I'm thinking about maybe considering looking into making a mobile "style" for the next version of the board (which could actually happen in a few weeks) and I wanted to get opinions on what people think is necessary, what's missing on the current one and what I should cut out of the next one.
The current default with the new software is a shrunk, squeezed and rearranged version of the desktop style, with all the boxes, the full set of BBCode buttons, all of the smileys and everything else you see on the desktop style except for the sidebar, and some of the menus collapse into a dropdown. And that's way too much stuff if you ask me.
So, right now, on the posting page I'm thinking to remove the topic icons, the smileys, everything under the "Options" tab (I'm logged in as the admin and I'm not sure what other people get, but I've never used any of them) and I'd like to keep a very stripped down version of the BBCode buttons. But that could be very complicated, so I'm not sure whether I can do that or not. I'm even considering dropping the link to a "Reply" page and just going with the "Quick Reply" box (that seems to have disappeared again but some of you might remember it) at the bottom of the thread. Some other software packages use that, even on the desktop versions, and I kind of like that. And then there's the "Quote" button. You all know what I think of that one and it's hard to edit quotes on a phone, so I'm debating about dropping it altogether. Thoughts?
On the Index and Active Topics pages I'll cut a few things off the top (dropdown) menu, like the FAQ, "unanswered posts," "unread posts" and "New posts." I'm not sure if anybody ever uses any of those, especially on a handheld device. At the bottom, I'm thinking about cutting out the "Jump to" box and all but the "Forum Index" link. But I think I'd like to keep some of the "Who's online" block, for my own benefit.
On the reading pages, the "search this topic" box might be good to keep but the "Display posts from previous:" box at the bottom seems pointless, even on the desktop version. Does anyone ever use the "Subscribe topic" or "Bookmark topic" links? I don't even know what "Bookmark topic" does. Anyone?
So, did I miss anything? Is there anything I listed that you don't think should be removed? I want to make it fast, simple and easy to use but I don't want to take out features that people actually use. There is such a thing as too simple.
Don't look at me, I just work here.