Currently trying to use the site(s) on my phone, which runs Opera on Windows Mobile 6.1. Actually looks OK. And if this comes through then question submitting works! But I just tried to upvote someone's answerr on both SO and here, and that doesn't work. Any plans to improve support for this browser? As a user of it, anything I can do to help if so?

Further observations

The email validation problem I encountered is also down to Opera mini. It's fine now I'm in work on a proper PC.

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Opera mini doesn't support AJAX, the key to the entire voting process, as well as commenting etc. I personally do not feel they should go through the effort of making these features degrade nicely, since it is a lot of extra work for a very limited audience.

Stack Overflow was and always will be best suited for a modern day browser. That isn't to say it doesn't work on mobile browsers, but you shouldn't expect to have the same user experience.


I feel that Opera/WinCE/iPhone/what-have-you-platform tweaks don't really belong in the StackOverflow codebase. Instead, this need should be served by third-party apps built using the (hopefully) forthcoming API.

For one, the experience would be a lot nicer. There's also not much point in the developers working to support such a niche case, when I'm sure plenty of people will be willing to gin up clients for their favorite platforms.


Opera Mini supports some Ajax, and works fine on the Stack sites. I've been commenting, answering, voting, tagging, etc, quite happily with it for over a week :)

  • On what phone? I'm totally blocked.
    – user141160
    Commented Mar 2, 2010 at 8:51
  • Sadly, so am I now. I can't get to any of the Stack sites via Mini except by using an additional proxy - it's been like this for almost 2 weeks
    – MartW
    Commented Mar 3, 2010 at 8:50

I can vote on questions and answers (but not on comments), view vote splits, and vote to close questions with Opera mini on my BlackBerry, but I cannot post answers or comments. Ian's point is valid, but it'd be nice to have at least mid-90s "submit, next page" functionality on mobile browsers.

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