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Top new questions this week:

Should I unsubscribe uninterested mailing-list members?

According to MailChimp stats on our mailing list (that receives a monthly e-mail), I found out a set of members that never open our mails. Typically, they opened it once, long ago, then stopped …

asked by xBill 48 votes
answered by Hynes 62 votes

Why did early telephones use a rotary dial instead of 10 individual buttons?

I was watching a video of little kids trying to figure out how to use a rotary phone, and it was not immediately clear to any of them how the rotary mechanism was supposed to work. That got me …

buttons physical telephone  
asked by blueintegral 42 votes
answered by Adam Davis 31 votes

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 30 votes
answered by Andrew Medico 29 votes

Why are the controls opposite/inverted when flying in a game?

In a game, we would normally use the directions in a normal way to move, i.e. "up" for move forward, "down" for move backwards, "left" for left, and so on. Although, when we play a flying game, why …

controls games  
asked by Burning the Codeigniter 20 votes
answered by GWv 32 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 14 votes

Should forms always appears within a box?

The main form of my webapp looks like this: With the next colors: Background color...: #F4F9FD Tittle color.......: #3C325C Button color.......: #DE373D Why do forms usually appears within a …

forms user-centered-design background  
asked by John Doe 10 votes
answered by AndroidHustle 11 votes

How best to discuss the Heartbleed bug with users while keeping calm but getting action?

There are technical questions everywhere you look about Heartbleed. But none on not scaring the **** out of your users when discussing it, because lets be honest the news does a good job of scaring …

security messages users warnings heartbleed  
asked by tim.baker 6 votes
answered by bhttoan 2 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

What is the best font for extremely limited space, i.e. will fit the most READABLE text in the smallest space?

I often have very limited space when creating reports and dashboards for users. I usually use Arial, or Arial Narrow, but UI isn't my area of expertise, so I want to know, is there an optimal font for …

font font-sizes overflow  
asked by Richard DesLonde 38 votes
answered by jpierson 38 votes

Infinite scroll vs Pagination in E-commerce websites

Infinite scroll has been around for a while now, however I have not seen infinite scroll being implemented on any successful or well known e-commerce sites. Does anyone know of any e-commerce sites …

usability e-commerce pagination infinite-scroll choices  
asked by Rich 48 votes
answered by Matt Obee 59 votes

Can you answer these?

Name this widget: mouseover extends text that doesn't fit in its table cell

I'd swear this used to be a widespread feature, but now I can't find any evidence of it. A table cell contains information that is too wide for the column, so it is displayed in truncated form, and …

terminology hover history  
asked by Wumpus Q. Wumbley 2 votes

Activating/deactivating functionality with additional settings

I'm working on an application which is split up in several features which can be activated or deactivated. The user can activate or deactivate the functionality but when activated he has to fill some …

asked by HawVie 1 vote
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