OK button is not OK

Rant on annoying ok popups

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#1 egof  Icon User is offline

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OK button is not OK

Posted 01 July 2009 - 02:05 PM

MessageBox.Show("You have no choice in what happened just click the button", "Something bad happened and I want you to know about it", MessageBoxButtons.OK);


I hate the ok popup dialog. I hate the web version too. I'd like to start a ban on this anoying piece of code. If the computer cant fix the problem and the user cant do anything about it why bother showing it.

I currently have a solution that Im compiling today and someone has a section checked out (ok so what) but it has to notify me of each section (there are many) and I have to hit the OK on each one. Why? I dont care just keep going. I have now decided to never do this to anyone else when Im coding. Just say no

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Posted 01 July 2009 - 02:21 PM

It actually is a very useful function to sometimes use only the OK button in the message. What if the user updated his/her profile and you have to notify him about that? You'll just use something like Your profile was successfully updated and only one OK button is needed. Using Your profile was successfully updated. Do you understand this? with Yes and No options would be simply irrational.
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Re: OK button is not OK

Posted 01 July 2009 - 02:55 PM

I agree that alerts get annoying, but I also see how they are useful (particularly in debugging).

I dislike websites and programs that just pop things up to tell you something menial, especially when you could just as easily do through an inline message.

Now, I said I see them useful in debugging. That is mostly to let you know where the program gets to (I don't implement them unless I run into a problem) before dieing. That way I can narrow down the places I need to look in the source and hopefully fix the issue quicker.
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Posted 01 July 2009 - 06:38 PM

Maybe we should change the button to "Whatever, stupid comp."
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Posted 02 July 2009 - 12:44 AM

Its fine. I don't see how this'll affect the way we live. :) I'm sure there are many other things to worry about.
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Re: OK button is not OK

Posted 02 July 2009 - 12:52 AM

I get more fired up over a cancel button that simply grays out when you press it, & the processing finishes anyhow. Why bother?
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Posted 02 July 2009 - 12:57 AM

Yes. Thats exactly what annoys me. You wait a while but when you realize theres something wrong, theres no stupid cancel button. :angry:
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Re: OK button is not OK

Posted 02 July 2009 - 04:17 AM

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it has to notify me of each section (there are many) and I have to hit the OK on each one.


Nothing wrong with the OK popup but here it's being misused. It would be much better to present you with one dialog containing a list of all the sections and an OK button. I'm sure that would annoy you far less. :)
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Posted 02 July 2009 - 05:52 AM

Besides using it for debug purposes I dont see a point in them. When some info is updated why does it have to notify me it did it. Cant I assume it did its job correctly? Why have we come to expect that the program didnt do its job and we need confirmation?
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Re: OK button is not OK

Posted 02 July 2009 - 10:03 AM

View Postegof, on 2 Jul, 2009 - 11:52 AM, said:

Cant I assume it did its job correctly? Why have we come to expect that the program didnt do its job and we need confirmation?

Most users, from my experience, like the reassurance of a message box to confirm to themselves the job was completed.

Personally I dislike the Message box;-
it steals the focus.
its single threaded.
its often misused.
it can't be customized.
My preferred design are timed-closure messages box, if you don't select an option in a certain amount of time the default happens.
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Posted 02 July 2009 - 02:57 PM

I like them, I suppose that is because I am a developer and a computer geek and I like to know when something is wrong even if I can't do anything about it.

Not only that but usually the popup is a starting point to finding out what went wrong and how to fix it. I personally hate popups that just way "It broke" with no other info -- but I do appreciate that over just disappearing with no indication that something went wrong. Popups with an actual error message are very helpful.
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Re: OK button is not OK

Posted 06 July 2009 - 10:33 PM

well i just found this
http://wpfmessagebar.codeplex.com/
it looks like it can be good
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Re: OK button is not OK

Posted 06 July 2009 - 11:08 PM

But is it trustworthy?

I think I only like OK buttons when the mouse directly moves/hovers over it after some action. Very convenient :^:
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Re: OK button is not OK

Posted 06 July 2009 - 11:33 PM

nvm i just tried it just crashed my VS2008 :(
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Re: OK button is not OK

Posted 06 July 2009 - 11:50 PM

View PostX@MPP, on 7 Jul, 2009 - 12:33 AM, said:

nvm i just tried it just crashed my VS2008 :(


...Nice. :^: ;)

Just write one, doesn't look too difficult.

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