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Dear Mathowie,

Thanks for buying a droid and making the site better for android users.
posted by boo_radley to MetaFilter-Related at 6:57 PM (71 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

what
posted by Sys Rq at 7:01 PM on December 8, 2009


Don't thank me, thank pb. He did it all today, so it should look a lot better in Android 1.5 and 2.0.

I personally prefer the plain-text theme on mobile devices, do you think we should force that to plain text for droids? Then you don't have the clunky top graphic to worry about, cleaner, shorter menus, etc.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 7:03 PM on December 8, 2009


Well, I like the section accordion a whole lot. The graphics could be minimized, but plain text implies losing the site colors, which is not a good idea, I think.

Thanks, pb!
posted by boo_radley at 7:08 PM on December 8, 2009


Oh, it's a phone.

So this isn't the future after all. Huh. *kicks dirt*
posted by Sys Rq at 7:12 PM on December 8, 2009 [20 favorites]


Don't thank me, thank pb.

Everything Matt doesn't do, pb does.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:16 PM on December 8, 2009 [1 favorite]


Could we move the "more inside" outside? This post is insufferably coy as it currently stands.
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 7:17 PM on December 8, 2009 [6 favorites]


Dear boo_radley,

Please give me my mouseclick & ten seconds back.
posted by UbuRoivas at 7:23 PM on December 8, 2009 [2 favorites]


I agree with boo_radley, it looks awesome. Thanks pb!
posted by SAC at 7:26 PM on December 8, 2009


Woot! This is wonderful, thanks.
posted by octothorpe at 7:31 PM on December 8, 2009


I thought this was going to be about the schmoopy.
posted by desjardins at 7:31 PM on December 8, 2009 [1 favorite]


Also, thank you, mathowie, for providing your thoughts on things you do and don't like about the droid so that I could read those thoughts and decide not to get a droid after all.

(And thank you for a million other things, as well, including being an awesome example of grace in the face of serious crappiness.)
posted by The World Famous at 7:35 PM on December 8, 2009


UbuRoivas: "Dear boo_radley,
Please give me my mouseclick & ten seconds back
"
Sure, I'll just need your receipt.

I'm sure for people who weren't browsing the site on their android phones, this is kinda baffling, but really, there's been a huge, huge improvement.

desjardins: "I thought this was going to be about the schmoopy"

It is about phone schmoopy.
posted by boo_radley at 7:46 PM on December 8, 2009


Also, I seriously can't imagine another site owner just buying a phone so he can get to the bottom of what's making a fraction of the site's readers unhappy.

Mathowie, as always, is a prince among men.
posted by kate blank at 7:47 PM on December 8, 2009


desjardins: "I thought this was going to be about the schmoopy"

It is about phone schmoopy.


No, it's droid schmoopy. Which is never the schmoopy you're looking for.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 7:49 PM on December 8, 2009 [22 favorites]


oh, right. If the [more inside] bit bugs people, yeah, please move it outside. Sorry for the coyness.
posted by boo_radley at 7:58 PM on December 8, 2009


When is MetaFilter going to be optimized for my bag phone?
posted by Rhomboid at 7:58 PM on December 8, 2009 [4 favorites]


Thanks again for fixing up iPhone users.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 8:01 PM on December 8, 2009


When do we get the replicant schmoopy?
posted by FelliniBlank at 8:01 PM on December 8, 2009


You wouldn't want a replicant schmoopy. Four year lifespan.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 8:06 PM on December 8, 2009


I happened to load up MeFi on my Ye Olde G1 today and almost dropped it, I was so excited. My undersized patience while waiting at the post office thanks you.
posted by gnomeloaf at 8:13 PM on December 8, 2009


I thought maybe we'd make it through the day without a meta post, but if you want be all nice and thank matt and pb for something I don't understand....I guess that'll be alright.

Thanks for making all these folks happy with whatever it is you did!
posted by marxchivist at 8:17 PM on December 8, 2009

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posted by UbuRoivas at 8:29 PM on December 8, 2009 [21 favorites]


Dear mathowie!! You suc.......



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...cessfully run a website lots of people like.
posted by drjimmy11 at 8:44 PM on December 8, 2009 [5 favorites]


No, it's droid schmoopy

I UNDER-STAND EVERY-THING ABOUT HU-MANITY
EX-CEPT THIS THING THAT YOU CALL "SCHMOOPY"
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:50 PM on December 8, 2009 [5 favorites]


These are the droids you're looking for!
posted by dirigibleman at 9:07 PM on December 8, 2009


I have a little droidel
I made it out of clay
And when it's dry and ready
Then droidel I shall play.

Droidel, droidel, droidel
I made it out of clay,
Droidel, droidel, droidel,
Then droidel I shall play.

It has a lovely body,
With legs so short and thin,
And when it is all tired
It drops and then I win.


I don't know.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 9:12 PM on December 8, 2009 [8 favorites]


I just dropped by to shag some simulcra. Hello, ladies!
posted by Schmoopy at 9:19 PM on December 8, 2009


You know that this entire site exists so that mathowie, pb, cortex and I can buy gear and have it be a tax write-off, right? My whole family is getting droid phones for Solstice!
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:31 PM on December 8, 2009 [6 favorites]


...yet I have barely a clue what one is. funny, that!
posted by not_on_display at 9:34 PM on December 8, 2009 [1 favorite]


Extra thanks: the resized text box on the iPhone works like a charm. Thanks!
posted by BitterOldPunk at 10:02 PM on December 8, 2009


Still no super special support for the Palm Pre...
<looks down, kicks in the dirt>

posted by zsazsa at 10:21 PM on December 8, 2009 [1 favorite]


ooh, I hadn't noticed the comment box was now a reasonable size on iphone... cheers!
posted by russm at 11:08 PM on December 8, 2009


You folks have done more site optimizations than I can shake a stick at. Which reminds me: when does this site get optimized for viewing on my wii?
posted by davejay at 11:21 PM on December 8, 2009


If you see the blue on your wii, see a doctor immediately.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 11:58 PM on December 8, 2009 [3 favorites]


I just turned my iPhone sideways (as you do) to type this and realized I miss the Atari Lynx. Sure, it was clunky and the screen broke if you so much as blew air onto it, but then again, windsurfing. In colour.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 12:54 AM on December 9, 2009


WHAT'S A RO-BUT?
posted by P.o.B. at 2:02 AM on December 9, 2009


You know that this entire site exists so that mathowie, pb, cortex and I can buy gear and have it be a tax write-off, right? My whole family is getting droid phones for Solstice!

In that case I would like you to buy a Blackberry Curve. And about 15 of my favorite websites.
posted by kate blank at 4:17 AM on December 9, 2009


Still no super special support for the Palm Pre...
<looks down, kicks in the dirt>


This.

Added bonus: with the exception of the Pre's idiotic lack of support for anchors, it behaves really well with iPhone layouts and CSS. Seriously, just grep the user-agent string for 'webOS' (which will also catch iPhones, natch), and apply the styling rules for iPhone. I've had to make one or two little tweaks to make some super-specific functionality work specifically on the Pre on the site I support, but that's for some weird CSS stuff we do that I don't see anywhere on MeFi.
posted by Mayor West at 5:30 AM on December 9, 2009


Thank you! It works so much better now (t-mobile, mytouch).
posted by min at 5:56 AM on December 9, 2009


You don't need to get a new website, you need a website that gets you. And vikings. And taters.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:06 AM on December 9, 2009


WHAT'S A RO-BUT?

$15, same as in town...
posted by twine42 at 6:06 AM on December 9, 2009


Dear Mathowie,






This is a cease and desist letter on behalf of the Lucasfilm Corporation (henceforth referred to as "Lucasfilm"). It has come to our attention that there has been an unauthorized use of the term "droid." "Droid" is a trademark of Lucasfilm and must be licensed from Lucasfilm prior to any approved usage. Henceforth, you have 47 minutes to rectify this problem by removing the unauthorized usage of "droid" from your website. In lieu of removing this unauthorized usage, you may make some changes to your website to bring it within line of approved Lucasfilm products:

1) Change background to a professional white background. We understand that perhaps at the time of creating your website you did not have the technical ability to use a white background, but with advances in browser software and coding languages, you should now be able to do what you always intended.

2) Incorporate more child friendly elements into your website. Presently your website appears to be attractive to mature audiences. There is a distinct lack of website mascot(s) or other amusing characters that will play to the under 7 years old audience. Our own research suggests that the most successful mascots are either tall and clumsy or small, furry and speak an unintelligible dialect. Please choose one or the other,

3)Expand the merchandise section of your website. Presently, your website store contains only a limited shirt selection. This is unacceptable. The following merchandise needs to be added. Moderator themed action figures, lunch boxes, bed sheets, costumes, posters, t-shirts, Lego sets, socks, shorts, underwear and other clothing apparel. There should be moderator themed ring tones, platform independent action/problem solving/simulator games, and lightsabers. From the sell of said merchandise Lucasfilm will collect 70% of the gross net profit.

If the aforementioned changes are not made, then the unauthorized use of "droid" must be removed from your website. You now have 45 minutes to comply.

-Lucasfilm Corporation
posted by Atreides at 6:31 AM on December 9, 2009 [6 favorites]


Incorporate more child friendly elements into your website. Presently your website appears to be attractive to mature audiences. There is a distinct lack of website mascot(s) or other amusing characters that will play to the under 7 years old audience.

YOU LIE.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 6:42 AM on December 9, 2009 [2 favorites]


I discovered this last night, it works great on my Droid. Thanks!
posted by tommasz at 6:58 AM on December 9, 2009


Thanks Paul, I was considering doing the Lucasfilm tie-in but you handily beat me to it.
posted by cavalier at 7:01 AM on December 9, 2009


ROU_X (first you make one), that link can never be posted enough.
posted by fiercecupcake at 7:02 AM on December 9, 2009


kate blank: "Also, I seriously can't imagine another site owner just buying a phone so he can get to the bottom of what's making a fraction of the site's readers unhappy. "

Apparently you've never met very many website owners. A flimsy excuse to buy a state of the art piece of technology? DONE.

Thanks, Matt and pb. It's a little too bad that the font size for my browser and the font size for my phone use the same preference. I like my text teeny on my computer, but that makes it a real reading challenge on my phone.
posted by Plutor at 7:19 AM on December 9, 2009


SOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooooo... Droid Phones? Cool? I've NEVER had a smartphone (my current Verizon phone can barely take pictures) and I have the option to upgrade and the Droid *seems* really attractive.


I'm holding my hand mostly cause having constant nonstop access to the internet would turn me into the biggest asshole ever.
posted by The Whelk at 7:33 AM on December 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


Whatever. Call me when it works on my LG VX8300.
posted by Kwine at 7:44 AM on December 9, 2009


I'm holding my hand mostly cause having constant nonstop access to the internet would turn me into the biggest asshole ever.

Low hanging fruit -- good, or greatest?
posted by inigo2 at 7:44 AM on December 9, 2009


Maybe, like, take a picture of the front page of the site, and text it to VX8300 users? That would work. Or! Set up a phone line where I can call in, and like James Lipton reads me the newest threads. Feel free to use these ideas gratis, thx.
posted by Kwine at 7:47 AM on December 9, 2009


Here you go, Stavrosthewonderchicken. The Droidel.
posted by artychoke at 8:01 AM on December 9, 2009


ROU_X, I hadn't seen that before and now I can't stop picturing Our Furry Leader. Thanks!
posted by TrishaLynn at 8:53 AM on December 9, 2009


Thanks, pb and mathowie! This is really great.
posted by ocherdraco at 9:35 AM on December 9, 2009


Am I missing a link somewhere,or is there no way to make new posts through the android version?

I can see how mefi posts might be a bad idea from a phone, but being able to post new ask or talk threads would be nice...

Not that I was about to post an ask about android from my Android. No... that would be fanboyish...
posted by twine42 at 9:41 AM on December 9, 2009


Our Furry Leader

our fearless leader


our fareless liter
posted by anotherpanacea at 9:44 AM on December 9, 2009


As long as it continues being awesome on my Blackberry, I'm not much concerned. But my wife and her G1 will surely thank you guys for your work.
posted by quin at 9:50 AM on December 9, 2009


CHRISTMAS CAME EARLY!

Yay! Now I can catch up on MeFi while I poop!
posted by GuyZero at 10:00 AM on December 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


Dear Matt,

My phone consists of two tin cups and some string. Why have you not optimized Mefi for my special snowflake use?

Please send ponies.

~misha

Actually, I have an iphone, so I am really happy.
posted by misha at 10:50 AM on December 9, 2009


matt/pb -- I disabled the android theme to make this post, and now I can't seem to reenable it. I'm guessing it's a cookie, but the android browser doesn't have good cookie management. Please help -- can you make a "clear portable theme cookie" item in prefs or in the footer? Or just tell me I'm missing something obvious?
posted by boo_radley at 11:04 AM on December 9, 2009


(first you make one)

que?
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 11:19 AM on December 9, 2009


If you switch to the standard version on your phone, you can click the "mobile" link in the footer to switch back. It's the last link in the 2nd column; the one titled Links.

And yep, only some features are available in the mobile version. You'll have to switch back and forth for some things like adding posts.
posted by pb (staff) at 11:34 AM on December 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


I really like it, thanks. I don't mind the graphic at the top - I kind of expect to see it, actually.
posted by nickmark at 11:54 AM on December 9, 2009



"Our Furry Leader

our fearless leader


our fareless liter"

posted by anotherpanacea

Four Earless Dealers?
posted by not_on_display at 1:27 PM on December 9, 2009


I just bought a G1 a couple weeks ago, and THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU!

If you see the blue on your wii, see a doctor immediately.

Oh great, now I'm going to be wondering again about why an acquaintance's patient wore a cock ring to his family reunion, for four hours.
posted by BrotherCaine at 2:25 PM on December 9, 2009


the most successful mascots are...small, furry and speak an unintelligible dialect

I am qualified and would like to volunteer for this position
posted by little e at 3:17 PM on December 9, 2009


And yep, only some features are available in the mobile version. You'll have to switch back and forth for some things like adding posts.

I absolutely love the (iPhone version of the) mobile site, and I really appreciate all the time and effort it took for you to make it and test it and tweak it and then do it all over for Android, and it's really just the prettiest pony ever, but...

Can we have search?

When you get a chance?

Please?

I've done a bit of a work around by switching to the standard site, opening up search, switching back to the mobile version, then bookmarking that, but that only works for posts OR comments, with no way to switch in between (I haven't tried to do it for tags or users). I really hate to be all, "HAY GUIZ THAS A NICE PONY AN ALL BUT Y DONT I GOT A PRETY PINK SADLE 4 IT SHUD GIV ME DAT," but... I'd really like a pretty pink search saddle for my mobile pony.
posted by Captain Cardanthian! at 3:45 PM on December 9, 2009


Incorporate more child friendly elements into your website.

mathowie shot second!
posted by graventy at 8:14 AM on December 10, 2009 [1 favorite]


THANK, YOU POB

FOR THE FUTURE

OH IT IS NOT THE FUTRE

iSad
posted by tehloki at 2:33 AM on December 11, 2009


ROU_X:

This. ;]
posted by fiercecupcake at 10:42 AM on December 11, 2009


Happy surprise when I fired up MeFi on my MyTouch 3G on the commute the other day... thanks guys! Looks great.
posted by gazole at 8:10 AM on December 12, 2009


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