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As I move along with the site upgrade, I'd like to know how you guys are accessing the site. I can see a lot of mobile traffic in the server logs, but there's no way to know how much of it is from members.

 

There are a number of ways I can make the site and forums more mobile friendly, but more info will help me make some decisions along the way. Thanks!

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At home I use a de-simmed iPhone, mostly for the forums. To write reviews, or any serious reading of reviews, I hop on a PC, probably onacuz they are hard to read on a little screen.

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I read and post from my iPad probably 30% of the time. But if I'm creating threads, posting reviews, etc, I hop on my PC. I practically never use my phone to access either, however, I would still enjoy the ability to have a mobile app for the reviews.

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Review App! Review App! ;)

 

I use my phone whenever I've got a bit of time to kill (like the hour and a half I spend on the bus every week, etc.) and when I just feel like checking up on stuff without having internet for my laptop or wanting to go into the other room to get my laptop...so maybe 3 or 4 times a week?

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What is this "mobile" of which you speak? :wheelchair:

 

Strictly PC here.

Edited by Absomphe

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I know it's blasphemous to the omnipresent Technology God that society now worships, but I actually like being completely "unplugged" now & then...What can I say, I'm a heretic! :laugh:

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Post#8 denies its own existence. :)

 

Now and again, I do enjoy a trip to the gator infested swamps along the Brazos, where the signal sucks.

Edited by Miguel

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I'm getting ready to respond to the poll but their are two questions missing . . .

 

Would you use a mobile device to read the WS Review section if is that capability were provided?

 

Would you use a mobile device to read the WS Discusion section if is that capability were provided?

 

My answer to both of these questions would be yes.

 

Maredudd

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Hey!, you've upgraded, last time I was up on the Ridge all y'all had was some old miller cans with string attached to them. :pirate:

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Your poll doesn't allow multiple responses. I access the forum on both IOS and Blackberry, although much more frequently via IOS since the iPad provides a good way to view and use the forum.

 

Not sure if this has come up elsewhere, but I find it a pain that I need to log in again every time I am in a new location (which evidently comes with a new IP). I don't have to do this on Fee Verte or most other sites which require a password (e.g. Facebook, Twitter). Why does this have to happen?

 

(Apart from the fact that it provides forum admin with details of all the countries and cities I visit, the IP addresses of every bar/coffee shop I log in from etc etc!).

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I find it a pain that I need to log in again every time I am in a new location (which evidently comes with a new IP).

 

You should consider a password that's simpler than the Cyrillic alphabet backwards, maybe something like abc123. :pirate: :wave2:

 

Just kidding Alan!

 

I've noticed that as well and it's irked me a few times, so thanks for bringing it up. I've noticed from one wireless network in particular sometimes I get logged out-if I can put my damn phone away and come back to it an hour or two later. I always figured it was shoddy networking skills based on that location, since a woman with a recently purchased ipad2 was experiencing the same issues and she wasn't visiting WS, much to her loss.

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At home it's PC only, but if I'm out and about I use my Blackberry fairly often. I agree with Alan that it's annoying to have to login again after moving from one hot spot to another, or from a hot spot to network, especially because it's kind of a pain in the ass to type in my information on a phone.

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I'm not as active as I used to be now that I'm back in school, but I'm one of the Android user you're seeing. I like checking the boards on my bus rides.

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My answer to both of these questions would be yes.

 

Now my answer is "I read it on occasion on my iPhone." . . . :-)

Edited by Maredudd

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Interestingly, I have often trouble accessing WS at all via my mobile for some reason - I get a 403 - Forbidden error. But that seems more like trouble from my provider.

 

But, I already found mobile access handy for ad-hoc viewing of reviews in liquor shops :)

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... I find it a pain that I need to log in again every time I am in a new location (which evidently comes with a new IP). ... Why does this have to happen? (Apart from the fact that it provides forum admin with details of all the countries and cities I visit, the IP addresses of every bar/coffee shop I log in from etc etc!).

This was a security feature that seemed a good idea at the time and I don't recall why. I'm pretty sure I can disable it.

 

The servers log IPs regardless. ;)

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There are a number of ways I can make the site and forums more mobile friendly, but more info will help me make some decisions along the way. Thanks!

 

 

I don't use the forums or the site on my mobile, but I would (more than an actual computer) if there was a mobile site or an app.

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I was thinking earlier that a mobile, stripped down version of the forum would be awesome. I've seen that with a couple forums but I don't think they used this software.

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I mostly access the forums using my iPad, and occasionally I will check the reviews section using my Android phone to check the reviews of some new absinthe on the shelves I havent had before or heard of.

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It seems that where I live we are starting to get a little more selections of absinthe (although still mediocre rated ones) but one day, I could see that app becoming a very useful tool, especially if you have scores of brands to choose from. Here I am green with envy to those people who do!

 

:cheers:

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Although not as old as Absomphe, I too am not familiar with this mobile technology of which you speak. To tell you the truth, I don't even use a land line except for call out of work !

 

So I spend 30$ a month for what ?

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So the people that desperately need you can reach you, of course. ;)

 

Well, that's the only reason I drop $30 a month on a phone.

(but i kinda hate the phone, damn thing only rings when someone wants something)

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You didn't ask an important poll question though- "how WELL does it work, and does that impact your frequency?".

 

It sucks on BB, as many things do, so I seldom try.

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