CJF
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Does a password strength indicator increase password strength?
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Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University recently (2012) looked at password strength meters and its impact on password creation. The paper "How does your password measure up? The effect of strength ...

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Why do the popular browsers copy each other's user interfaces?
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The interfaces may look very similar to you, but they are constantly evolving, and have been refined for many years. Firefox in particular is very open about their UX process, and how they rely on ...

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Should personal data be asked at the beginning or end of an online survey
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I have read up on this a bit, and it seems that my answer will contradict some of the things that have already been mentioned. My sources are all academic, and as such reflect the use of on-line ...

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Is there an accepted or commonly applied UX practitioner's code of conduct/ethics guide?
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There is some interesting academic work surrounding ethics and user experience, even though I have not come across a formal/industry "code of ethics" for UX practitioners specifically. There ...

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Should the search box be on the left or the right side
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In 2010 Wikipedia moved their search box from the left of the page (directly below their navigation box), to the top right of the page. They posted a detailed explanation for doing so, including ...

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Why Google Chrome does not have a GoTo link button like other browsers?
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Chrome used to have a "go button", which was removed in Google Chrome 6.0.437.1 (dev) - June 2010. You can read about some of the motivation on the issue tracker, although there isn't a lot of ...

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What's wrong with the old Firefox?
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Jennifer Morrow (part of the Firefox user experience design team) wrote a pretty detailed blog post about removing the Firefox status bar in 2010. As already mentioned, the aim was to remove the ...

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Do infographics work?
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A recent (2013) paper from the information visualization community looked at a related problem, namely: "What makes a visualization memorable?" They reasoned that: "Clearly, a more memorable ...

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Simplifying the ui as a user gets more familiar with your app
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It sounds like you may be looking for "Adaptive Interfaces" (Wikipedia) (not to be confused with Adaptive Layouts). The term covers a broad range of approaches to changing the interface based on the ...

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Norton Safe Web Verification — Impact on User
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The Wikipedia page on Trust Seals has a section on "criticisms" where they mention McAfee, but not Norton. They also provide a link to a 2003 paper by Atticus Evil et al. titled "On trust in the ...

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Should yes/no dialogs also have a cancel?
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I think it depends on the context in which the dialog pops up. Context 1: A standalone/independent action is performed ("Add item to favorites?"). In this case the yes/no -only options should be ...

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Can we consider user experience as a science?
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If you are asking if it is possible to apply the Scientific Method to find out how people interact with technology, then yes, there is "science" involved. A rough outline of the Scientific Method: ...

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Why do ATM's not adjust to the user?
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I can only comment on the "amount withdrawn" suggestion. The available denominations for bank notes are dependent on the cash left in the ATM machine. The particular "configuration" of denominations ...

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Succinct copy vs Verbose copy
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As @Peter mentioned, there is a lot of material relating to "Writing for the Web" on the Nielsen Norman Group site. The overall message is to keep it succinct and to the point, even more so when ...

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Do "extended" batteries really affect user experience?
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Intuitively it seems reasonable to say that you only need the extra battery life if you frequently let your battery run out (implying you do not charge often enough, or long enough). So, how often do ...

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Apart from safety, has there been any research conducted, hopefully current, with respect to user-experience and right- vs left-hand traffic?
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This is a very interesting question, and really difficult to answer at the same time. I have tried to interpret the "experience of driving" from different angles. Hopefully one will apply to your use-...

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What are the best practices on religious holidays?
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This is a difficult one. I stumbled across the Wikipedia entry for Holiday Greetings, which provides some interesting historical information on the use of "Happy Holidays" and "Season's Greetings". I ...

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Design Pattern recommendations for application assignment visualisation
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Given the restriction that the information should be displayed in a single row (limited vertical space), your original solution describes a horizontally oriented stacked-bar chart (bars lying on their ...

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What is Github's project pages call to action?
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GitHub hosts code repositories that make use of the Git version control system. Traditionally, Git is a command-line driven tool, so most users of github actually "interact" with it using the command-...

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Chart axis autoscaling
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For general advice on how not to design misleading graphs, have a look at this Wikipedia page that covers a broad spectrum of scenarios. You may also be interested in the book "How to lie with ...

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Do interfaces evolve?
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Genetic algorithms have been used to successfully find solutions to complex optimization problems. The algorithms rely on the same basic principles of "survival of the fittest" to improve the solution ...

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How to test a website for visually impaired users?
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I assume you are asking how to do this manually, after having already built your website? However, it is possible to automate some of this testing while you are still developing. I'm not sure how many ...

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UX in Optimisation and Simulation
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I think you have covered most of the important topics already in a high level description. You can perhaps consider the following, although I suspect they are specific cases of the items that you ...

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Best way to represent distance in a clear way?
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I think it is best to display BOTH distance AND travel time (or a ratio of the two). The latter can be provided by Google's Distance Matrix API The Google Distance Matrix API is a service that ...

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Has user testing ever revealed that you have to change your app's UI colour?
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Following the answer and comments by @JohnGB, I spent some time looking for examples of this "almost religious" backlash to changing UI theme colours, and sensitivity to contrast in general. The most ...

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Coming up with questions for user research
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Have you considered talking to chess instructors? They should be able to give you a top-10 list of common problems beginner chess players face (across different age groups). This way, you don't have ...

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How would you design a two stage bar chart drill down?
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You may consider icicle charts, or their complementary form known as sunburst partitions. There are many different hierarchical data visualization techniques, some less intuitive than others. ...

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How to display large data over a full screen image slider?
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I think the underlying problem is that all the visual elements are fighting for the user's attention (lots of movement/animation). You should perhaps compile a prioritised ranking of all the ...

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Visualizing a Content Audit
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It looks a lot like output from the Circle Packing technique. It is important to note that this is intended for hierarchical data (websites tend to be hierarchical, but you may decide on a different ...

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Who introduced the term learnability to usability?
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The earliest reference I could find was from the seminal 1983 book "The psychology of human-computer interaction" by Stuart K. Card, Thomas P. Moran and Allen Newell. "Designing to improve ...

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