Currently trying to use the site(s) on my phone, which runs Opera on Windows Mobile 6.1. Actually looks OK. And if this comes through then question submitting works! But I just tried to upvote someone's answerr on both SO and here, and that doesn't work. Any plans to improve support for this browser? As a user of it, anything I can do to help if so?

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The email validation problem I encountered is also down to Opera mini. It's fine now I'm in work on a proper PC.

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Opera mini doesn't support AJAX, the key to the entire voting process, as well as commenting etc. I personally do not feel they should go through the effort of making these features degrade nicely, since it is a lot of extra work for a very limited audience.

Stack Overflow was and always will be best suited for a modern day browser. That isn't to say it doesn't work on mobile browsers, but you shouldn't expect to have the same user experience.

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I feel that Opera/WinCE/iPhone/what-have-you-platform tweaks don't really belong in the StackOverflow codebase. Instead, this need should be served by third-party apps built using the (hopefully) forthcoming API.

For one, the experience would be a lot nicer. There's also not much point in the developers working to support such a niche case, when I'm sure plenty of people will be willing to gin up clients for their favorite platforms.

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Opera Mini supports some Ajax, and works fine on the Stack sites. I've been commenting, answering, voting, tagging, etc, quite happily with it for over a week :)

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On what phone? I'm totally blocked. –  D_N Mar 2 '10 at 8:51
    
Sadly, so am I now. I can't get to any of the Stack sites via Mini except by using an additional proxy - it's been like this for almost 2 weeks –  CodeByMoonlight Mar 3 '10 at 8:50
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I can vote on questions and answers (but not on comments), view vote splits, and vote to close questions with Opera mini on my BlackBerry, but I cannot post answers or comments. Ian's point is valid, but it'd be nice to have at least mid-90s "submit, next page" functionality on mobile browsers.

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