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It would be nice if the "Recent Posts" list could be accessed on mobile display.  It  could be added to the right slide window (the one that opens when clicking on the down arrow) under the "Mark All Topics As Read".  (It looks like the CSS for the list might need some tweaking for mobile as well.)

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I only access the forum on a desktop as well but I was curious as to what it would look like on a mobile display and the lack of being able to access the Recent Posts stood out like a sore thumb.  As more users access this site via mobile, it would be advisable to expend effort on making the forum more mobile friendly.

Anthony

@A. Wells posted:

I only access the forum on a desktop as well but I was curious as to what it would look like on a mobile display and the lack of being able to access the Recent Posts stood out like a sore thumb.  As more users access this site via mobile,

Just how do you know THAT? I'm willing to bet that the vast majority of participants on the OGR Forum use a computer!

it would be advisable to expend effort on making the forum more mobile friendly.

Friendly to those that don't know to turn their smart phone horizontal?

Anthony

@Rich Melvin posted:

63% of viewers on this forum use a PC or a MAC.

Well, that leaves 1/3 of them using some other device.   OTOH, I agree that since you can simply rotate the phone, it seems redundant to expend extra effort to add this simple feature.

If you really wanted to make it more "mobile friendly", it takes more than a couple of CSS tweaks, hence more effort and expense.

I do prefer the computer, but I just meant that it is not all that tough to read the forum on my phone. As for your example, You have to do a lot of scrolling on either device. I find it much easier to post pictures from phone, because I can do it directly, and I can reduce the size to upload faster. It's easier than hooking up my camera to the PC, downloading, filing and then posting , without your gigabyte/second speed. A longer thread isn't much different on either device.

I don't have or use a computer.  100% of everything I do is on my phone.   I'm shocked honestly at how many still have computers on this forum.  Most people I know abandoned computers long ago.

It all depends on what you do with your computer.

  • I could not retouch photos in Photoshop for publication in the magazine on a phone or tablet.
  • I could not update the web sites that I maintain (about 12 of them) on a phone or tablet.
  • I could not process the data for the renewals or the magazine press run on a phone or tablet.

On the other hand, if you are just a casual user browsing the web, running your trains, and getting your email, a phone or tablet is fine.

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@John H posted:

I do prefer the computer, but I just meant that it is not all that tough to read the forum on my phone. As for your example, You have to do a lot of scrolling on either device. I find it much easier to post pictures from phone, because I can do it directly, and I can reduce the size to upload faster. It's easier than hooking up my camera to the PC, downloading, filing and then posting , without your gigabyte/second speed. A longer thread isn't much different on either device.

I find it useful to have the smart phone linked to the desktop/laptop.  I use an app called my phone, but there are others.  I view messages, photos, etc. on my laptop from my phone without downloading the photos and get instant access.  If I want to have local use of the photos, I save to desktop.  Works well as I can write and email using the laptop and take a photo with the phone and attach to the email.  All without wires or downloading more than what I need.  I like a full size keyboard when I write emails.

Another option would be to use your phone connected to cloud storage.  You could then get access to files and photos from any device as long as they are also linked to the cloud storage.

Just a thought.

@Rich Melvin posted:

63% of viewers on this forum use a PC or a MAC. This is from Google stats. That percentage has remained in the 60-65% range for several years.

As you can see, just turning your phone to landscape mode solves the problem. There is no need to insert additional CSS into the code.

I use my iPad a lot and have no issues horizontal or vertical I see everything the same way. So I would agree with  Rich and GRJ if it ain’t broke no need to fix it.

   

It is hard to believe that someone would want to have the CSS "tweaked" because they don't want "the inconvenience" of turning their phone horizontal.  I'm still trying to understand why this is even worth all of the discussion.  Maybe I'm too easily satisfied because I can't find anything wrong with this forum whether on my iPhone, iPad or MacBook Pro.

I see the word "broken" mentioned.  I never inferred anything was broken per say.  I was suggesting an improvement to the forum that would aid those who do view the forum on their mobile device.  I understand there are a lot of older folks who only use desktop computers but the younger generation is more inclined to do (or attempt to do) everything from their smart phone.  As more of the younger generation gets involved with this forum (fingers crossed), it think move effort should be extended by the CrowdStack people to make the site more mobile friendly.

Anthony

@A. Wells posted:

I see the word "broken" mentioned.  I never inferred anything was broken per say.  I was suggesting an improvement to the forum that would aid those who do view the forum on their mobile device.  I understand there are a lot of older folks who only use desktop computers but the younger generation is more inclined to do (or attempt to do) everything from their smart phone.  As more of the younger generation gets involved with this forum (fingers crossed), it think move effort should be extended by the CrowdStack people to make the site more mobile friendly.

Anthony

EXACTLY.  Everyone complains that the younger generation isn't picking up the hobby.....but from what I've seen, both online (facebook) and at train shows, there is A LOT of renewed interest in o-scale and the hobby in general. I think the renewed interest is largely thanks to all the modern electronics and features.  Those folks attracted by those features are surely using a mobile device, at least some of the time, when they are browsing the web.

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EXACTLY.  Everyone complains that the younger generation isn't picking up the hobby.....but from what I've seen, both online (facebook) and at train shows, there is A LOT of renewed interest in o-scale and the hobby in general. I think the renewed interest is largely thanks to all the modern electronics and features.  Those folks attracted by those features are surely using a mobile device, at least some of the time, when they are browsing the web.

As an iDevice user I don't understand this problem.  As others have said change the orientation to landscape and there ya go.  Is this an issue only on non-iDevices?  JUst trying to understand the issue.

I agree as the youth of the hobby come on board the smart device will gain more traction.  Both Lionel and MTH see that as well as Bachman. 

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As an iDevice user I don't understand this problem.  As others have said change the orientation to landscape and there ya go.  Is this an issue only on non-iDevices?  JUst trying to understand the issue.

I agree as the youth of the hobby come on board the smart device will gain more traction.  Both Lionel and MTH see that as well as Bachman.

No, it is a non-issue for Android devices too. Rotate. (to landscape)

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I don't have or use a computer.  100% of everything I do is on my phone.   I'm shocked honestly at how many still have computers on this forum.  Most people I know abandoned computers long ago.

Brian,

Sorry to disappoint you.  We're all confirmed luddites here -- every last one of us is a technophobe and stuck in the past.  After all aren't trains ancient history?

I'm shocked honestly at how many people still make trains their hobby.   Most people abandoned trains long ago.

Aside, to the rest of us:  Have you ever noticed how frequently someone barges into a well-running thread in order to insinuate that the whole thread is all nonsense, and a complete waste of time, because everyone who's posted before them is not looking at the simple facts?  This is quite similar.

Mike

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@MartyE posted:

As an iDevice user I don't understand this problem.  As others have said change the orientation to landscape and there ya go.  Is this an issue only on non-iDevices?  JUst trying to understand the issue.

I agree as the youth of the hobby come on board the smart device will gain more traction.  Both Lionel and MTH see that as well as Bachman.

NEVER knew till reading this thread that turning the phone sideways would in any way change the view of the forum.   Wouldn't have even occurred to me to try it, as reading looks much better in portrait view vs landscape.

I don't have or use a computer.  100% of everything I do is on my phone.   I'm shocked honestly at how many still have computers on this forum.  Most people I know abandoned computers long ago.

I wonder how you'd design circuit boards on your phone?  Working on large spreadsheets is another interesting exercise on the phone...  Just drawing a fairly simple graphic is a challenge on the phone...

This entire site is a “responsive” design. That’s how the view can change when you rotate from portrait to landscape.

As for the phone vs computer tangential discussion here, I’ll leave you with this. A phone for casual use of the web is fine. If all you are going to do is browse the web, get your email, use Faceplant or some other social media site, a phone is fine.

However, for more serious work, such as designing circuit boards, retouching images, manipulating a lot of data on a large spreadsheet, updating a web site, or any other work that demands a larger screen and more processing horsepower, then a phone simply is not going to work.

A couple of you have mentioned turning on your computer to browse the web or use this forum. My three computers (personal PC, OGR PC, and a MAC for video editing) have been turned on 24/7 for years!  I never turn them off. Solid state devices most often fail upon start-up. They don’t gradually wear out like old tube-type stuff did. So I leave them on all the time.

I don't think anyone has stated you can't access the forum using a phone, the issue is that it's much more cumbersome than using a computer and a real keyboard.  I learned to type as a teenager, and even at my advanced age, I can type far faster than most people could possibly enter text on the phone.

The issue was raised posting pictures, but that's a non-issue if you use freely available resources.  I use DropBox on my phone and computer, I just share the photo with DropBox and it magically appears on my computer where I can post it in the message.  I can also easily manipulate the graphic to crop, rotate, and fix exposure and color issues if necessary.

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I can type far faster than most people could possibly enter text on the phone.



You think your 10 digits can beat my two thumbs? Is that what you're saying?!

I think this thread has boiled down to you gotta have the right tool for the job in terms of phone vs laptop vs desktop and everything. I actually bought a slightly higher end phone so I could monitor my 3D printer from beyond the house. I usually buy low end smart phones. I wouldn't convert and STL into g-code on my phone but I do render g-code in 3D occasionally to double check for errors and whatnot. It's an ok tool for the job. I wouldn't write a novel on a forum on my phone but I will probably reply to a post.

Anyway, I like the forum. It's good. Think I'll stick around. Especially now that I got this fancy landscape trick in my pocket.

Like I mentioned earlier, turning my phone sideways to landscape does NOT show recent posts.

My phone does change to landscape but just makes everything a little bigger.

I have to manually change from the mobile site to the desktop version on my phone to see recent posts.

Others apparently are not having issues like that so it must be a setting within my device. I have an LG V7 with Android.

Brad

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