Add more space between Favourites link and Add Favourites button June 27, 2019 1:02 PM   Subscribe

On a touchscreen (iPhone XS portrait mode), about half the time I try to favourite a comment, I end up clicking through to the list of who’s favourited it. I don’t *think* I have particularly fat fingers... do other folks run into this? Any chance of adding an extra em of space there on mobile?
posted by sixswitch to Feature Requests at 1:02 PM (40 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

This happened to me on an iPhone all the time. I have an Android now and I don't read on my phone as much so I don't know how much it's still a problem. I think it probably is, though, because even on my iPad I sometimes experience this.
posted by Caduceus at 1:11 PM on June 27

On Android the word favorite(s) isn't a link. I seem to recall it was changed specifically to solve this problem. Is it using different formatting for the iPhone browser, I wonder?
posted by ODiV at 1:18 PM on June 27 [3 favorites]

Oh yes, sure enough. I do think I prefer that, yeah.
posted by Caduceus at 1:27 PM on June 27

This seems a pretty small pony and I, too, would benefit from its implementation.
posted by theora55 at 1:45 PM on June 27 [1 favorite]

Hey I thought I was the only one who did this! I would also like this pony.
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 2:47 PM on June 27 [1 favorite]

With me, it’s usually the poster’s name I thumb, or the flag exclamation mark.
posted by rodlymight at 2:52 PM on June 27 [2 favorites]

Yes please!
posted by under_petticoat_rule at 3:06 PM on June 27

posted by crazy with stars at 4:45 PM on June 27

I accidentally hit the ! all too often. I wish the spacing was greater between that and the +.
posted by RolandOfEld at 5:11 PM on June 27 [1 favorite]

I have tiny bird fingers and this happens to me. Would love the extra space!
posted by womb of things to be and tomb of things that were at 5:36 PM on June 27 [1 favorite]

This happens to me all the time. Sometimes it takes several tries to successfully favorite something.
posted by FencingGal at 5:38 PM on June 27 [2 favorites]

This seems like a helpful UI tweak. I always finding myself hitting the wrong thing here too.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 5:44 PM on June 27

Do people know about the swipe-to-favorite thingy?
posted by Melismata at 5:48 PM on June 27 [1 favorite]

Do people know about the swipe-to-favorite thingy?

Say what now?
posted by RolandOfEld at 6:40 PM on June 27 [5 favorites]

It doesn’t work for me.
posted by shapes that haunt the dusk at 12:27 AM on June 28 [3 favorites]

Me neither, but oddly I had favorited that comment by pb at some point in the past so I must have been happy with it at some point? I have no recollection of any of this.
posted by Literaryhero at 1:30 AM on June 28

I have this problem all the time - and I'm on an android so apparently I shouldn't?

I'm excited about this swipe to favourite thing which I now remember reading at the time and immediately forgetting because I had the wrong sort of phone.
posted by stillnocturnal at 3:18 AM on June 28

So does it really say "Favourites" if you're outside the US or did the OP just write it that way out of habit?
posted by octothorpe at 4:57 AM on June 28

On an iPhone 7 (Modern theme), the word "favorites" on favorited comments in this thread is not a link.

On Windows 10 (Modern Dark theme), "favorites" is part of the "2 favorites" link.
posted by Huffy Puffy at 4:59 AM on June 28

Does no one do the "two-finger reverse pinch" to zoom in on whatever you want to tap on?
posted by Thorzdad at 5:29 AM on June 28 [2 favorites]

Swipe to favorite only works (if indeed it still works at all) on Classic theme.
posted by Rock Steady at 5:32 AM on June 28 [3 favorites]

And I am also on Android (8, if that matters) and "favorites" is not linked in either Classic or Modern theme. Maybe folks have mobile browser settings that request the desktop site?

(I switched to Modern to check, and boy, it really is nice on a phone, but the green accent color just ruins it. I repeat my request for a Yellow/Green toggle within the Modern theme.)
posted by Rock Steady at 5:41 AM on June 28

Just enabled swipe to favorite on iOS. Seems to work fine.
posted by RolandOfEld at 6:19 AM on June 28

Giddy up, little pony and lets get this done!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:55 AM on June 28 [1 favorite]

I have this problem all the time - and I'm on an android so apparently I shouldn't?

By any chance do you have the favourite count disabled so it just says 'has favorites'?
posted by ODiV at 7:00 AM on June 28

do you have the favourite count disabled
No I don't! But actually thinking about it I do I use the web browser version on my phone to get the related links at the bottom, which for some reason don't show up on the mobile site.
posted by stillnocturnal at 7:06 AM on June 28

Huh, that's strange. I get them in Modern Dark.
posted by ODiV at 7:45 AM on June 28

I have found some success recently putting a little space between myself and all favorite and like buttons.
posted by Stanczyk at 8:32 AM on June 28 [4 favorites]

And if we're getting fussy about the swipe feature (works fine on my iPhone 7), note that it will not work on new comments after you've tapped "x new comments, show," you need to refresh the entire page.
posted by Melismata at 8:40 AM on June 28 [2 favorites]

(And then you've tapped "100 new comments, show" in a megathread. You scroll down, read, and then remember that the swiping doesn't work, so you get mildly aggravated. You refresh, which takes forever since the thread is 3,000 comments long, and you get a little more mildly aggravated.)
posted by Melismata at 8:47 AM on June 28 [2 favorites]

This has come up before. As I recall, the compromise between page real estate and functionality was to add the “add as favorite” link to the page that lists who has favorited. So if you accidentally hit the number, you can favorite from there and then go back to that comment.
posted by ocherdraco at 1:30 PM on June 28 [2 favorites]

Wait, but on FanFare on mobile, “favorites” is part of the link. Or at least it is today.
posted by Huffy Puffy at 2:01 PM on June 28 [1 favorite]

Does no one do the "two-finger reverse pinch"

I got yelled at by the referee when I did that....
posted by GenjiandProust at 1:41 PM on June 29 [2 favorites]

My iss is that the "+" to fav something is really small on my 5.5" Android 6.0.1. When I try and press the plus button to fav something I either have to try multiple times or zoom in to get it to work. I am not particularly fat fingered, and my device has a 5.5" screen. I would prefer it to be a font size or two larger. Not enough to alter the layout much, just enough to be able to hit it on the first try.
posted by wires at 9:54 AM on July 3

posted by Jacqueline at 8:09 AM on July 4 [1 favorite]

This is indeed a fine pony, one which is worth more than my $0.02, and I also thank Melismata for mentioning the swipe-to-favorite functionality, which I didn't know about. Works for me on an iPhone 6s.
posted by StrawberryPie at 11:17 AM on July 6

Having started this thread, I realize I have no idea what happens next in pony-land. Do mods keep an eye on feature request threads?
posted by sixswitch at 8:35 PM on July 6

We do! More importantly we have internal todo lists this stuff lands on. When things are chill and nothing else is pressing, this stuff can get real-time pony manifestation action, but right now there’s a lot of other stuff in the active pipeline so we’ll sneak it in more on a “when we’re able” basis.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:36 PM on July 6

posted by sixswitch at 3:20 AM on July 8

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