Forum Spy is SO ANNOYING

Discussion in 'Site and Forum Feedback' started by ss957916, Jun 29, 2009.

  1. ss957916 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm forever clicking (or tapping on my iPhone) just as forum spy updates meaning it opens the wrong thread.

    It's annoyed me for years! Had to say something!
     
  2. arkitect macrumors 601

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    I agree.
    I love Forum Spy, but it is near impossible to use on an iPhone.
    :eek:
     
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    I saw this in forum spy and noticed it ended up in the wrong forum. Damn you forum spy. Damn you.
     
  4. SimonJ macrumors regular

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    Yeah, I love Forum Spy too... but you guys are right.. I almost always click something else than I wanted.. even on my computer:D
     
  5. McGiord macrumors 601

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    slow............................................f...i....n.....g....e.....r.....s
     
  6. ss957916 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Actually, it's nothing to do with that.
     
  7. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601

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    Slow eyes?
     
  8. ss957916 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  9. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601

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    I pretty much only use Forum Spy and I love it. I do, however, click on the wrong threads sometimes because as soon as I'm starting to press my mouse button down, another thread is added and everything shifts down one.

    This happens to me on my iPhone also, but with my fingers. I don't like hooking a mouse up to my iPhone much.
     
  10. brad.c macrumors 68020

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    Something slow BETWEEN the fingers and the eyes?

    EDIT: I'm speaking from personal experience.
     
  11. Doctor Q Administrator

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    My personal opinion is that Forum Spy simply knows better than you which thread you ought to be reading. ;)
     
  12. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    I'm not sure if Forum Spy is part of vBulletin or a plug-in or such, but it wouldn't likely be too hard to add some JavaScript that holds off the update if you're currently moused over a thread link. (and there was a thread on this same idea actually)

    Edit: If Arn or whoever is web mastering is interested I believe I found a seamless way to add this to the JavaScript code. Just have to do small edits in 3 places. Below is the small changes. Obviously I couldn't test this out myself. It only "pauses" when mousing over the topic title link. It could be expanded though.

    Code:
    // [B]1.[/B] Add variable to top
    [B]var spyhold = false;[/B]
    ...
    function spy_s() {
      spy_x();
      var nid = (Math.round(Math.random() * 2000) + 100);
      // [B]2.[/B] Add test case at update
      if ([B]!spyhold && [/B]rN) {
    ...
    // [B]3.[/B] Add mouse link events within spy_pr
    <a style='text-decoration:none' [B]onmouseover='spyhold=true;' onmouseout='spyhold=false;'[/B] href='http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=" + ps[i].getElementsByTagName("postid")[0].firstChild.nodeValue + "#post"
    ...
     
  13. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Can it tell when my finger is hovering over a thread title on my iPhone? ;)
     
  14. gillboyswims96 macrumors regular

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    it is amazing... awesome awesome awesome tool...i havnt ever had any problems...
     
  15. jmann macrumors 604

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    I love forum spy. It is a pain on the iPhone unless you zoom really closely. It is so useful on the computer though. :)
     
  16. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    One must wonder...if it is annoying, why use it? Unlike a lot of other things that people find annoying, you don't even have to turn it off...
     
  17. sammich macrumors 601

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    You know...since 3.0 and the whole copy and paste thing, if you just HOLD your finger over your link, it will bring up a menu without opening the link you'll then know if to proceed or not by pressing cancel or open in new page.
     
  18. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    Sadly, I've never used an iPhone so I can't tell you. Is there a cursor? That would likely be required. Perhaps it could be tied into the gyro-thingy, but doubt JavaScript can talk to that.
     
  19. t0mat0 macrumors 603

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    Yes, but won't give informative information on the link you've selected. Unless you know that thread's number :p

    Issue is more when you right click to open new tab, or to open, rather than using a ctrl-click or option click to a new tab. Gotta be quick if the Forum spy is moving fast.
     
  20. joro macrumors 68020

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    Yeah I agree with the others, forum spy is great on a computer but it is quite annoying on an iPhone.
     
  21. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    I like Dr. Q's response:

    :)

    But to tell the truth, I tend not to use Forum Spy on my computer because I usually miss click on the thread that I want. On an iPhone, I am sure that it would be a magical mystery tour for me. :D
     
  22. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I have never misclicked a Forum Spy thread, so you have no excuse… ;)
     
  23. cube macrumors G5

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    I've reported a long time ago that they should stop updating when the cursor hovers over a link.
     
  24. cube macrumors G5

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    No, it's also annoying on a computer.
     
  25. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    The Spy is just one of many tools... if it doesn't work for you, then don't use it :)
    It is just one way to view things, and I for one like it (even with the occasional mis-click)

    One thing you might want to consider... exclude the Forums you aren't interested in and the changes will slow down some

    Take the iPhone Forum off your list and you won't have any problems ;)

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     

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