Unnecessary inputs


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Unnecessary inputs

Every question we ask people on a web form requires them A) to understand what the question is B) think about how they're going to respond to it and then 3) put in their answer in the affordance we've provided for them. That's a lot of thinking for every single question we ask. As a result it makes a lot of sense to be very vigilant about everything we're putting in front of people. As I mentioned earlier in talking about form length, asking ourselves, Can this question be removed? Can this question be postponed? Or, can it be inferred based on information we already know? In other words, what are the ways we can really cut down on unnecessary inputs.

There are some obvious examples, but there are also a few that take a little bit of thought, but the benefits can be really big. So let's look at an example from eBay's original registration form. This was pre-2004 so around 2003 and when somebody actually signed up to use eBay to either buy or sell something of interes...

Unnecessary inputs
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