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I think this policy has gotten too far out of hand; any question asked in regards to an icon or visual metaphor is closed. Asking what can represent a common action or concept is a perfectly valid question and is not too localized. Questions that ask for specific icons or icons that fit their visual theme are probably too localized. The problem with this ...


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This type of question is probably usually "too localized". The icon required will be specific to that user and that application. As Ben points out in his comment asking for why a particular icon is OK. The close reason Too Localized is no longer in use, there is instead a special close reason to use under "this question is off topic because that reads: ...


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At the time of the above "reasoning", Flat design trends were barely even a thing, and mobile interface design consideration was nowhere near as influential or dominant as it is now. Icons weren't anywhere near as relevant or significant in interface design, either. Given the HIG of Apple and the predominance of two significant companies and their massive ...


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I posit that the practice of UX should be on topic: how to conduct a usability study using paper prototypes how to insert UX into an agile dev project how to communicate the value of usability testing to business users how to communicate with a usability study subject that is struggling without invalidating the result of the study In the past how to do ...


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For me, the biggest thing for on-topicness is "who would best answer this question?" That's why I find "what word do I use for..." generally falls to the English stack more than here, and the "how do I...in Javascript" falls to Stack Overflow. If the question is uniquely, primarily or best answered by someone in the field of UX, it's probably on topic. So, ...


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In one way, that's the beauty of our community. It's very soft and blurry on the edges, which my UX-me loves and my programmer-me hates. Community members can get away with a well-formulated, slightly off-topic question, just because it's interesting. We lose ourselves in interesting things, rather than determining if its on- or off-topic. Some say this is ...


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What Jon and Ben said already is very true, but I would just add that for most of these things, there's a "right way" and a "wrong way" to ask questions. For instance, you said: I came to this site because I wanted to see what UX experts had to say about the common convention of using arrows like ► ▼ to indicate that there is hidden content that can be ...


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I don't think it's productive to fret over putting every question in the right bucket. When a cog-sci oriented question is asked here, we should evaluate it the same way we did before that site was created. If it doesn't fit here, we then have a separate decision of whether it should be migrated or simply closed. (Of course, the same applies to UX oriented ...


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Absolutely yes. The Forum title is "User Experience", not just User Interaction or even HCI. Not that these are bad areas, but they need to have the wider perspective of how people interact with things - it is the experience of people engaging with stuff. This is why the question on web addresses is, IMO, totally on topic. If we exclude aspects of the user ...


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Considering how many software interfaces borrow from physical antecedents, and the rise of touch interaction with digital products, it would be remiss to ignore physical interfaces.


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I'm going to try to answer my question with a summary of the on-topic various things that have been said in the above answers and comments. When icon request questions are closed with this rationale: Off topic. Questions... are expected to relate to user experience within the scope of the FAQ ...this does not actually mean that questions about the ...


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It's one of those topics that can arguably included in the realm of user experience design when you argue that everything is part of the user experience. In the interests of scope and of putting questions in the best place for them to get good answers, though, I think almost all implementation questions would be best served by Stack Overflow's userbase.


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Yep, UX related questions that happen to involve SMS are on topic and we've got a couple sms questions already. Go ahead and ask on the main site.


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My feeling is that there is a division between the sites in most cases, because UX should relate to application design questions ( in a very broad way ) whereas CS should handle scientific or theoretical questions. In my time here, I think there have been a few - very few - questions that really overlap. What is probably more useful is for members here who ...


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The floppy disk question is on topic because a 'correct' answer potentially exists - is this metaphor out of date? (the correct answer being either 'Yes, because of X' or 'No, because of Y'). The other icon questions are purely asking for suggestions as to what type of icon is a good representation for X. There is no correct answer to questions like that, ...


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Icon requests are off topic; that's the rule. It's just not a constructive area, as evidenced by the dozens of different icons used for dozens of common functions; there just aren't correct answers in 99% of cases. Another problem is with the "expert opinions"; as a Q&A site, we solve problems rather than just share opinions. Yes a good deal of opinion ...


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Questions about Internet of Things are on topic here if they ask about how to design or improve the existing design of an Internet of Things thing. In general, the proposed questions for that Area 51 site do not fall in this category. Many of the popular proposed questions on the Internet of Things Area51 site are about how to solve problems with already-...


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It's hard to give a definite answer without knowing the question, but it sounds like if you're asking for different options on what do do with a feature, then no, it probably wouldn't work here. That'd be too broad as you'd get people suggesting "you could use it for X" and "Why not use it for Y" with no way to mark any particular answer as the 'correct' one....


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For what it's worth, I studied Design Thinking as part of my degree and I can't think of a situation during that time when I felt like asking a question about Design Thinking (the methodology itself) on UX.SE was appropriate. Design Thinking is a much broader area and although someone practicing Design Thinking may be working on a UX problem for which they ...


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Where do we draw the line on what is UX? The UX field is quite fluid in terms of what exactly falls under its banner and it is still evolving. That being said there are some core diciplines that have shaped, continue to shape and contribute to the definition of UX. Direct contributors: Design, Interaction design, information architecture. Indirect ...


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Sure. Though ux.stackexchange mostly handles questions about visual applications, queries on text interaction, audio UIs and command-line interfaces are all perfectly on-topic.


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As a general rule, I hate shutting down questions that have even a tangential UX connection. However, in this one case, I would almost always refer people to something like https://icons8.com/request-icon/free/hot That site is totally focused on icons. If you get votes, they make them pretty quickly. It's not a huge community, but it is really targeted to ...


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I don't think how to write code is a topic of UX. Semantic code is better for accessibility and SEO but still it's related to code. SO if someone is asking how to write a semantic code then it's should be move to stackoverflow.com


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There are two questions, I think, in the decision about where to put or move a question. Firstly, where does the concept and context fit - and anything in the realms of HTML or the front end of a forms application would then fit on here. However the other issue is where questions are most likely to get the best and most appropriate answers. Sometimes, this ...


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