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How can I unambiguously ask for a new user's "Display Name"?

This is a great question and it may take a few more attempts to get it right. As a rule, people don't read, so a short description is key. I'd try: Preferred Full Name Nicknames are fine, titles are ...
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Can a form be too easy to complete?

It depends In the general case, the fewer forms you have the higher the conversion rate. However, if the form lacks important information for the users, like trust signals or other specific info, ...
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How can I unambiguously ask for a new user's "Display Name"?

Don't give instructions. Give clear, concise, impossible-to-ignore examples. Display Name (e.g., Bob Jones, Liz Johnson) The example names that you choose, like the ones here, need to ...
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Reducing Password Complexity?

The most common solution I've seen to this is including Facebook and Google login, considering most users will already be logged in to either of the social sites.
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How can I unambiguously ask for a new user's "Display Name"?

Does your system allow users to control their own display name at a later point in time? E.g., once hired, can Robert V. Jones go into some settings panel somewhere and change their own display name ...
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Can a form be too easy to complete?

A form can absolutely be too easy to complete. Some decisions need to be slowed down rather than expedited. One example might be a modal that reads, "click here to give your no-account Brother-in-...
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Can a form be too easy to complete?

Yes There’s a widely agreed-upon guideline to “Remove fields which collect information that can be (a) derived in some other way, (b) collected more conveniently at a later date, or (c) simply omitted“...
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Should password field be cleared if Captcha is wrongly entered?

If you clear the password field when you have a faulty password, then it should clear the password field on a faulty CAPTCHA too and it should not specifically state that it was the CAPTCHA that was ...
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Reducing Password Complexity?

Average person has 19 passwords More than 1 in 3 (35%) of those questioned said they struggle to remember strong passwords, which is unsurprising given that the average Briton now has 19 of them to ...
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Keep long form, or separate into multiple steps?

Good question without a definitive answer. In short, both long page and divided page has their advantages and disadvantages. You will not make a big mistake by using either one of them. Recently I ...
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Username field in registration form

having autogenerated user name is probably not good idea as they may forget it. Let them choose a username.
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Should password field be cleared if Captcha is wrongly entered?

No, please don't First of all, I'd try to study and test if I need a captcha. And I mean, test it thoroughly. While Captcha are an obvious enhance in security, they have severe issues in terms of ...
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Reducing Password Complexity?

The very famous xkcd comics about password strengh come to mind. What you really want is not a mix of lowercase, uppercase, number, and special character. You want a password with a lot of entropy ...
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Can a form be too easy to complete?

A common dark pattern is what might be called the "preamble" form, a bait-and-switch single field UX glory which when submitted reveals all the form fields the business "couldn't do without." This is ...
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Can a form be too easy to complete?

Your question is not exactly what you want to know; I'll answer both perspectives: Can something like a form or subscription be too easy? Sure. There are many ways in which a form can be too easy. ...
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User friendly error message for invisible reCAPTCHA

You mentioned that in most cases a refresh and submitting the form again would resolve the error, but it seems that a refresh and second attempt would not actually resolve it if: someone is coming ...
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How can I unambiguously ask for a new user's "Display Name"?

Display name is just alright. With this wording, nearly all the managers that try to register new people are providing answers that are clearly intended for usernames, such as bjones, either ...
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Only providing social logins

I'm not sure about data on desktop design, but I can say that for mobile devices, people will often use the social media login option when it is presented. This article about mobile interaction and ...
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Picture upload vs. gravatar

UX never exists in a vaccuum This is a tough question. In a perfect UX world, you'd build a self-contained, hand-tailored, exquisitely smooth product that does everything your user needs. But then ...
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Username field in registration form

Why not use their email address as their username, like thousands of sites do? If you need them to choose a username at a later date you can provide a screen for doing so and guide them to create one ...
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Can a form be too easy to complete?

I think the implication of "Complete Form" might indeed give the impression that they missed a step or that this is a broken form. Contextually, the user is not completing a "form" per se rather ...
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Only providing social logins

For your specific question on which social logins to use, it depends on your users/market. However, Facebook is by far and away the most important one, followed by Google. Then a mix of Twitter, ...
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How do you set up username/password for another user without sending user a temporary password in email?

Generally the system will generate a time-based token for activation purpose and send it to the user which will lead to a password creation page to complete the registration process. Below shows the ...
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Can a form be too easy to complete?

Test it. You scenario sounds like an occasion where perceived friction could affect the user's perception of a product. Sometimes more friction can work in your favour, for example a banking ...
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"Sign Up/Join Now" versus "Learn More/Find Out More"

Welcome to UXSE! From a quick Google search on CTAs I found this article that analyzed ~37000 Facebook ads and also made their own A/B/C testing. They compared "Learn More", "Sign Up" and "...
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How can I unambiguously ask for a new user's "Display Name"?

I'd still try to do testing So long as you have a user base you can still do testing. Just go to the existing users in person, with a bit of paper with the field on it, and ask them to write down what ...
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Having the register and login options on same page - Best practices

Great to include those options, because I think you'll notice why each site uses a particular choice. Let's break it down. Twitter is notoriously up against a "What is twitter? How do I use it? Why ...
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Logging (already registered) user through registration form?

Short answer The optimal user experience would be to log them into their account. Long answer However, one could put an argument forth that if the user realises they just tried logging in via the ...
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What's the best thing to do when an email confirmation link expires?

Be honest Make it clear to the user what happened. They don't need to understand your system, just what is expected to get the job done and move on. You signed up but didn't finish the process. ...
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Can a form be too easy to complete?

It depends on what your product is offering and what the user expects. For example if I would use the app to discuss topics with other people, I might expect to enter at least a username or else get ...
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