It's Sunday afternoon. It's snowing outside, and I have a pounding headache. A perfect time to go through the flags queue on my little tablet.

...Except, some of the flags are completely bogus. And the "declined..." link is entirely too close to the "helpful" button for me to hit it accurately.

my fat finger

There's no way to "undo" a misclick on "helpful", so I've already given three unhelpful flags a stamp of approval when nothing needed to be done. If I zoom way, waaaay in, and tap very carefully, I can usually mash the link, but even then sometimes Android seems to think I'm aiming for that button.

still fat

I can't help but think that just a little bit of whitespace, maybe just an extra line, would suffice to avoid this problem.

The small bit of added space did the trick. Action shot:

beats Finger-Slim-Fast

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    And no, skipping crepes for breakfast is not a work-around.
    – Shog9
    Feb 10, 2013 at 18:31
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    I think you accidentally a word. :)
    – Mysticial
    Feb 10, 2013 at 18:37
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    You're a better man than me. I have a pounding headache, too, but reviewing flags is about the last thing that would have come to my mind. I'm watching the third season of Dexter instead.
    – Pekka
    Feb 10, 2013 at 18:42
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    Ah, good plan! Nothing like watching people cut into pieces and bagged to put a little bit of head pain into perspective. @Pekka웃
    – Shog9
    Feb 10, 2013 at 18:47
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    @Shog9 crepes? crepes? You monster. You horrible, traitorous, monster.
    – Mike G
    Feb 10, 2013 at 19:05
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    The solution is obviously to get new fingers. Feb 10, 2013 at 19:40
  • What are these numbers in the upper right corner for? Load time for each flag?
    – fuxia
    Feb 10, 2013 at 20:02
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    That's MiniProfiler, @toscho - just timings for various parts of page generation. And yes, it kinda gets in the way when you zoom way in on mobile.
    – Shog9
    Feb 10, 2013 at 21:02
  • I have been complaining about this stuff for quite some time. The only relevant feedback I have got is to not use a mobile device. (stupid, I know!) Feb 10, 2013 at 21:19
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    Very interesting that my question, Review audits are too error-prone when reviewing on a mobile device, gets so many downvotes and horrible advice yet this question doesn't. Feb 10, 2013 at 21:24
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    @Austin true; to be fair though, you did ask for the reviews to be made more forgiving, which is not entirely what is asked here. To his credit, Shog's been pretty consistent.... quoting him on your question: The solution to that would be a better mobile design for review
    – Pekka
    Feb 10, 2013 at 21:49
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    Just to clarify for the close voters: this has absolutely nothing to do with /review.
    – Shog9
    Feb 11, 2013 at 1:38
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    Surprised nobody here suggested it yet... what about stylus for your mobile device? It's surely thinner than your fingers. :D Feb 11, 2013 at 8:37
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    @AustinHenley I upvoted your question because I've experienced how frustrating it is on a mobile device to hit links etc accurately, even when zoomed in (edit, no, edit, EDIT, no, EDIT. I said EDIT arrrggggghhh). You seem to want to know why this gets more votes than yours, sorry in advance if you didn't want me to give reasons: This question made me say "awesome question". It uses self-deprecating humour and pictures to get its point across where you used lots of text and linked it to a complaint - that's why this question is more appealing, which is probably why it gets lots of upvotes.
    – AndrewC
    Feb 11, 2013 at 19:08
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    note to self: at next elections, request for an additional requirement for mods to have fingers (better yet, claws) thin enough for stuff like that
    – gnat
    Feb 12, 2013 at 10:55

3 Answers 3


Added extra linebreak between the helpful button & decline link.

Based on guesswork regarding OPs finger size.

Should be out in the next build. Let me know if your fingers are fatter than I extrapolated.

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    Can't you write code that will measure the user finger size? Feb 12, 2013 at 10:45
  • @ShaWizDowArd - phase 2. This is a quick fix for now. Next version will handle all manner of users - mice to elephants.
    – Oded
    Feb 12, 2013 at 10:48
  • @ShaWizDowArd: As far as I know, that is responsibility of the OS. Don't forget that the browser only sees (multiple) cursors, and not the original finger-press anymore. Feb 12, 2013 at 10:49
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    @SulfurizedDemonbobby - Actually, we will be querying some Google APIs. They know everything.
    – Oded
    Feb 12, 2013 at 10:49
  • @Oder indeed, even if user is actually a goat! Feb 12, 2013 at 10:52
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    Thanks, Oded - did the trick.
    – Shog9
    Feb 13, 2013 at 4:06

The solution suggested by the operator in The Simpsons was to "mash the keypad with your palm" when his fingers were too fat to dial.

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It fits nicely with your activity as well. When you want to decline a flag, just mash the tablet with your palm.

  • It is a horrible solution. Especially if you apply this "solution" to this same problem in the review queues. The audits will hit you hard. Feb 10, 2013 at 21:53
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    Relax. It's a joke.
    – bobobobo
    Feb 10, 2013 at 21:53
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    Joke? JOKE? I DO THIS NOW.
    – Tim Post
    Feb 11, 2013 at 0:47
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    I would love a gesture-based mod UI. Particularly if it had that gesture. And... one other one.
    – Shog9
    Feb 11, 2013 at 1:40
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    @Shog9 We kind of have the other gesture now
    – Tim Post
    Feb 11, 2013 at 5:44

What if we just made it a standard button? It could then be the same size as the helpful button.

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    It's made a link to make it a secondary action uxmovement.com/buttons/…
    – Ben Brocka
    Feb 10, 2013 at 19:11
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    @BenBrocka: That makes sense with the old "dismiss as helpful" policy, but now that moderators are being more strict with helpful flags, it seems like it's not-so-secondary anymore.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Feb 10, 2013 at 19:14
  • "stricter" meaning "no longer marking as helpful flags that are completely wrong", @anim. It's still a secondary action.
    – Shog9
    Feb 10, 2013 at 19:29
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    @BenBrocka: For one, we're mods. We know what is helpful and what isn't, so visual cues aren't that useful. Secondly, declining is just as important as helpful-ing. The only difference is that we get lots more good flags than bad. Feb 10, 2013 at 19:37

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