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      2 comments  ·  General  ·  Admin →
      Josh TriplettAdminJosh Triplett (Admin, Comic Rocket) commented  · 

      Blank pages generally occur if a site doesn't allow itself to display in a frame, via the X-Frame-Options HTTP header. I can confirm that several of those comics serve an "X-Frame-Options" header.

      To work around this, I'd suggest grabbing the "Next" bookmarklet from https://www.comic-rocket.com/help/bookmarklets/ , adding it to your bookmarks toolbar, then hitting the 'X' on the Comic Rocket toolbar at the top of the page (which will take you to the site without using a frame), and using that "Next" bookmarklet to go through the pages of the comic.

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        Josh TriplettAdminJosh Triplett (Admin, Comic Rocket) commented  · 

        If you mean on the Comic Rocket site, you can do this today by hitting the minus icon next to the comic.

        If you mean in the mobile app, this isn't currently available; you'll need to visit the website and remove it that way.

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          2 comments  ·  General  ·  Admin →
          Josh TriplettAdminJosh Triplett (Admin, Comic Rocket) commented  · 

          I'm surprised that the script manages to break the mobile app, which does not use frames. There are comics that do break the mobile app, but they're comics where the URL known by Comic Rocket doesn't match the one used by the comic, possibly with redirects involved. (Friendship is Dragons has that problem.)

          (There is unfortunately nothing we can do about framebusting scripts, other than writing browser extensions. However, the mobile app should work unless the comic URLs are wrong in Comic Rocket.)

          If the URLs *do* match, but the site doesn't work with frames, then you should be able to use the Comic Rocket bookmarklet interface, which constructs URLs based on the current page. See https://www.comic-rocket.com/help/bookmarklets/ and grab the bookmarklet for "Next".

          Also, while you can't currently set your mark by inputting a page *number*, you can set your mark by inputting a comic URL; see "Add to My Comics by URL:" in the right sidebar of your user page.

          Between the two of those solutions, do those address this issue?

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            1 comment  ·  General  ·  Admin →
            Josh TriplettAdminJosh Triplett (Admin, Comic Rocket) supported this idea  · 
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              2 comments  ·  General  ·  Admin →
              Josh TriplettAdminJosh Triplett (Admin, Comic Rocket) commented  · 

              If there's a way to make the formatting friendlier for mobile, it should happen automatically, without having to do anything.

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                2 comments  ·  General  ·  Admin →
                Josh TriplettAdminJosh Triplett (Admin, Comic Rocket) commented  · 

                There's something to be said for providing users with a low-friction way of saying "I wish you'd reconsider", and turning that into an easy way for authors to see "Comic Rocket doesn't track this comic; NNNN users wish it could."

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                  5 comments  ·  General  ·  Admin →
                  Josh TriplettAdminJosh Triplett (Admin, Comic Rocket) commented  · 

                  I'm not suggesting that nobody will be comfortable sharing that information, just that it's new information that wasn't previously shared, and it might be a good idea to get some affirmative confirmation from users before exposing that additional information.

                  Josh TriplettAdminJosh Triplett (Admin, Comic Rocket) commented  · 

                  That level of information might be more than many people will want to share; at a minimum it would need to be a privacy setting.

                  However, I think implementing another request might address this one as well: a "read later" list distinct from the list of actively read comics would provide the desired distinction.

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                    2 comments  ·  General  ·  Admin →
                    Josh TriplettAdminJosh Triplett (Admin, Comic Rocket) commented  · 

                    I'd like this as well, for the Android app. Several comics with columnar sites need zooming to view the comic itself, and that zooming tends to be consistent from page to page. Preserving it from page to page would be awesome.

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                      1 comment  ·  General  ·  Admin →
                      Josh TriplettAdminJosh Triplett (Admin, Comic Rocket) commented  · 

                      We actually do have a bookmarklet version that you can use instead of frames. That won't solve the problem of sites that we can't crawl at all, but it does deal with crawlable pages that we can't display in a frame.

                      Such un-frameable sites also work just fine in the Android app.

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                        Josh TriplettAdminJosh Triplett (Admin, Comic Rocket) shared this idea  · 
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                          Josh TriplettAdminJosh Triplett (Admin, Comic Rocket) supported this idea  · 
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                            Josh TriplettAdminJosh Triplett (Admin, Comic Rocket) commented  · 

                            We would absolutely love to do this; however, it isn't actually possible with current web technologies, in the absence of a browser extension, mobile app, or similar.

                            (Technical details: Comic Rocket's reader displays the comic site in an iframe, and the host page holding an iframe isn't allowed to read the current URL from the iframe.)

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                              under review  ·  4 comments  ·  General  ·  Admin →
                              Josh TriplettAdminJosh Triplett (Admin, Comic Rocket) commented  · 

                              According to https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Link_prefetching_FAQ , Firefox prefetches any <link> with a rel of prefetch or next. It doesn't prefetch <a> tags, though.

                              Chrome apparently ignores "prefetch", and doesn't care about "next" either, but it'll pay attention to a rel="prerender".

                              Other browsers don't seem to do prefetching at all.

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                                5 comments  ·  General  ·  Admin →
                                Josh TriplettAdminJosh Triplett (Admin, Comic Rocket) commented  · 

                                Ah, I see. In that case, it might help to know that Comic Rocket doesn't take the reading direction into account at all when scanning comics; it'll still treat the link on the left-hand side of that comic as a "next" link. No hint needed. Just make sure when you add the comic to treat the "rightmost" comic as "first", and the next one to the left as "second", and the crawler should find the rest.

                                Josh TriplettAdminJosh Triplett (Admin, Comic Rocket) commented  · 

                                We've seen quite a bit of quirky navigation on various comics, but Comic Rocket quite intentionally always provides the same navigation bar on every comic, so that the reader always has the same uniform navigation controls in the same places every time. If comic-specific navigation bars ever show up, they should really have a per-user option to enable/disable them.

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                                  2 comments  ·  General  ·  Admin →
                                  Josh TriplettAdminJosh Triplett (Admin, Comic Rocket) commented  · 

                                  Sounds like your browser (or more to the point your OS) doesn't support Server Name Indication (SNI), used to host multiple SSL sites on the same IP address. Do you use Windows XP? That would explain it.

                                  We could mitigate this by making sure to serve the certificate for comic-rocket.com by default when a browser doesn't support SNI.

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                                      1 comment  ·  General  ·  Admin →
                                      Josh TriplettAdminJosh Triplett (Admin, Comic Rocket) commented  · 

                                      You might be surprised how many people will still want to know when you update and remember where they left off. If someone misses the most recent three pages, they may well want to read all three, not just the latest one.

                                      That said, we might need a better UI for readers who want to start reading from today's page, rather than from the beginning.

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                                        2 comments  ·  General  ·  Admin →
                                        Josh TriplettAdminJosh Triplett (Admin, Comic Rocket) commented  · 

                                        Brilliant!

                                        I'd love to see this. As a first pass, Comic Rocket could just generate a single whitelist rule for each comic, whitelisting the common URL prefix of all the pages in the comic; then just combine the whitelist rules for all of a user's subscribed comics into a filter subscription.

                                        I don't know if Adblock Plus passes cookies when fetching a subscription; if not, Comic Rocket will need to generate a secure URL for each user.

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                                          11 comments  ·  General  ·  Admin →
                                          Josh TriplettAdminJosh Triplett (Admin, Comic Rocket) commented  · 

                                          In my case, I wouldn't mind seeing people I know, but I don't care to see people I don't know.

                                          Also, I do agree that those images make the page look *really* busy.

                                          (And it doesn't help that half of them consist of the standard gravatar placeholder image.)

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                                            2 comments  ·  General  ·  Admin →
                                            Josh TriplettAdminJosh Triplett (Admin, Comic Rocket) commented  · 

                                            The text next to the progress bar already tells you precisely how many pages you've read out of the total, and thus how many you have left to go. (During the prototyping of this new design, those numbers changed from a percentage to specific page counts to address precisely the concern you mention.) The progress bar tries to provide a separate visual indicator of how much of the comic you've read.

                                            In general, a progress bar shows percentage of a total; if it showed the number of new pages as you suggest, what would it show that as a percentage of? (I don't think "percentage of all new pages" makes sense, because it'll become massively skewed the moment you get behind on a comic or start reading a new comic with a large archive.)

                                            What information do you want to see that you don't currently see?

                                            Also note that the entire block tries to provide a consistent look and UI for both your user page and comics shown when browsing or searching; in that context, it helps to see at a glance if you read a comic and how much of it you've read. (At the moment your reading progress doesn't actually show up when browsing or searching; that needs fixing.)

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