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Stupid User Interface

I was thinking about signing up for a (free) developer's account at a site that provides tools for developing wireless applications. I was thinking about trynig to write an application that would allow people to play chess via SMS messaging on their cell phones. I got to the part of the sign up process where I had to read and agree to the "Terms and Conditions" for the program and decided to cancel the process because I didn't have enough time to read through all of the terms and conditions. Since I am employeed in the wireless industry, I wanted to read the TAC carefully to make sure that I wasn't doing anything that would jeopardize my employment by signing up, so I'll look at it again later. For now, I just wanted to cancel the process, so I clicked the "I do NOT agree to these terms and conditions" button. Upon doing so, I was presented with the following terrible confirmation dialogue:

You will lose all the information submitted if you do not complete the registration process. If you would like to cancel, please select OK, if not, please select Cancel.

So.... If I want to cancel, I should not select "Cancel," I should select "OK." If I do not want to cancel, I should select "Cancel."

That might be the worst confirmation dialogue I've ever seen in my entire life.


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Aug. 4th, 2004 06:42 pm (UTC)
That particular piece of bad UI is pretty common, actually. :/
Aug. 4th, 2004 06:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've seen similar stuff before. But this is the first time I've seen them use the word "cancel" to indicate the action tied to selecting the "OK" option while the other option is "Cancel."
Aug. 4th, 2004 06:45 pm (UTC)
Its not SMS games, but it is mobile vs mobile, mobile vs comp, mobile vs pc, pc vs pc, pc vs comp

This is a service that a friend of mine is doing, its currently beta testing and you _might_ like it.

Aug. 5th, 2004 12:50 pm (UTC)
It's just like C++ with its operator overloading. ;)
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