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This is a great idea, and we've been working with the nice people at Balsamiq to make it happen. It's now enabled. The editor has a new button: Clicking it will launch the Balsamiq editor. This requires Flash to be available in your browser. Leaving the mockup editor will take you back to the Markdown editor, automatically inserting the mockup into your ...


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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 is Mike from Balsamiq. I appreciate, and I guess should have expected the feedback. We admit to not working on the icon when we did this integration, but I completely agree with all the feedback. It's obvious that a smiley icon, while a legacy of the initial Mockups App UI isn't going to work in a rich text editor to suggest anything other than an ...


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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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Yes, it should be removed because it doesn't add anything. On-topic questions here are about UX anyway, so ux-design is unneeded.


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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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Original Poster. It refers to the person that wrote the post that started the thread.


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The official response from Rebecca Chernoff is they're waiting for participation to reach a tipping point. So be thinking about how we can promote the site and how the UX of the Area 51 page can be improved to communicate what really matters. Update: The SciFi site just launched, putting to rest any doubt about whether the stats on the Area 51 page have ...


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I took the liberty of creating a 5 Second Test (Question 2) for the submission form and took 20 anonymous persons feedback on their opinions. When asked: What do you think the smiley-face icon does? 15/20 responded: "emoticons" or "adds smiley into the post" (5/20 responded 'don't know' or similar). True, it's not exactly scientific, and there is no ...


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"User interface" is too vague to be of use. Tags exist to categorize content so that it's easier to find answers to questions you need help with or so you can subscribe to them if you're an expert. No one is an expert at "user interfaces". No one is going to look at answers to questions about "user interfaces" and find a common thread that will help them. ...


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Given that this whole site is about user experience, the user-experience tag is redundant. It's a needless wart. Let's prevent its use.


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This tag has been removed and made intrinsic (same as a blacklist, but won't block inbound migrations) - it's now in the same class as user-interface, which should give you a clue as to why it wasn't already blacklisted. 10 questions had no other tags - please retag them appropriately.


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Seems that https://ux.stackexchange.com/content/balsamiq/mockups-web.swf is 404. Friends at StackExchange, let us know if you need any assitance fixing this. Maybe it's time to update the integration? We've come a long way since the version you have today. Email me at peldi@balsamiq.com if you'd like to chat!


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I propose something in the vein of this: Instead of using a not-so-well-known icon from one brand of software to represent a mockup, use something that more directly represents aspects of the mockup process. I myself was aware of Balsamiq but had never used it, so I had never seen icon. Since it is only shown after installing their software, or on the ...


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It's done! http://blogs.balsamiq.com/product/2012/02/27/uxstackexchange/ :)


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This isn't something specific to ux.stackexchange; Gravatar is used across all the StackExchange sites. Just as OpenID is used for registration, StackExchange use Gravatar for avatars. StackExchange have used Gravatar for most (if not all) of their existence. A blog post was made on this back in June '08: Gravatars, Identicons, and You discussing why the ...


5

We have a very technical term for this - it is called "a bug". It isn't just you. It should be fixed in a couple of minutes (we're deploying currently).


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The only reason to keep it that I can see is to differentiate these questions from ones dealing with ux research... But we don't really get a whole lot of those. I say nuke it.


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Jin mentioned in chat two weeks ago that yes, we'll be graduated from beta soon. I'm curious what "soon" means, but I'm sure the team knows what they're doing ;) FWIW, we're currently doing around 5000 page views (1.6k visits) a day, with a recent spike to 9k during the week of that rotating cube question. We're also averaging 20 new users a day, with 50 ...


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Good catch. The Ad banner design should've been updated when the new design launched for the main site. I'll update the banner today.


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Totally agree that our smiley icon is misleading in the context of a rich text editor, as it does indeed look like a smiley. We're totally open to having another icon, but the question is: what should it be? The "placeholder image" that infoal suggests is one option, a simple "form" like Matt suggests is another...can't say I'm in love with either, but that'...


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Agreed. The color of the text is #AAAAAA. On a white background it doesn't pass WCAG AA compliance. Contrast ratio is far too low. See this screenshot taken from snook.ca It'll be much better at #545454 or even darker: I've looked over a bunch of other StackExchange sites and none of the ones I checked have such a feint colour for the search field text.


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This has been fixed on dev server. The change will be on live after our next production build(within 24hours).


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I totally agree that the existing icon, whilst being a Balsamiq brand does not do a great job of indicating a generic wireframing/mockup tool - especially for those new to Balsamiq. The placeholder box with the cross would go a good way to improving this. Perhaps the Balsamiq identity could be combined with that - for example in the following... ...which ...


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They were removed last week. They apparently saw "abysmal" usage rates and Kevin Montrose had been itching to remove them. I specifically mentioned that sites like UX likely use the sharing buttons a lot more than Stack Overflow (I was afraid SO likely heavily biases their opinion on the matter) but he said their usage was mostly the same across the network, ...


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Now this is offically implemented: Add social media sharing icons to the “link” popup. Click the Share link below and post to share it; question or answer!


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The tag should apply to all questions posted on UX.SE. So yes I would agree on blacklisting it.


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Wish granted! Merge Results updating post history, 167 rows affected updating posts, 120 rows affected updating PostTags associations, 120 rows affected removing/renaming old tag, 0 rows affected updating count for master tag, 1 rows affected tag remapping of [lists] and [list] complete! remapping 0 synonyms 3 favorite and ignored tags ...


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This should now be resolved and the fix is live across all sites. Sorry for the inconvenience; I broke it when modifying how the Markdown editor worked for Stack Snippets.


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This is now complete. (we like to have answers on these so they don't show up as no answers..)


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