Ben Brocka
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Is "Read more" a good link text?
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It's a verb phrase because it's a call to action; in your blog example it's also navigation, but it's not the same as labeling a link "click here to go to X". Users already know how links work and ...

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Best way to let user select one of 100 values?
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First things first; you're not really asking them to pick one plan out of 100 distinct options, you're asking them how many users they want. Make the form input reflect that. Technically on your end ...

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How did multi-touch interfaces become natural when it should have been unnatural?
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A main component of natural interactions is Direct Manipulation. Traditional interaction methods (keyboard) are very efficient but often very unnatural because what you do and what happens on screen ...

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Are downvotes/dislikes useful if not highlighted?
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Here's the thing about downvotes; almost no one downvotes. And another thing: some people downvote anything. Don't believe me? Check out this chart from when Youtube stopped using 5 star ratings: For ...

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How do we stop users overpaying in financial web forms?
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The simple solution is Radio buttons with a minimum/maximum payment. See this example from Chase.com's credit card payment form. The only way I can over pay is if I intentionally choose other amount, ...

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Is UX the same as Usability?
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Usability is a subset of the whole User Experience. I would argue a product can not have a good UX without good usability; see Simon J. Hill's piece on Usability Vs. Experience. He frames the problem ...

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Is letting the user know how much they are paying a bad practice?
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Well it's not a completely unused pattern: I see this pattern mostly used where the purchase button is the only step in the process (that or purchase button + sign in/password). This is how Google ...

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Should I use two steps or one when users change password?
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Workflow-wise, 1 step is a no-brainer. It's three fields and there's no reason to separate them. You can also nicely inline validate all 3 fields at once; what if my passwords don't match on the ...

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How to determine whether links have enough contrast?
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There are no rules, at least no hard and fast ones. Following research to the letter can result in making an ugly site--blue links work best, but blue links on a red background are hard to read! The ...

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Is "Tweet to Unlock a Free Download" a dark pattern?
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I'd say this isn't a dark pattern at all. The simplest definition of a Dark Pattern is design meant to trick people. Now, there can be good tricks too, so Dark Patterns are really about deceiving ...

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Is there a difference between affordance and discovery?
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They're definitely different principles. Affordance aids discovery, but discovery isn't about the visual look and feel at all; it's not even about expressing what a single control does. Say you have ...

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What does it mean to 'humanise' interfaces?
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Humanized interfaces make use of heuristics, emotional design and humanized copy to make an interaction with a computer feel as natural as possible. Heuristics Humanized interfaces try to explain ...

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Universal blog icon?
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The simple answer is No there's not an accepted standard icon. Keep in mind that this is usually the case with icons and that shouldn't stop you from trying to find a suitable icon. Probably the ...

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Why do some sites use "If you are not <user>, click here" instead of "Log out"?
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Naming it "sign out" is actually missing something important; clicking "not Bob" doesn't just sign you out of Amazon, it presents the page to sign in. So you're not really just signing out, you're ...

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Why are primary/call-to-action buttons usually plain blue?
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Blue is the most common Favorite Color, which has been backed up repeatedly. (source) In addition to being the most popular color, blue just works well. Backgrounds are often white or black, and ...

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Can you characterize a user by their choice of Internet browser?
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It's consistently been shown that Firefox is more popular with younger demographics than IE and Chrome is the most popular browser amongst young and tech savvy users. IE is still most used by older ...

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Why do Automated Teller machines (ATMs) have speeches all the way along?
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Talking ATMs were created explicitly for use by the blind. In the United States the Americans with Disabilities Act now includes explicit regulations for talking ATMs. The ATMs near you may be ...

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Ratings: 3 stars vs 5 stars. Why 5?
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There are two problems here; you lose a lot of granularity for detailed ratings (with reviews/etc), and users of undetailed ratings (just a rating, no review) don't really use neutral votes. Detailed ...

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Why do US food labels intermix desirable and undesirable properties without distinction?
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While Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium have attained a social stigma and are regarded as "bad", they're not technically bad for you; for the most part you'll die if you don't intake all of those things. ...

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Why do some apps feel "heavy" while others feel "light"?
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I think you're most directly talking about Cognitive Load, the term in cognitive psychology, but also in Human Computer Interaction. We have a finite amount of working memory and the more complex an ...

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Is ReCaptcha a poor anti-spam mechanism?
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CAPTCHAs are implimented for security not UX reasons (though a site with much spam is a site with poor UX), and they are extremely effective at stopping scripts, and other measures to stop scripts are ...

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Should people be able to change their usernames?
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A solution to this some services have used is to have a separate username and display name. Your user name is your portal to the site; what you login as, what your URL is based on (usually), and ...

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Should autocorrect include swear words out of the box?
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There's two factors here; the first is brand image, the second is that autocorrect isn't perfect, and mistakenly swearing at people is a pretty city thing to do. First and foremost, brands want to ...

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Disable the save button until changes are made?
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The save button has become the Skinner Box button for a great deal of people thanks to terrible, terrible software that never autosaved people's work for a good 20 years of popular software. I don't ...

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Should personal data be asked at the beginning or end of an online survey
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Standard Progressive Disclosure should start at the simplest, least intrusive information first. Maybe even consider allowing users to put off answering some parts of the form (this will probably ...

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Is it true that "the only 'intuitive' interface is the nipple"?
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For an infant, the nipple is not an intuitive interface. Children do not see a nipple and understand how to use it; it is a physical reflex called the Sucking or Rooting Reflex that is a series of ...

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Is it ok to have "I agree" as the default option?
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Yes, the "I agree box" being defaulted to off is legal issue not a UX one. You'll want to get your solution approved by your legal team; different teams have different standards and there's no one "...

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Why do the iPhone and iPad keyboards use different shades of gray for the keys and background?
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The most important difference seems to be the contrast between the key background and the letters. Note also that the font on the iPhone keyboard is bold while the iPad's is not. The iPhone is much ...

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"Edit" or "Change"?
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"Edit" sounds reasonably technical, but step back from computers and remember people that revise, update and correct documents are called editors. It's not a CS exclusive term. Wikipedia defines edit ...

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Best description for "tags"
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What to call them depends on use; "tags" in scientific or other publications are more often called keywords (but are used as Index Terms) and are often the actual topics or important words in an ...

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