I read an interesting article several days ago by Nick Kishfy of @mojotech. His thesis was that using "buttons to nowhere' allows his team to gauge interest in advance for prospective features by tracking user engagement with temporarily-unavailable interface elements. Upon clicking an unavailable feature, the user would come across a fun little notification like this.
In my interpretation, I've slightly edited the copy, retaining the 'emotional' design. I've also implemented a caution-banner pattern as opposed to an air-mail pattern.
'Buttons to nowhere' could be seen as distracting or hypothetically misleading should the feature never get released. Still, I think the benefits outweigh the costs. The user gets to discover upcoming features and developers and designers get to focus on features that will end up getting used. What do you think of the idea of 'buttons to nowhere'?
6 months ago
This is a brilliant idea, purposefully showing the user that the website is being actively monitored and that the webmasters show activity.
I'm definitely going to do something with this in my next shot, thanks for the share.
This is nice :)
Unmesswithable. Love it
Nice @Eli Schiff - Curious to hear what people think. Great looking pop over!
I would highly discourage this. It will only lead to disappointment.
Really good choice of colors and gradients, nice!
Bad idea. A "button to nowhere" serves no purpose. It takes unnecessary space. Wastes user's time and interrupts workflow.
@Wil Nichols @Matt Zanchelli @Zeshan Amjad I think it really comes down to what kind of app it is, who it's targeting and how the button acts. It could be very useful if it's a company's internal app, or an app for teams or a variety of other scenarios.
An example of the 'button to nowhere' working well would be if it was a one-time appearance for each user, allowing them to see the app was being worked on so that they could then vote on whether they'd use the feature.
If the button is on the other hand targeted to the wrong usage, it could end up being a constant flow interruption, worse than useless, by being actively harmful as a distraction to uninterested users.
Generally, I also think most of the time this kind of buttons or elements is more distracting and disappointing than making the user feel as if something is on the way. Maybe this button could be useful when a serious bug is found or a critically needed function is missing and you want to inform the user that it's on its way.. but then again - I believe communicating that with a message than a false button is more appropriate.
Other than that, I like the visual feeling of "Under Construction" of the tip. I would, though, maybe stretch the button to fit the width of the upper paragraph just to create a nice symmetry ;)
@Oz Pinhas That's great feedback. I hadn't considered that!
quite fresh with the button~
As people say, whatever is not done shouldn't be present, but the dialog is great! You may replace it to fatal exception to keep the community happy. "All your data seems to be lost. Hope you had nothing useful anyway".
4 months ago
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