A couple of days ago I had a few minutes to spare, and so I turned to none other than StumbleUpon to pass my time. One of my favorite categories to stumble in is humor because I always enjoy a good laugh. I happened to Stumble Upon a Microsoft site about warning messages.
You see, Microsoft has particular guidelines given to developers when it comes to creating warning messages that appear in Windows. At first glance, I couldn’t figure out why this would have ended up in the humor category, but then after further inspection, it was clear.
They start off by explaining what a warning message is intended to do, but then they go into giving examples of what not to do. This is where the humor comes into play.
- No need to over-warn (it makes your program feel hazardous)!
- If it’s not immediately relevant, no one will care.
- Warnings shouldn’t pester the users!
- If you’re going to give a warning, at least make it significant. No one wants to be given a warning when they’re trying to exit something.
- Don’t confuse the users!