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Old 11-13-2017, 03:37 PM
Ed Zotti Ed Zotti is offline
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Mobile-friendly Straightdope.com now in beta testing

We're happy to announce that a mobile-friendly version of Straightdope.com (the Straight Dope home page and column archive) is now in beta testing and ready for public inspection. We invite the Teeming Millions to check it out and give us your feedback. The beta site will be updated each day just as our current site is. Features of interest:

1. Straightdope.com is now powered by Wordpress VIP and as such is mobile-friendly, automatically re-sizing to accommodate devices of any size.

2. We provide a feature box for the current Straight Dope column, with links to Cecil's latest plus related columns and SDMB threads. In the event of breaking news, we can also set up a special-edition feature box with columns, threads and graphics providing insight into current events.

3. There's much greater integration between Straightdope.com and the Straight Dope Message Board, including a direct link between columns and related SDMB threads (what the "Comment on this column" button at the bottom of each column links to). The button will initially link to the Comments on Cecil's Columns forum as at present; as soon as a related thread is started, we'll update the "Comment" button to link to it.

4. Trending Threads shows the most popular current threads on the SDMB.

5. At the bottom of each column, Related Columns will provide links to prior columns on related subjects.

We encourage you to check out the beta site at:

http://staging.sd.suntimes.com/

Feel free to post any comments in this thread. Bug reports, likes/dislikes and suggestions are all welcome. (This also applies to the mobile-friendly scheme for the SDMB.) We appreciate your help in the struggle against ignorance.
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Old 11-14-2017, 11:50 AM
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Okay that was capital-B Bad.

Got my phone, went to boards.straightdope.com, got to this page. Clicked on the straightdope.com link -- this one I highlighted in red:

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We're happy to announce that a mobile-friendly version of Straightdope.com (the Straight Dope home page and column archive) ...
and got into some webpage claiming 8 viruses on my phone and jumping to the google store. Sorry, didn't stick around to get details.

Now I see (back on my computer) that the above isn't a link at all. Tentatively going back to this page on my phone it looks like all the "Straightdope.com" phrases are changed to links.

All I wanted to see is if Hawkings is still advertising a smart pill, as seen on Jon Somebody's show. I think that disappeared. (I click on a thread link, and using the phone's back button goes to Hawklings. A second back-button gets back to the straight dope page.) Too bad. After seeing that ad for umpteen months, I was almost tempted to buy his pills.
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Old 11-14-2017, 02:10 PM
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Please clarify the problem you're experiencing:

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Originally Posted by Kzbre5m View Post
Okay that was capital-B Bad.

Got my phone, went to boards.straightdope.com, got to this page. Clicked on the straightdope.com link -- this one I highlighted in red:

and got into some webpage claiming 8 viruses on my phone and jumping to the google store. Sorry, didn't stick around to get details.
Are you saying you clicked on the straightdope.com link and got taken to a malware site?

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Now I see (back on my computer) that the above isn't a link at all. Tentatively going back to this page on my phone it looks like all the "Straightdope.com" phrases are changed to links.
Yes, this is normal behavior. The link should take you to Straight Dope home page. If it's taking you somewhere else that's a problem.

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All I wanted to see is if Hawkings is still advertising a smart pill, as seen on Jon Somebody's show. I think that disappeared. (I click on a thread link, and using the phone's back button goes to Hawklings. A second back-button gets back to the straight dope page.) Too bad. After seeing that ad for umpteen months, I was almost tempted to buy his pills.
This makes me think you're pulling our leg. Please clarify what's going on here. Thanks.
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Old 11-14-2017, 02:22 PM
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Ed, I think it's viglink again.

You typed the name of the column website, but you didn't really mean it to be a link. Viglink "fixed" that for you. So that the first occurrence of a link pointing to straightdope.com was the viglink-ified reference to the original site. Which worked just fine, but fooled me for a few minutes... "Look, the beta site looks just like the old one."

The link you meant (and explicitly put in) at the end of the post points to the beta site, and it definitely looks different than the official site. Pretty nice, IMHO, but I haven't tried it on the intended platform (mobile).

As to the rest of Kzbre5m's cool story, bro? I suspect your ad broker is sending straightdope.com more malware come-on ads at the moment. I don't see them because my work's web filter is a cast-iron monster. But the described stuff sounds (il)legit.

Well, other than the bizarre coda at the end of Kzbre5m's post, but I have learned to instinctively stop perceiving non-value-added word salad. I've been fnord'ed, I guess.
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Old 11-15-2017, 06:54 AM
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Sorry I didn't get back to you yesterday. I saw your messages but I was on my phone -- not the best method of typing the answers. My password is a devil to type in on a tiny keyboard. And re-reading my message I may have missed a step. Obviously I haven't taken my Brain Pill (see below).

So. I'll begin at the beginning.

Using my phone to access the Straight Dope (boards.straightdope.com), when I click on a thread I'd get a message

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This forum has an app for Android. Click OK to learn more about Tapatalk. [Cancel] [ OK ]
I click cancel, as I don't want to learn about Tapatalk, and on to the thread. At the top of the phone screen I have a backpage arrow, forward arrow, the box with the webpage address, and two buttons for favorites. (Sorry, I don't know what they are called.) Normally, the backpage arrow is lit, indicating I can go back one page. Here, when I reach a thread, it isn't lit, so when I finish reading the page I use the phone's backarrow to go back.

Now, if you follow me, since forever, or at least as long as I remember, the phone's backarrow doesn't go back one page. It goes to a page touting

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Originally Posted by brain-breakfast.com
Stephen Hawking Says Smart Pill Is Proven To Double IQ

[todays date]

Special editorial by Jon Stewart
The sub-headline says Hawking "recently" commented about this in "an interview with Anderson Cooper".

Which is weird, I know, because why would Cooper let Stewart scoop this groundbreaking story?

Like I said, this has gone on forever. Forever and a day, if you will, as yesterday I thought it was forever. Same ad. You'd think they'd update it. Then Ed Zotti, gormless as may be, has the thankless task of keeping this show on the road, comes up with the mobile-friendly announcement. Maybe this little sidestep back has been eliminated! I carefully work my way to this thread on my phone, and... well, this was my error. I click on the first link I saw, the one I highlighted in red above. It was my mistake, I admit it, as I saw later when I got on my computer and saw this thread in all it's glory with the real link Ed had later in his announcement.

Anyway, as I said before, the link (not the beta site http://staging.sd.suntimes.com/ link) lead directly to implied doom. Looking at it right now on my phone all the phrases "StraightDope.com" on this very page were changed to links, presumably to the same virus warning page. You'll forgive me I'm sure that I didn't stay on those pages to take notes.

For example, on my phone

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Are you saying you clicked on the straightdope.com link and got taken to a malware site?
gets changed to (forgive me for editing your quote)
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Are you saying you clicked on the straightdope.com link and got taken to a malware site?
but the item in red (is blue on my phone but I'm making it distinctive), all have turned into a link, and when clicked, goes not to www.straightdope.com but some virus warning page. Again, forgive me if I didn't test them all to see if they were all the same.

I didn't try the beta link, after all this. Maybe I should. Maybe some day. Maybe. Like a James Bond martini, my fingers are still shaking.

The Straight Dope is the only website this occurs, on my phone. I have another message board I go to on my phone and it has the Tapatalk message but not sidestep backclick. The Straight Dope is the only website on my phone that puts Hawking on my back button. I get none of the bonus linkgrabs on my computer. I don't know how to get pictures of the page on my phone to send you, Ed, though I did manage to get the entire Hawkings ad address, if you want it.

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Originally Posted by Kzbre5m
...After seeing that ad for umpteen months, I was almost tempted to buy his pills.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ed Zotti
This makes me think you're pulling our leg.
You're right, I was not tempted to buy his pills.

Viglink? I dunno. Fnord? Messrs Hill and Thornley have nothing on this truth. I have not lied, as you implied. No legs were pulled. If you still have questions I should be available for the day. But as this is my last paragraph it must be a coda, so gnoitall has already stopped reading. Sorry it's a word salad, but remember, I was asked for details.
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Old 11-15-2017, 07:30 AM
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I don't care for it.

But then again, I don't think I've ever seen a "mobile" version of a website that actually looked better on a phone or tablet than the regular version does.
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Old 11-15-2017, 12:44 PM
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I had no trouble with viewing it on my iPhone. No problems for me with it and it looks about like I expected. Easy to navigate and read.
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Old 11-15-2017, 02:43 PM
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Kzbre5m, I'm trying to parse out what your issue is here.

Part of what you describe may be the "popunder" page that's interpolated when you switch between Straight Dope pages. I don't recall a Smart Pill ad specifically, but you can click on the X in the corner to make it go away.

Clicking on a straightdope.com link and having it take you to a virus warning page is something else entirely. We've had no other reports of this, which is generally a sign that it's something local to your device. If you see this again and can do a screen capture (including the URL at the top of the page), this would be helpful. Meanwhile, if anyone else is seeing this issue, please advise.

I need to point out that THIS THREAD is for comments on the beta site. If you are having problems with our regular site, please start a separate thread.

Last edited by Ed Zotti; 11-15-2017 at 02:46 PM.
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Old 11-15-2017, 02:49 PM
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Not sure if intended, but several of the links on the beta site link to the live message board site. Others like asking a question, etc. stay within the confines of the beta site.
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