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Jan 29, 2014 07:29 AM

Posts missing reply options

I recently went from a conventional laptop to a tablet. It used to be that every response to an original post had the red list of "recommend" "flag" etc. at the bottom of the reply I no longer get that. If I "hover" and click in the general location, I can generally get the option I want, but it's a shot in the dark and frustrating.

The only post I see the options is the original post.

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  1. Hi Chatsworth.

    What type of tablet are you on? What is the operating system? And what browser are you using, including the version if possible?

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    1. re: DeborahL

      It's a Windows Surface 8.1, Internet Explorer (IE 11?).

      (Just to say, I'm a Luddite at heart so I hope I've answered the questions correctly!)

      1. re: Chatsworth

        That's perfect info, thanks.

        Few more questions:
        1) It sounds like you're using a mouse with this tablet, rather than the touch screen (because you mention "hovering"). Is that correct?

        2) Hovering over a response with the mouse should reveal all of the buttons (Recommend, Link, Flag, Reply). What exactly do you see when you hover over a post? (A screen shot attached to your response here would be helpful if possible.)

        3) If you're using a mouse, do you have problems on other sites where hovering is used to reveal further options on the page?

        4) If you're using the touch screen, what happens when you touch a post on Chowhound--what buttons if any do you see? (Screen shot if possible)

        5) According to Microsoft, you can simulate the mouse hover state in IE11/Windows 8.1 on a touch screen by pressing and holding ( If you press and hold a post on Chowhound, does that reveal all of the buttons?

        Thanks for all the feedback, it'll help us pinpoint the issue, if possible.

        1. re: DeborahL

          Hi Deborah,

          Sorry for the confusion. I'm not using a mouse. I'm using the touch screen and just guessing where to touch (hover was a bad choice of words).

          I just tried touching and holding in the general vicinity of where the buttons are and they do all pop up, but then disappear. At least it gives me an idea of where I want to be to choose a particular reply.

          If I just touch within the post, it just highlights the word I touched on.

          I don't know of another site where I've had this specific problem, but one time I had trouble filling in fields for an online payment (on a site that I'd used successfully on my old laptop) and their IT support suggested it was because I was using a tablet.


          1. re: Chatsworth

            Thanks Chatsworth.

            The problem may be a combination of our desktop site being served to Windows 8/8.1 tablets (the desktop site relies on hover state rather than touch state) and Windows 8/8.1 not recognizing hover state.

            We'll look into it. Thanks for your report.

    2. I just replied to a particular post in a thread but my post came up as a reply to the original poster, not the post I was replying to.

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      1. re: Pwmfan

        Hi Pwmfan.

        Can you provide a link to your reply? Also, it looks like you're posting from an iPad with iOS 4, is that correct? And finally, has this issue with replying happened before or since?

        Thanks for your report.

        1. re: DeborahL

          Right, I'm using an old IPad. It never happened before and I have successfully replied to a post within a thread since; it appears this was a one-time thing.

 I was replying to John E. down thread when this happened.

          1. re: Pwmfan


            As a possible resolution to this one post being out of order, you could flag it for the moderators to remove, and then re-post it in reply to John E. Here's a direct link to your post:


            Thanks for letting us know it's not an ongoing issue.