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Before and during the development of Windows 95, Microsoft was being sued by Apple for allegedly having improperly copied the Mac OS GUI. From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Computer,_Inc._v._Microsoft_Corp. Apple lost all claims in the Microsoft suit except for the ruling that the trash can icon and folder icons from Hewlett-Packard's NewWave ...


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I would personally recommend the equivalent of john@johndoe.com, which is the format I use. I agree with your assessment — to me, emails like me@johndoe.com and hi@johndoe.com seem a bit too playful or informal. I like to use one email address across all the services I use, so something that is completely neutral is key. Hard to get more neutral than ...


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In theory the correct answer is no upper limit for name lengths. Allow the user to enter whatever their name is using whatever characters are available to them so that you will never run into a circumstance where someone is prevented from entering their valid real name. In practice that is not possible to implement. There have to be limitations. These ...


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Much of what Microsoft initiated with Windows 95, including the Start Menu, served primarily to differentiate it from Mac OS, which in the popular mindset was the only OS competing with Windows. This coupled with the rise in attention to ecological needs in the 1990s made the term "Recycle Bin" an apt way to accomplish this differentiation, without serving ...


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Status Bar The name for the toolbar itself is the "status bar". Status Bar - a strip along the bottom of a software or Internet application that indicates what is happening with a task or information like date, time, cursor or scroll position, page number, open applications, etc. http://www.dictionary.com/browse/status-bar On a Web browser,...


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If 3 tabs constraint is given and can not be changed then it is difficult to answer without understanding functionality and context. Basic, Advanced and Whatever are unlikely the categories users use to think about the problem. If your Basic tab contains size and color parameters call it Size & Color. Basic or Advanced does not have information scent, ...


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"Leave game" sounds way better than Unjoin. Also, you could give your users the choice to leave the next game or all the games using a drop down button like the one in the screen capture.


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If you take a tomato back out of a real-life recycle bin, it also doesn't get recycled. Nor does it get disinfected (unless you actively do that). However, if you leave it in there and the bin gets emptied, both eventually get recycled. The tomato the traditional way, the file because its bits on your hard disk get made available again for storing other ...


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You should always use the word which is common among the users, no matter if it is the technically correct one or not. In Why the electronic land registry failed, Lauesen gave a very vivid example of this. This is a story of a large system which had to be made mandatory for use in real estate purchases in the whole of Denmark. The requirements were gathered ...


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Given that my comment gets some upvotes, I'll put it in as an answer. Change to two tabs, basic and advanced and put the advanced and debug options in one list. Try and let go off something if it doesn't work. You were thinking about having three tabs. This idea gave you the label problem. Maybe it is because of the three labels. If that's the case, let go ...


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Your question seems to assume that email senders have to either remember the email address of the intended recipient, or will have to accurately reverse-engineer the email address of the intended recipient. You also seem to assume that email addresses must be of a single form company-wide. I think that the answers over-engineer a solution because they ...


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I am not sure when Windows introduced that word, but if it was since Windows 95, as Bart Gijssens's answer claims, then Microsoft is not the first one to come up with the idea of recycling. NeXT STEP operating system introduced at around 1988 had a recycling mark as the icon for its counterpart. Microsoft may have gotten the idea from there. Your question ...


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Icons and labels If I was you I would not use icons for these specific fields, Words are (generally) unequivocal in there meaning (They obey conventions) while icons and the metaphores they represent are prone to multiple interpretations. Judging from your question, Having two icons that will look quite similar (Name & Surname being conceptually ...


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admin@johndoe.com - for admin stuff support@johndoe.com - for support stuff hr@johndoe.com - for hr stuff contact@johndoe.com - for communication over mail Such email ids are fairly standard nowadays. Am I better off using a known provider such as @gmail.com or @yahoo.com? If you own your own email domain name then why go for other email providers. Its ...


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It's called RTL (or "right-to-left") support (or layout or UI, based on what you're talking about).


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Getting real information is one of toughest thing in web. My approach to this problem is to utilise user's FEAR. When you know something can't be UNDO, some users sure think about it twice.


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You need to be transparent with the end-user regarding your exact intentions with their information. As @Jivan previously touched upon, this is more of a psychological issue than one of a technical nature. From a cognitive viewpoint the user is already nervous and distrusting, and for good reason. Today information is the new gold, and sites have been ...


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In Windows, the recycle bin was introduced in Windows 95. (source used) Of course, Microsoft took their idea from other OS'es that had it long before. On most OS'es, dragging a file to the trashcan meant: Delete the file. This is where the word "recycle" comes in. Microsoft was looking for a way to make clear that moving items to the trash does not delete ...


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I'd suggest just having the email be 'from' somebody's name — so that the person who receives it can reply, even to automated messages, to a human. Ideally the name of the actual human being who is primarily responsible for the emails that go out. A salesperson if it's sales. A founder / product manager for app related stuff. A marketer if it's advertising. ...


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Jacob Nielsen recommends straightforward naming conventions over "clever" ones. Don't use clever phrases and marketing lingo that make people work too hard to figure out what you're saying. For example, the "Dream, Plan, & Go" category on Travelocity might sound catchy to a marketing person, but it's not as straightforward as "Vacation Planning." ...


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You don't say what kinds of projects - that may have a big impact. Web projects? Development? UX? Design? SEO? Who do you want to attract? For the most part, we don't remember someone's email address letter for letter, we either have a card, put it in the phone, or email a quick note on the spot. So the email address is really more for impact than mnemonic ...


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Inform the user that the service would be useless without the real name, or make the service in such way. I think this is the best way to get real information. This will depend on the app but it could be because either: The nature of the app makes it "useless" without real data, at least in the first place. An app where you need to enter you "real world" ...


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By default, a majority of applications use this format, especially when dealing with a high number of contacts such as within Salesforce. This is mainly due to how broad a first name can be compared to a last name. Searching for a contact by a last name, you're likely to have fewer results thus easily finding that specific contact. For example, say you ...


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It's all about branding and how your visitors are going to reach your site. It seems like the majority of people just Google whatever domain they want to reach. I can only remember so many domains, just have a memorable name. So if Google indexes divi.vision the same way it indexes Digivisionmedia.com, I say... have both and market whichever one you want. ...


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In many Western cultures "last name" is the same as your family name. In these cases "John Doe" would enter "John" as his first name and "Doe" (his family name) in the last name field. It has become poor practice to ask for a "first" and a "last" name, for exactly the reason you describe. Here are a few posts on UX.SE that talk more about better formatting ...


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Both are perfectly valid options, so a lot of it will come down to the feeling you want a user to have when being greeted by the site: You are right that just the first name is a very personal approach. This is the sort of thing you find with a lot of voice assistants on phones; not only do they simply refer to you by your first name, they can also be ...


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Given the diversity of names, I wouldn't... set a floor or ceiling limit on name length, OR even break the name into two separate fields. Depending on the country / cultural background of a person, they may have a more Westernized [first-name] [surname] name, but they may not. Why possibly bar users from entering their complete name because of arbitrary ...


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I can't speak for Microsoft, but I've always liked the recycling bin metaphor as it works on so many levels: Recycling is more eco-friendly than garbage and the recycling bin metaphor is a form of corporate green-washing. By aligning themselves with a recycling bin instead of the more ubiquitous trashcan, Microsoft is implying something about their ...


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In any population, there will always be some outliers who don't do things the way most of the population does. Someone, surely, will fail to capitalize their name. What's the drawback, if users don't capitalize their own name? Do these names get used in a context where it might reflect poorly on the company? Do the names get used in legal documents or on ...


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Hash is very standard, and the term is certainly recognised in the public domain due to social media terminology. If users were still confused I would subsequently offer 'Pound' then 'Sharp' in that order.


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