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To what extent is SE usable with console browser, not supporting javascript and images? Say lynx/links/links2/elinks or something else?

I can live with javascript killed, but on some occasions when posting an answer captcha pops up and this bugs me, since answering is important.

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    I'd say "unknown" since SE team simply won't test with such browsers. Basic things like logging in and posting (questions and answers, not comments) should be supported though. – Shadow Mar 25 '16 at 10:24
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    I'd suggest Column 80, a lynx-optimized interface to Stack Exchange sites, but it seems to be broken at the moment (at least from a non-lynx browser). – Jeffrey Bosboom Mar 26 '16 at 4:13
  • @JeffreyBosboom Thanks. Haven't tried it yet. Does it support posting? – joro Mar 26 '16 at 13:41
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Doing anything other than reading on SE requires Javascript. Period. I am sure those browsers aren't officially supported either.

Using a command line browsing tool for reading or writing isn't officially supported, while I think it would work most of time, unless you are facing captchas and so. Try to switch to the mobile site too, since it uses Javascript a lot less.

If you use that command line browser for scraping information within the boundaries of the ToS: the API is better suited for reading and writing from a self-made program, so if that is what you want, use the API.

  • Is there a list of supported browsers? And since when using console browser is scraping (AFAIK for scraping there are special purpose tools, not browsers)?. – joro Mar 25 '16 at 9:59
  • You mean you really use that for just browsing SE? I only use those tools if I want to automate some actions. – Patrick Hofman Mar 25 '16 at 10:00
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    Supported browsers – Patrick Hofman Mar 25 '16 at 10:01
  • I don't mean to automate anything SE related. Some javascript enabled browsers can be automated too AFAICT. – joro Mar 25 '16 at 10:05
  • The list of officially supported browsers refers to full support, i.e. with all features working. However, I've seen developers say more than once that any browser, no matter how odd, should be able to login and post - the core functionality of Q&A site, even without JS enabled. – Shadow Mar 25 '16 at 10:45
  • Okay, a link would be useful. The mobile UI should be better suited anyway. @Sha – Patrick Hofman Mar 25 '16 at 10:46
  • I will try to find, maybe those were only comments, but sure I saw it. :-) – Shadow Mar 25 '16 at 11:02
  • I am fully aware that these browsers are not officially supported for full functionality, but I am not asking about this at all. Mentioning ToS/scraping also doesn't have anything to contribute to the question, perhaps except for your interpretation that people using different browsers are scapers/spammers. – joro Mar 25 '16 at 11:32
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    @joro - you were not called a spammer. Even I do not use lynx to post at SE, you can check out sx extension for Emacs, though. – Deer Hunter Mar 25 '16 at 13:08
  • @DeerHunter Thanks. I use vim, but emacs as browser is an option. Does sx properly support ssl? – joro Mar 26 '16 at 13:39
  • @joro - TLS support was the principal reason I chose it (hat tip @Gilles). – Deer Hunter Mar 26 '16 at 13:58
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    @Pat found it - only referring to JS though, not related to browsers. And especially this comment. – Shadow Mar 26 '16 at 15:53
  • Good find @sha. Thanks. – Patrick Hofman Mar 26 '16 at 16:24

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