“Go to first unread” button on the main page of the forums is impossible to hit, you pull up the profile of the thread starter. Workaround: Click on thread, click on bigger “go to first unread” button on the page.
It’s impossible to go to the next page or a specific page with the little 1 2 3 4 5 6 page list buttons.
These buttons are annoying and hard to hit on a PC, the iPhone makes it worse.
Yeah, using Safari to browse qt3 on the iPhone is too clumsy for my tastes. Other forums have actually created their own apps that reformat the forum for the iphone’s screen and add handy controls along the bottom etc… Anyone want to give it a go? :)
Since this is a mostly stock vBulletin site, I would direct all anger about mobile viewing to the vBulletin site.
Please note though that these forums are more than a couple of large releases behind now though. Also note that the iPhone, and mobile phones in general, are a hot topic on the vBulletin forums. It’s completely doable with the current site, but it requires work and time and this is an active board with little tolerance for downtime.
I will agree though, it sucks that you can tweet, check and do stuff on facebook, etc but you have a hard time reading a text only forum on a mobile display. It was true on my Treo, it was true on my Samsung, and now it’s true on my iPhone. Bulletin board coders just do not see the tidal wave of users passing them by.
Just a note that I have been trying out some of the forum apps already on the App Store and have at least found one to be semi functional XPav. It’s currently experincing a nasty bug though, you can’t post or reply to posts on vBulletin. They’ve submitted a fix but the app approval hasn’t gone through yet. Until we get an actual board fix, this at least might make things a bit easier.
Forums app main view:
QT3 Forums view:
Post view simply looks like entering a new message in email, without the TO and CC lines.
Yet another reason to love the AppStore… “Our app’s bug/limitation/whatever has been fixed and the fixed version was submitted to Apple. Maybe you’ll be able to download it in a month… maybe… if you’re lucky!”
Shhh don’t tell anybody but ummm this is exactly my iphone app project I’m working on in my spare time. I don’t have a time frame but I was planning to post here when I get to the stage where I need beta testers.