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Spoiler text can't be made visible on a touch screen.

This was already pointed out (here as well as elsewhere). However, that was marked as by providing the ability to see spoiler text in the mobile version of the site.

(SE seems to be using the same definition of "mobile" as Facebook does: a little phone device. These are not the only devices that are mobile!).

This is not a good solution. If I have a large-screen touch device (an iPad, an Android tablet (although this might work already and there are only about 10 of them anyway), a Windows 8 touch-only device, a Kindle Fire, a TouchPad, etc) then I don't want to use the "mobile" version of SE - it looks like crap on a large screen.

Please provide a way to unspoiler text on the real StackExchange sites.

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You could try StackMobile, which not only provides a mobile interface that looks nice on tablets but also should display spoiler text. –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Oct 2 '11 at 2:48
@GeorgeEdison thanks, but the point here is that StackExchange sites look fine and work perfectly on a touch-based interface, except that you can't read spoiler text. We don't want a different interface, we want the bug with this one fixed. –  Tony Meyer Oct 2 '11 at 19:56
I thought in your question you mentioned that you didn't like the mobile interface. –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Oct 2 '11 at 20:41
@GeorgeEdison no, I don't like the mobile interface. I want the interface that I have already (i.e. the same thing that you'd see if you were using an old-fashioned mouse-based system), but where spoilers can be revealed with touch. –  Tony Meyer Oct 2 '11 at 20:43
Re your "might work": Yes, it woks just fine in the Android browser, both on phones and on tablets. –  balpha Oct 2 '11 at 20:46
@Tony: Ah, I get what you're saying now. Makes perfect sense. –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Oct 2 '11 at 20:49
I feel adding some "Click/tap here" (just like on the mobile theme) would also solve issues with people not knowing about spoilers to start with. –  Arjan Nov 17 '11 at 21:50
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Just above each spoiler there should be a small piece of text such as: Click/Tap to see spoiler (depending on whether the device is touch-enabled), or some other visual indicator.

Not only would this be a huge usability improvement for iPad and other touch device users (like myself), but it would also help new users with a mouse.
The first time I saw a spoiler (using a mouse) I was confused by the small rectangle of colour, not realising what it was or what I was supposed to do.

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Spoilers are supported via click (a "click to show spoiler" label is displayed) -- this is only on mobile, so maybe you can switch to that on the ipad

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This post is requesting that functionality "outside of mobile". Is that implemented? I can't reproduce a fix –  mhlester May 12 at 14:31
Only mobile unfortunately –  Sklivvz May 12 at 14:32
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The problem here is that we don't have a "tablet optimized" theme. It's kind of crazy to expect a single theme to cover the broadest "everything that can be moved" definition of mobile.

Basically, we've got a smartphone enabled site* (available via the mobile link) and a desktop "expects you have a mouse" site. The desktop site makes really strong assumptions about hover working (see the user drop down, and 1k user cards).

If you want to use something else you've got to pick your poison from one of our existing themes, as there are currently no plans for a tablet optimized one.

*Smartphones are about 6 times more common than tablets among visitors to our sites, based on a quick query over the last 48 hours. Together smartphones and tablets make up less than 3% of total visitors during the same period.

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You're totally missing the point. Modern mobile devices can display normal sites without any problem at all except that there is no mouse. The standard StackExchange site should work with touch events as well as mouse events. Creating a tablet version of the site would be crazy. –  Tony Meyer Oct 2 '11 at 19:54
There's a considerable difference between the user drop down and the user cards and spoilers: the former are basically eye-candy, and the latter actually stops you being able to read the question. I can get all the info on the user drop down and the card by navigating to other parts of the site. I can't read the spoiler text. –  Tony Meyer Oct 2 '11 at 19:55
I agree with @TonyMeyer: "The standard StackExchange site should work with touch events as well as mouse events." It seems as if you've already addressed scrolling issues (lack of ability to scroll) with iOS and the Global SE Inbox (either that or Apple changed something on their end). Most tablet browser are full-featured anyways; the only caveats seem to be around touch, and things are certainly moving in that direction (OSX Lion gestures, Win 7/8 touch, etc.) –  Paperjam Nov 17 '11 at 22:35
This answer is disappointing. The original trilogy was great, because it was progressive in both features and the model around which it was based. Now, it appears that you're ignoring touch-only tablets, which are generating cash hand-over-fist for Apple and others. It seems that there's been a shift from progressive implementation to reactionary implementation. Did you think that the reason that your tablet traffic is so low is possibly because some features don't work well on them so people don't bother? –  MDMarra Feb 10 '12 at 17:16
you've coded special cases for comment voting, comment flagging, and question retagging. All these seem to require hover capability, yet they work differently after a tap on the iPad. –  Kip Mar 24 '12 at 3:40
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