Sometimes it is better to not be polite

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When we are working on Hyper-V there are a lot of things that we work on that you may not be aware of.  One thing that we pay a lot of attention to is the text that is displayed in our user interfaces.  Obviously, we want this text to be as easy to read and as helpful as possible.  But we also want to make sure that the style of writing we use is consistent with the rest of Windows. 

One case where Hyper-V is not consistent with the rest of Windows was recently called to my attention.  Can you spot it in this dialog:


The problem is the “Please don’t ask me again” option.  Specifically the “Please”.  You see, everywhere else in Windows this option would just read “Don’t ask me again” and our use of please is not consistent.

I had never really noticed this before – but now that I know about it I am always spotting the fact that Hyper-V tends to say “Please”.


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  • Additionally, I would think that there should be the word, "the" in the question:

    "Are you sure you want to delete the saved state(s) of THE selected virtual machines(s)?"

  • Technically the buttons should also be labelled "Yes" and "No" as those are the answers to the question...

  • well as long as we're being picky, wouldn't

    "Yes, please Delete" & "No, please Don't Delete" be even better?

    maybe a whole paragraph in the buttons describing exactly what will result by clicking!

    seriously, i hate yes & no buttons, because then i have to read the question.  Action descriptions on the buttons are great when i can infer what they mean quickly.

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Sometimes it is better to not be polite