UPDATE: The site is live and has quite a few features already: http://m.stackoverflow.quickmediasolutions.com/

Please let me know what you think.

The number of upvotes on this post have made me realize just how many people want an iPhone/mobile version of StackOverflow!

So, now that the API is in private beta, there is the possibility for someone to make a front-end for StackOverflow that is optimized for mobile-devices.

I am considering undertaking this, but I will need your advice:

  • Do you want just a low-fi HTML version, or a WAP/WML version? (Of course, we will need an HTML version if iPhones are going to be supported.)
  • What functionality do you want exposed?

I want to make one thing clear: this site will be read-only! You will not be able to post/comment/vote or anything like that. This is because the API is currently read-only.

Your opinion is valuable, so please comment/answer this question.

The benefits of this site:

  • Extremely small pages: average is maybe ~4KB a page.
  • Light on graphics: the only image is the logo which is ~2KB and is cached automatically
    Note: actually that's not quite true - viewing a user's profile brings in images from Gravatar :)
  • Fast: pages are served as fast as the SO API serves the data to me
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    Stackoverflow already works read-only on my phone, so kinda pointless. What doesn't work is things like comments and voting. I believe you can even get notifications, give answers, and even cast close votes and make edits. That said I don't browse it on my phone very often though – Earlz May 15 '10 at 0:51
  • @Earlz: On my phone, I can do everything - well, except the stuff that broke with the recent accessibility updates. – uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN May 15 '10 at 1:27

Honestly, a read-only mobile site to me would be kinda useless. I'd want the interaction on my phone. A read-only site would make more sense to me where I'm sitting at my dev tools pondering a problem and looking for a solution and that's at my PC, not my phone.

EDIT: Ok, since the read/write is because of the status of the API right now then go nuts. Just sounded like you were in the market to make a (useless) read/write mobile site.

I want whatever works for my new Incredible that just got ordered today! Just breaking into the mobile market, so whatever that means.

On a mobile site I'd like to see

  • Ask questions
  • Answer questions
  • Comments
  • Voting (all posts, comments)
  • Well don't look at me... I'm not making the API. – uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN May 14 '10 at 23:55
  • But you are making the read-only site... – juan May 14 '10 at 23:58
  • It's read-only because the API Jeff & Co. are making is read-only. – uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN May 15 '10 at 0:06
  • +1; SO is fundamentally participatory and participation means interaction. – Carl Manaster May 15 '10 at 0:38
  • Boy, it's not like it's my fault it's this way! Go complain to Jeff if this bothers you so much! Actually, don't. Jeff is too nice to deserve that kind of complaining. – uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN May 15 '10 at 0:44
  • @George: see my edit. I'd say reword your question to make it clear that the read-only is because the API is read-only. – squillman May 15 '10 at 0:49
  • @squill: Fixed. – uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN May 15 '10 at 1:29

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