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Old 10-11-2019, 07:50 PM   #1
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Any thoughts about making this site more mobile friendly?

As the title says, have you guys thought about making this site more mobile friendly? I'm currently deployed with the military and haven't had much access to a computer with internet, so I've been relying on my cell phone.

It's so bad that I pretty much never post here or read here if I'm not on my PC. My biggest gripe is that when I go to my User CP, and I can't click to see the last unread post on my cell phone. There is simply no button for this. This is an unbelievably inconvenient issue, especially on fairly active threads, as I have to click on the thread and read through to find the last post I read, which is very easy to lose track of, especially if I have multiple active threads I'm participating in, and if I get a couple of pages behind, it's even worse.

Other more minor gripes with the mobile version
-can't thank a post
-can't multiquote
-to get to the user CP, I have to click on the menu and then a drop down comes down, which is an extra step, but more importantly, it's very buggy for me. Sometimes the drop down won't appear and I have to reload the page, or close out the tab and open up a new one.

This is all I can think of right now, but I know I had a couple of other things that were pretty minor. If anyone else has anything, please add.

Thanks for listening, and hopefully you'll be able to make these improvements.
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Old 10-11-2019, 08:15 PM   #2
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There is an early retirement app for the iphone (and I imagine for android)..
which is great for reading - I will have to try posting from it
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Old 10-11-2019, 08:46 PM   #3
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There is an early retirement app for the iphone (and I imagine for android)..
which is great for reading - I will have to try posting from it
I had no idea this app existed. Thanks for posting this.

I just downloaded it and played around with it... and yikes! I do not like it. At all. Maybe I'm missing it, but there is no user cp button, which means no list of subscribed threads. I mean, there is a list of subscribed threads, but it's just a list of the last posts in the threads I'm subscribed to, rather than a list, but at least I can get to the last unread post...

I guess this is a little better, but it would still be nice to have a good mobile browser version, as I prefer a browser for forums over individual apps.
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Old 10-11-2019, 09:28 PM   #4
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I agree. Wish the app had the features you describe. Glad youíre asking. Never know what might be possible unless itís asked.
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Old 10-11-2019, 09:56 PM   #5
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I browse from my phone all the time. When I’m logged it it automatically takes me to the last unread post, but I can still see the button to click to “view first unread”. It’s right above the thread title in the green banner section on the left. Do you not have that?

There are buttons to thank or multiquote at the bottom of each post for me, though I’ve never found the multiquote easy from a phone.

I’m using safari on an iPhone. Maybe that makes a difference?
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Old 10-11-2019, 10:00 PM   #6
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I agree. Wish the app had the features you describe. Glad youíre asking. Never know what might be possible unless itís asked.
What app are you referring to? Tapatalk?
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Old 10-11-2019, 10:32 PM   #7
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i read the forums from my iphone 7 and ipad mini 4 all using the safari browser all the time.
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Old 10-12-2019, 02:02 AM   #8
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Iíve tried both tapatalk and the ER app on my iPhone and prefer using Chrome browser on my iPhone.
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Old 10-12-2019, 05:20 AM   #9
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I agree that there could be some improvements on the mobile app like better synchronization of presentation of threads with the browser version.

But I use the app for > 95% of the time I spend on the site (reading and posting) and I think it does a good job especially given the limited screen real estate on smaller devices like the iPod Touch and earlier iPhones.
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Old 10-12-2019, 08:51 AM   #10
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What app are you referring to? Tapatalk?

The iPhone and iPad ER app. Donít think itís Tapatalk, although Iím unfamiliar with what that is.
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Old 10-12-2019, 09:07 AM   #11
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Polls do not work in the app. That is the only major drawback I have found.
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Polls do not work in the app. That is the only major drawback I have found.
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If I use the web version there's more content available(Thanks) but the most notable thing is polls.
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Old 10-12-2019, 12:09 PM   #13
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I use the iPhone app to browse pretty frequently. It previously allowed you to click on a user and see their stats, including threads they've replied to or started and previous comment, which I think is very useful. That disappeared a few years ago, so it would be nice if it were brought back.
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Old 10-12-2019, 01:21 PM   #14
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I'm using the Android app- it does let me see subscribed threads- I tap on the dialogue bubbles at the top, and subscribed threads is to the right below it. I like the app
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Old 10-15-2019, 02:32 PM   #15
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I'm using the Android app- it does let me see subscribed threads- I tap on the dialogue bubbles at the top, and subscribed threads is to the right below it. I like the app


If I click on your user name, then click on the bubbles/dots at the top right, my only options are to ignore/block you or cancel.

I like the app too; this is really my only complaint.
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Here is what mine looks like. I tap on the dialogue box I circled then subscribed threads is next to the arrowScreenshot_20191015-155821.jpeg
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Old 10-15-2019, 04:54 PM   #17
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There is a branded app for ER.org that is similar to tapatalk. As noted by several folks there are some native site functions that are not available.. it's intentionally "lite"

Another option is to navigate to the site using a regular browser and a mobile view should appear if you are using a small screen. Most site functions are available but may be buried under "hamburger" menus.
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Old 10-15-2019, 05:25 PM   #18
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Any thoughts about making this site more mobile friendly?

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There is a branded app for ER.org that is similar to tapatalk. As noted by several folks there are some native site functions that are not available.. it's intentionally "lite"



Another option is to navigate to the site using a regular browser and a mobile view should appear if you are using a small screen. Most site functions are available but may be buried under "hamburger" menus.

The branded app is what I use all the time for viewing. But as you say itís very lite. Things like polls, any user CP functions, and even quick thanks are not available. Wish it was less Ďliteí. Maybe someday
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Old 10-15-2019, 09:26 PM   #19
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I use the iPhone ER.org app 95% of the time. I learned from another user that in order to take part in a poll you must click the menu dots in the upper right corner and select web view. After you vote you can return to the app.

If I want to reply in multi-quote I do have to go to the computer. Canít do it on the small screen.

One of the things Iíd like to see is the ability to mark an entire sub forum as read by swiping from the list. Currently I have to go into the sub forum and then click from the menu at the top. This functionality is available on one of the sister apps (Airforums) so it seems like we should be able to use it too.
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There is a branded app for ER.org that is similar to tapatalk. As noted by several folks there are some native site functions that are not available.. it's intentionally "lite"

Another option is to navigate to the site using a regular browser and a mobile view should appear if you are using a small screen. Most site functions are available but may be buried under "hamburger" menus.
I use an Android phone using Chrome as my browser, and that's where my issues from my OP are from. Whether I keep it on mobile or click on full site, there is no real difference in functionality.

I regularly post on about a half dozen different forums, and over a dozen in total from time to time. This forum is by far the worst on mobile. Like not even close. It could definitely use an upgrade.
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