Swiper No Swiping! April 20, 2012 4:27 AM   Subscribe

Can't swipe to favorite anymore. Did y'all disable that function? Or is it on my end?

Running Android OS EC-09 on a Samsung Continuum, so build SCHI400-EC09 using the built in Browser version 2.2.2. If it matters, I'm also using GO Launcher.
posted by zarq to Bugs at 4:27 AM (61 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

Forgot to say: cleared history, cache and cookies. Didn't fix it.
posted by zarq at 4:43 AM on April 20, 2012


Isn't there a link somewhere in one of pb's comments that you have to click in order to enable this? Did you try clicking that again?
posted by that's how you get ants at 4:48 AM on April 20, 2012 [2 favorites]


Ah ha, here it is.
posted by that's how you get ants at 4:51 AM on April 20, 2012 [22 favorites]


Holy shit, i had no idea that existed.

Can I tag on to this question and ask what we can do to make quoting less of a pain in the ass on the iphone version?

If you do a select all and then try to use the I button to italicize your selection, often the copy/paste/etc pop-up is floating right over the formatting buttons. I don't know what the answer is, but I imagine it's moving those buttons further away from the comment box?
posted by empath at 5:23 AM on April 20, 2012 [2 favorites]


Wait wait wait, we can swipe to favorite? THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING
posted by shakespeherian at 5:32 AM on April 20, 2012 [10 favorites]


Thanks, that's how you get ants. That worked!

I'll just be over here, feeling sheepish
posted by zarq at 5:35 AM on April 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


Swipe to favorite? Usually I do it the other way around!
posted by fuq at 5:37 AM on April 20, 2012 [3 favorites]


cry cry nothing is happen
posted by elizardbits at 5:40 AM on April 20, 2012 [2 favorites]


Yeah, I have had to go hunting for that comment a few times to re-enable "Swipe to Favorite". Is it possible we could make it an official setting somewhere? I also agree with empath about the copy/paste pop-up problem. Maybe put the formatting buttons in a vertical column to the left or right of the input box?
posted by Rock Steady at 5:45 AM on April 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


Can I tag on to this question and ask what we can do to make quoting less of a pain in the ass on the iphone version?

I'd help take care of this pony.

Though I've had some luck lately with clicking the I button when the text box is empty, then clicking so the cursor stays in the brackets when the paste option pops up. Doesn't always work, though, and something easier would be awesome,
posted by rtha at 5:46 AM on April 20, 2012


Luckily here is a situation when a 3 year old Nokia (touchscreen by tiny stylus) seems to manage all of Metafilter's little foibles so very well. I just hope it lasts since nothing new will emerge anytime soon *doleful sigh*
posted by infini at 6:10 AM on April 20, 2012


OH OH OH

OH



OH MY GOD
posted by DoctorFedora at 6:10 AM on April 20, 2012 [6 favorites]


I am going to favorite everything ever, now.
posted by shakespeherian at 6:21 AM on April 20, 2012 [8 favorites]


I am going to favorite everything ever, now.

You'll swipe and you'll swipe until your swiper is sore?
posted by GenjiandProust at 6:30 AM on April 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


hopefully hairy palms don't interfere with swiping
posted by shakespeherian at 6:33 AM on April 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


Yeah, we can discuss making swipe to favorite a permanent part of the mobile version.

Can I tag on to this question and ask what we can do to make quoting less of a pain in the ass on the iphone version?

We're bumping up against the limitations of such a small screen. The current textarea and buttons are sized so that everything is on screen when you're zoomed in and writing text there. If we move the buttons farther away, or off to the side, we'd need to make the textarea smaller. So while I hear you, I don't think it's worth sacrificing more space in the textarea to solve this one issue.

Instead of using the I button, maybe you could type out <i> at the beginning and </i> at the end of the pasted text. We provide those extended characters in the toolbar so that you don't need to switch keyboards to find < and > and /. It's an extra six taps. So it's not as easy as one click, but there are going to be trade-offs in the smaller space of the iPhone.
posted by pb (staff) at 6:36 AM on April 20, 2012


I am going to favorite everything ever, now.

*taps foot, looks at watch, and refreshes profile again*

I'm waiting...
posted by kmz at 6:53 AM on April 20, 2012 [3 favorites]


Swipe to favorite is great!
posted by TedW at 6:55 AM on April 20, 2012


He probably ran up against the favorites limit.
posted by cjorgensen at 6:56 AM on April 20, 2012


Another option re: quoting. Hit the I button first and then tap and hold to position the cursor inside the em tags to paste.
posted by m@f at 7:13 AM on April 20, 2012


I meant to say that I'm going to favorite everything ever except for contributions from kmz.
posted by shakespeherian at 7:28 AM on April 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


But can we shake to flag?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 7:31 AM on April 20, 2012 [5 favorites]


That sounds vaguely disturbing.
posted by infini at 7:36 AM on April 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


Yeah when I have had to do this I put the tags in the box first and then paste the text in-between them. Not perfect but it works okay.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:40 AM on April 20, 2012


i do not understands the swiping halp halp where is swipe how is happen

Seriously what am I doing wrong? Is my ipad infested with gnomes? I got the page that says "yay you have activated this on your device" but the page appears to have lied to me. I am swiping with my actual finger and not with my nostril or something.

i hope nostril swiping is not required tbh
posted by elizardbits at 8:13 AM on April 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


Maybe iPad doesn't count as a mobile device? Or more likely pb just tweaked the code to carve out the familiar Elizardbits Exception.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:31 AM on April 20, 2012


Ah, the pb2EE ?
posted by infini at 8:33 AM on April 20, 2012


Beauty title.
posted by Mitheral at 8:37 AM on April 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


elizardbits: " i hope nostril swiping is not required tbh"

Noodle-y appendages.
posted by zarq at 8:37 AM on April 20, 2012 [2 favorites]


oh the humanity
posted by elizardbits at 8:39 AM on April 20, 2012


It works fine on an iPad. I just tested to verify. I'm not sure what you're doing wrong, elizardbits, but it is working on the iPad. Swiping just involves putting your finger on the left side of the comments and swiping straight across the text to the right.
posted by pb (staff) at 8:40 AM on April 20, 2012


elizardbits, is it possible that your body is incapable of conducting a minute electrical charge.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:42 AM on April 20, 2012 [2 favorites]


One thought is that once you enable the test, you'll need to reload any page you already had loaded. For example, you can't enable the test and then go back to a tab you already have loaded to try it out. You'll need to reload any pages to get the swipe code after you enable the test.
posted by pb (staff) at 8:45 AM on April 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


i hope nostril swiping is not required tbh

Well, it's not required... I mean, I guess everybody dies, but not everybody really lives, you know?
posted by Rock Steady at 8:48 AM on April 20, 2012 [2 favorites]


Also elizardbits, it doesn't work on the Recent Activity page.
posted by zarq at 8:49 AM on April 20, 2012


Swiping just involves putting your finger on the left side of the comments and swiping straight across the text to the right.

I have read somewhere that this is as yet contextual, meaning "action by hand = result on screen" has not yet been standardized across various varieties of touchscreens and OS and companies, yes?
posted by infini at 8:51 AM on April 20, 2012


IDK, every time I tried that it just gave me that poxy highlighted COPY Y/N thing that ipad loves to do.

i will just lay here in the dark alone and weep then i guess
posted by elizardbits at 8:59 AM on April 20, 2012


What the shit? Thanks, pb.
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 9:03 AM on April 20, 2012


OMG THIS IS AWESOME

Must go undo self faves now tho
posted by elizardbits at 9:14 AM on April 20, 2012 [2 favorites]


I meant to say that I'm going to favorite everything ever except for contributions from kmz.

*falls down on knees, lifts hands to the heavens as lightning crashes and rain pours down*

DAMN YOU SHAKESPEHERIAN! FROM HELL'S HEART I STAB AT THEE!
posted by kmz at 9:32 AM on April 20, 2012 [5 favorites]


*Opens envelope*

*Hands kmz gold bald statue of someone's husband*
posted by infini at 9:53 AM on April 20, 2012 [2 favorites]


Making links on the phone got a whole lot easier once I set up a shortcut that expands to <a href="URL">LINKTEXT</a>. So much better than switching back and forth between the keyboards to get the brackets…
posted by Lexica at 9:56 AM on April 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


ow my stab hurts
posted by shakespeherian at 10:00 AM on April 20, 2012


*sidestab*
posted by SpiffyRob at 10:07 AM on April 20, 2012


That was a very awkward stab.
posted by shakespeherian at 10:22 AM on April 20, 2012


It was a fairly awkward knife. Yes, yes, only a poor stabsman blames his tools. Still.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:24 AM on April 20, 2012 [2 favorites]


When all you have is a knife, every problem looks like a ribcage.
posted by shakespeherian at 10:28 AM on April 20, 2012 [13 favorites]


{inserts cliched comment here}

mmmm, ribs....
posted by infini at 10:43 AM on April 20, 2012


A rich stabsman could afford better tools.

Though you'll never get rich with such awkward stabbing, so I guess you're stuck and maybe you should consider a new career. Have you considered bludgeoning? I know a place that sells really nice shillelaghs for not a ton of money...
posted by aubilenon at 11:06 AM on April 20, 2012


the slow stab penetrates th
posted by seanmpuckett at 11:10 AM on April 20, 2012


I didn't know Candlejack was a st
posted by shakespeherian at 11:14 AM on April 20, 2012 [2 favorites]


Thanks, that's how you get ants.

Thants.
posted by dmit at 1:56 PM on April 20, 2012 [3 favorites]


The current textarea and buttons are sized so that everything is on screen when you're zoomed in and writing text there.

I don't know ho
posted by adamdschneider at 9:41 PM on April 21, 2012


God damn it. I love it when the touch keyboard disappears under my finger and the Post Comment button is right where the letter I was going to tap. -_-

Anyway, what I wad going to say was, I don't know how much of this is my fault, but using Dolphin Browser on an HTC Thunderbolt, it's not really true that every button is displayed for me. The Link button is off the screen by default, & it's usually impossible to move the screen to get it to appear, because I have Dolphin's swipe-to-get-additional-menus thing enabled.
posted by adamdschneider at 9:45 PM on April 21, 2012


Standardization of (actual action/feature/intent) mobile OS would change the world
posted by infini at 9:50 PM on April 21, 2012


elizardbits: " Is my ipad infested with gnomes?"

Possible, but more information required. I think this only works on the mobile site and iPad doesn't default to that version?
posted by dg at 4:09 PM on April 22, 2012


This is really cool! But I think I found a problem. It appears that swiping in any direction triggers the popup window, at least on my iPad 2. Sometimes I drag my finger up the glass to scroll the content slowly. When I drag my finger for long enough, I'm asked if I want to mark a favorite comment. Any way of addressing that?
posted by emelenjr at 8:27 PM on April 22, 2012


Any way of addressing that?

This is the first feedback we've heard about accidentally triggering the swipe while scrolling. This is something we've been worried about and why swipe to favorite is a test rather than implemented by default.

People are going to have different ways of scrolling—you probably have some side motion going while you scroll up and down. I don't think there's any way for us to adapt to everyone's different ways of doing things. If it turns out that accidental swiping is a widespread problem, we probably won't implement it.
posted by pb (staff) at 8:33 PM on April 22, 2012


Huh. I reproduced the vertical swipe favorite a bunch of times last night, but i can't get it to happen today. Maybe it's not a bug after all.
posted by emelenjr at 8:46 AM on April 23, 2012


One thought is that once you enable the test, you'll need to reload any page you already had loaded. For example, you can't enable the test and then go back to a tab you already have loaded to try it out. You'll need to reload any pages to get the swipe code after you enable the test.

By "reload a page" do you just mean press the refresh button? I tried that and it had no effect. I just clicked the activate link and it's not working on my iPhone, although it works fine on my iPad.
posted by J. Wilson at 10:42 PM on May 9, 2012


Yeah, a standard refresh should do it. But really, just try going into any thread. If you have the swipe test cookie set, you should get the ability to swipe to favorite. Just make sure you're logged in and that you have Mobile Safari set to accept cookies.
posted by pb (staff) at 10:53 PM on May 9, 2012


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