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House Rules Red Background

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Re: House Rules Red Background

I haven't noticed this at all!

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New Reg mobile site - feedback here!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Drewc
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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.

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Re: Apple Touch Icon

Yep - on to do list.

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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.

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Re: Re: It works. Update.

I have signed in via mobile - so where did you try to sign in and couldn't?

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Drewc
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Re: The user experience is worse for me.

But how is it worse?

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Drewc
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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.

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Drewc
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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.

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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.

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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

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Drewc
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Re: Auto detect opt-in?

You could always bookmark m.theregister.co.uk

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Drewc
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Re: Will it auto direct mobile users to the mobile site?

Yes.

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Drewc
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Re: Where is the content?

We never run pics above headlines. So I am not sure what you are seeing there - unless you have uncovered a bug.

I have some sympathy with you over the size of the Microsoft ad. However, this size is standard and widely used on mobiles - although many sites down run ads midway down a story (sometimes as well as, sometimes instead of) and not the top, as we are currently doing.

Also, the ad may be big - but surely everyone scrolls all the time when reading websites on their phone. Is this really so burdensome ( a genuine question, not rhetorical)?

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Drewc
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Re: mobile vs desktop

You are one of very few people who do this - and I don't see why we would need to accommodate this in our thinking

However, mobile phone ads tend not to be flash-tastic. Also we run no more than two per page, compared with three for desktop.

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Drewc
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Re: Will it auto direct mobile users to the mobile site?

It will work something like this: If you are on your mobile you will hit the mobile site you can then scroll down to the bottom and click desktop - at which point we can set a cookie to remember your preference.

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Drewc
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Re: RSS Feed Links

A mobile friendly RSS feed is on our to do list.

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Drewc
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More expensive option

Adaptive is more time consuming to implement (much bigger scope); any new features/changes would have to also work on mobile before going live and therefore more testing is required. This is not on our agenda any time soon.

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http://m.theregister.co.uk point release live on April 17

We have updated site to squash most major bugs and the 'whizzy' features that have caused issues/friction.

Some of the included changes are:

- Updated navigation

- Font sizes increased across all pages

- Incorrect links pointing to desktop updated

- Forum template tidied up

- Alignment issues fixed

Feedback welcome!

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Drewc
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Re: New Reg mobile site sucks.

Thanks for your feedback. Our dev team has ripped out a load of old cruft from the code and is now working through bug fixes and UI improvements. We will have a point release in the next few days, so please bear with us.

Some readers have commented about Mobile in Ye Bug list thread - better if you log-in and read most recent view first.

BTW we have about 20K readers of m.theregister.co.uk, a small fraction of the numbers who access the full fat site via their mobile. When we get this right we will switch to auto direct.

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A more zoftig Register

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Re: A more zoftig Register

There was an aborted attempt in 2008 - we republished a couple of cartoons, but I have no idea what happened next e.g. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/01/31/monk_it_support/.

Also, thank-you for introducing me to the word 'Zoftig'.

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Got to get something started with Azure VMs? Microsoft's Planky shows you the way

Drewc
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Re: The Register is a media partner of Microsoft ..

That is actually nonsense.

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Drewc
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Re: Enough already

a bit of scheduling overload today - which we will avoid in future.

Incidentally, the journalists don't write or schedule the promos... and sometimes they need feeding too.

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New Reg mobile site.

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Re: New Reg mobile site.

You have posted this twice in separate sections. Am shutting this thread. This thread is open for feedback.

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Ye Bug List

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Re: Re: New mobile layout

thanks for the feedback. We are addressing most of the things that you raise over the next couple of weeks.

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Drewc
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Re: New mobile layout

A thread dedicated to this has opened here.

Thanks - this is one of the problems with mobile stuff - so many browsers, so many OSes. And desktop android emulators are, I am told, a PITA. We will be sure to check out site on FF on Android though.

Noted about icons. Let's see what we can do here.

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Drewc
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Re: New mobile layout

Thanks for the feedback - and no you are not being picky.

we are currently cleaning up the back-end code - and will set to UI improvements over the next couple of weeks.

The idea behind the spinny vulture icon was to let people know something was going on in background. But this may to have backfired. Like you I think it makes the page load time seem slower.

On visited links - can anyone tell me what sites actually use visited links on mobile views? (Our iPhone app does not - no-one minds there for instance.)

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Helpdesk/Service Desk Recommendations

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Re: HelpMaster works great for us.

When you work for the company, just say so.

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Annoying adverts on mobile site

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Re: Annoying adverts on mobile site

Just seen a screenshot. Don't know how that got through but we are going back to agency for smaller ads.

It could take us a few days, so please bear with us.

Drew

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New Forum Wishlist - but read roadmap first

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Re: Re: 7 days ago "timestamp"

Sorry, just noticed this. I have pinged our web devs for their perusal.

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Drewc
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Taking your points re readability on board - but we increased point size of forums text recently - so that it is now same size as articles. Also, I am not aware that we have removed links - but please correct me if I am wrong.

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Drewc
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Re: Re: Zap withdrawn posts?

No-one can zap withdrawn posts, Ozzy Mandias. The discussion was about extending post-publication editing rights to all - which we implemented in October 2013.

As for zapping withdrawn posts - we'll have a think.

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Drewc
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We have no plans to do this.

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Nokia quality decline ...

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Re: Nokia quality decline ...

My 16 year old daughter's Nokia 600 (a freebie) simply died on her. It didn't stop her from getting a Nokia (520) as a replacement though.

Mind you, her siblings think she is eccentric...

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App cr*p

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Re: Feedback

will draw attention to our app developer.

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Cloud Overlords

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Re: Cloud Overlords

You, sir, are barking mad.

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KCOM caught in yet ANOTHER customer privacy snafu

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Re: The pot calling the kettle black

We wrote a story about this at the time, told everyone affected - and reported ourself to the relevant authority, which decided that no sanctions were needed. We also tweaked some software so that we could not make that same mistake again.

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My first rejected post !!!

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You are a very naughty boy...

No prizes for you.

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When are posts moderated?

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Re: When are posts moderated?

Umm... your posts are auto-modded, except when the article has pro-active moderation. Our production desk is responsible for moderation - but it is just one of their tasks. During the week in UK time, this means that there may be a small lag - in US and Australia time there can be a longer time lag - as we have fewer people around at that time. Which is why comments made at the weekend may take many hours to be moderated.

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BTYahoo email accounts being hacked

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Re: BTYahoo email accounts being hacked

Thanks Scratchpad - forwarded to newsdesk for perusal. But I think it may be related to Yahoo's warning a few days ago - which we covered here.

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Slide out 'More from the register' overlay

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Don't know what happened there. But it was definitely killed this morning UK time and it is never coming back.

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Re: Slide out 'More from the register' overlay

Doing some A-B testing on a "teaser" unit with three variants, each shown to 10 per cent of readers. This one is least popular and has earned a couple of complaints.

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Badges for Commentards

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No

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Orange hacked?

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Re: Orange hacked?

Thanks for the tip - forwarded to newsdesk.

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media.struq.com

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Re: media.struq.com

This is the first we have heard of this - our ad tech guys will investigate.

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How to use the "report abuse" function

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Re: How to use the "report abuse" function

Thanks for the suggestion. We will give it a mull.

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New Zealand

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Re: Re: New Zealand

Very good - perhaps Australia Day has something to do with this?

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log me in death spiral locked in terminal phase

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Re: log me in death spiral locked in terminal phase

We wrote about it here and here.

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