Why would one use “enter the name of the project to confirm”?

If you’re a long-time GitHub user, you probably have seen something like this:

This happens every time you do a potentially destructive thing to a repository, like switching its public / private status or archiving / deleting it.

The prompt shows up in a modal after clicking the action button, so this is an extra measure to prevent accidental actions.

But as far as I am concerned, this is either ineffective in “setting another barrier” or too cumbersome as “an extra confirmation”. One can simply copy the repository name from the URL or right above the input box (the bold text above), but this is still more complex than just clicking an extra button.

In my opinion, an extra modal with a bright red button that does’t respond to keyboard actions (like the Enter key) would suffice. One would have to move their mouse onto the bright red button to click it for an extra layer of caution. This is less cumbersome and the disability to simply hit the Enter key is both simple and effective.

Can anyone explain how this “enter project name” is a good UI design?

Is there a name for circles that show progress through form?

Interfaces that guide users through several steps with one per screen per step often have little circles at the bottom of the page, with each circle representing a step/screen in the sequence. The active circle indicates the number of steps/screen the user has already completed.

Is there a name for this design pattern? I’d like to read more about best practices in this area (the max number of circles / distinct screens that hold user attention, size of circles, interaction patterns, etc).

Plural or Singular + (s) in title name for dropdown fields

When designing dropdown fields for users that can hold 1 or more values, would you suggest to use the plural form of the title word, or the singular form followed by a (s).

Example 1: Teams

Example 2: Team(s)

In my opinion, the first example implies that the user can select multiple values. On the other hand, the second example shows that a user can also just select 1 value, but it looks not as clean as the first example.

Thanks and kind regards

I can pay by my credit card under fake name: who’s responsible to check?

I am customer of a large European bank, but I have found the following happening consistently with multiple past banks.

Basically, I have always been able to pay using my legitimate card(s), credit or debit, under a fake name.

When you are prompted online for your card information, you will normally select

  • Circuit (Visa, Mastercard, etc, sometimes optional as the merchant will deduce from the first digits)
  • PAN
  • Expiration date
  • CVV2/security code
  • Card holder

Well, I found I can consistently use a fake name when other fields are consistent. I can easily get my payment approved. Often I am redirect to secondary verification (OTP) and pass that brilliantly.

I am writing here because this makes me a bit confused. Often merchants say “Please type your name as displayed on the card” so that you think they (someone) will do a strong check on the record and refuse the transaction if you omit/enter a second name inconsistently or use apostrophes/accents inconsistently, exactly like what happens often in airline travel when boarding card doesn’t match passenger name as displayed on passport/ID. To make a counterexample…

But here I am speaking about completely different names. The only time I was called by my bank “Sir, we are detecting a number of attempted charges” I was using my real name with a brand new card (you know… you have to move all your online subscriptions). I was never called, no card ever blocked for “Sir, someone could have stolen your card details”.

Question time: in the technical world of credit card payment, 1) what is the importance of the card holder name if it’s not consistently checked? 2) who should be responsible for checking? bank, merchant or transaction processor?


Note: I know very well that just using a pseudonym does not make me anonymous. Of course the transaction can be tracked back to an individual, but that requires a lot of juridical power (and legitimate interest, speaking about Europe).

Adding domain name to a Vultr managed WordPress website

I have a managed WordPress instance on Vultr. I was able to access the website fine with its ip address. Now after adding the domain, I can’t access the website, “this site can’t be reached, server IP address could not be found.” The ip address does indeed redirect to the domain name though.

I’ve followed all the steps on the Vultr documentation, https://www.vultr.com/docs/install-lets-encrypt-ssl-on-one-click-wordpress-app?gclid=CjwKCAjw0vTtBRBREiwA3URt7iqQFmNPbr6H8pL70Oyc5ndqzhl2jp-DlhWfOC-MjsBOI6MAV46UPhoCGkgQAvD_BwE

I’ve changed the site url & home url in WordPress, and followed all the steps provided in this vultr discussion as well, https://discuss.vultr.com/discussion/1869/how-to-change-wordpress-homepage-url-from-ip-address-to-the-domain-name

In Google domains, I have added both A and AAAA resource records.

What else have I missed?

[ Movies ] Open Question : Looking for the name of a movie, it was a ghost movie of some kind.?

I think it had like Nicole Kidman, Gwyneth Paltrow or someone like that in it. The main woman went to a an old house or orphange somewhere that is haunted. The last few minutes of the movie have her running around the house playing with the ghost children It came out probably about 10 years ago, I keep thinking it is “The Orphanage” but it is not that movie although it was a very similar plot.

Is there a term / scientific name for “UI feedback”?

For instance, we have a wonderful term for features that communicate interaction – Affordances.

Is there something for the visual/haptic/tactile/sound/any-other feedback of UI controls?

I’m looking if there is an umbrella term of sorts that describes all of these. It actually does not have to be limited to UI, because such feedback is essential for plethora of designs, it’s what finalizes the communication.

My idea is to find a word/phrase that I might google to find hints/examples of their implementation in the wild.

Simply searching for UX feedback, provides results of how important it is to ask for a feedback from users how well the design worked…

Searching for tactile/visual feedback on the other hand, does not hint for interactions I might miss to create an even better control.