Type message here... and Send button absence

Steven Brown steven.w.j.brown at gmail.com
Wed Aug 15 02:17:44 EDT 2007

I totally agree: the Send button shouldn't be there, or people will want 
to click it, interrupting their ... I dunno... "chat flow."  :)  I just 
thought a little message telling them exactly what to do and expect 
might be nice - especially for first-time chatters.   =)

Opening a conversation window for the first time, a user will see two 
nearly identical white boxes with not much hint of what they do or how 
to use them.  If the entry box had "Type your message here and press 
Enter to send." it would be 110% clear, I think.  Like a web form that 
has default instructional text that is greyed out, like "enter search 
term" and when you focus on that input, it disappears.

Just thought I'd throw the idea out there.  :)


Luke Schierer wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 14, 2007 at 06:25:55PM -0700, Sean Egan wrote:
>> On 8/14/07, Steven Brown <steven.w.j.brown at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> I wasn't aware of this, but some people apparently don't like that there
>>> isn't a 'Send' button?  I guess it might not be immediately obvious to
>>> the first time user how to send a message.... or that Enter specifically
>>> sends the message.
>> There are some people who apparently don't like everything, as we've learned ;)
>> We actually used the converse of this to justify removing the Send
>> button: that it wasn't immediately obvious that you could hit Enter,
>> because the Send button is just begging to be clicked. ;)
>> -s.
> Many people have accused me of making that one up.  I assure you, Sean
> is making a realistic example, we had real feature requests submitted
> for people asking for some other way to send messages, and real people
> IMing Sean and I asking about it.
> luke
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