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May 10, 2018, 09:40:36 PM
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Now, I know that there's an Epochtalk new forum software in the works for Bitcointalk.org.  As and when it happens, that'll be a whole world of good for everybody.

Until then, here's a quick fix, instant solution to spare our eyes when using a mobile device.

http://afriwap.com/smf/how-to-make-your-smf-site-responsive-mobile-friendly/

Title:  HOW TO MAKE YOUR SMF SITE RESPONSIVE / MOBILE FRIENDLY

tl;dr:  SMF site can be made mobile-responsive through the use of responsive themes and EZ Portal which doesn't break the script with its blocks.  Some responsive themes are Reseller Theme, Factory Theme, Exodus Theme; and several more can be accessed through a simple Google search.


So, it seems, even the present SMF Forum Software setup of bitcointalk.org can be rendered mobile-responsive.  Is it possible for the devs to check this possibility on a test server?

The problem when accessing the forum on the mobile is that in portrait mode, the font is exceptionally small; and, at least for me, it causes the iris muscles to go into a painful spasm.  After a couple such stabs of pain, one learns not to even gaze at the screen until the fingers have zoomed the font to a respectable size!

But, the mobile-responsive design would be a God-send for people who use this site on their mobile and face a problem similar to mine.  Furthermore, if it can be put to good use immediately, why not give it a try?!  Smiley


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May 10, 2018, 09:45:53 PM
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Can you not just zoom?

Adding a mobile responsive service is a bit extreme when you can just easily zoom. I do it every time I'm on my phone and it works alright like that

The original SMF softwaare has been edited quite a bit while on the servers so that will make it harder to run the update successfully also.

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May 10, 2018, 09:51:27 PM
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The original SMF softwaare has been edited quite a bit while on the servers so that will make it harder to run the update successfully also.

You are correct, there would be lots of custom code for Bitcointalk's specific requirements; but, mobile responsive design is mostly about the html/css, which would be pretty much standard.  That's why I hope the devs test out if this quick-fix works on a test server; and if all's solid and propah, maybe roll out the fix on the live production servers as well.   Smiley
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May 11, 2018, 12:16:46 AM
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Seems like there's already so much custom code on this forum that a simple theme change may not work. Scaling user signatures sizes alone would be a big headache.

Don't know about you but based on my experience in web design, redesigning user interfaces should not be taken lightly especially in a production environment which is already being used with heavy traffic. The amount of work and testing needed would be on a much larger scale than a simple copy-paste commonly employed in simpler websites.

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May 11, 2018, 01:48:14 AM
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Seems like there's already so much custom code on this forum that a simple theme change may not work. Scaling user signatures sizes alone would be a big headache.

Don't know about you but based on my experience in web design, redesigning user interfaces should not be taken lightly especially in a production environment which is already being used with heavy traffic. The amount of work and testing needed would be on a much larger scale than a simple copy-paste commonly employed in simpler websites.

Thanks for the insight.  Now, I understand the problem in trying to shift to a mobile responsive design for Bitcointalk.
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