1109 posts • joined 26 Nov 2009
Re: buggy Android app
Ok we have not updated this app - and OS changes have made it pretty bad. We do plan to update this app though - will keep you posted when we have news to share.
Not our overlay
This is a Bloomberg video and hence its overlay and its ad.
PS I think the video tag was fixed a while ago.
We would put our heads above the parapet on an important point of principle or to defend ourselves and/ or a source against a vexatious libel suit. Otherwise, we take the the view with law that it is more important not to lose than to win Lawsuits soak up management time and money. And sometimes they add a great deal of stress.
So the answer is no - we will observe the law, however stupid we think it is.
Re: Re: Comments' time indication
We semi-support Opera ... typically what happens is that Opera releases a new version: it breaks something on our site. If it is easy to fix, we will fix it.
Re: Please can I be ennobled
Hello Hadvar - any day now! Badges are attached to handles - you changed yours on 8 Nov 2013.
Re: @ Russell Hancock - Re: Offline reading?
We haven't done anything! A third party company built the app for us. We don't maintain it - and neither are we prepared to update it - not enough readers. If we charged, would people pay?
Re: Offline reading?
Hi there - the Winphone app is a difficult one for us - there simply isn't enough users for us to justify updating this at the moment. This could change.
Re: New laptop. Commentards, lend me your opinions.
Ok fearnothing I will broadcast this on home page on Saturday.
Re: Dear El Reg
Any time there is a misbehaving ad we get to hear about it PDQ - via Twitter, our journos, complaints to various email addresses including to the MD. This is not a common problem Mostly we stop the ad, report it to the media buying agency who then go back to the creative agency (often owned by a different group). 02 was the only example i can think of where this did not work.
Inappropriate ads probably happen more frequently - and they could be anywhere. As I said these have slipped through the category blocks that we have in place with Google. But once spotted they are very easy to switch off.
Re: Inappropriate adverts?
Updated: We have blocked thaimatches.com domain.
It sounds like a Google ad - and I am not sure how this slipped the net - we ban whole classes of Google ads (including nappy / diaper ads). I am not sure if we we have enough info to block this one. If you see it again please send us a screenshot to webmaster @theregister.co.uk.
Vimes. Thanks for your kind offer
Yes we considered this when we set up user forums - but we put it the idea on back burner and it stayed there ever since. Libel laws mean that we certainly won't have volunteer mods for article comments.
Re: Re: Keyboard problem?
Qwertz keyboards are used in Germany.
I posted a reply but double-checked answer when I realised that all of your comments have been pre-modded.
We auto-mod posters who have had five non-anonymous comments accepted. Thereafter, posters can make as many anon comments and avoid pre-modding.
However, I think this is an oversight on our part - it certainly wasn't the intended policy. We will change this - but there is a long to do list.
In the meantime, perhaps you could make four more comments using your handle - and then revert to anonymity.
Re: Let's do a deal
Soft soap maybe, disguised advert? No. This interview is not exactly critical - and the Q&A format can be difficult to pull off. However, no money changed hands.
Re: Next Page Links on Mobile
Try m.theregister.co.uk - everything is on one page. BTW We are starting to roll out auto-detect - sending people to the mobile version.
We need to have a think about implementation, but yes we would like to make forums functionally identical on mobile and desktop.
Re: Top stories
Just for the record, The top five stories are editorially selected headlines - and they change frequently during UK working hours. Everything after that is in reverse chronological order. I think that for most people visited links would suffice.
On website encryption. We are working on this.
The cookie text is too big but...
if you have cookies switched off, how do we know how to stop serving you the cookie message for each session. I would need to check but I think we remain legally obliged under UK law to serve this.
Re: Whats your baseline?
We need to do something about cookies message everywhere even though it looms larger in some browsers than others. Opera Mini accounts for about 0.6 per cent of sessions - but Opera lovers of all ilk appear to be more vocal than users of other browsers.
As for the Asha - no we are not interested in supporting this. Sorry!
Switching to desktop mode top vs bottom
Switching to desktop mode and accepting cookie for preference is something that individual readers are unlikely to do often. As such having this option at the top of the screen does not seem sensible to me.
Re: Apple Touch Icon
Yep - on to do list.
Re: Re: http://m.theregister.co.uk point release live on April 17
So visited links on desktop is sub-optimal - lighter grey - and we are currently discussing options here. It has not been a deliberate decision to not have mobile visited links - it is just that we parked it until we made decision.
Incidentally the link to desktop version from mobile has always been at the bottom of the page.
Re: Re: It works. Update.
I have signed in via mobile - so where did you try to sign in and couldn't?
Re: The user experience is worse for me.
But how is it worse?
Re: Re: mobile vs desktop
We have no intention of devoting time or resource to people who visit m.theregister.co.uk via their desktop. In the last month, fewer than 2000 people have visited the m.theregister.co.uk using a desktop. We will not stop people continuing to do this - and that surely is enough.
Re: Will it auto direct desktop users to the desktop site?
Yes it will auto direct - but I think we will just do the reverse of what we will do on phone - put link to mobile at bottom of page and enable people to set cookie from there.
Re: Re: http://m.theregister.co.uk point release live on April 17
so you don't like the lack of visited links state. Anything else?
Our design / navigation has to work for occasional readers, for blow-ins, for visually impaired, for the lazy, for the people who come in using Twitter or Feedly links on their phones - as well as regular readers who are willing to type that m.
Re: Where is the content?
Gotcha! - my misunderstanding - I thought we were talking about a story page. My hunch is that position of big ad / hard against the top teaser pic is the issue here - and not the size of the top teaser pic. Does anyone here think different?
On comment icons. We are having a mull about positioning
Re: Auto detect opt-in?
You could always bookmark m.theregister.co.uk
Re: Will it auto direct mobile users to the mobile site?
Re: introduction of the Weekend Edition
Umm... how did you guess!
Re: What's with the video?
The article says the video is from an earlier meet. Added "Sydney" to text to make this clearer
Re: Mobile site 'El Chan' links broken
We are aware of this and it is easy to fix - but some other things have taken precedence. Sorry for inconvenience. We'll try to bump it up the list.
Re: is that the stench of a smokescreen I smell?
The notion that The Register wants to erect a smokescreen on behalf of Microsoft and even if it did would be capable of doing so is absurd.
Simon likes Microsoft hardware. That makes him an enthusiast. Not a shill. He also wrote about the new Android Nokias today.
Re: no commenting?
OK, so we have a new bug - this is the second time I am aware of it occurring. We will repair next week.
Re: Any details on TVCatchup.com entering Administration?
Thanks for the tip.
Re: Mobile site 'earlier' pages broken
Thanks - we are aware of this. Will aim to get this fixed early next week
Re: Painful audio
Thanks for the feedback. I didn't think it was that bad. However, there has certainly been some degradation in formatting for video - I think the original format was Webex... something to address for next year.
Re: What's white and sticky and hangs off clouds?
The Coming of The Lord...
Re: Great Firewalled?
We are not aware of this being an issue - but we may see if anyone else is experiencing this.
Re: " Reg readers"
Freeform Dynamics regularly surveys Reg readers - few of whom are commentards - for research.
As for our recent relationship with Microsoft, I don't know where that comment came from. For the record Microsoft has never not talked to us. Also, they have advertised with The Register every year since 2005.
Of course the sponsored link underneath the article is an advert - "trafficked" there by our ops team because it is contextually relevant.
The article, on the other hand, is by an independent analyst, who is not in the business of writing puff pieces.
That said, hats off to your counterblast, especially point no.2, which I, for one, had not considered before.
Re: Audio playback problem around 24:50 into the video...
Thanks for the catch. We have pinged QA - let's see what they can do.
Re: An Oracle advert - woo
Just for the record, Oracle has not advertised with The Register in 20 years. But there is always a first time!
Re: Tuning Pack
We will address some licensing issues in another article in this series.
Re: Vulture 2 battery connection
Cheers Rob. That is a great idea - Lester is keen.
Re: House Rules Red Background
I haven't noticed this at all!
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