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Portal pages on mobile should be blacklisted
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These really look terrible on mobile.

Frustratingly none of them use common templates.

I'd like to suggest we replace these pages with a warning saying that they are not formatted for mobile with a link to the desktop version.
E.g.https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Physics

I'd like to replace the body output of this page with "Portals are best viewed on the desktop version of the site. Button:View on desktop

The link would apply useformat=desktop
Any objections?

(Every time I see a portal rendered in the mobile view part of me dies)

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Florian added a subscriber: Florian.EditedJan 15 2015, 6:17 PM

+1/-1, technically a 0 :D
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It's right, that Portal pages doesn't look very well in MobileFrontend, so they should be viewed on desktop.

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MobileFrontend shouldn't alter the content in any way, this would be the first step into the "Special handling for special pages" direction :(

A suggestion for a (maybe) better message:
"Unfortunately Portal pages doesn't render very well on mobile, they're best viewed on the desktop version. Button:View on desktop"

I'm unsure :(

If we implement it, we should check an URL parameter to enable maintainers of Portal pages to check the actual status of the portal page (e.g. forcemobile=true).

There are CSS classes available that improve the appearance, but most portals have not been edited to use them. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:Portal#Portals_on_the_mobile_site

Thanks @John_of_Reading I didn't realise someone was looking into this.
How can we help speed this a long?

Is it possible for all portals to use a generic template in the work you propose?

Personally I would say just be bold and do it. It might be worth mailing wikitech-l / Village pump to bring attention to this post.

Jdlrobson closed this task as Declined.Sep 18 2015, 6:34 PM
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This is an editor issue and issues should be fixed on a case by case basis. The example portal page for Physics looks much better now for instance.