Re-type your email address

I don’t know about you, but it drives me nuts when online forms ask me to type my email address twice. Hello! I can see whether I typed it correctly the first time, thank you very much. It’s not like a password field, where your input shows up as asterisks, and there’s no way to see if you typed it correctly or not. So, I can understand asking the user to confirm their password (though only on password creation, of course). But please, if you are ever in the position of designing a form that asks the user for their email address, don’t make them enter it twice! Or I’ll have to hunt you down and beat you with a wet noodle, as my mom would say.

2 Responses to “Re-type your email address”

  1. Eric Says:

    Funny; I’ve gotten so used to this that I don’t really notice anymore. There are few things I can type faster than my hotmail address.

    I understand - if it’s the way they have of contacting you, and people are, on average, stupid (which is a new theory I have :) ) - it is a pretty surefire way to make sure people don’t give you wrong information. If I’m writing a letter, and address the envelope with the street name spelled wrong, USPS will still be able to deliver. If an email is off by one letter, the company loses a sale and/or a customer.

    I’ll be on guard for that wet noodle.

  2. Matthom Says:

    Well put. I totally agree. I bookmark this page for reference whenever I deal with this, in forms.