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Re: Is There A Palm Beach Butterfly Ballot Problem at Perlmonks?

by chipmunk (Parson)
on Feb 05, 2001 at 07:06 UTC ( #56363=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Is There A Palm Beach Butterfly Ballot Problem at Perlmonks?

FYI, the layout of the voting buttons on this site is not like the layout of the butterfly ballot used in the presidential election in Palm Beach. In the Palm Beach ballots, the holes were all lined up vertically, with the names on either side; hence "butterfly".

Anyway, I do agree that separating the ++ label and the -- button here would be useful. I think a few   characters would do the trick.


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Re: Re: Is There A Palm Beach Butterfly Ballot Problem at Perlmonks?
by sierrathedog04 (Hermit) on Feb 05, 2001 at 23:44 UTC
    I would call the current Perl Monks voter interface a modified butterfly. A butterfly ballot occurs when a button or recording mechanism or punch hole is placed in between two labels. Only one of the two adjacent label is the applicable one, however.

    Some users, including me, may only see the ++ label and button immediately to the right of it. We are exactly like the Palm Beach voter-victim who said that he saw the label "Democratic" and a punch-hole to the right of the label. He further knew that under Florida law the second punch-hole on a ballot must go to the largest out-of-power party (which in Florida was the Democrats.) So he punched the hole to the right of the word "Democratic," but surprise! The user was supposed to read the other labels first. Bad design.

    The point is, the user looked at the interface in a different way than the designer intended. Good interface design is as unambiguous as possible. It permits even a user who only looks at part of the interface to make a wise choice.

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