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Dec 8, 2008 03:16 PM

Just stumbled upon your iPhone optimized site

Looking good so far. I notice that it is in beta. When does it actually go live?

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  1. Thanks fmed. It's live, but the "beta" indicates that we're not completed adding functionality. As you can see, there's no ability to post to the boards from the mobile site, nor integration with myCHOW - clearly features necessary for a full-blooded version of the site.

    We'll be working on these additions (and more!) in the upcoming weeks and months.

    emily (of

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    1. re: 5 and Dime Eater


      How can I bypass the beta site? I don't see a way to access the common boards I like to browse (general chowhounding topics, not about food, home cooking, etc).

      I tried closing my browser and starting over but every request I make is forwarded to the site, with many links to "click to view hilarious videos". That's not why I'm here.


      1. re: cassiatoast

        I agree. The "Hilarious Videos" link has to go. An option to go to the "Classic" site would be good.

    2. this is pretty bad. the iphone doesn't need an optimized site. why can't i just go to new posts like i used to? can you even log in with this new interface?

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      1. re: tommy

        I'm sure they'll iron it all out. I do believe that iPhone and mobile devices need sites optimized for their user interface. It will make it easier to navigate and will obviate the need to constantly pan and adjust the zoom, etc. However, a link to the Classic site should be provided. This site reads and behaves well on the iphone:

        1. re: fmed

          Wrong. The iPhone does not "need" a site to be optimized for its interface. Chowhound worked just fine before the new mobile version. There are some good examples of sites that have been optimized for the iPhone, but the ones I've seen all have a way to opt back into the original site if wanted.

          1. re: Shane Greenwood

            Well, I beg to disagree. Viewing the regular site on my iPhone requires me to pan and zoom unnecessarily. I do agree with your point about having link to the regular site for those who prefer it. Everyone will be happy and it is a dead-easy thing to do.

            1. re: fmed

              My point is that an optimized site is easier to use but it is not necessary. You said the iPhone needs an optimized site, which is not right. Chowhound worked fine before even though it was a little clunky due to the panning and scrolling required, but at least it worked. The new mobile version isn't useable. I'd rather have the one that works.

              1. re: Shane Greenwood

                You are doesn't "need" it. It's not absolutely necessary, but it is very cumbersome to use the regular site.

                1. re: fmed

                  Now, now, you two!!

                  For me the bottom line is, a little scrolling and zooming is not an issue. Being able to use a full functioning site is. I will always bypass an "Optimized" site if I can.

                  The current site is completely useless. I only go there to see if the problem has been fixed.


                  1. re: Davwud

                    LOL. The site is unusable currently, but I see the potential.

                    What I seek is an optimal experience on whatever platform I am viewing the site. People use mobile devices very differently compared to computers. I personally would not (for example) type up a long reply like this on an iPhone...I would wait until I get back to my laptop. I also don't expect the same content to be available on an iPhone as a regular website.

                    But that's just my me...which is why I strongly advocate a (very easy to add) link to "Chowhound Classic"...everyone will be happy. Once a well-designed iPhone version of the site is up, I will visit that instead. Right now - I agree - it is somewhat unusable....mainly due to the stale content -- I visit this site a few times a day on my laptop and find the iPhone site redundant as is.

                    1. re: fmed

                      You almost sound like you're arguing my point. It's useless. I go there to read posts. They're way out of date(time).

                      I do agree that an optimized site would be beneficial to some. I'm just talking about the current edition of Chow on a portable device is all.


                    2. re: Davwud

                      I think its funny that qwapi is so crappy. It's a good alpha but a TERRIBLE beta. It needs to go bye bye until some real functionality is restored.

                      I don't understand something... I am using an HTC Mogul (Windows Mobile 6.1) with the Opera Mobile browser.

                      Opera Mobile has an option to identify the phone as "desktop" or "mobile device". Did they leave this option out of iphone safari and other browsers people are using here?

                      Mr Taster

              2. re: Shane Greenwood

                I agree entirely. I can't access the regular boards nor "my chow" anymore. all I get is California on the regional boards. The old normal acces worked fine. I don't understand why they started f***ing around with it. One of the beauties of the iPhone is that you don't have to put up with "simplified" websites for smartphones. It can handle a regular website. so why screw around with it and make it harder and less useful.

            2. re: tommy

              have to agree with tommy, this qwapi thing is completely unusable for iphone.. if it sticks, there needs to be at least a way to go to the regular site

              pretty please

              1. re: kewlio

                I'll look into allowing users to choose versus the user agent redirects that are in use.

                1. re: 5 and Dime Eater

                  IMHO the new format is great for keeping up to date with a hound's home board, but beyond that I feel quite limited (for instance I would not be able to post to this particular forum from my iPhone). I would think a link to "Chowhound Classic" would be a great idea.

                  1. re: Food4Thought

                    I like the new format as well. I just now looked at it so I haven't had but a few minutes to play around with it but I can tell it's much easier to read posts. I didn't find where I can sign into my account and not sure if there is a "my chow" button, I couldn't find it.

                    I can't figure out how to switch boards either. Is it me or once you select a board your stuck there?

            3. Another bit of feedback

              Some of the buttons (eg the "go", "search" button) look splotchy/pixelated - maybe just use solid coloured buttons instead of resized bitmap images and banners/buttons with gradients?

              There is about a one day delay in the content (vs the regular site)

              Instead of splitting long threads into pages (eg Prev/Next Page#/Go)...why not just use a long scrollable page. It is much easier to scroll on an iPhone than paging up and down using buttons (Once again I'll reference the CBC site which handles and pages well...then have a look at the CNN iPhone site which requires tiny needle-like fingers to operate ).

              Anyway, I'm a supporter of the iPhone site as long as the visitor still has easy access to the regular site

              1. You are perhaps the only person on the planet who likes this.


                1. Chowhound is now impossible to use on the iphone. The most recent post on the Florida board is 20 hours ago. Is there any way to bypass this new qwapi site?