Thursday, December 14, 2006

Why UI messages must be carefully worded

I got this email from the university today:

Your overall [average mark]: 87.0

There were no outstanding results at the time of this calculation.

Apparently, none of my results are any good ("outstanding"). I feel insulted...

... but obviously, that's not what they meant. They should have used "unfinalised" instead of "outstanding" to be unambiguous.

And no, 87.0 is not my real mark. I'm not going to post the real mark here because there are some fellow students running around uni trying to find out my marks, for god knows what reason, so no need to make it easy for them :)

No comments: