Meta: Can anyone explain comment chains on mobile?

Submitted by huntmich on July 19th, 2018 at 7:44 PM

Really. I don't know which comments are nested under any other comments. I see right angles of various colored lines and I have no idea if they are commenting on the post above it or the post where the right angles started.


Does anyone understand this?


Pepto Bismol

July 19th, 2018 at 7:49 PM ^

Try turning your phone sideways/landscape and scroll through. The replies offset more that way and you can see the idea. Color doesnt mean anything. Replies bump in a tab.

It's almost to impossible to tell what's what if you hold it upright. Once you see the concept in landscape, you can flip it back and see the impossibly tiny indents upright as well.


July 19th, 2018 at 7:58 PM ^

This response is truly just saying “the site is not mobile friendly”.

Nobody reads their iPhones in landscape. It doesn’t fit well in the hand and isn’t what people’s eyes are used to, plus almost every site is optimized in portrait. Having comment chains be indistinguishable in portrait is incredibly annoying.


July 19th, 2018 at 8:09 PM ^

If I had to choose what about the new site's comment capabilities, "not being able to clearly tell who replied to whom"...would seriously rank 4th on the list:

1. Metric ton of white space (hope you like scrolling!)

2. Can't edit your comments

3. Three clicks to get to the board, then scrolling to get past the stickies

4. Can't tell who replied to whom

Fourth. A major readability problem is fourth. Fuck this new site. I bet my comment is taking up your whole screen, isn't it? ISN'T IT?


July 19th, 2018 at 8:16 PM ^

Joke's on you, it's only taking up 60% of it.

But seriously - the comments sections are terrible.  Even on a PC.  I hate to say it, but ElevenWarriors is far beyond this site in terms of its comments section.  

The best comment section IMO is on Off Tackle Empire - it's just too bad that their content is shit.


July 19th, 2018 at 9:48 PM ^

My experience as a kid on Mavis Beacon Teach Typing prevents me from being successful doing any significant typing on a phone, but I haven't had too many problems at least reading the site on Chrome on Android. I simply wait until I can get to a desktop / laptop to post, which works for me because it gives me time to mull over my usually raw first takes.


July 19th, 2018 at 10:04 PM ^

Lol because that's good for engagement metrics of your user base...I can imagine the convo now..."Trust me, it'll be fine, we just have to wait for them to get to a laptop and remember what it was they were going to do."

I bet over 50% of the populous considers their laptop to just be their online bill-pay & porn machine. 


July 20th, 2018 at 12:17 AM ^

Consider this a goodbye. I have been on this site for years, but this new site is just unbearable and has taken everything away from the site that was great. I might check back during football season to see if Brian smartened up and returned the site back to the old look and feel. 


However, the odds of that happening is about 0.83%. Soooooo this is goodbye. Happy trails y'all

Frieze Memorial

July 20th, 2018 at 12:54 AM ^

I don't think I've ever seen a website that was so different between landscape and portrait. I never knew if you browse in landscape you get to see everyone's (non-updating) points. And the whole thread thing makes sense.

Still looks bad though.