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?

Yes, displays like crap on mobile! 10 vote(s) 83.3%
Nope, I like the 2005 appearance. We have a magnifying glass for it. 2 vote(s) 16.7%
  1. Boba Frett Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Oct 21, 1999
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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!
  2. Bazinga'd Porg Overlord of the WNU, CT, and Saga Forums

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

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    Oct 13, 2003
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    Yeah, just about everyone who likes to come here regularly on a phone uses Tapatalk.
  4. Todd the Jedi Mod and Soliloquist of SWTV

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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 Jedi Master

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    Oct 21, 1999
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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?
    Ender Sai likes this.
  6. Boba Frett Jedi Master

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  7. Bazinga'd Porg Overlord of the WNU, CT, and Saga Forums

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


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Ghost Chosen One

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    Oct 13, 2003
    star 7
    You still visit the main website? I think I last visited it over a decade ago.
  9. LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod

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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 Jedi Knight

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    Jun 19, 2016
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    Tapatalk won't run on my phone. Outtaluck?
  11. Todd the Jedi Mod and Soliloquist of SWTV

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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 Force Ghost

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    Feb 18, 2014
    star 7
    Who has time for that? :p
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  13. yankee8255 Jedi Grand Master

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    May 31, 2005
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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 Jedi Master

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    Apr 20, 2015
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    Call me old fashioned, but I still use my laptop.
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  15. Ghost Chosen One

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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 Comms Admin + Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque

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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 Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod

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

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    Nov 20, 2012
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    I prefer an actual keyboard, so I almost never use my phone to post here.
  19. Ender Sai Chosen One

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    Feb 18, 2001
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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 TFN Content Manager

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    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!
    Jester J Binks likes this.
  21. LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod

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

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    Nov 20, 2012
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    I tried Tapatalk, and it was crap. Never again.
  23. Sith-I-5 Jedi Grand Master

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    Aug 14, 2002
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    So far, my Samsung Galaxy S4 loves the Boards.

    Without Tapatalk.
  24. anakinfansince1983 Nightsister of Four Realms

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    Mar 4, 2011
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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 Comms Admin + Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque

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