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Many sites which have mobile versions (e.g. Amazon) allow you to force the site into "standard" mode - letting the user decide for themselves that they're happy to use more bandwidth, deal with any mobile browsing issues etc.

Personally I'd rather see SO as it used to be when on my phone, but I quite understand the desire to be more bandwidth-friendly for those who are happy to see it in grey.

Could we just have the option, please?

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Just had a debate about this with "the boss". Jeff's take is that this question was framed back when the mobile theme was very rough. These days the theme is "good enough" ... is this still something you want? –  waffles May 3 '11 at 6:12
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@waffles: It's definitely looking better. I think I'd still like the option, but it's lower priority than it was to start with. –  Jon Skeet May 3 '11 at 6:14

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It has already been implemented. Scroll down to the bottom of the page, and there will be a link to the full site. (see this question on Meta.SO)

full site link in footer

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It has now, yes. Rah. –  Jon Skeet Jul 17 '11 at 19:58

To go along with this, I would also like an option to explicitly turn the mobile theme on... For those of us who don't happen to use Officially Blessed Mobile Devices.

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guidingtech.com/2803/get-ipad-interface-chrome-user-agent-string/ –  random Mar 1 '11 at 21:35
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@random: yeah, I know I can change my user agent string... But that just works to solidify the impression that "mobile == ios". –  Shog9 Mar 1 '11 at 21:41
    
it's currently triggered for android and iphone / ipad and opera mini -- what other devices do you have? –  Jeff Atwood Mar 1 '11 at 23:12
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@Jeff: Palm Pre... ;-) –  Shog9 Mar 1 '11 at 23:17
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@shog9 ok I added webos/\d\. to the mobile detector –  Jeff Atwood Mar 2 '11 at 1:23
    
@Jeff: nice, thanks! –  Shog9 Mar 2 '11 at 20:03
    
That explains it, I thought it was WebOS 2.1 update that had messed up stack exchange. @Jeff Any chance of give us the option? –  thing2k Mar 11 '11 at 12:25
    
Dolphin on Android also seems to give us the standard theme. (Edit: scratch that, it doesn't work on normal Android browser either.) –  Aarobot Mar 11 '11 at 20:28
    
@Jeff: I'm with Aarobot. I see no mobile theme on Android. –  John Mar 30 '11 at 16:07
    
Blackberries (at least with OS 6) got a sane WebKit-based browser as well, still I'd like to be able to view the mobile version. –  Joachim Sauer May 3 '11 at 9:30
    
I am using firefox mobile (beta) and don't see the mobile site. –  Jamie Kitson Nov 4 '12 at 10:41

While I don't necessarily disagree with a mobile version, at least minimal coloring would be useful. The current version blatantly violates the principle of least astonishment, not to mention a very explicit declaration by @Jeff Atwood♦ that Meta <-> greyscale - I keep catching and working around the UnexpectedSiteException ("Huh - greyscale? How did I get to Meta? Which site is this? Oh, it just looks like Meta, meh. Now, where was I again?").

Therefore, this new design keeps pushing me from using SO to thinking about SO; needless to say, this is rather disruptive, and I have noticed that I now avoid SO on mobile, as it's behaving very differently from the normal view.

I'd take a wild guess and say that I'm not entirely alone in this regard.


TL;DR: the current decision that "mobile shall only have greyscale" is a major UI blunder, pushing mobile users away from SO.

EDIT: My cries have been heard; rejoice, rejoice, color is back!

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mobile theme has much more color now –  Jeff Atwood May 3 '11 at 6:01
    
@Jeff Atwood: Indeed it does, thanks a lot! –  Piskvor May 3 '11 at 8:12

In my shop:

  • technical folk have Android phones mostly (to root, S-OFF, custom ROM)
  • project managers and other ancilliary staff have iThings

Anyway, the folk who are most likely to not use these sites have full colour...

Please can we code monkeys have our full colour back?

Edit: after a week or so.

I lost colour but I appear to have mostly the same content

How does forcing to mono save my bandwidth when I have images, the right hand column etc?

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iThings have the same theme, with the exception of the iPad. –  Macha Mar 2 '11 at 19:55
    
@Macha: I wouldn't know. I use Android. I want my colour back. –  gbn Mar 2 '11 at 20:18
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I use both. I want my colour back too. But "Anyway, the folk who are most likely to not use these sites have full colour... " is wrong. They don't have colour either. –  Macha Mar 2 '11 at 20:20
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mobile theme has much more color now –  Jeff Atwood May 3 '11 at 6:01
    
ta, I'll check when I'm back on wifi –  gbn May 3 '11 at 6:37

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