Francis Pelland
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Text Field Validation vs Prevention
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Prevention will likely frustrate a user as they are entering it and it isn't working. Of course this can be fixed with adequate messaging that lets them know why certain characters were rejected. ...

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Should usernames be unique?
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It really all depends on your approach. These days it is easier to ask people to log in by email, which can be used as a user name and should be unique. It is sometimes hard to remember the username ...

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Argument for/against splitting login process into checking username, then ask password?
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The biggest risk I see to this as you mentioned is for security. HOWEVER some companies have managed to use this dual step process in a way that improves security also. Essentially what those ...

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What is the term to describe the percentage of users that don't proceed from one page to another?
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There are definitely a lot of terms for it and it really depends on the context. In many cases you have a new user funnel. There may be a certain step that you may consider that user an customers, ...

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Should you also order threads by their last edit?
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I've run several very large forums in the past (25k+ users per day). At first this seemed like a good idea in theory but boy did this backfire. I'm not sure if your forum gets people posting "bump" ...

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Foundation has the "ok" button of their modal-dialog on the left, why?
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The placement of the OK button really depends on the content of the modal. If you tend to use them for forms, a left justified button may be best. As forms are usually left justified it is easiest ...

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Best way to capture users facebook & twitter usernames?
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Generally speaking it is best to get it by having the user type it in themselves. By connecting / linking your profile, you may end up with lower conversion ratings since the user may not want to ...

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Alternatives for multiple popup dialogs that look the same and are frequently used
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The best way to approach this is usually to do this with a "step / wizard" approach. This would at least let the user know how much more they have left to do. If you have the ability to allow them to ...

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Why did Windows XP ship with the volume control icon missing from the sys tray
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The control icon wasn't as useful back in the Windows XP day since volume control was often done through the speakers hooked up to your desktop. It was far less common to have audio devices connected ...

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when is it wrong to use incremental search?
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Predictive search is often good. It saves the user from having to type in their full query and allows them to perhaps choose something that may be related to what they are looking for and may not be ...

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What produces better response? Email address vs. contact form
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Contact forms have always worked best in my experience and for many reasons. The biggest reasons to a user is convenience. They don't need to open up their email program or even go to their email to ...

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Multilingual Comments on my website
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If the content itself is in Spanish, you should indeed ensure that comments would be localized to match the content. You risk potentially confusing people who see Spanish comments when viewing a ...

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Check box I think I should reverse this functionality
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The only reason mobile should be default is if it won't hinder in any way the user experience. Does that widget in mobile look good, does it keep the UI clean, does it provide value? If you reply yes ...

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Metro guidelines or windows Desktop UX guidelines
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First you have to keep in mind that these are only guidelines. They aren't in any way meant to be restrictive, they are meant to ensure that the end user has some consistency when switching between ...

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Where to put "totals" with a multi-step wizard
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Perhaps looking at this for the first time, the screen seems overwhelming. Without actually knowing what you are selling though, I would suggest looking at car sites for this sort of thing. If you do ...

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Duplicate lower navigation menu for hybrid touch screen laptops
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I've recently done this on a website I launch for a product I was working on called Lightning. On that page what I've done was use the bottom navigation as sort of a page navigation. This is useful if ...

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Multiple comment box
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Accordion is one way of doing it, but in general having that many fields will have users turn around and leave. You likely want to avoid as many of those textareas and have users answer them each as ...

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Best practices to document user flow for your portfolio
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Unless the flows themselves are patented, you should be able to generalize everything by stripping out all the client's information to add to your portfolio. Wireframes and such should be allowed at ...

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Best practice for interactive maps on mobile?
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Have you attempted to do some sort of interstitial for first time users to explain what they need to do? Whether a model or a parallax type layout would work very well. Just make sure you remember ...

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Recommended ways to show the user how we use their information?
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I'm going to try to answer this in a way that doesn't relate too much on the implementation. However as of a few weeks ago, Facebook now allows users to log into apps anonymously. This is definitely ...

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In a news article should the full-width image come before the H1, or after?
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This is all based on preference, I do not believe there is a best way to go about it. However I must say that if you have great pictures and it isn't something that is completely different from the ...

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Handling large lists of comments on multiple items within a page
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Paging in general is the best way to go and additional content should be loaded as needed. However, when it comes to comments, you can often have problems that are a result of improper ordering and ...

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Touchscreen devices: why did the stylus fall out of favor?
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You've pointed it out in your question, that the stylus isn't as capable as fingers. Multi touch is one great benefit of using your finger and chances are you won't be able to lose your fingers either!...

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How do display hardware contrast settings affect color contrast?
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Most of the time it is based on the user's preferences. A lot of software, systems, etc try to help the user optimize their brightness and contrast settings through various means. Often you will see ...

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Studies about using red colors in calls to action?
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I certainly do not have studies to back me up as you are requesting. However I do have some feedback based on experiences with products launched. In many cases, it is absolutely fine to use your ...

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Looking for collected data concerning ux and web applications
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Many of these kinds of metrics are unfortunately subjective. You could create a formula that would work for measuring the user experience but it may only work for you and wouldn't be as objective as ...

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SaaS platform homepage UX: Getting Around vs. Insights Feed vs. Informational
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I have a hard time trying to understand what your product is in this case, but I will attempt at an answer anyway. There are plenty of great SaaS products that try to compare you against your ...

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Allow users to select a top 10 list from 1000 items in database table
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If you are doing this with simple PHP and MySQL I would suggest you keep track of popularity. Whether that may be in views, buys, clicks, search, etc. From that you can keep a list of the top popular ...

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Choosing a framework - important criteria from UX point of view
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A lot of frameworks tend to have UX features built in that help you from having to build them, test them, etc. If you look at frameworks like Bootstrap they help you achieve at the very least ...

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report authoring workflow for non-technical users
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I've had to go through similar tests myself to build reporting systems. I can tell you that if you have more than 3 steps you will confuse all your users. The ones who get it will just get frustrated. ...

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