I know from experience that editing a post from a mobile device is not the easiest task.

When editing a post tonight, I decided I'd like to cancel the edit. However, there was no "cancel" link. There is one on the full site (presumably a result of this feature request).

I think it would be rather convenient if we had a cancel link on the mobile version of the edit page.

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Is there something wrong with the back button? All the cancel button would be is a link back to the post, which can also be achieved by simply hitting the back button.

The difference between the main site and mobile is on the main site, the editing screen is loaded inline with the page, while on mobile editing actually takes you to a new page. Therefore, it's far easier on the main site to just reload the content inline rather than forcing users to reload the page. On mobile, it doesn't matter. You have to reload the page no matter what to get back to the regular content.

I do believe the main site used to go to a separate page as well, and the cancel button was implemented when they started loading it inline, but I'm not 100% sure. Not to mention, heading for the back button on a desktop computer requires slightly more effort than on a mobile device, especially something small like a phone.

The user interface on mobile devices is very different. The back button is often used to cancel edits (I know I use it whenever I cancel things), so using the back button makes sense. Browsing through my phone just now, I couldn't even find any applications I have that provide any sort of "cancel" option when editing things, only the use of my back button. Why should the Stack Exchange network be any different?

The only real reason I can think of for adding this is consistency across the full and mobile versions of the site, unless I'm missing something.

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    You make a good point. Consistency was my concern, since most of my edits (and therefore cancelled edits) are from the full site. I've come to expect the link.
    – yoozer8
    Jan 2, 2013 at 4:11
  • haha yea i find myself not even clicking the cancel button, but rather hitting back on the desktop site when i'm editing a question (since that is not inline too). it's inconsistent but.... meh. I'd rather see more important upgrades to SE mobile sites :)
    – d-_-b
    Jan 2, 2013 at 4:15
  • Even on the main site, you get to a separate edit page when you are below x rep (don't remember what x was, 1.5K, 1K?). Jan 2, 2013 at 4:18
  • @DanielFischer: Yes, users without full edit privileges go there because they have to suggest an edit. They get the nice "it needs to be reviewed" box at the top and the "How to Edit" box at the right.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Jan 2, 2013 at 4:24

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