I did that. Partner had ♠8754♥9♦754♣Q9843 and could not imagine that 7♦ was the right bid. It's a once in a decade hand, hard for partner to imagine.
I think now I should have bid 7♦ either directly over 3♠ as suggested by ...
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I do a similar thing: I've gotten onto the habit of shuffling my hand before looking at it. I remove the cards from the pocket, count them by dividing them into two packets of seven and six, and interleave the two packets, all below the table.
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I don't play much online - I'm too busy reading BW posts -- but would hesitation UI be reduced as follows: once a player makes a call, subsequent calls are not shown to that player until RHO has called. This would muddy hesitations.