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Top new questions this week:

Why did Microsoft choose the word "Recycle Bin"?

If you delete something in Windows OS, it will go to Recycle bin. But if you think about it nothing recycles in it right? Say, you delete a virus infected file and again restore it from recycle bin …

windows-os names naming  
asked by tintinmj 46 votes
answered by Andrew Medico 51 votes

When a button contains text and an icon, which should come first?

Assuming I'm optimizing for making it as fast and easy as possible for most users to find the button they need, what's the optimal ordering?

buttons icons  
asked by Mohamad Jamal Ramadan 38 votes
answered by rpauldesign 44 votes

Search vs. Look Up

My client is arguing for the label on a search field to say 'Look Up', rather than 'Search', because he feels it is more accurate for the application users. I think a search is a search and should be …

asked by Shauna 16 votes
answered by LindaBrammer 33 votes

Is there any evidence to back up the theory elderly people won't know how to use a smartphone?

I was discussing with my boss earlier and he mentioned that the app I am currently designing for iOS and Android will be used by elderly people. We then began to plan around the same old theory that …

mobile user-behavior mobile-application  
asked by KitP 13 votes
answered by Marielle 15 votes

Where should a "Powered by Some-Company-Name" appear on a webpage?

Where should "Powered by ACompanyName" appear in the website if there is a product webpage of the company and the product (logo) branding is already shown on the top left? Should I be placing the …

website-design information-architecture ux-design information-retrieval  
asked by Justin Samuel 8 votes
answered by Benny Skogberg 12 votes

Allowing every password of 6+ characters. Good practice?

I am developing a file sharing and hosting service, and right now I don't have any requirements set other then that a password has to be at least 6 characters long. I also accept all characters. I'm …

usability forms user-behavior password security  
asked by Kid Diamond 8 votes
answered by Jørn E. Angeltveit 8 votes

Anything I could do to improve my sign up form?

So I think that I'm finally at a point where I can say that my sign up form for desktop users is pretty much done. I've tried to make it user friendly at first sight by keeping it as short as …

usability forms user-behavior user user-expectation  
asked by Kid Diamond 5 votes
answered by Serhiy Baryshniev 4 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Why do users click randomly and rapidly when an application hangs?

This question came to me when I witnessed a collegue's behaviour on an application freezing due to a large operation. And it's something I've certainly done myself. An app freezes for more than a …

user-behavior response-time  
asked by Kai 168 votes
answered by Mervin Johnsingh 136 votes

Are carousels effective?

Go to just about any eCommerce site and the homepage is nearly guaranteed to feature a carousel - an auto-rotating panel, usually with some sort of small navigation, usually highlighting new product …

gui-design conversion carousel  
asked by Alex G 176 votes
answered by Adam Fellowes 105 votes

Can you answer these?

Why did Windows XP ship with the volume control icon missing from the sys tray

I remember, on virtually every installation of Windows XP, I had to go hunting for the config that showed the volume icon. This was quite frustrating to me, and although the issue is quite old, I …

gui-design human-interface-guideline  
asked by Aaron Hall 2 votes

What is the best practice for enter key form submission on sites that use IMEs (i.e. Japanese)

I've got an enterprise app with various forms, some single input forms like global search boxes and other longer data entry style forms. For the West it is clear that pressing enter is a preferred …

forms localization internationalisation enter-key  
asked by Alan Lindsay 2 votes
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