After looking at questions for a while, it seems like things really tend to focus on IxD and some visual design. I get the feeling that if I asked a question about architecture, human factors, or industrial design, my question would be flagged. What qualifies?

Here's a chart that describes UX, and it seems to be the best answer here: Do we like this definition of UX? Is this what UX is? Should this be a question on the actual site? (Vs on Meta.)

UX chart

Industrial design, HCI and more general human factors are perfectly on topic, though if you want more research based stuff on psychology/HCI stuff you might want to check out Cognitive Sciences as well – Ben Brocka Sep 21 '12 at 20:23
I also disagree with the majority of the HCI bubble being outside the UX bubble. – Ben Brocka Sep 21 '12 at 20:24
Good to know -- I'll checkout the Cog Sci site. Sounds interesting. And yes, I didn't make the diagram so it's a bit off. But it's a good starting place for conversation. I'm finding it hard to imagine anything HCI related that doesn't fit under UX. – Loren Rogers Sep 23 '12 at 21:41
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I think the feeling you get is wrong :)

Off the top of my head:

Why don't most elevator panels let you unselect

Why do ATMs (Cash Machines) display a thank you message for so long?

Why don't ATMs give you cash before your card?

Why do most public toilet doors open inwards?

And more generally: , , .

Awesome -- thanks for the great links. – Loren Rogers Sep 23 '12 at 21:42
You're welcome :) – Vitaly Mijiritsky Sep 24 '12 at 6:31

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