Give me error messages! I want error messages!

Again on contact forms: Is there anything more annoying than not being able to fill in a form and getting an error symbol without any explanations?

To all the web designers out there: error symbols are NOT self explaining. Please add a short explanation, so that your user is able to understand what is going wrong. Here I have to reproach WordPress for inspiring me about this: I was trying to upload a video and just couldn’t manage to complete the task because there was absolutely no clue in the form about what the problem really was. The url format? The link? How am I supposed to know that? Take a look:


Also, please try to order the fields control hierarchically; which means, If I’m filling a form and maybe I am already registered, it is pointless to block me 2 times with error messages such as: “password too short” or “invalid date format” and then, after all has been sorted out, tell me “email already registered”. If you know that my email is already registered, say it in the very first moment!

The internet should be a better place …

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