Shevek (shevek) wrote,

The trouble with the stop sign, in its California application, is that it gives you no concept of what the other person is going to do. You stop. He approaches. Now, do you go, assuming that he will also stop, or must you wait for him to stop? The answer to this question is (when not annotated in small font under your own stop sign) to be found by searching for whether he also has a stop sign - which is harder, since it is not facing you.

A give-way sign at least tells you that while you may have to stop, the other person will not, so two pieces of information are communicated rather than one. The stop sign in any country which does not commonly have a multi-way stop communicates similarly.

I would make an intelligent parallel of this in some aspect of the conceptual design of user interfaces, but I can't think of one. Right now, I'm mainly beating on the software going "Why doesn't this work?" or "Why does this only work when I test it?"
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