I have a Windows 8 tablet with a touch screen (Surface pro) using IE10, I do not like to use the mouse a lot since it is touch, SE sites are not really touch friendly and the mobile version looks ugly on devices other than mobile devices, anyhow I still can manage to navigate SE sites with no much complains except for comments. To upvote a comment, flag it or to delete it you need to hover the mouse to see the buttons for these controls which has no alternative way for touch screens and you will have no choice but to use the mouse to hover the comment. If no mouse available there is only one way, go to the mobile site and upvote then get back to the full website, just boring! and the mobile version does not have a flag button anyway!
Can SE team solve this? Facebook solved a similar issue for posts, if you touch (or tap) a single touch on the post's
div the control buttons will show and stay there just like you're hovering the mouse and disappears when selecting another post (the hover effect still there for mouse users). Can something like this be done? it will make SE sites more touch friendly.