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Time & Simplicity I beg to disagree with the other answers, so, I would argue the main differentiating factor is the time it costs for the user to rate. Voting up or down can be done in seconds and is especially useful if there is a clear concept of what up and what down means. This does not need to be the same, for example on Stackoverflow this is "...


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Both the 5-star rating and up/down vote models have their place on the web especially to sort out the good from the bad. However, in your case I would look at the way that stackoverflow.com functions as they have multiple answers which pertain to one single topic on each of these boards. The reason they use an up/down vote model is because it allows ...


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Determining specific value of a design solution usually comes after implementation, rather than before. Prior to implementation you need to rely on industry research and the like. What you can do prior to implementation, however, is prioritize. Your team and business likely have a lot of ideas as to how things can improve. What you need to do is put them ...


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A 5-star system wholly depends on having a discriminating audience. This may be true for your knowledge database but in the general case can cause large amounts of skew when people either only vote 0 or 5. An up/null/down 3-level system removes the ambiguity of the meaning of the intervening stars, but really needs more voting users to produce useful ...


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I think up/down works well if multiple people can vote. Over time, the like-to-dislike ratio should be a decent representation of how "good" something is. It many ways, it's analogous to a star rating: High thumbs up ratio is similar to a 5-star rating High thumbs down ratio is similar to a 1-star rating Mixture of the two is similar to a 3-star rating etc.....


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I think it really comes down to what type of data you have and how it's used. 5 stars only adds value if cases like "Good but not perfect" or "Problematic but not useless" are relatively common. A product review site naturally fits the 5 star model. I could see a knowledge base either fitting or not fitting depending on the type of content it gets ...


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I know you said books can be removed at anytime, but maybe you could provide download stats as a portion of your email content. It would let your audience know what's popular (or not popular). Maybe make a top 10. If a book has gone to paid and removed from your site, you could set up a redirect to a live stats page on your site, allowing users to see other ...


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If you must apply this feature, consider de-prioritizing and protect the user. A familiar area to show additional input information is the bottom right corner often used to display a character count. A simple text link might suffice. Additionally, offer a way for the user to undo this action to prevent mistakes. Unless this feature is specifically beneficial ...


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You can use as guidelines the structural lines marked by the buttons on the right to align the whole line: You will get more place to play with and there's no any kind of visual inconsistency Result


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to define a range/scope - You can: Use slider Use 2 inputs [begin - end] For values: Min 4 people Min 300 € It's good practise to define in logic of those solution or add additional radio buttons.


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Peldi of Balsamiq Mockups used to share their actual profit numbers with his blog readers/ mailing list, which was extremely popular and one of the reasons why Balsamiq won over many other mockup software. You can see an example here. The point I am making is, that in blogs, utter honesty and expertise is what counts. Your website is a success, so that's ...


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Those are still required fields. Based on your edit, your watermarking is using actual data, so you need to signify what fields are required. The From field you obviously need them to fill in, so you can't accept the default. The Report Name, Subject, and Date Range fields, however, that's your call. They are valid defaults that the user may want to ...


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No science in this answer, just personal insight. As a consumer I'm expecting the prices to fall in order on a scale (either up or down) not being in numerical order is weird and caused me confusion when reading (vs focusing on my commitment to make a purchase) I'm guessing that selling in advance is better for the organizers as it helps with their mental ...


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Design is no different from any other business activity Design is a business practice like any other, so measures of value depend on what the design and/or business objectives are. To illustrate, here are a few examples: Consider the following design projects: Designing a new shopping cart to increase purchase completion. Designing a launch button for a ...


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To answer your question, I think the visual weight and different sizes of the task subject and the check icon/digits are quite different - different enough that if you raise the task subject up, then it affects the horizontal scanning of the table row. I think it's better to place it underneath without raising the task up. Here's an example with half the ...


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While it depends on the form and the data, in your particular case I wouldn't do it. If you pre-fill fields, most users will leave them "as is" because they won't know if they can modify those fields, or they won't care. Either way, a bad behavior because neither you nor the user will get the expected results. Pre-filled forms should only be used when the ...


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Wordpress calls editing multiple fields at the same time "bulk edit" to make it clear that you are editing more than one item. It is also very clear which items you are editing and what the existing values are. If you can afford the space to show all of the values, that is more clear than "(multiple values)".


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Are you expecting to change the nationality of Karen and George at the same time? Do your users expect to do this? Karen and George are two independent records so the cleanest interaction for the user is to edit Karen first to change her nationality, then edit George to change his nationality. You can choose to do this in the table by displaying a drop-...


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Take a look at Material design - Data tables. To apply a value individually you can open a small edit dialog. If you want to edit several at the same time I suggest something like this: The actual layout is not the best and if you decide to go this way the checkbox column and the position of Apply Cancel buttons should be reconsidered, though. Maybe it ...


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I like your ordering: Advanced first, then concession and door. Most users are coming to the site to buy advanced tickets, so make that option primary, by listing it first, making it larger, and styling it to look primary. The other prices need to be there, but can be formatted to be less salient. (I have no research to cite, but one of the basic principles ...


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Have you considered using smarter algorithms with the same metrics? There are a lot of algorithms out there that are used to provide social proof while also being attack resistant. One of my favorite and easier to implement systems is this: Computing and using reputations for internet ratings Mao Chen & Jaswinder Pal Singh http://dl.acm.org/...


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When someone has the "verified" icon on Twitter, he/she must be very popular. It's safe to say that this type of social proof won't lose its value, because the selection is done by people. It can't be faked. How does the Twitter verification work? We concentrate on highly sought users in music, acting, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism,...


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most types of social proof on and off the internet can and will be faked by those who don't have it. e.g. the fake rolex watch. a good example of social proof i think would be 1 product ratings with verified purchases and by reviewers with some kind of reputation (e.g. top reviewer) on ecommerce websites and apps. 2 reviews on glassdoor, where the ...


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A value proposition creates value for customer segment through distinct mix of elements catering to that segment's needs. Value can be quantitative (Price, speed of service) or qualitative ( quality, experience..). Some value propositions may be innovative and create a new or disruptive choice to people while some value propositions are similar product/...


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The answer may in part come down to the style guidelines the company has with regards to its logo & slogan. For example, if the size ratio and positioning of the logo versus the slogan need to remain the same, especially when within a responsive design, then having both within a single image would probably work best. However, if there aren't such strict ...


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I don't think I would disagree with any of the previous assessments of the differences between the systems of Multi-Level and Single-Tier rating systems. However, consider for a moment what additional information you are looking to get from the star system. If you see the 5 star system provides a level of percision, so why not a 1 through 10 rating? or ...


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I respectfully disagree with Paul on terminology and think that newsletter is the right term for this. Basically, automatic update e-mail, which he prefers, is just a more technical synonym of a more user-friendly term newsletter. Having said that, here is my advice on the newsletter's strategy and contents: 1) weekly digest is a good idea (don't include ...


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This is a really interesting question although not directly related to UX. But then heres my two cents: ~ As mentioned by Paul in his answer, one of the things could be related items. Even if you dont want to steer away from books, you could still mention books related to specific topics (Ex: mention nutrition books to health related books), ~ New ...


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I wouldn't call it a newsletter, I'd call it an automatic update. The idea is to notify them when a new book is released that you think they might be interested in. I'd group the users into categories, in this case genres. This will draw users back to your site, increase page views and hopefully improve ad revenue. You can take it a step further by ...


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A 5-star rating is more valuable than an up/down vote model. The up/down vote model is equivalent to a rating system in which you can attribute zero or one stars, which allows for less discrimination. Certainly for people reading the score, a scale of six (five stars plus the situation where you have zero stars) says more. People giving a score might have ...


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