My proposal is just from a usability point of view. The current "vote to close" window is as follows:

current vote to close window

Here the proposed one:

proposed vote to close window

To explain:

  • action buttons should be near each other and not at both sides of a window

  • closing "X" button is redundant (and often times is at the top right anyway)

  • make uniform action buttons

    What do you think guys?

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    action buttons should be near each other and not at both sides of a window Why? Feb 24, 2012 at 14:23
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    @Bobby for the same reason your car has volume buttons and other audio controls near each other. Would you like the bass to be controlled from under the visor or from the side of the seat? In other words, I shouldn't have to fumble around the UI depending on which action I want to take.
    – Aaron Bertrand Staff
    Feb 24, 2012 at 14:25
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    I hate it when links are used like that. Links are supposed to take you places. Buttons are better for doing stuff. Having "Cancel" be a link is OK because it takes you back to where you were, but "Vote to Close" is definitely an action and hence it should be a button.
    – hammar
    Feb 24, 2012 at 14:27
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    I like having opposite actions far apart. Less risk of clicking the wrong action. Leave the window alone. Feb 24, 2012 at 14:28
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    I totally agree with @AnthonyPegram, having different actions on different sides (LTR people, Left back/undo, Right forward/ok) seems to me like a good idea (Gnome2 does have that layout, too). The possibility of a wrong click is minimized. But maybe we should have that discussion on UX? Feb 24, 2012 at 14:33
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    @Bobby there are studies that show that it is easier for a user to find all the commands in a window in the same physical place. One of the many references on the subject: sixrevisions.com/usabilityaccessibility/…
    – vulkanino
    Feb 24, 2012 at 14:34
  • If you keep downvoting like that I'll soon go to hell :)
    – vulkanino
    Feb 24, 2012 at 15:38
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    This is wrong in so many ways, I don't even know where to start. But it catches my eye you suggest the close button is redundant. Um, no? There's not going to be one in the top right (or left) because this is not a new browser window. It's a pop-up window. You have to provide your own close button. (Also, note that downvotes are different on Meta. You might be going to hell, but it won't be because of them.)
    – Cody Gray
    Feb 24, 2012 at 15:59
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    "What do you think guys?" downvotealanche OMGWTFDOWNVOTES
    – user1228
    Feb 24, 2012 at 16:11
  • You know, I never even noticed the "cancel" before. I always canceled out of the dialog by using the close "X" in the top left corner.
    – David
    Feb 24, 2012 at 16:29
  • Also, obligatory: codinghorror.com/blog/2010/03/the-opposite-of-fitts-law.html
    – David
    Feb 24, 2012 at 16:30
  • @David that's because you're not blind, I guess. Accessibility anyone?
    – vulkanino
    Feb 24, 2012 at 16:34

2 Answers 2


The problem with the suggested layout is that when I want to carry out the action I have to read both of the links to get the idea of what they do. If the other is a button and the other is a link, I can just click on the button without reading it because by now I know its general location and what it does. Having to cancel the action is much more rare and it's ok if it's not as prominent - but even cancelling isn't a problem now, because there's a big X that does it on the top left corner.

Comparison to audio controls on a radio doesn't apply well, I think. If you turn the bass control instead of volume control, no harm done, but there's a reason why the power switch is often as far away from the other controls as possible.

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    +1 for the powercontrol argument.
    – Nanne
    Feb 24, 2012 at 14:55

I think that the X is in the correct place,

is looking like one more option the cancel option. If you see is in the same align as the rest radio buttons, and looks like radio button.

Also the eye is start looking from start left up, and end down right, correct follow path to view the full window content.

Some windows must be a little different to not click mechanical with out thinking.

  • close is not a radio button, semantically. it means: no, sorry, do nothing.
    – vulkanino
    Feb 24, 2012 at 14:40
  • @vulkanino Is not radio button of course, but is a part of the options you have. Is like one of the options you have.
    – Aristos
    Feb 24, 2012 at 14:41

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