MetaFilter has a new look on iPhones.
Today we started serving up a new stylesheet for iPhones. It's based on the print stylesheet
, and tweaked for the iPhone. The pages themselves have a few extra linebreaks here and there, and there's a new menu for navigation at the bottom of the page. Here's what MeFi looks like in the default theme (front
) and the plain text theme (front
We've been testing it behind the scenes for a couple months, and we've found it's quite a bit more readable than the standard site. But if you're on the iPhone and want to go back to the standard site, click the "Switch to Standard Site" link at the bottom of any page. Not everything is available via the iPhone site, so there might be times you need to switch to standard for some features. There's no link to add a new post, for example.
For background here's a brief history of MetaFilter on the iPhone. In January, 2008 we launched mobile.metafilter.com
as an experiment. It looked sort of like a native iPhone App, but it was for reading only. At some point we decided to discontinue development of a separate space for the iPhone, and tweak the main site to make it more iPhone-friendly instead. (Most recently discussed here
.) This new site style is a continuation of that idea. Instead of duplicating features at a separate subdomain, we're trying to make reading and commenting at the main sites more iPhone-friendly.
Right now we're focusing on the iPhone, but once the bugs are worked out we'll start playing with turning the stylesheet on for other devices.
Oh, I should also note that if you have opted-out of the November Experiment in your web browser, you'll also need to set that cookie in your iPhone by saving your preferences on the iPhone. To do that, scroll to the bottom menu, click Preferences, make sure the box is checked next to "Show comment favorite counts?", and click Save. That will set the opt-out cookie for Mobile Safari.
If you spot problems with the new iPhone stylesheet, please let us know here.