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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'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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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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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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