Double-Negatives in Dialogs, Basecamp Example

I’ve written before about how double-negatives are my kryponite.

When a checkbox is checked, it should signal a positive, not a negative.

This latest example comes from Basecamp, the very popular project management tool from 37 Signals.


This dialog isn’t as bad as other examples that I’ve found in the past.  But it wouldn’t hurt anyone to change this to: “Allow this message to be seen by the client (Jennifer Fiddlerova)” and uncheck it by default.

All the little things add up.