Source: Apple iTunes
If you warn somebody about something, you should provide a way for them to act accordingly. If I choose “Continue”, what are the consequences?
(The message reads: “There are purchased items… that have not been transferred to your iTunes library. You should transfer these items to your iTunes library before updating this iPad. Are you sure you want to continue?”)
Source: ANZ bank
Surely any competent organisation could have its developers parse “rd” or “st” appropriately.
“If you do not wish to be contacted via email, please ensure that the box is not checked.”
Convoluted constructions are confusing, and risk the perception of being deliberately misleading. At least the default status is “opt out”.
Source: Meriton survey
Of course, the irresistible temptation was to answer “Yes”.
Source: Transport for NSW (Sydney)
This sign (“Pedestrian Improvement Works”), on a Sydney bus, tells us that pedestrians can be improved. It works!
In this case, the ambiguity is harmless, since we can quickly filter out the nonsensical meaning.
Source: Microsoft Outlook
It’s often difficult to know how to arrange lists, but an ordering that places the “Inbox” in fifth position – lower than “Deleted Items” – is probably not optimal.
A lovely example of a confused message.
Source: Melbourne road sign
This message informs me that control of my computer is being wrested from me. My computer “needs” to restart, and will do so in four-and-a-half minutes, probably just as I return to my desk with a cup of coffee ready to finish that urgent task.