Hey, how can I get Discourse to do X?


This is me replying on an iPhone 7 plus with “Chrome”

It can definitely get confused about where the editor is but I never saw it half obscured. I suspect part of the issue is that (cough) “Chrome” ironically has different dimensions for some of the browser chrome than Safari does.


Thank, wumpus. I guess you support the browsers you support. I didn’t know that about Chrome being forced to use the iOS WebKit. The rest of the forum was easy to read on my phone, just not write. It looked like that screen you posted, but the Reply, etc, buttons were below the top of the keyboard and it wouldn’t shift down as I wrote past that point.


You can pinch to zoom in or out on all pages on all websites in iOS 10, so try that.


What’s so special about a Discourse’s textboxes that requires specific browsers?


Dunno, “Chrome” on iOS is quirky as fuck, it is in IE6 territory.


The Discourse connection error page says something like “we couldn’t load that page, possibly due to a connection error.”

But when I view it on my phone, the way it stacks, “possibly” is right under “load”. So, every time I see that page before I hit refresh, I transpose the words and read “I couldn’t possibly load that page…”, like a flustered Victorian lady.


Is there a reason why really old threads are popping up at or near the top, with apparently bogus recent posts?

For example, over in Everything Else I see “can someone recommend a good durable toaster oven” as the 6th most recent topic and it says there is a post from 3 hours ago, but the most recent real post is over 3 years old.

Are these ghosts created by some robot auto-post that were also auto-filtered? Or is it just me anyway?


I actually really like Chrome on iOS. The pull to refresh and close tab gestures are particularly useful. Unfortunately it doesn’t work with Safari content-blocking so it’s not even in the running.


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After using Discourse for a while now, I’ve gotten used to most of the changes.

The one thing that still bothers me regularly is that I read a lot of older threads where I’m behind, and having to hover over the approximate date to get the real date for every post is very annoying.

I imagine I’ll get used to that as well by next year though.


Nah, the bizarre insistence on obscuring the date is maddening yo. At least on desktop, it’s not like there isn’t space. . .


I agree. Just give me the dang date.


Read really old topics and the date will be absolute.


No, that’s not how dates work. If i went to a message board and read something on 09/01/2001 don’t you think the fact it was on 911 actually means something? It means a hell of a lot more than just a quick line that just states 6 years ago.

Or are you saying really old is is just code for at some point the posts stop counting time and show the date? If that’s the case, what’s that time frame?


I’m working on making it an option in my script. I’ll post when it’s done.


Remember that interstitial time gaps will be shown when more than ~10 days elapses between replies. And you can always hover over to get the actual date and time, to the second, if needed.


Stallman bless you, @arrendek. @wumpus makes Discourse, but you make it great ;-)


What he said.


I’ve added it to my script. Next time your script manager auto-updates (or if you manually update it) then you’ll see absolute dates. I need to make it an option but that’s going to have to be tomorrow or Wednesday. For now, everyone gets it.


I suggest you create a dedicated topic for your script if you haven’t already – so people can find it and provide feedback directly, etc.