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    Red face Sense of humor in error messages??

    Suppose a user tries to log in to your website, but types a wrong password. Which of the following error messages will you use to notify him of the problem?

    1) Please type a valid email address/password.
    2) I think you made a typo or somethin'. Check your password again (and don't think about Jessica Simpsons as you're doing it!), and click the submit button again to log in.

    What're the pros and cons of each method?

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    Personally, I vote for 2) because it makes me sound more like a person than a computer.. if I saw a friend logging in to a website and made a typo in his password, 2) is what I would say to him.. so yea, i vote for 2)

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    It depends on the type of site. If this is my hoity toity professional site. i'd choose option 1. If this is my personal blog, option 2.

    I'll move this to GD where it may get you more reponses.
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    One, because the second one just sounds silly and childish and not very professional. There may be situations where the second could be appropriate but mostly you'll want version one.

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    Heh, i think someone has to actually try this to find out the real results.. e.g, make two versions of their script/site, one with error messages of type 2, and the other with 1, and post here about what kind of results they get..

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    Make a funny one if it's not a professional site. But "dont think about Jessica Simpson"??? hmm....

    I can't remember the site but it has a custom 404 error page with a javascript running basically telling the user how depressed he (the server) is. Was funny the first time I saw it but it's really old now

    I wouldn't advise doing that but definitely a humourous message I think is nicer for the user, making sure the user understands what they have done wrong though

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    #2 is fine if you're not building a site that's supposed to give off a professional air. For example, I could see something like that working for Flickr or some kind of gaming site.

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    #1 works for any tupe of sites!
    #2 works for non pro/fun/gaming/community sites

    I would chose #1 myself! it is safer
    also: "and don't think about Jessica Simpsons as you're doing it!"
    what if the user is a girl (straight)/ young boy etc...
    it really depends on your site type and your audience!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Tranquility
    also: "and don't think about Jessica Simpsons as you're doing it!"
    what if the user is a girl (straight)/ young boy etc...
    it really depends on your site type and your audience!
    Yeh well, I could retreive the user's details from the database and personalize the messages, so it would be 'Brad Pitt' or 'Super Man' or 'Jessica Simpson' depending on the age/gender of the user. That would be fun

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    i've seen this done before on a couple of sites. the best implemenation i saw was when the site would display normal error messages most of the time, but like 1 in 10 it would display something funny. you would occasionally see some really funny threads in the forum because the error messages were intermittent, and the admins never let on that it was intentional.

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    lol, you couldn't retrieve the users details if they have typed the wrong password....!
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    Quote Originally Posted by spikeZ
    lol, you couldn't retrieve the users details if they have typed the wrong password....!
    You could... as long as the username is correct.

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    I suppose so :|
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    Quote Originally Posted by crashmakerMX
    You could... as long as the username is correct.
    yes sure, but then I think an error message like this: "Come ON 'username' is it too hard to remember your password? focus a little bit" would be cool
    but yes what longneck suggested too is cool I've seen that before and it makes the whole thing a little bit spicy

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    Longneck, i like your username and tagline . Whats your real neck length?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisjp88

    I can't remember the site but it has a custom 404 error page with a javascript running basically telling the user how depressed he (the server) is. Was funny the first time I saw it but it's really old now
    Yea, i remember that thing too.. i think it was like a textbox that kept popping out things. It was funny for like 2 seconds but got old really quickly like you said!

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    Well I used to modify my PHPBB language file to add humorous comments here and there. It was fun to do.
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    I used to have a video game if which you'd go and hunt animals in a forest. I renamed 'elephant.something' file to 'bird.something' and bird.something to elephant.something, and when you played the game you'd see the elephants flying and the birds running towards you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Tranquility
    yes sure, but then I think an error message like this: "Come ON 'username' is it too hard to remember your password? focus a little bit" would be cool
    Yes, frustrating and embarassing the user is always the way to go.

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    If that frustrates you, you need to get some counceling dude!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Icheb
    Yes, frustrating and embarassing the user is always the way to go.
    frustrating how is that?

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    http://www.3drealms.com/xx.html
    Keep refreshing that error page, a humourous caption for the inversely coloured photo

    http://www.ukpaganlinks.co.uk/fksjdhds
    This site has a game of hangman on their error pages.


    Oh and also I found that site I was talking about.
    Look -> www.lancersreactor.com/anything.htm

    If you haven't seen it before it's quite amusing but it is very old now

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    You gotta love it how people always use that arrogant "roll eyes" smilie.
    Did you never hear of people who are dyslexic or otherwise disabled and are therefore more prone to misspelling words?
    So "dude", try to get some counceling for that. Or do you not think it would frustrate those users unnecessarily when they already know they have a disease and you ride on that fact. "Man, focus some more!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Icheb
    You gotta love it how people always use that arrogant "roll eyes" smilie.
    Did you never hear of people who are dyslexic or otherwise disabled and are therefore more prone to misspelling words?
    So "dude", try to get some counceling for that. Or do you not think it would frustrate those users unnecessarily when they already know they have a disease and you ride on that fact. "Man, focus some more!"
    dyslexic is related to reading difficulty not typing difficulty! I've never heard of a disease related to mistyping your password!!
    also the tone of it shows clearly it is a joke! it is totally different from your "Man, focus some more!!!!!!"
    'Come on' is often used to encourage people!
    We're talking about a fun/humour/enternaiment site so anyone who's there has the mood for it!
    Also you're the first one to think that the "roll eyes" smilie is arrogant!! why? what about ?


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