On tablets, the mobile theme for Stack Exchange sites is overly simplistic. However, there's a lot to the full site that is difficult to use or overly crowded on a tablet, and some things require mouseovers.

Could we have another theme specifically for tablet devices?

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    Yay for responsive design. – cdeszaq Mar 26 '12 at 20:10
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    For the record, "touchscreen" and "mouseover" is not a contradiction. I exclusively use the non-mobile site even on my phone. (This is not meant to invalidate your request in general) – balpha Mar 26 '12 at 20:15
  • @balpha No, it's not, but it's so much harder to use on a touchscreen. – timothymh Mar 26 '12 at 20:25
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    @balpha: If there's a way to do mouseover on an iPad, I'd like to know about it. Likewise for other touchscreen mobile devices. – Keith Thompson Mar 26 '12 at 20:26
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    @KeithThompson About 50% of the time, tapping will work. The other 50%, it won't. – timothymh Mar 26 '12 at 20:27
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    @KeithThompson I don't know about the iPad. In the Android browser, just touching something (e.g. sliding your finger over it) causes a hover event. – balpha Mar 26 '12 at 20:34
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    Sorry Timothy, we're unable to grant you this request because it appears you're not a hippopotamus. We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause. ;-) – The Unhandled Exception Mar 26 '12 at 20:57
  • @TheUnhandledException Haha, nice. – timothymh Mar 26 '12 at 21:03
  • @balpha Not on the iPad. I guess that's one of the few disadvantages I concede of iPad to Android tablets! – timothymh Mar 26 '12 at 21:04
  • What essential feature of the full site requires hovering? Like balpha, I regularly use the non-mobile site, but I have an iPhone. I've never missed the ability to hover. Sure you don't get little niceties like tooltips, but I've been around long enough I know what the widgets do. – Cody Gray Mar 26 '12 at 23:09
  • @TheEstablishment Examples: rating/flagging/editing/deleting comments; showing the drop down menu accessed via one's username (you can click the arrow, but it's tiny). – timothymh Mar 27 '12 at 1:47
  • Hmm, yeah I guess I don't use that user name drop-down thingadongdong. But on the iPhone, all I have to do is tap the comment and the vote controls show up. – Cody Gray Mar 27 '12 at 2:20

Please, for the love of all that is holy, no. We've been down this road before and I really, really don't want to go back. Mobile Safari on iPad is a fully-featured browser on a 10-inch screen: it does not need to have a stripped-down, feature-lagged version of the website (which is, let's face it, what "tablet" versions inevitably are).

In the comments, balpha mentioned that,

In the Android browser, just touching something (e.g. sliding your finger over it) causes a hover event.

And you claimed that this is not the case on iPad: you're mistaken. If you tap an element with a mouseover event that triggers a content change, iPad does, in fact, react to that event. The only trick or gotcha is that quick taps work better: long, deliberate taps will generally tend to register as a click event.

Having used the full version of Stack Exchange on iPad for the past year, the only two things that are unavailable are:

In conclusion, every time a site needlessly has a tablet version (or worse, defaults to its mobile version when it detects a tablet; but that's beside the point), a puppy cries.

by 23am.com on Flickr, CC-BY-SA

Please, think of the puppies: leave browsing on tablets alone.

  • While I understand not wanting to remove features, I'm not asking for that. I just want to be able to view and interact with the full site without having to zoom in and out all the time. It's hard to tap small things, like comment vote buttons for example, without zooming in quite far. All I want is a slightly-redesigned interface, not a drastically different one. – timothymh Apr 24 '12 at 15:24

Please, with bigger buttons (especially the comment voting and flagging buttons are too small)!

Perhaps also larger fonts in the edit areas than for preview and content, since touch has to be used when editing.

Some of the mouseovers should also be made into toggles IMO (see exact time of a post, for example).

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