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Why is this design considered cluttered or overwhelming?

This is where UX gets hard There's nothing inherently wrong with your interface. It appears to be handling a large amount of information in a reasonably clear and standardized way. But there is ...
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Are Scroll Bars Dead?

Yes there should. Visible scroll bars are an affordance "this page is scrollable" Without visual hints such as this the functionality might be missed.
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Is "user-select: none" bad UX?

There's an easy way to approach user-select: none, and that is to ask a single question: Would selecting the text be the primary/secondary interaction a user would intend if touching the screen there,...
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How can I best display a blank space character?

Is not intrusive, and is barely noticeable. And Word users that are familiar with it, will recognize it easily, so you'll have some external consistency. Based on the comments, I edited this answer ...
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Are Scroll Bars Dead?

Some modern design guidelines certainly disprefer persistently-visible scrollbars, but not all. For example, in the Material Design guide, for menus, if a menu is scrollable, it should show a ...
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How can I best display a blank space character?

My go to has always been an blank, ␣ (␣) or the underbracket character ⎵ (⎵), which is wider. You can see them here on w3.org. I've used the underbracket a bunch in my ...
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Is "user-select: none" bad UX?

In general, you shouldn't use it globally. Oftentimes, users select some text, maybe to highlight something to show a part of the text to a friend, to copy text or to mark the text just to be able to ...
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Why is this design considered cluttered or overwhelming?

Repeating those table row labels for every game box is contributing a lot to the perceived clutter IMO. Also is all that information necessary? You could perhaps try simplifying, but add the ability ...
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Should I add sound effects to my web site?

Context is important here. Sound feedback can be very useful when people need or expect it. The ATM. That annoying credit card pad that only accepts a button push every 3rd time at the pharmacy check ...
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Why are the profile pictures rounded nowadays?

Corners on a picture of a face (which most people will choose as an avatar) are not just unnecessary visual noise, they may make the image harder for us to process. Things with rounded edges are ...
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Two forms to choose from, choose only one

You could use an accordion. Here's an example of one I've used before:
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Are Scroll Bars Dead?

As a mouse user, I abhor scrollable content that doesn't give me a view of and access to scroll bars. The scroll bar is a control. It allows me to quickly navigate large pages no amount of finger-...
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How to display a division by zero in a grid?

You could try to use a short description of the actual cause, e.g. no budget
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Stop user opening links in a new tab

You're looking at the problem from the wrong angle. A user could also open a different browser, or use a second device, which means you can't rely on the idea of opening tabs(and preventing it), nor ...
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Is it better to use a Yes/No question or offer the actual values?

Neither. Settings are different from questions. This may seem obvious, but it drives a difference in UX design. Yes and No may be reasonable answers to a question: Are you a muggle? Yes / No ...
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Why are the profile pictures rounded nowadays?

This is what I think. If you look at an image, all you need is the centre most area of it to understand what it is about. If the centre of the image is removed, it becomes really hard for us to ...
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0 to 10 rating system alternative

10 seems quite a wide range for what is essentially a 'do I like this' poll. Does it really make a difference if Fifteen people rate Availability at 7 and Thirty people rate it at 8? I'm not sure ...
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Stop user opening links in a new tab

On any site, it is not ideal to break a user's expectations. As a user expects to be able to navigate the internet using tabs in their browser, you shouldn't break it.
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Best practices for UI that introduces new users

There are a number of other ways you can look at as well The walk-through approach : The walk-through approach walks your users through the app like how Google does it. Its also called the joyriding ...
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Is "user-select: none" bad UX?

There are such people as "selection readers". I am one of them. I (for some reason consciously unknown to me) have a tendency to select text while I'm reading it. Sites that stop me from ...
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How can I best display a blank space character?

Short answer To represent a space bar of a keyboard, U+23B5 Bottom Square Bracket (normal ⎵ bold ⎵ monospace ⎵). As alternative, U+2423 Open Box (␣). In HTML parlace, ⎵ and &blank, ...
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Why is this design considered cluttered or overwhelming?

You have a good UI but a few things strike me that perhaps can be improved: Too many lines (you can remove most of them I believe) Too little contrast between the different parts of your design (try ...
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Intuitive dialog for choosing whether to close and lose changes or keep editing

All the information in the other answer about colors, contrast, etc. is valid from a general design perspective. But words matter a lot. In particular, users may get very confused about "this ...
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Displaying states of machines – Overview site

Issues You are right about the use of color. Users are unlikely to remember what it means if you have 8 states. It also creates problems for color blind users. Using a legend is not great because it ...
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How to display a division by zero in a grid?

A common solution for table cells that are not available or applicable in certain situations (such as your %Δ for a budget of 0) is to use the placeholder text n/a (or N/A).
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Is it worth having custom 404 pages for different features of a web app?

The first problem with having multiple 404 pages, each dedicated to a particular area is that you assume users were in the right part of the website at the point when they fell on to the 404. Bearing ...
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Are Scroll Bars Dead?

This viewpoint comes primarily from the Mac environment, where scrollbars are typically displayed briefly when content first appears, then fade out. When scrolling occurs (user triggered or otherwise),...
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Disable or remove close button

I would disable but add a count-down timer or some kind of indication that they will be able to close the ad at some point. YouTube has done this well with their "skip ad" countdown: This gives ...
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Should a "view more" button move down when the pane expands?

It's good to keep buttons in the same place. Here is a use case that could be pretty common. Let's say a user wants to just quickly glance at the additional information for the meeting. It's easier ...
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