facebook. I found a nice short article on medium that talks about it,...
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Why show the user 'There are n updates since page load, refresh to see them' rather than adding new data

Sudden rearrangement of content is disturbing Dynamically updating data while user is looking at it may (depending on type of data) be disturbing to the user workflow - for example, if you're reading ...
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Does user care about the details while loading?

Showing details in a form not only developers understand is fine. If you are able to write your installation details in a more funny way than just "Checking Operating System Version" this might have ...
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Will forcing response time to the average time as a minimum improve UX?

You should not artificially delay how long a user must wait. Do not punish a rapid response by slowing them down to an "average". Let all queries complete naturally, for longer query times ...
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Is a slow home page better than a loading bar?

The latter for sure. The users will experience a poor user experience with the former. What's interesting about this question is that it raises the notion of 'visibility of system state' or "as long ...
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What to show while a game is loading?

I would suggest going with a bar loading screen which basically informs the user that content is loading and you are preparing them for an unique experience. You can also try to engage the user by ...
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Does user care about the details while loading?

It can be useful for several reasons. One is that the user gets a feeling of that something is actually happening and not just a progress bar increasing. If the UI says "Checking OS Version" or "...
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Does user care about the details while loading?

As an analogy, consider the mirrors universally installed in elevators. While these mirrors give the user a false sense of added space in the lift, they also serve as just mirrors; people tend to look ...
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Is a slow home page better than a loading bar?

Really you shouldn't put this application on your home page. The home page serves as the entry page to your site, and users will need quick access to navigation. I would consider even ~1s load time ...
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What is the name of this practice when a page loads?

It's called a content placeholder or skeleton screens. This is a great way to focus attention on progress and content being loaded instead of wait times while the whole app is loading. About ...
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What to show while a game is loading?

Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare has a practice shooting range as a loading screen, which enhances the user experience by allowing users to practice without consequences. Depending on your game you add ...
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Why show the user 'There are n updates since page load, refresh to see them' rather than adding new data

Additionally, it's less data intensive, and if you're designing with a mobile first philosophy, that's got to be a consideration. You're going to need to consider that the screen size is constrained ...
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Is a slow home page better than a loading bar?

Your best bet is to render the page formalities and structure in a second or two (ethernet time, cell-data time will vary). And then, backfill the data as the data comes up. Imagine if you reboot ...
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Wait/load indicator: Use built in browser functionality or display a custom indicator?

As a page loads on Pinterest and Facebook they both show solid blocks where regular content will show up. Handling a page load this way provides better feedback than just a loading message/animation. ...
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Does user care about the details while loading?

showing what the program is doing while working on a progress bar gives an additional indication of progress. There is also a nice way of doing this involving a details screen: This method doesn't ...
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What is the optimal load time for a website before users abandon a mobile application or website?

Jakob Nielson describes the 3 time limits which he calls the 'Response-Time Limits': There are 3 main time limits (which are determined by human perceptual abilities) to keep in mind when optimizing ...
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How to use "Greeked Text" —or fake content— to reduce anxiety in cases of long loading times

This link/information should help you: Facebook content placeholder deconstruction - http://cloudcannon.com/deconstructions/2014/11/15/facebook-content-placeholder-deconstruction.html To summarize ...
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With infinite scrolling/pagination, how should I handle the user loading page 2, but there being new content on page 1?

The simplest way would be to let the user know that new content is available. These can be found in many different applications that dynamically load new content. For example say, the user has ...
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Progress bar completing too quickly

Progress indicators are generally implemented to reduce the user's perception of system latency. It's this need to eliminate the perception of system latency that gives progress indicators value. ...
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Loading time and user expectations

Users expect the interface to load as fast as possible. There is no need for research about user expectations during the loading process because it is logical that they will expect it to load as ...
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Will forcing response time to the average time as a minimum improve UX?

Over 30 years ago I was what at the time we called a systems programmer, looking after a minicomputer network with a few dozen users. In those days, the displays were essentially 80x25 "text only". ...
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Will forcing response time to the average time as a minimum improve UX?

I like the accepted answer and I agree that you should not artificially delay anything. However, given your expected wait times, I'd do what you can to improve perceived performance. For instance, ...
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What is the minimum waiting time after when should a page loader be displayed to the user?

If loading time is more than 1 second. It is one of the classics, going back to 1968. 1.0 second is about the limit for the user's flow of thought to stay uninterrupted, even though the user will ...
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Are fake loaders bad ux?

https://www.nngroup.com/articles/progress-indicators/ has in-depth research about it: In short: Dynamic “visibility of system status remains among the most important and universally applicable ...
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Does user care about the details while loading?

No, they don't care about the details. But the great thing about it is that they know exactly what is happening, it feels like he/she has control.
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Does a loading animation on a websites initial load improve usability?

-Perceived- speed is more important than -Actual- speed. Your assumptions are correct and there is some pretty clear data in the article " The Truth About Download Time " showing how much more ...
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Does user care about the details while loading?

I would argue that "8~15 seconds" could in fact be long enough for an impatient user to navigate away or to think the app may have crashed. Changing messages is therefore useful as an indicator that ...
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What's the best button progressbar?

To avoid ambiguity I would go for something like this: The benefits of doing this is that the user is given a clear message that something is going on and more importantly that they should not leave ...
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Is showing a blank page preferable to showing an empty one?

One of the key usability heuristics is: Visibility of system status - The system should always keep users informed about what is going on, through appropriate feedback within reasonable time. And ...
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