con rating bug


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Also just from a usability stand point, it's a bit weird clicking a green thumbs up for a con.  I know that you are in fact 'agreeing' that it is a con, but there's still something weird about it.  Not sure how to resolve it, but it's definitely not natural.

 

This post was edited by yaminb on 5/14/2008 1:15 AM
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Never mind.  It's possible I had previously rated this, and I was simply undoing a previous vote of mine.

 

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I know what you mean. It can be confusing to use a positive symbol (ie. green thumbs up) to affirm a negative point (ie. con). The idea is that you are agreeing or disagreeing with each pro or con as a statement. Do you, or anyone else, have any suggestions for a more clear choice of icon or symbol?

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Yeah, it's tough.

I think for starters you could just change the image

agreement changed to green checkmark

disagreement changed to red X

 

I think those symbols would prevent some confusion.

 

The other thing you could try is changing the text from "Do you agree?"

To True False aligned in the column with the checkmark/X images.
 
 

 

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I did a quick mockup.

Not sure how much of an improvement it is.

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I was also thinking of a checkbox-like option but yours is better. The thing I like about checkboxes is that it's more clear that the question is a yes-no. The problem with the thumbs is that thumbs-up have a positive connotation on their own, which is the issue in the first play. I think it's something we should try out.

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That's a good idea, yaminb. I think it's clearer, and would require very little work (two new icons and a small HTML change). Does anyone else think this is better/clearer than the current UI?

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Amanie,

Yeah, I was thinking of a checkbox / radio button option as well.  It would definitely be more neutral.

If you choose the radio button / checkbox way, the only thing I'd suggest is to rethink the count.  Right now, the count is nicely tied to the color of True/False.    So it's easy to see in the first 'pro' that the +10 is for True as it is green.  If you make both TRUE/FALSE boxes have the same color checkmark, you would lose that clarity.

A way around that might be to display the count to the right of FALSE if 'FALSE" is winning.  But I don't know how that would play out.  Never used a UI like that before.  Might be worth a shot to keep things really neutral.

 

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Alright, I think we'll try it out. Something similar to yaminb's mockup. I like the more graphical element over a checkbox or radio button.

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Right, checkboxes and radio buttons are ugly as sin, so I wouldn't want them either. But they ARE clear, so we need something that is a hybrid of nice aesthetics and a clear message.

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