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Subject:Microwave oven UI design
Time:02:45 pm
I use two microwave ovens on a regular basis. The user interfaces on them are very different. One seems incredibly logical to me, and the other is completely illogical. I'm throwing the two issues out for a vote, since my friends rule the world.
Poll #1634666 Microwave UI Design

Which button should be the most prominent?

Start
47(81.0%)
Stop
11(19.0%)

There's a "quick minute" button. Should the oven start when you press it, or should you have to hit "Quick Minute" then "Start"?

Start automatically
54(91.5%)
Quick Minute, then Start
5(8.5%)
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dd_b
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Time:2010-10-23 03:07 am (UTC)
Fascinating. I want "stop" because that's potentially an emergency action. I could in theory open the door to force a stop, but that lets whatever is in there out; plus I'd have to think of it in an emergency. So "stop" needs to be prominent.

"Start" is the most commonly used button on every microwave I've used -- every sequence ends in "start". So I'll know where it is, doesn't have to be prominent.

I've never seen a microwave that starts on "quick minute", but (while I might hate it in practice), it seems perfectly sensible and more convenient.
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