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The short answer to the high level UX question here is -- it depends -- so here are a few cases why a company like discourse might choose to put click counters next to their hyperlinks along with things to watch out for... I'm new here what does everyone else click? Sometimes when I visit a new restaurant I'll ask the waiter what most people order. This ...


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You asked if there is any statistics that can be used to essentially determine if the 10 people you are testing with are especially dumb. Essentially what you're asking is: What is the likelihood that my sample deviates significantly from the population? Looking at it simply you could assume all your users (let's say 500,000) are drawn from a normal ...


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According to, literally, the first result when you google discourse click count, Jeff Atwood defends the click counter as a valuable signal for users to determine if a link is worth clicking: The purpose of links is to be clicked, their entire existence is predicated on being clicked at some point, and showing the click data gives you, THE READER, valuable ...


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I have dealt with this question many times, and it's all a question of cost effectiveness. You should ask yourself: do the X% additional users that use IE 6-8 worth the Y% additional development cost? In order to answer that question, you will also have to determine how costly it is to support every browser version, considering the fact that some ...


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In one study I discovered "5 out of 5 users couldn't complete the task" in the past, and my stakeholders simply didn't believe the data. So this is a something to consider. While Nielsen advocates 5 people will discover your more serious problems, he also goes on to say that you should address those findings, then retest with a different set of 5 users. He ...


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I have used the following listing to justify a minimum of 320 wide: https://viewportsizes.mattstow.com/ While it's not completely exhaustive, it's expansive enough to make the point that there are only a few phones in the last few years that have <320px screens, and I have never had anyone argue that the number isn't de minimis. If you're doing this ...


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Part of the answer may be dependent on market segment. If you're targeting Asia, you'll need to skew toward older versions of IE. Likewise for users that have overbearing IT departments that are behind the times. As with everything else UX related, find users that match your segment and ask them about their technology. Way better than assuming. Barring ...


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To answer the askers question, it looks like we have to use a little deduction. Nobody seems to collect these statistics outright. Someone wrote a very detailed article as to why. There are 326 million people in the US (source) 88.5% of the US population uses the Internet (source) 2.3% of the US population have visual impairment (source) 54% of those that ...


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Case 1: A user might have set their browser to automatically allow Geo Location to be sent to websites making a request to obtain it. Case 2: A user might have set it to "ask for permission" i.e. when a site tries to get the user's geo data he gets a pop-up. In Case 1: A user would never know the website recorded his geo-location, while in Case 2: A user ...


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When building a website for a client, I'd like to be able to sell the extra cost of making the website screen reader friendly. The problem is trying to sell it as an extra cost. A properly built web site is, by default, screen reader (and, as such, also search engine) friendly. As for your actual question, the National Federation of the Blind has several ...


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I don’t know any general studies about it, and I guess it would be very hard to come up with a sensible one. I think it’s safe to assume that this very, very much depends on a) target group and b) URL design. So even if users regularly manipulate URLs, this doesn’t mean that they do it on every site, because often the URL design is not good, i.e., the URLs ...


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It's very simple: social proof. People are more persuaded when they know many others have traveled the same way. This click counter is very prominent in Like buttons, to serve the same purpose:


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IE8 or not IE8 What I've found is that various shims and the usage of widespread web frameworks means that support for IE9 and above is fairly easy. IE8, on the other hand is a completely different story, and many framework have or about to phase out support for it. The usage statistics chart looks like this [source]: And as you can see, IE8 and below are ...


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I think your answer lies in your question, also it may only be 5% of traffic, but who are those users? I would find that out before ignoring them. My employer's main traffic comes from desktops due to the nature of what it publishes online (large documents). However the site is designed to be mobile responsive for ease of use on such a platform. Although ...


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Spider graphs – radar graphs – are useful to show players statistics better than bars. The best is when they are used for data comparison, because you can visualize the shape of a player. The only problem I see, is that usually for a player you have different data to show with different units measures. In this case the data should be normalized in order to ...


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I can only relate to one of the gurus of UX (even if sometimes I don't agree) : Once again, responsive design is not about “mobile”, “tablet”, and “desktop”. It’s about creating experiences meant to look and function beautifully on anything that can access the Web. Brad Frost source : http://bradfrost.com/blog/post/future-friendly-fruition/ But anyway, ...


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When deciding what browsers not to support, understanding who's using the application, what the application is and where and when it will be used should provide a good starting point. 1. Who? Understanding your demographic will give you some insight into what kinds of devices and browsers they may have access to. Income, age and profession will all give ...


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The answer is quite simple. This kind of data ("number of users", "number of posts", "number of sales" etc.) are used as social proof to drive sales/sign ups to your product. It is much easier to trust something that is used by millions of people, right? For example Tumblr emphasizes the most crucial data for their micro-blogging platform, the number of ...


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If you want to visualize just the total wins and losses any simple chart or table will do. If you want to visualize the progress throughout the season though, what you have is similar to Edward Tufte's sparklines visualizing wins and losses using simple icons. The stars work ok, but it takes a bit more work to distinguish between wins and losses. Here Tufte ...


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From your example, let's imagine you have run the fake door test, which resulted in 265 visitors clicking on it, where total visitors that day were 350.

 The real question (as you rightfully describe) is; between which bounds this proportion (76% (265/350)) would be for your total population (i.e. your 1500 premium subscribers). And which bounds are the ...


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'C'. Option C should be a working model that introduces the compromised hybrid solution that attempts to find a way to appease both testing groups to a larger percentage. It'll always be changing, refining its processes through many micro updates that gradually change the UX. This, of course, requires a ton of resources, your undivided attention, and so ...


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From a statistical perspective, the larger your test group, the more accurate your result. With an increasing number of participants, your result in the limit value always approaches the real value. However, this is practically impossible to make. In my data sciene courses I often heard that 10000 people are a reliable number, but that should also be ...


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Your table is very hard to follow, you're putting most of the visual encoding into stuff which isn't carrying data. Tufte's concept of data ink is useful here. Because you've got so much non-data-ink it's very hard to scan your table and get a sense quickly of what the current state of play is. If you're going to use color to encode information (green for ...


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I think it would benefit the user to be able to create the chart using a blank canvas, in a WYSIWYG format wherever possible. This way there is something tangible to think about right away, rather than having to select from potentially confusing options ("statistics"?). On the "canvas" there are two main areas to start: the chart box and the legend. In the ...


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I would say another way to word your request is potentially "Number of active (legally) blind computer users globally" Or maybe you can combine stats yourself, global computer users + global counts of the visually impaired. That being said, you should always code to make your site accessible by the greatest number of users, unless you can somehow guarantee ...


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The question for me is here: Can you define key metrics for success? I do not think that there is a formula (at least I know none) that tells me "The interface works great!". Usually, the question is about segments, cohorts & success metrics. For example: Assuming your page is a product page and you want to measure how often in the 10 visits users ...


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Why Statistics? Once you get beyond graphs, averages, and percents, the bulk of statistics concerns answering the question, “Is this sample size big enough to convince me that what I see in the sample actually applies in general?” This branch of statistics is called “inferential statistics.” It’s definitely worth knowing and doing inferential statistics ...


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It honestly depends on the type of work you are completing for your website. You might be testing a new design out, just to see if your new design is usable. Or you could be completing A/B tests, which are tests that are conducted to compare two similar designs to see which is more successful. Another thing you might do is benchmark your existing website, ...


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Here's an article from Pew Research that points out which method is used by users to save their credentials from a survey in 2016. [W]hile 18% say that they save them using the built-in password saving feature available in most modern browsers (with 2% saying they rely on this technique the most). For future, such statistics related answers, you'd most ...


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Website statistics and analytics is the only driver for commercial sales price. There is almost nothing else as simple as "Visitors" to work with. Because of that, websites that don't sell products need to show number of visitors, no of clicks, no of unique users by hour, day and month. The more visitors, clicks, unique users you got, the higher the sales ...


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