Danny Varod
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Is it good idea to send user password upon register?
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No - It is a bad idea: a. Storing password as plain text instead of hashed with an individual salt. More details here and here. b. Emailing a password, as: b.1. emails are transmitted unencrypted ...

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What are the negative and positive aspects of dark color scheme?
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Dark on light vs light on dark themes can have multiple effects, such as: Bringing attention to an application vs bringing attention to the application's contents People focus on brighter areas &...

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Why is blue used as a background color to indicate no signal?
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67 votes

Just a guess: If they used black (minimum intensity for all three color channels) or white (maximum intensity for all color channels) you might think they are off, so instead they use only one of ...

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Preventing a user from pasting from the clipboard into a mandatory form field
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Since the email field is unmasked, the confirmation seems redundant to users. If the user is advanced enough to copy and paste instead of retyping, the user probably knows his/her address. Preventing ...

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Is 10 search results per page the best?
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No. The amount of results per page should depend on: The display size of each result - the smaller the result the more you should show per page e.g. from small to large: thumbnail, one line, multi ...

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Is only having a single unmasked password field (no confirm) on a registration page a bad idea?
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The idea behind masking is that someone may be watching your screen (from behind you). (Couldn't find an existing answer with this, even though I am sure I saw it here once, the is the closet I found ...

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Is it good user experience to only require an email address at signup?
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Emailing the password exposes it, since it is sent as unencrypted text. If you do email the password, make sure the user changes it during the first login. Alternatively, you could send a link to a ...

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Making user recognise they are writing a public note / message rather than a private note / message
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I would start with different (and larger) icons for the notes in the table/grid e.g. an icon of a note with a padlock for internal notes and icon of a chat symbol for external notes Then I'd ...

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Behavior of close button and X
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The [x] buttons on windows is meant to close the window. A [Close] button is meant to close the window. So, yes, they are meant to do the same thing. The operation of closing a window in some cases ...

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OR & AND representations for the non technical user
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10 votes

Any of the following instead of OR. All of the following instead of AND. Use a combination of brackets and indentation for nesting the two. Provide a tooltip with examples.

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What would be a good way to thumbnail audio?
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Thumbnails are meant as a preview for identifying the object without getting into the details. Using the wave form in a thumbnail would not help identify the audio track. What you could do is: Use ...

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Why do squares look taller than wide on screens?
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This is not caused by the pixel sizes, as the pixels on screens are supposed to be spaced in a way that the distances between the center of pixels is the same in each axis, otherwise photos and movies ...

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Logical Operator Icons
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Use Venn-diagram symbols as icons. OR = two overlapping circles, both colored in. AND = two overlapping circles, overlapping area colored in. XOR = two overlapping circles, all but overlapping area ...

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Best Way to Darken a Color Until it is Readable?
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If you convert the color to another colorspace, e.g. YIQ, YUV or better yet CIE-L*ab, CIE-L*CH, then instead of RGB's Red Green and Blue channels you end up with three different channels, where one is ...

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Shower Controls
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I think that the simple shower taps like this: or this work well using the following principles: To operate: Lift to increase flow Lower to decrease flow Left for hotter Right for colder ...

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What is the best way to show the user that their changes have not been saved yet?
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In some cases you may want to reconsider the requirement for explicit saving and go with implicit saving instead. (Counter example is applications where it is important for all the data to be saved at ...

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Symbol for long touch button?
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I don't know of such a symbol, however, you could use an animation of a process to emphasize the duration required for the click. Example 1: a button that is shaped like a screw head that screws into ...

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Are UML class diagrams necessary for designing UIs?
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Class diagrams are for: a. Describing the low level design of a software component b. Describing a data model. Wireframes are for designing the interaction and experience of the user with the ...

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Why do most dashboards use capital words?
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Upper case words usually take longer to read, since we are used to most of the letters being lower case, however, since the words in the car are Short Not read like a text, only searched for Small ...

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How to improve the smartphone keyboard layout?
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To thoroughly answer this question we have to first examine: How mobile phones are usually held Which movements are natural (ergonomic) while holding a mobile phone What are the pros and cons of ...

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Good metaphor for time estimation vs. spent time
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You could use a clock/hourglass + crystal ball for estimate and a clock/hourglass + bill/calculator for actual time.

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What is behind entering email twice for registration?
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As I've said before requiring a user to enter his/her email address twice is a bad practice: The user can still make a mistake and enter the same wrong email address twice, unintentionally The user ...

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Flight comparison websites 'delaying' search results?
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The delay is due to the fact that since the flight information must be up to date both price-wise and availability-wise and not based on a cached database, as web search engines do, the server must ...

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Should I let my users chose between multiple themes?
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Yes. If you assume you know what the right colors for everone are, then you are naive. Different people need different color themes depending on: Their vision The surrounding lighting (see these ...

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Font for huge display
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If you want the font to be readable from a distance, then the same rules apply as to selecting a font for small text. When you select a font for small text, the font should be as clean as possible, ...

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What is the purpose behind some websites letting the user enter more than one email?
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For the search functionality. You can search for users you know by their email address. Also, that way you can send different messages with different reply to email addresses.

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Email confirmation after paid user registration
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You have to make sure users entered the correct email address prior to proceeding with the order, otherwise billing information could reach the wrong person or be lost. Also, just because you need an ...

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What is the use philosophy behind app-based computing environments?
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First of all I would like to emphasize the differences between the original philosophies of the different operating systems: Linux: Let users control how the OS is composed and works (and of course ...

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How to organize a form with many fields?
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Using tabs instead of groups and placing all the input fields in one constant-sized column would make it a lot easier on the eyes. If you have comboboxes with less than about 5-7 possible items in ...

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Dilemma: How to determine the color for active / unvisited links?
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First of all, when you change any colors on your page (background, text, link, hover link, active link, visited link), then you should change them all, in case some of your page's visitors have ...

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