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Why do people not notice our enormous, prominent, clear and contrasting purple banner?

This phenomenon is called banner blindness. Your labeling looks like a banner advertisement and is therefore subconsciously skipped. Users have been conditioned to ignore complete sections of content ...
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Why do people not notice our enormous, prominent, clear and contrasting purple banner?

The banner is beautiful but the style does not match the rest of the page. You know what is everywhere on the Internet with unmatching graphic styles? Ads. As others have said, the problem is that ...
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Why do people not notice our enormous, prominent, clear and contrasting purple banner?

It's the design. Visually it's not part of the site or page. It's a square of content that doesn't belong to the site visually which indicates it's an advertisement to users. Design the banner to be ...
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"View Desktop Site" necessary?

It is necessary if you have different versions of the website for Desktop and Mobile. For example, a lot of websites scrap out features that might get too complicated to be operated on Mobile. For ...
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Do websites still have to support Internet Explorer 8 and below?

It strikes me that you probably should have researched your userbase before building the site. But hey, you're in this situation now so you need to deal with it as you find it. I am not surprised ...
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How to enable users to insert an infinity number

How about using something like this?
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Should a grammatical article be a part of a web link anchor

In carefully edited text, the choice to include the article depends on the meaning. Examples: I saw a newt yesterday, dark with blue spots. Can anybody help identify it? — Article not included: ...
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What color for error messages for a form with a red background?

I'd go with a color that'll always retain stark contrast. I'd also avoid venturing too far outside of the styles that that users are generally familiar with. Because you're working in an atypical ...
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What color for error messages for a form with a red background?

I would go with something in the shade of the background, but have a more red text in the alert. You can add a border in the shade of the text to make it stand out as an error more, as well.
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Why do people not notice our enormous, prominent, clear and contrasting purple banner?

As previously said, the banner is inducing banner blindness not despite but because it is so enormous, prominent, clear and contrasting purple. Also, its placement just above the content makes it easy ...
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"View Desktop Site" necessary?

Personally, I think such an option is essential. For two reasons: Users might be accustomed to the desktop interface. For example, a user that is used to access the website through a desktop can ...
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Make user aware that he cannot enter arbitrary values into textbox?

I came up with another way to handle this scenario which is more clear in cases with arbitrary jumps. 1. Show links below the text input to quickly convey how the bidding system works by listing ...
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What color for error messages for a form with a red background?

A bright yellow background with black text would work well. Fits the colour scheme of a warning sign.
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Do websites still have to support Internet Explorer 8 and below?

Windows Internet Explorer 8 is also no longer supported, so if you use it (or any other browser) to surf the web, you might be exposing your PC to additional threats. Ref: Windows XP support has ...
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Why do people not notice our enormous, prominent, clear and contrasting purple banner?

If you look at a Wikipedia article with a banner that's functionally not unlike yours (this article needs improving), you'll see there are a number of design differences. Namely: The banner is part ...
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Does adding a click count next to a hyperlink enhance the user experience?

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 ...
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Make user aware that he cannot enter arbitrary values into textbox?

I recently was playing around with a new type of pager control that only uses numbers and doesn't require any localization (next, previous, last, first, all function without any words required in the ...
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Table with actions per row

3 small action buttons on the left-hand side of each row With a LTR languages, one can assume users will first inspect the row (starting from the left) and only then decide to take action. So ...
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Do websites still have to support Internet Explorer 8 and below?

Don't blame the user for their situation. This is not about who's right, and what's correct. The last thing you want to do, from a UX perspective, is judge your users. A modal dialog telling them to ...
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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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What color for error messages for a form with a red background?

The standard color for error messages is red, see this question : One important point to understand is that using conventional colors for errors is important because they make the errors more ...
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What's the tradeoff for using an icon driven navigation?

Icons alone can save space in case of long(er) labels, but the tradeoff is a memory tax on the user. Icons can give visual order and harmony to layout, especially in sidenavs. However, in a complex, ...
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Good alternative to a slider for a long list of numeric values

How about a combination of a slider and a spinner (number stepper)? How does this work? I am glad you asked... Your list of values is effectively an array. So rather than the slider having a list of ...
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Is it a Good UX to keep both star and smiley rating system as filters?

I could be wrong but I think here the smiley faces are the only rating system. The stars are a filter for 3 star hotels, 4 star hotels, etc.... Which....yes. Isn't immediately obvious at all and is ...
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What color for error messages for a form with a red background?

You might try adding a white border, then play with the background color. The one color that communicates 'something is wrong' louder than red is the color of death, black.
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Should my webapp's tabs use browser tabs or an in-page tab?

It's not a matter of better, it's what is the problem trying to be solved. I don't have any real details about your use case, but you can see some logic applied across a range of domains. A: Open in ...
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"View Desktop Site" necessary?

Primary Reasons for Desktop site's necessity can be summarized in 3 bullet points: Compatibility Issues Providing Limited Working Features (while still working on full feature roll out) Redirecting ...
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Why do people not notice our enormous, prominent, clear and contrasting purple banner?

Can I suggest trying the Github ribbons. This is remarkably noticable and doesn't take away from the rest of the content. Have a ribbon for 'official' and 'homebrew' with differing colours.
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