Tags March 1, 2015 9:20 AM   Subscribe

Is there a way to see the tags on a post when using the mobile platform? If not, can this be added? Thanks awesome people!
posted by bq to Feature Requests at 9:20 AM (42 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

The tags are below the comment box, and you can either scroll to the bottom or press the Skip button at the top of the post to get there.
posted by zeptoweasel at 9:23 AM on March 1, 2015 [2 favorites]


...Unless you're using the classic theme, in which case I dunno.
posted by zeptoweasel at 9:27 AM on March 1, 2015


In the Modern Theme, the tags are down at the bottom (you can click 'skip' to get there). They're not visible in the older themes, and my impression is it would be tricky and cluttered to add them to the older themes, so that's not something that has been on the to-do list.

pb's out of internet range right now although he might have some thoughts later on.
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 9:28 AM on March 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


This is my favorite feature of the new site design. I <3 tags.

Also, while I'm here, can I just say again how great the new bold/etc buttons are? They are great.
posted by phunniemee at 9:38 AM on March 1, 2015 [4 favorites]


can I just say again how great the new bold/etc buttons are?

Yes, yes you can! 👍 ☺
posted by ambrosen at 10:02 AM on March 1, 2015


OK I'm going to piggyback a request I've made in a few other threads about the modern theme. Sorry if this has been addressed, but I've never noticed a response to my several statements about this issue in MeTa.

On my iPad Air, running iOS 8.1.3, in mobile safari, in the Modern theme, I do not get the "SKIP" link at the top of the page (as I do on the iPhone) to scroll to the bottom of the page. Unlike my laptop, where I can hit shift/downarrow to jump to the bottom, there is no shortcut (or is there?) I am aware of to get to the bottom of a long page of comments on the iPad, so I am forced to manually swipe (and swipe, and swipe) to get there if I want to read new comments or post my own. I depend on that SKIP functionality on the iPhone a lot, and constantly find myself looking for it on the iPad and being frustrated when it's not there. I cannot be alone in this. It looks like the iPad is requesting a laptop-friendly version of Modern rather than the full mobile version. Can this be fixed either on the client or server side so an iPad Air is recognized as a mobile device?

Thank you!
posted by spitbull at 10:05 AM on March 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


Also, just for laffs, I actually found myself doing like that viral baby video from last year these days when I read on paper. The other week I was reading a book manuscript in printed form on an airplane (I almost never edit/review manuscripts any other way than on my iPad as a PDF in Notability, so this was rare) and I found myself repeatedly trying to swipe the printed paper page to get it to go to the next page. As in every time.

We are doomed. Damn you Steve Jobs!
posted by spitbull at 10:10 AM on March 1, 2015 [4 favorites]


Sadly, I love swipe to favorite too much to switch. I realize this is a pagan remnant of the old pre-modern interface, but my clan and I believe, in our marrow, that, if we favorite enough, the Sun will come back.
posted by GenjiandProust at 10:43 AM on March 1, 2015 [6 favorites]


In the meantime, spitbull, the Scroll to Bottom bookmarklet might be useful.
posted by Lexica at 11:05 AM on March 1, 2015


pb's out of internet range right now

Are you sure?
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 11:34 AM on March 1, 2015 [3 favorites]


Didn't pb ascend to become One with the Internet during that MeTa last year? I am pretty sure I heard choirs of 8bit angels singing songs of praise....
posted by GenjiandProust at 11:37 AM on March 1, 2015


I do not get the "SKIP" link

Yeah, at iPad widths, we're still toying and tweaking with a solution to that (probably a tiny arrow in the top bar, etc)
posted by mathowie (staff) at 11:56 AM on March 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


Cool, thanks.
posted by spitbull at 2:59 PM on March 1, 2015


Sorry, but if I may... Is it just me or is the "Skip" button a bit unintuitive? Is that the standard name for a shortcut link to the end of a page? It's just that if I hadn't been trying everything looking for the tags one time, I don't think I'd ever have discovered what it was. I'd been automatically ignoring it because it seemed like a bit of an ad that didn't load properly or a link to the next FPP or something.
posted by two or three cars parked under the stars at 3:05 PM on March 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


I like Skip, every time I press it I think of Gilligan's Island.
posted by arcticseal at 4:33 PM on March 1, 2015


Is it just me or is the "Skip" button a bit unintuitive? Is that the standard name for a shortcut link to the end of a page?

I don't think it's just you. We had a difficult time coming up with a term for that button. When we launched the modern theme it said "Sidebar". Our thinking was that it would lead you to the information that is in the sidebar at desktop size. Folks rightly pointed out that there is no 'sidebar' at the mobile width so that was confusing.

Most websites don't provide a link that takes you to the bottom of the page so I don't think there is a standard term for it. On MetaFilter the button doesn't send you to the very bottom—so I'm not sure "Bottom" would be appropriate. The button takes you past the main content to some helpful extra info like tags and the links to share on social networks. It's a way to skip past the main content, so "Skip". I think it's probably something that many people will need to learn by trying instead of understanding automatically.
posted by pb (staff) at 5:07 PM on March 1, 2015


All other fixes aside, in mobile Safari you can always bring up the non-mobile version of a web site by taking the following non-intuitive steps:

1. Go to the website, Metafilter or whatever. Get shown the mobile site.
2. Tap back in the address bar, as if you're going to type in a different URL.
3. Instead of typing in a different URL, drag down in the content area of the web browser view.
4. Tap "Request Desktop Site".
5. Voilà.
posted by alms at 6:22 PM on March 1, 2015 [3 favorites]


How about relabelling it "footers"?
posted by Rumple at 7:35 PM on March 1, 2015


Mefi is an American site, so we'd have to call it Soccers.
posted by jenkinsEar at 12:11 AM on March 2, 2015 [1 favorite]


Well shit, that Skip button is exactly what I want in my life but I was always afraid to press it.

My mind was always like I don't know what you are going to skip if you press that and you might not like the result, so DO NOT TOUCH! Which is weird because that is the exact opposite of my usual reaction upon seeing a button like that, and rationally what could I have possibly been going to skip that would have such a profoundly negative impact on my life?

Anyway, what I am saying is that I had (and still have) an aversion to that button that is irrational, but I don't think I will be getting over it. Maybe I am weird.
posted by Literaryhero at 6:57 AM on March 2, 2015 [1 favorite]


Maybe calling the button Tags is better? I know I am always screwing around here, but I am dead serious about not liking the Skip button even after knowing what it does. I'm going to go lie down now because I know how crazy that sounds.
posted by Literaryhero at 7:00 AM on March 2, 2015


"Jump"?
posted by Going To Maine at 7:18 AM on March 2, 2015 [1 favorite]


Yeah, something about the placement, the shape of the arrow, and the fact that it says "Skip" make it look exactly like a button to bypass some ad asset that didn't load, like one of those interstitial videos or something. I get a weird feeling every time I hit it even though I know what it does and find it really useful.
posted by dorque at 7:50 AM on March 2, 2015


How about labeling the button "Meta"?
posted by notbuddha at 7:55 AM on March 2, 2015


"Beans"
posted by ardgedee at 9:04 AM on March 2, 2015


Maybe ">Navbar" or ">Footer", with an arrow?
posted by Lexica at 9:30 AM on March 2, 2015


I like 'Bottom' or 'Foot' both for their clarity and because clicking body parts is titillating.
posted by carsonb at 11:17 AM on March 2, 2015


Nevermind all you tablet and smartphone users with your touching.
posted by carsonb at 11:17 AM on March 2, 2015


alms, yeah I know that trick and use it a lot with the many crap mobile adaptive themed sites I visit. But Iike MeFi in the modern theme, a lot...
posted by spitbull at 11:48 AM on March 2, 2015


"Get Down" or a screaming Arnold Schwarzenegger icon should do
posted by aydeejones at 6:15 PM on March 2, 2015


I don't think it's just you. We had a difficult time coming up with a term for that button.

You could set it so if the comments >1,000, it is labeled "Jaunt"
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:08 PM on March 2, 2015


On MetaFilter the button doesn't send you to the very bottom—so I'm not sure "Bottom" would be appropriate.

It's more descriptive than "skip," pb. But calling it "tags" - the one thing most userd want and aren't now getting in a clear way with the current design - makes much, much more sense than "skip."
posted by mediareport at 6:24 AM on March 3, 2015


It might make more sense for the specific instance that we're discussing, but we use this button in many places. On the front page, the button takes you to your contact activity, the sideblog, and everything else in the sidebar at desktop width. I think describing the action makes more sense than the content you'll find so it can be generalized to all of the locations and content where we use it.
posted by pb (staff) at 7:39 AM on March 3, 2015


How do I bring back the modern mobile theme on my device? I fumblefingered something in Safari and it's gone now.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 7:51 AM on March 3, 2015


Can the button be labeled differently for the front page vs. the rest of the site or does that require the ability to manage quantum entanglement?
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 7:55 AM on March 3, 2015


Yeah, we could use different labels in different places. We'd shift the complaints to, "Why does this button say different things in different places when it does the same thing?"
posted by pb (staff) at 7:58 AM on March 3, 2015


I think part of the issue is that on the Modern Theme, the skip button has an arrow to the right. If it were an arrow pointing down it would make a lot more sense. (Similarly, the return to post button should have an arrow pointing up, not left.)
posted by Pfardentrott at 7:58 AM on March 3, 2015


Yeah, agreed Pfardentrott.
posted by pb (staff) at 7:58 AM on March 3, 2015


Originally the idea was to imply "sidebar", that's why the arrows are pointing to the right and left. It's supposed to invoke the idea that you're opening and closing the sidebar. But I don't think that translates as well as we'd hoped.
posted by pb (staff) at 7:59 AM on March 3, 2015


How do I bring back the modern mobile theme on my device?

Go to Preferences, choose Modern under themes, and click Save. That should do it.
posted by pb (staff) at 8:01 AM on March 3, 2015


Maybe if pressing the button activated some kind of funky animated pull-in from the right for the sidebar it would make sense, but I can definitely tell that it's just jumping down the page. I think pointing down is fine; it's common enough on other sites for tags and such to be at the bottom of a post.
posted by Pfardentrott at 8:04 AM on March 3, 2015


Yeah, I like the idea of incorporating down (and up) arrows.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:11 AM on March 3, 2015


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