On iOS, Chrome seems to work better than Safari for very long posts. June 18, 2017 8:41 PM   Subscribe


Noted.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:05 PM on June 18


Apple is a hardware company and Google is a software company.
posted by sammyo at 9:06 PM on June 18 [3 favorites]


The classic theme is even better.
posted by Space Coyote at 9:25 PM on June 18 [5 favorites]


#classic4ever
posted by lalex at 9:34 PM on June 18 [3 favorites]


If by "classic" you mean "Professional White" then you are the most correct people on MetaFilter ever.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:54 PM on June 18 [3 favorites]


Wait, you just meant for long threads, didn't you? Never mind.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:55 PM on June 18 [1 favorite]


I just said to myself "self, maybe you are ready for the modern dark theme" but it turns out I'm still averse to titles after all these years.
posted by lalex at 10:06 PM on June 18 [4 favorites]


I would like to thank the mods for their courage in allowing this deeply controversial, yet vital, post to go up.
posted by Chrysostom at 10:10 PM on June 18 [1 favorite]


Wait this is about mobile? Everyone's wrong, Opera is the best for long threads because they have the quick page up/down buttons that let you jump to the top or bottom of a thread.
posted by lalex at 10:12 PM on June 18


w3m
posted by en forme de poire at 12:40 AM on June 19


To provide some counterpoint, Firefox works well on Android.
posted by double block and bleed at 5:15 AM on June 19 [1 favorite]


I was just writing an email to a guy the other day pointing out that the Gopher server dishes up those long threads real fast.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:19 AM on June 19 [8 favorites]




1. Apparently I haven't used iOS Chrome in like 4 years and it's really weird looking at what I had bookmarked back then. Lots of blogspot.

2. Chrome has a "close all tabs" button. GOODBYE AND FUCK YOU FOREVER SAFARI!
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 9:13 AM on June 19 [2 favorites]


Trying to decide if it's worth $1.99 to get a gopher client for my iPhone but you can definitely get gopher plugins that allow Firefox to do gopher stuff or use this proxy if you use another browser.
posted by jessamyn (temp) at 9:14 AM on June 19 [1 favorite]


For those wondering, the problem with iOS Safari and very long MetaFilter posts is that it crashes and reloads the page all the damn time. Chrome doesn't do that, so that is a good thing in my opinion!
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 9:51 AM on June 19


Chrome has a "close all tabs" button.

It also has a "Close all incognito tabs" button which I can theorize might be useful to someone somewhere, I have no idea
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 9:56 AM on June 19 [3 favorites]


Trying to decide if it's worth $1.99 to get a gopher client for my iPhone but you can definitely get gopher plugins that allow Firefox to do gopher stuff or use this proxy if you use another browser.

And you call yourself a librarian. I'm almost ashamed of you right now, jessamyn.
posted by Talez at 11:10 AM on June 19


Because I am cheap? That is a librarian value.
posted by jessamyn (temp) at 12:17 PM on June 19 [4 favorites]


Yes but letting two dollars standing in the way of Gopher? Let's face it. Librarians are only cheap on things that aren't important.
posted by Talez at 12:31 PM on June 19 [1 favorite]


I have to admit that the political threads are just way too long and unwieldy and I'm never going to get to 'inbox zero' on them. When I'm busy I pretty much just read selected bits fit the 'Popular' feeds. When I'm less busy and can deal with more of the thread than makes mefi's popular threshold I have a jupyter notebook that parses the things and makes a curated list of comments for me.

Nothing over about 300 comments is ever going to get enough of my attention to be read exhaustively. 1500, 2000, 3000 comments just seems designed for failure and makes me cry on behalf of the mods.
posted by mce at 2:13 PM on June 19


Once upon a time, I was all proud that I actually started a 100 post thread. Now, it all seems so quaint. A product of a quieter, less intense time. A thing that current me scoffs at. But as a bonus, I now have an iPhone AND and iPad. Things ten-years-ago me wouldn't have dreamed of having. However, I just use them to read Johnny Wallflower posts because: Puppies. So I guess I learned something. Maybe?

Nota bene: I learn nothing.
posted by 1f2frfbf at 7:29 PM on June 19 [2 favorites]


Data point: trading my first-gen iPad Air for the new iPad Pro makes long threads load much more better. Carry on.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 1:30 PM on June 21


On my X201 Thinkpad, which is sporting a modest 4 GB of RAM and running Linux Mint, reading megathreads works fine in SeaMonkey. Never had a problem.
But Chromium and Pale Moon are okay too.
posted by Too-Ticky at 1:34 PM on June 21


I can't read Metafilter at all with my Atari 800.
posted by killdevil at 9:55 AM on June 23 [2 favorites]


Well I mean have you tried hard enough?
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:38 AM on June 23 [1 favorite]


2. Chrome has a "close all tabs" button. GOODBYE AND FUCK YOU FOREVER SAFARI!

you can close all tabs in safari iOS by holding down on the button that brings you to the tab switcher.

after seven years of using iOS i only discovered this last week.
posted by JimBennett at 12:50 PM on June 24 [1 favorite]


Another example of why I'm so frustrated with Apple's software these days. The UI is becoming so dumbed-down in the name of "elegance" that it's painful to use.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 1:19 PM on June 24


Safari is the new IE.
posted by anem0ne at 8:51 AM on June 29 [1 favorite]


That's, uh, weird. All browsers on iOS use the same engine. Apple doesn't allow custom browser engines on the App Store. So it's Safari all the way down.

BTW, Firefox is also on iOS (also of course using WebKit). It syncs with Firefox Sync, looks nice and has a better private browsing mode than Safari.

Safari supports content blockers though.
posted by floatboth at 7:54 AM on July 14


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