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Yes. There is a very simple, effective heuristic that adjusts to the preference of each user. Place a check box in the warning message dialog that says: Don't show this message again Which can ...
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Is the message "Data cannot be recovered." when reformatting misleading to users?

"Recovered" is a poor choice of words here. All that app is trying to do is warn people that the action is not reversible and they can't simply hit cancel or undo and all their files will be returned. ...
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These are Confirmation messages - Windows have a fairly detailed page on their guidelines. The whole of that page is pretty useful but here's some excerpts (emphasis mine): Confirmations are most ...
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Why put a warning sticker over the warning on this product?

Is there any chance the label pictogram is actually 10x10mm? Guidance on Labelling and Packaging Version 2.0 - September 2016 states in section 5.2 (Size of the label and of the label elements) that ...
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Is the message "Data cannot be recovered." when reformatting misleading to users?

I see no problem with the message that other suggestions completely solve. Formatting SD card will delete all data. Data cannot be recovered. Continue? Data cannot be recovered gives a very good ...
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I'm surprised nobody brought up the Mac OS X shut down dialog. It presents you with an "Are you sure?" window, but has a timer so that if the user walks away, expecting the computer to have shut down, ...
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Should I use error message or warning message for optional field validations?

In this case since the user has tried to upload an invalid format, regardless that it is optional, it counts as an error. Warnings and Errors can be defined as such: WARNINGS should appear when ...
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Is the message "Data cannot be recovered." when reformatting misleading to users?

Really good question. I've thought about this inaccuracy (although in a security, not UX context) and had to explain to several colleagues that most "delete" options (yes, even formatting a drive) ...
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There are 3 cases. The destructive action Do you want to delete this file? Don't. Just do the action, and display a confirmation snackbar (non-blocking small widget somewhere where it is visible ...
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Warning message on a successful action

This file will be uploaded even if there are warnings because the warnings are solved by the application itself. By referring to your sentence above, would it be worth allocating that much of space ...
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Are you sure you want to answer this question?

I'm a big proponent of not showing messages blocking users from doing what they intended to do. The UX solution with confirmation popups came from the Stone Age of computer UX practices. It originates ...
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Warning message on a successful action

The process is successful, but there are warnings detected What you have is Notice1 + Notice2 + Action. Product upload successful + There were warnings + View warnings The examples you propose ...
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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 ...
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How to emphasize that downloads may be a malicious to users?

There are two important things I could read through: 1) 99% users do not have trouble 2) Explicit warning message is needed So considering both cases, you could go with Option 4, but additionally ...
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On a warning sign, describe safe actions near pictured danger, or pictured safety?

The list states things to DO and NOT to DO. The picture shows the areas where to BE and where NOT to BE. There is no direct relation between Doing things in the Be area and Not Doing things in the ...
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Is the message "Data cannot be recovered." when reformatting misleading to users?

I know the question is about the text, but in addition to others responses, consider that user don't always read what you have written and can click on a single button as a habit/reflex. Consider ...
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What is the difference between an alert and a warning message?

At a conceptual level an alert is usually a cue used to raise a users attention. For instance a phone may vibrate to send an alert that something requires attention. A warning is usually related to ...
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Is the message "Data cannot be recovered." when reformatting misleading to users?

I would suggest "Data will likely be unrecoverable" as having a clear meaning that is unlikely to materially mislead anyone. While it is true that the likelihood of data being truly unrecoverable if ...
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Is the message "Data cannot be recovered." when reformatting misleading to users?

Maybe the UX should go in a completely different direction here. Starting with some (always dangerous) assumptions about context: The majority of users landing on this bit of UI are here because they ...
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What file size is considered large over mobile network?

Any Size Now that I have your attention, this might be a blunt statement, but it's intrinsically correct. Whenever you make an user download a file, you need to warn about the possible consequences. ...
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On a warning sign, describe safe actions near pictured danger, or pictured safety?

I suggest not splitting the Do and Do Not along the safety boundary in the diagram. Having them split like that makes one think one is for one side and the other is for the other, just like the "man" ...
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How to emphasize that downloads may be a malicious to users?

What if, similar to option 3, whenever a user first enters the download area, a modal window pops over and the background area is blurred/darkened so it is not accessible. The modal window could ...
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How to explain that a feature is only "partially" secure?

For this, I would take a leaf out of Google's book. On Google Drive, when you want to share a document, you are provided with a popup and you get to choose whether you want to allow people with the ...
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Warnings on a dialog

You have a couple of options: Warning Notice/Alert Waning Notice/Alert with confirmation Confirmation Dialog Warning Notice/Alert Alerts tend to attract the attention, yet require no further action ...
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Is the message "Data cannot be recovered." when reformatting misleading to users?

I think the message is fine. It's not about giving people all the information, or even all the options. Formatting SD card will delete all data on this specific card Serial Number XXXXXXXXX. Data ...
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Is the message "Data cannot be recovered." when reformatting misleading to users?

How about: Formatting SD card will erase existing data. Continue with erasure?
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What would be the best way to guide users in this design and avoid forcing users to make the mistake then correcting them?

The current de-facto standard is an immediately-visible (i.e. large) asterisk next to each mandatory field, with a lead-in explanation that the starred items are required. Given that this app is for ...
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What would be the best way to guide users in this design and avoid forcing users to make the mistake then correcting them?

It's all in the placement. It would be best to have the submit button positioned below the Course Date option, because this is the typical logical reading order that implies the date should be set ...
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Is the message "Data cannot be recovered." when reformatting misleading to users?

The question is not so much about what the OS is doing, as clarifying the assumptions that naive users are making about what the OS is doing. How about ... Formatting this card will allow it to be ...
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Warning message on a successful action

User should see warnings before the success message First notification should be in orange: 349 warnings were detected and the second one (after some time, letting user to read first notification) ...
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