Re: GUESS WHAT!!!! - Jemsite Mobile Website
I'm actually a software engineer/solutions architect by trade...so i'll throw in my .02 for what it's worth (i'll try not to sound preachy)...
As ItalianPCTech said thanks for spending time on it, this type of stuff takes a lot of time and effort as you know. Not faulting you for this but as you probably know a good general rule before coding anything is to spend time figuring out requirements and taking time to talk to the end users. It sounds like there was a lot of discussion about what to do for mobile some time ago, and it sounds like you were unaware of those discussions. Having that knowledge and discussing solution alternatives may have led you down a different path based on feedback you got from others. Regardless, having this input would have been better before investing any time in coding something. At the very least communicating a head of time would have helped you sell your ideas.
For what it's worth my opinion is that a mobile web app is probably sufficient for this forum, I don't see a compelling reason to build something native. I do think though that the mobile templates leave something to be desired (small touch targets, small fonts, pinch and zoom still required, no gesture support, etc.). Also, I didn't even notice the drop down at the bottom for a long time and was limping along with the desktop template, so that in and of itself is a problem. IMO something like a responsive web template would be better than what is here today, or even mobile specific template with improved usability...but for the latter looking at some sort of device or feature detection to display it automatically based on how you're viewing the site as opposed to relying on people to find the dropdown. Most mobile sites do this and provide an option to get back to the "full site" if they want (ebay is one example).
As for native, I don't see a compelling reason to create an app unless there was a way to capitalize on native OS features like push notifications, geolocation, etc. Having something like push notifications for subscribed threads or PMs could be neat, and I'm sure we could dream up other ways to leverage the native OS. But in the absence of that I think folks here probably made the right decision to just leave it as mobile web.
Anyway, I'm not complaining...i know everything that is done here is done for free on people's spare time so I'm grateful just to have the web site. It's a very valuable resource and seem to be a lot of good people here. If people do want to shake up the design at all I'd be happy to help to help if needed in any way possible. Anyway, happy coding geetar_kid and would love to take your apk for a spin to see what it can do.