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markbao 525 days ago | link | parent

It's all about the little big details that reduce friction in user experience. This attention to detail:

1) reduces errors and user frustration,

2) substantiates the thought in the user's mind that "the software will do what I want", and

3) teaches users that the software will accomodate them, instead of requiring the user to accomodate the software.

It would have been better, actually, if the dates also mentioned the day of week, like "Thursday, October 21 / Friday, October 22". I'm more familiar with what the day of week it is, but not necessarily what the date is.

If it mentioned the weekday, I would be able to answer "Thursday" immediately, since I know that I intended it for Thursday, but I wouldn't necessarily know that it was the 21st without looking at my watch.



__del__ 525 days ago | link

>better, ... if ... also ... day of week

If I'm talking to robots after midnight, I don't know the date. This has been proven by scientists.

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pazimzadeh 525 days ago | link

That's interesting. Source?

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sneak 525 days ago | link

> but I wouldn't necessarily know that it was the 21st without looking at my watch

> without looking at my watch

> watch

ಠ_ಠ

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hayksaakian 525 days ago | link

Wouldn't your phone have the date?

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markbao 525 days ago | link

If I'm in Siri mode, then I would have to a) turn the phone off and on again to get the lock screen date, or 2) ask Siri, both of which would interrupt this prompt and require you to ask the original question again after finding out what day it is.

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zachinglis 524 days ago | link

But if you say "Today", and it says "8th or 9th" — You immediately know it doesn't mean "Last week, and in a month." You know it's morning and it means today, or tomorrow.

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markbao 519 days ago | link

Oh. Yeah, you're right, that's a great point.

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