Like more than 1% of the American population, I have a tremor. It's minor enough that I don't have problems with any apps except for one: Stack Overflow. When I try to upvote a comment, my tap often registers as two taps, canceling itself out. When I then try again, I'm told that I cannot change my vote so soon. Please consider my use case when setting timeouts and vote changing policies.

I understand that you can't come up with policies that are idea for everyone but did want to give you the data point.

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    I've even done this and I don't have a tremor. Stress/excessive caffeine can cause this issue too. – Carcigenicate Oct 1 at 15:21
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    I wouldn't expect anything to come out of this, the mobile apps (at least those on Android) have long since been abandoned unfortunately. – Rakete1111 Oct 1 at 15:36
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    @rakete1111 That's a shame. It's a good app. – Ellen Spertus Oct 1 at 15:46
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    As support for this request, WCAG (web accessibility guidelines) indicate that accessible sites should allow users to cancel or minimize a time-out: w3.org/TR/WCAG21/#enough-time – April --Un-Slander Monica-- Oct 1 at 15:49
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    Follow up question -- Does the Stack Exchange company itself have any accessibility-focused designers? 508-conformance is a good start, but it doesn't cover everything. – April --Un-Slander Monica-- Oct 1 at 15:50
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    @Shog how come it's in review when SE doesn't even have android developer? You will hire a new developer just to make this change? – Shadow The Princess Wizard Oct 1 at 15:53
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    Probably can't easily make changes for the android app, @Shadow. But I want to think about this for (post) voting buttons on the website too. If it's possible to fix this on the backend, could benefit both. Keep in mind: "review" doesn't mean "will fix" - it means "need to take a look". – Shog9 Oct 1 at 16:00
  • @Shog9 well, my boss who is not a programmer at all once fixed a bug in complex C++ program by himself by just digging through the code, changing stuff around until it worked. So in extreme cases, anyone can fix bugs, I guess. – Shadow The Princess Wizard Oct 1 at 16:07
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    @Shadow yes, but how many did he introduce? 😀 – Ellen Spertus Oct 1 at 17:01
  • Good idea, Ellen. In the meantime, as a workaround -- in case you aren't aware, it is often possible to make a useful adjustment to the mouse or mousepad settings. Let me know if you want more details. – aparente001 Oct 1 at 21:02
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    @aparente001 no mouse on my Android devices – Ellen Spertus Oct 2 at 2:12
  • @EllenSpertus - oh. How about some kind of speech to text instruction? I haven't tried what Chrome has but it seems popular. I have some experience with Dragon + KnowBrainer and I'm confident that would work. If you write to KnowBrainer and explain your issue they will likely give you free the KnowBrainer software that extends Dragon. – aparente001 Oct 2 at 2:53
  • @aparente001 Speech control still isn't what I'd hoped it would be by this time. I had a computer 9 years ago that listened better than my phone does now... – Mast Oct 2 at 9:31
  • @Mast and Ellen -- I do have some experience with the Dragon-KnowBrainer combo and if you haven't tried it, I encourage you to do so, while you're waiting for Godot. // Ellen, it sounds like the Android device may be making life more difficult for you -- might it help to be working on something other than an Android device whenever possible? – aparente001 Oct 2 at 14:53
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    @aparente001 Dragon does have one of the best speech-to-command suites in existence (for years now), yes, but we're talking about mobile applications here. Note the android-app tag. While Dragon has a Remote Mike, that still connects to PC. Or am I missing something here? – Mast Oct 2 at 15:46

A suggestion: make the triangle to the left of a comment insensitive to touch for a couple seconds after it is touched, in all cases.

Currently, as Ellen said, if you tap the triangle multiple times in short time, the first two touches are counted - it only blocks taps starting from the third. Blocking them for a couple seconds starting from the second first tap elegantly solves the problem for people with tremors and I believe it is a better experience for everyone. I do not have tremors, but I have more than once mistapped/misclicked and cancelled a vote I intended to place.

Also, during the time when the triangle is blocked, replace it with some sign that signals a wait time - like a moving circle or something similar. It is more friendly than saying "you can't do that now".


Suggestion: Make comment votes work just like Question/Answer votes:

The user should have 5 minutes to upvote/downvote any comment and then after that it's locked in. There's no need for this "two taps and your done" policy.

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    I'm not entirely sure how this fixes the issue of accidentally tapping twice, undoing the earlier vote. I don't think that has anything to do with the 5 minute lockin. – JAD Oct 2 at 10:49
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    @JAD, comments have a two-tap lock-in: tap once to upvote, tap again to un-upvote, and you can't do anything more. Changing that to a five-minute lock like question and answer votes use, and it doesn't matter if you accidentally double-tap: you can just try again. – Mark Oct 2 at 20:40
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    @Mark gotcha, thanks for clarifying – JAD Oct 3 at 6:07

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