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TFN: Time for a mobile-friendly overhaul.

Discussion in 'Communications' started by Boba Frett, Aug 31, 2017.

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IS TFN READY FOR A MOBILE-FRIENDLY OVERHAUL?

  1. Yes, displays like crap on mobile!

    86.7%
  2. Nope, I like the 2005 appearance. We have a magnifying glass for it.

    13.3%
  1. Boba Frett

    Boba Frett Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Hi, there.

    I've been coming here since the last millennium.

    In that time, there's been a lot of change, as with this newfangled thing called a "smartphone."

    All jokes aside, TFN is way overdue for a mobile-friendly overhaul, as in one with responsive web design.

    The whole site is dreadful to use on mobile, but if you were to check the usage stats, you'd probably find a majority of your traffic is inbound from IOS and Android devices.

    Please fix this.

    Thanks!
     
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  2. Bazinga'd

    Bazinga'd Hand of the Mod Squad and Enforcer of the Realm star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    An alternative to the moble UI is to use Tapatalk.
     
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  3. Ghost

    Ghost Chosen One star 7

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    Yeah, just about everyone who likes to come here regularly on a phone uses Tapatalk.
     
  4. Todd the Jedi

    Todd the Jedi Mod and Soliloquist of SWTV star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    Yeah Tapatalk has its pluses and minuses, but overall it gets the job done. Ease of use more than outweighs some of its minor flaws.
     
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  5. Boba Frett

    Boba Frett Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Tapatalk is for forums, though. I'm talking holistically about TFN AND the the forums. Responsive web design addresses all screen types. While Tapatalk is great, you shouldn't need an app to have things display properly.

    On Safari on IOS, TFN's home page (and all other sub-pages) don't size properly.

    Look, I used to write white papers on Web Performance Optimization. It's a valid concern. I mean, the site is funded by ad revenue, right? Shouldn't they be displayed properly?
     
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  6. Boba Frett

    Boba Frett Jedi Grand Master star 4

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  7. Bazinga'd

    Bazinga'd Hand of the Mod Squad and Enforcer of the Realm star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    That's a bigger question far above my pay grade.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  8. Ghost

    Ghost Chosen One star 7

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    You still visit the main website? I think I last visited it over a decade ago.
     
  9. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod star 9 Staff Member Administrator

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    We mods have nothing to do with the main site - other people work on it. Your best bet is to use the Contact section on the main site and use the email address for general inquiries to ask your question.
     
  10. SpecForce Trooper

    SpecForce Trooper Jedi Master star 4

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    Tapatalk won't run on my phone. Outtaluck?
     
  11. Todd the Jedi

    Todd the Jedi Mod and Soliloquist of SWTV star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    Probably. Had it been running before? If you just got it and it won't work then it's probably incompatible with your phone's software, and as such you would have to get an upgraded phone, though I don't recommend doing so just to get an app to work.
     
  12. Jedi Knight Fett

    Jedi Knight Fett Host, PT Interview Thread star 10 VIP - Game Host

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    Who has time for that? :p
     
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  13. yankee8255

    yankee8255 Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    I've used Tapatalk for several years, it works well in theory, but the bugs are maddening especially the double post issue. I noticed westeros.org's boards have a mobile version that is quite good, I'd invite you to take a look at it and see if we could do that here.
     
  14. MotivateR5D4

    MotivateR5D4 Jedi Master star 4

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    Call me old fashioned, but I still use my laptop.
     
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  15. Ghost

    Ghost Chosen One star 7

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    The double-post issue and lag issue is the same on a laptop too, it's deeper than tapatalk.
     
  16. GrandAdmiralJello

    GrandAdmiralJello Comms Admin ❉ Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque star 10 Staff Member Administrator

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    Re: mobile versions of the boards (as opposed to TFN main), I think the long-awaited upgrade of the board software also includes a better native mobile version. But I could be wrong on that.
     
  17. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod star 9 Staff Member Administrator

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    It wouldn't surprise me. This software is pretty old in computer terms.
     
  18. I Are The Internets

    I Are The Internets Force Ghost star 8

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    I prefer an actual keyboard, so I almost never use my phone to post here.
     
  19. Ender Sai

    Ender Sai Bitterest Ex-Mod star 10

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    With respect, "use Tapatalk" isn't a response, it's a deflection that has the same effect as an excuse.

    The OP is correct. Using a third party app to utilise the forums, when the dominant and sole purpose of the forums is user usage, is suboptimal. An elaborate shrug when asked why the engine is smoking. As the mechanic in this scenario, you can do better.
     
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  20. dustinroberts

    dustinroberts TFN Content Manager star 1 VIP

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    Aug 23, 2001

    Believe me I know. We're currently limited by the software and platform we use. You mentioned being an expert in optimization can you please email me directly? I maintain the main site and would love any help you can lend!
     
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  21. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod star 9 Staff Member Administrator

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    Boba Frett - I've PM'd you Dustin's email address at TFN.
     
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  22. I Are The Internets

    I Are The Internets Force Ghost star 8

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    I tried Tapatalk, and it was crap. Never again.
     
  23. Sith-I-5

    Sith-I-5 Force Ghost star 6

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    So far, my Samsung Galaxy S4 loves the Boards.

    Without Tapatalk.
     
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  24. anakinfansince1983

    anakinfansince1983 Nightsister of Four Realms star 10 Staff Member Manager

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    The new Tapatalk update for iOS 11 sucks. I always switched over to Safari for modding anyway and I might be just staying with Safari permanently.
     
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  25. GrandAdmiralJello

    GrandAdmiralJello Comms Admin ❉ Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque star 10 Staff Member Administrator

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    Yikes. I haven't updated yet -- and perhaps I shouldn't. What's so bad about it?