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CH borderliner unusable on iPad, just me?

jgg13 Mar 17, 2014 01:01 PM

Due to the way the site loads, with all of the ads coming and going - and combined with the navigation UI, I find the site increasingly difficult to use on my iPad (to the extent that I'm starting to ween myself off of reading it there, despite an increasing amount of my browsing happening on my ipad).

What's the problem?

Well, I load a page. I go to 'click' on a thread title or reply count. And it sits there for a few seconds while the page completes loading and then everything reorders itself and my 'click' is now attached to another part of the page and the wrong thread is loaded.

One alternative is that I can wait several seconds for a page to load, every single time. That's not happening.

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  1. foodieX2 RE: jgg13 Mar 17, 2014 01:08 PM

    Not just you! I use my IPad for CH as a last resort only. I can't tell you how many times I have opened a thread I didn't mean to, accidentally reordered my discussion list etc. It is maddening.

    1. ChrisOfStumptown RE: jgg13 Mar 17, 2014 01:37 PM

      Agreed. The site barely functions on ipad.

      1. grampart RE: jgg13 Mar 17, 2014 01:47 PM

        I have the same thing happening. While I'd like it be corrected, I find waiting the 5 seconds (or less) not that excruciating. I certainly don't find it "borderline unusable", not even close.

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          jgg13 RE: grampart Mar 17, 2014 02:21 PM

          The combination of the long wait and the hodgepodge way it loads is synergistic. "It must be done by now ..." and then blam, it was still rejiggering things.

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            grampart RE: jgg13 Mar 17, 2014 02:42 PM

            Just keep your eye on the spinning thingamajig in the upper left corner...when it disappears, you're good to go.

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              jgg13 RE: grampart Mar 17, 2014 03:27 PM

              Yes, I'm aware. The point is that the length of wait that is happening here is so far beyond what's normally considered within reasonable that sometimes one forgets.

              Also, the amount of time is well beyond what's normally considered reasonable.

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                foodieX2 RE: jgg13 Mar 17, 2014 03:29 PM

                Agreed and often it appears to have loaded then the page jumps one last time. Argh!!!

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                  jgg13 RE: foodieX2 Mar 17, 2014 03:30 PM

                  That's the one that drives me to drink. It often happens just as the wheel stops spinning, so you say, "Aha! Finally done!" and them bam.

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                    Breadcrumbs RE: foodieX2 Mar 17, 2014 07:32 PM

                    Totally agree. Its making me crazy. I even bit the bullet and updated to ios7 so I could install adblock...no ads but it still bounced all over. Luckily I went with the free trial.

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                  jgg13 RE: grampart Apr 4, 2014 05:59 AM

                  This is actually untrue. It seemed particularly bad this morning so I was paying close attention.

                  First: it was taking over 5 seconds to load
                  Second: about 2 of those seconds were after the spin I g thingamajig stopped spinning.
                  Worst: the last jump was often a full second after everything else - so it'd appear that everything was fine and blammo

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              gourmanda RE: jgg13 Mar 17, 2014 01:55 PM

              Seems to work fine on iPad Air.

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                jgg13 RE: gourmanda Mar 17, 2014 02:22 PM

                I do suspect that it's a device-speed issue (my iPad is now 2 years old), particularly as it slightly improved when I upgraded to iOS 7. Also, as it seems to be getting increasingly worse, my suspicion is that they're loading in an increasing number of slower loading tidbits on the side (or just the same number of increasingly slow loading tidbits)

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                  eat2much RE: gourmanda Mar 17, 2014 07:14 PM

                  I use an ipad air and the site jumps up and down numerous times. It is very annoying indeed.

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                    RUK RE: gourmanda Mar 19, 2014 06:11 AM

                    No problem on IPad Air!
                    Perhaps it jumps around because of a slow internet connection?

                  2. Kat RE: jgg13 Mar 18, 2014 03:59 PM

                    Yes, same problem here. Very annoying.

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                      Jerseygirl111 RE: jgg13 Mar 18, 2014 04:13 PM

                      Yes! This happens to me all the time. So annoying. I thought it was my internet connection, glad to know I am not alone.

                      1. Kris in Beijing RE: jgg13 Mar 18, 2014 09:17 PM

                        I have the newest Mini.
                        Same hopping/ mis-selecting issues.

                        1. TeRReT RE: jgg13 Mar 18, 2014 10:01 PM

                          I would try other browsers other than safari. Many sites are optimized for chrome so I would give it a try before Firefox, that or opera might help a little.

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                            jgg13 RE: TeRReT Mar 19, 2014 06:06 AM

                            You would think that the mobile version would be optimized a bit differently, no? Or is that what you're referring to.

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                              TeRReT RE: jgg13 Apr 20, 2014 03:44 AM

                              Mobile sites are still often optimized for chrome. Safari acts differently than many other browsers, as does my android internet browser. Often chrome works better on mobile devices as well.

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                            sedimental RE: jgg13 Mar 18, 2014 10:46 PM

                            Add me to this crowd as well. It actually seems to be getting worse every week.

                            1. Dave MP RE: jgg13 Mar 19, 2014 10:54 AM

                              Thanks everyone for the feedback. We're looking into some ways to improve this.

                              Is it correct that this is more of a problem on board pages? (i.e. the issue jgg13 describes about loading the wrong thread)

                              Dave MP

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                                jgg13 RE: Dave MP Mar 19, 2014 11:14 AM

                                Hi Dave.

                                I don't have my ipad w/ me but I really only recall going bonkers over the main board pages. I think that now and then I run into it when trying to expand previously read threads but that's a much more infrequent use case than clicking on threads.

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                                  Breadcrumbs RE: Dave MP Mar 19, 2014 11:36 AM

                                  Thanks Dave. I have an ipad 2 with ios7 and I use Safari. The issue is the "bouncing" of site content as the relevant page loads. The bouncing occurs whether I'm loading the Chow home page or any thread (whether or not I've contributed to it previously). The true CH content bounces/moves around the page to accommodate the various ads as they load. For me, installing adblock did not address the issue. The content still bounced around the page to make space for the ads...the ads just didn't appear.

                                  The bouncing unto itself is annoying enough both visually and in the amount it takes for the site to finally orient itself on the page. The other issue this presents though is that you never really know if the page has finished loading. If you make the mistake of trying to click on a link too soon, you run the risk that the page bounces again and the thread or link you intended to click has moved somewhere else on the page (perhaps 2 inches higher) so now you've clicked on something else all together.

                                  As folks have pointed out, it seems to be getting worse...meaning it's taking longer for the page to orient itself as the page is bouncing more and more.

                                  I hope this helps and I really hope you're able to fix this. As others have said, it's effectively rendering my ipad useless for viewing this site.

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                                    foodieX2 RE: Breadcrumbs Mar 19, 2014 01:49 PM

                                    Yes to everything BC states

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                                      AreBe RE: Breadcrumbs Mar 21, 2014 02:47 AM

                                      I use an iPad3 with iOS7 and Safari.
                                      Dave asked, "Is it correct that this is more of a problem on board pages? (i.e. the issue jgg13 describes about loading the wrong thread)"
                                      No. If I am on Chow Features or Recipes or on a board it behaves about the same. It's even more aggravating when you press the back button to return to a page.

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                                        grampart RE: AreBe Mar 21, 2014 05:20 AM

                                        Same here on an iPad4 with iOS7.1 and Safari.

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                                      boogiebaby RE: Dave MP Mar 19, 2014 01:46 PM

                                      I created a thread about this very issue several months ago. It's extremely frustrating to have it bounce around.

                                    3. RUK RE: jgg13 Mar 21, 2014 07:36 AM

                                      I posted earlier into this thread -
                                      I have two IPads - the original first and now a new IPad Air ( that runs Safari on OS 7.1)
                                      I just checked, no problem on either, except the old IPad is just a touch slower than the new IPad Air.
                                      Is it possible that a slow connection is the problem for many?

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                                        foodieX2 RE: RUK Mar 21, 2014 02:46 PM

                                        Definitely not my connection. I can download and stream movies, videos, etc with no issue. All other sites, including those with plugins, load and display accurately.

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                                          Breadcrumbs RE: foodieX2 Mar 21, 2014 02:48 PM

                                          Ditto here.

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                                            grampart RE: foodieX2 Mar 21, 2014 03:27 PM

                                            Same here.

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                                              donovt RE: foodieX2 Mar 21, 2014 03:41 PM

                                              Same here.

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                                              jgg13 RE: RUK Mar 21, 2014 04:43 PM

                                              If it was connection speed, wouldn't it also be an issue on one's laptop/desktop.

                                              I used to see this problem somewhat (a lot less pronounced) on the gawker sites, but that's gone away now.

                                            3. Breadcrumbs RE: jgg13 Mar 22, 2014 01:57 PM

                                              DaveMP, so many of us have come here to share our concerns about this. We've taken time out from our busy days to detail the issues we are facing. We'd love to know if this is a priority and what's being done (if anything) to fix it. I'm finding it hard to understand why it's so hard to recreate this issue.

                                              I was in an Apple store this afternoon and tried to connect to CH w an ipad and had the same issues there.

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                                                foodieX2 RE: Breadcrumbs Mar 23, 2014 08:14 AM

                                                Dave- If it is helpful I am happy to video it and email it to you so you can see what all of us are dealing with on the iPad.

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                                                stockholm28 RE: jgg13 Mar 23, 2014 08:12 AM

                                                Same problem here. I find the page will "jump" as many as 6 times as it loads. I've learned to count the jumps and pause a few seconds before selecting a link. Otherwise, I end up on a page that I never intended to select. It is really annoying.

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                                                  gourmanda RE: jgg13 Mar 23, 2014 11:51 AM

                                                  I spoke too soon. After a Safari update on iPad Air, I can no longer access Chowhound from that device. The site just hangs with a continuous red spiral. Thoughts on what is wrong?

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                                                    Kris in Beijing RE: gourmanda Mar 23, 2014 12:52 PM

                                                    I also use Dolphin and Chrome on my Mini.

                                                    Same loading-jumping issues, but if you need something other than Safari...

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                                                      gourmanda RE: Kris in Beijing Mar 24, 2014 08:18 AM

                                                      Thanks for that--turns out that when Safari updated JavaScript was no longer turned on. Turning it on fixed the problem.

                                                  2. foodieX2 RE: jgg13 Apr 19, 2014 06:18 AM

                                                    I think I finally figured out why this isn't being addressed. I have been forced to use my IPad for the last few days and at least a 1/2 a dozen times I have accidentally clicked on the banner ad. More clicks on ads means more revenue to chow. Now it makes total sense.

                                                    Can wait to get my laptop back.

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                                                      Breadcrumbs RE: foodieX2 Apr 19, 2014 11:29 AM

                                                      I'm stumped and very disappointed by the radio silence on this. In my case, they're losing a member because I find it far too frustrating to come here using my ipad so now for the most part I only participate when I can use my laptop.

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