Not a fan of the new "jump" interface. One handed operation is broken


#1

In the past it was very easy to jump to the end of a thread. Tap on the button in the lower right corner and then tap end. Great on mobile since I could do it all with my right thumb.

The new UI sucks for this. I now have to tap on the right corner then swipe down from the left side. On a iPhone 7 Plus I have to use two hands and multiple gestures for something that I used to be able to do with two taps of my right thumb.

Please tweak this design to bring back the utility that it used to have. Eliminating the need to swipe and bringing back everything to the same side of the screen is important when you’re on a touch device.


New scroll bar on mobile
#2

I thought that was a bug.


#3

@sam is changing it to shift it to the right side, then it will be a matter of tapping the bottom-most date in the timeline to jump to the bottom. (You don’t ever need to swipe if you want to go to the “bottom” or “top”, just tap the top date to jump to top, tap the bottom date to jump to bottom – same behavior everywhere)

It does make more sense to be on the right hand side because that’s where it is normally anyhow, on both desktop and mobile.

He is also adding a “jump to arbitrary post number” button which is currently missing.


#4

You are almost endlessly patient with our technical and design complaints.

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#5

It felt like a bug until about the tenth time I hit it and got frustrated and accidented upon how it is supposed to work.


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#7

BoingBoing: the blog you read with one hand.


#8

Wow, seriously.


#9

What is the take on latest which is deployed here?


#10

:thumbsup: would tap again


#11

Now that I know it’s not a bug, I like it. Better on the right-hand side, as well.


#12

Should have gone for an ipod style circle dial.


#13

@codinghorror Thanks, but it’s only slightly better now. Now I can at least use the same finger since it’s all on the same side but I still have to slide the scrolly thingy instead of a simple tap to go to the start or end of a thread. (Tapping on the top or bottom isn’t reliable and is poor ergonomically, to boot.)

On my iPhone it’s still very fiddly to use, especially on long threads.

Bottom line is it’s not better than it was before the first change.


#14

Part of the reason why I thought it was a bug for so long was so much whitespace.

It didn’t quite lead the eye.


#15

Yes, visually I don’t like it either. It just feels poorly designed all around and I don’t get why it’s needed. It feels like change for change sake rather than addressing any real shortcomings.

The previous design worked well. It was fast to use, mobile friendly, and didn’t waste precious screen space for something so simple.


#16

You know if you click the date it will take you to first/last


#17

The previous design did not let you scroll to a point in the topic, you had to enter a location by hand

Previous design also did not allow you to see the title of a topic which was something I hit a lot


#18


#19

Yes, and as I mentioned before it’s fiddly, unreliable, and ergonomically poor. :frowning: It may be fine with a mouse but it’s not fun to use on a phone or touch screen.

It’s better now but I still am not a fan.

ETA it’s even worse on my iPad because that hit target keeps moving around.


#20

Soon you’ll be able to tap the topic title to go to top, which was always the intent, but @sam didn’t quite get that implemented yet. Surely that’s a “big enough” target?