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What is the opposite of Cancel?

Cancel might be too vague. I always like to be more descriptive when asking users to perform a quite destructive task. This often reduces any anxiety users might have. download bmml source – ...
Paul van den Dool's user avatar
177 votes

No one is clicking my slide box popup - Can it be improved?

Pop-up windows are a pestilence on the web. Users are fed up with them. People visited your web site because they wanted to view information about some product. But as soon as they started scrolling ...
Simon B's user avatar
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What's the point of a delayed popup on a webpage?

It is about increasing the chance of the user having a look at the popup. Task-completion mode Users in task-completion mode are eager to fulfil their goal (eg, "Is the product/information/answer I'...
Izhaki's user avatar
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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 ...
Steve Jones's user avatar
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49 votes

What is the opposite of Cancel?

Have you considered giving the user an undo button instead? It reduces the cognitive overhead because no choice actually has to be made in the normal case and reduces the input from always having to ...
l0b0's user avatar
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Options for "Cancel this operation?" are "Cancel" and "Yes"; what would be better wording for customers in a hurry?

These misleading UIs are everywhere. They're mostly long-life radioactive waste left behind by the MFC MessageBox() function. Back in the day it was quite a lot of work to make a custom popup, and ...
bobflux's user avatar
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No one is clicking my slide box popup - Can it be improved?

As other have said, most visitors have developed a banner blindness and will either ignore or close your pop-up without reading its content. Improving the content of the banner will have minimal ...
zakinster's user avatar
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30 votes
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Are redundant close buttons on an auto-closing popup necessary?

A combo box has a specific interaction which has not changed for decades. Its interaction is aligned with a simple user goal - to select one or more items. Most users will expect this interaction. ...
SteveD's user avatar
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No one is clicking my slide box popup - Can it be improved?

There are a few issues that spring to mind here. For example: The title of your Popup is 'New Feature!', but you don't explain clearly what that feature is OR why it's of value to the user. If the ...
Scott Cameron's user avatar
19 votes

Options for "Cancel this operation?" are "Cancel" and "Yes"; what would be better wording for customers in a hurry?

Rather than thinking of this as a continue/abort or yes/no prompt, you can treat it as a full choice between two actions, and describe those actions to the user. Since this is a modal dialogue with no ...
IMSoP's user avatar
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What's the point of a delayed popup on a webpage?

They want you to subscribe. Because subscriptions or email marketing gives pretty nice return on investment (ROI) most of the web admins use extreme measures to capture users attention to users can ...
Kristiyan Lukanov's user avatar
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No one is clicking my slide box popup - Can it be improved?

TL;DR You don't, and can't, get high response rates because nobody wants the notifications. Nobody, and I mean NOBODY, actually wants to "opt in for web push notifications". That is the core ...
manassehkatz-Moving 2 Codidact's user avatar
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Are redundant close buttons on an auto-closing popup necessary?

A tooltip without a close button lacks affordance on how to close it. Therefore, users would want to close the tooltip but may not know exactly how. It's not evident that clicking anywhere else on ...
Kristiyan Lukanov's user avatar
17 votes

Should validation be done in a pop-up window or a new page?

Inline Field Validation I would recommend to stay on the same-tab, with validation in-place (inline) like this example: This is a common design paradigm now that web form internet users are ...
Baronz's user avatar
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Options for "Cancel this operation?" are "Cancel" and "Yes"; what would be better wording for customers in a hurry?

Be explicit. "... this operation" (with its 9 meanings there) isn't at all. Are you sure? Cancel buying ticket[s]¹.      Yes          No     ¹ Singular or plural dynamically depending ...
Gerold Broser's user avatar
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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 ...
NH.'s user avatar
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No one is clicking my slide box popup - Can it be improved?

I think the biggest issue here is that it's not clear what will happen once I click that CTA (as Scott mentioned). Where and how will I be notified? "Activate" sounds like I will be ...
Big_Chair's user avatar
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11 votes

What is the opposite of Cancel?

The first thing that came to mind given your example was: Cancel order Proceed with order One goes back, the other one forward. Maybe too forward-ey though?
Lloeki's user avatar
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No one is clicking my slide box popup - Can it be improved?

Drop the popup, make it an option in the main page. And make it look better integrated with the rest of the page (e.g include it in a list of options with "buy now" and "add to ...
Chronocidal's user avatar
10 votes

Are redundant close buttons on an auto-closing popup necessary?

To add to the answers already given, let me say that if the two ComboBox mockups you show are intended to be equivalent, at least one of them is confusing/misleading. Having a "Save" button implies ...
Wildcard's user avatar
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9 votes

What is the opposite of Cancel?

"Cancel" in computers has very well defined meaning of "don't do the thing". That's the root of the problem here, as here the thing we're doing is "cancelation(sic) of an order". I believe the best ...
Agent_L's user avatar
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9 votes

Is it excessive to say "Are you sure you want to..."?

I would not ask the user if he's sure, i would assume he is and explain him his actions. I like invisions approach, they even added checkboxes so they make 100% sure that if you delete you delete ...
Pectoralis Major's user avatar
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No one is clicking my slide box popup - Can it be improved?

It's possible that 95% of your visitors don't want push notifications. My humble suggestion: Put two more buttons on the pop-up. One that says, "Close this popup" and a second that says, &...
JS.'s user avatar
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8 votes

Should validation be done in a pop-up window or a new page?

Typically, pop ups are considered to be annoying, with many browsers disabling pop ups by default. Sometimes they go behind the main browser window and creates additional usability problems. So its ...
Adnan Khan's user avatar
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8 votes

Plus & Minus button position for selecting number of passengers?

In this context, the '+' on the right is more natural, because of the direction we write. However, if the '-' and '+' were presented vertically, intuition would have the '+' on top, contrary to ...
Alex P's user avatar
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Is it the best practice to make the whole webpage clickable?

This sounds very internet-marketingisky to be honest. It is not a standard practice and definitely isn't a best practice. When interacting with or browsing webpages users will do other things with ...
Blue Ocean's user avatar
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8 votes
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Past simple vs present perfect in popup

Material Design discourages the use of the present perfect tense and encourages the use of simple word forms (see section Write in the present tense). So I would either go for Data imported. Will you ...
Nash's user avatar
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8 votes

Best practice for Web Push Notifications Prompt

I assume you are talking about the built-in browser prompt that asks if the user wants to allow/block push notifications, as opposed to a custom solution of your own. First of all, these are extremely ...
musefan's user avatar
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7 votes

Is it okay to name submit button as "Select"

Well, let's step back a little. What is a person doing when they interact with the image based control? Making a "selection". (what does that mean? we'll get to that later) What is a person doing ...
taswyn's user avatar
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6 votes
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Popups default focus on button - best practice

Short answer: yes. Which element, though depends on the content. Per w3.org: If a dialog contains the final step in a process that is not easily reversible, such as deleting data or completing a ...
Elliot's user avatar
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