Meta March 25, 2020

Moon (IH client) now has user profiles

Levi D. @levidxyz

Moon Beta 2 is out 👨‍🚀❗

Here's a bunch of new stuff you can do with Moon:

User Profiles
• Tap any username (in a post, comment or @tag) to see their profile.
• Profiles show their photo, follower counts, points, bio, comments, posts, products and links to email, tweet or follow them on IH.
• Tap a comment or post in a user's profile to jump to it in the forum.

Better Navigation
• Tap the filter button (top left) to filter the forum by top, new, milestones or any of the 38 IH groups.
• Tap the group name in a post to jump to that feed.
• Tap any URL (in a post, comment or bio) to open it in Safari.

Fall Back to the Web App
• For features not yet in Moon (posting, commenting, voting, etc) tap to jump straight to that page in the IH web app.

Bug Fixes
• Accurate vote counts
• Deleted comments are hidden
• No disabled buttons

These were all requested by beta testers like you.
So thanks for the feedback! And thanks to @csallen for building a great forum, podcast and community.

If you want to join the private beta, sign up at https://themoon.app.

Feedback is appreciated, as always!
Find me here on IH or Twitter @levidxyz or email (levi at themoon.app)

Happy hacking!
Levi

P.S. I hope its ok with Channing, Courtland and Rosie if I use your profiles as examples 🤞

Note: I "cross-posted" this from the Moon milestone since it's relevant to Meta IH

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    Intentionally didn't read your Testflight notes so that I'd get a real first run experience :)

    My live feedback:

    • Being a current IH user, I immediately looked for a way to log into my IH account. Couldn't find it. Would likely only use the app if I could check my notifications, post, etc. Considering the features that are incoming I assume you're working on this.
    • Post titles are easy to read but the metadata below it feels very homogeneous due to it's small font and similar colors. Hard for me to quickly scan upvotes and community name. Pet peeve :)
    • Tapping into a post: IH is a small community so you tend to see the same people everywhere. Would love to see someone's profile pic & username at the top. Would help me immediately identify someone that I know.
    • Post threads are very legible. No feedback there!
    • Adding community icons will add some color and vibrancy to the app. Otherwise it can feel a bit drab looking at the same 3 colors, and every page feels the same.

    Take these with a grain of salt as some are much less critical than they seem! You're doing god's work and can't wait for full release!

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      I immediately looked for a way to log into my IH account... I assume you're working on this.

      Yep! Coding it up as we speak.

      the metadata below it feels very homogeneous due to it's small font and similar colors.

      Are you referring to the main feed view (metadata listed under each title) or the post view (metadata listed under the post body, above the comments)?

      Would love to see someone's profile pic & username at the top.

      Good insight! You're not the first to ask for avatars so definitely noting this.

      Post threads are very legible. No feedback there!

      🙌

      Adding community icons will add some color and vibrancy to the app.

      Where are you imagining these would be displayed?

      Also, mind if I poke you about a couple more areas? How did you feel about:

      • Filtering by top posts, newest, milestones, groups
      • Viewing a user's profile / comments / posts / products
      • Speed and fluidity of the app. Any gesture/interaction requests?

      Thanks so much Tim!

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        Are you referring to the main feed view (metadata listed under each title) or the post view (metadata listed under the post body, above the comments)?

        Main feed. There's a lot going on under each title, but hard to visually separate name, community, upvotes, time posted, etc. Being nitpicky but I found myself not looking at those elements even though on web I am constantly.

        Filtering by top posts, newest, milestones, groups

        I don't have any issues with this. I'm not one for diving into communities, mostly look for top level consolidation of all.

        Viewing a user's profile / comments / posts / products

        Actually did not do this. Might tie in with the first comment above. Didn't know profiles were actionable (yet). They look good! No feedback.

        Speed and fluidity of the app. Any gesture/interaction requests?

        I think swiping right from a post could go back to post index, but I didn't try any gestures on my own.

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          One more follow up 😉

          I think swiping right from a post could go back to post index

          This app does support the default "swipe right to go back" gesture in iOS. But that gesture only works if you swipe starting from the left edge of the screen. Are you referring to a swipe that starts anywhere on the screen? (Sorry, this was hard to explain textually lol)

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            Totally get it. Noticed that I can swipe back at the left side of the screen. I guess I am so accustomed to Reddit's native app that I make assumptions for everyone else :)

            Also I've been on Android for the last 5 months so my iOS skills are rusty.

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    we need more updates.

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      😊
      I'm currently weighing the ROI of adding more read-only features if the possibility of adding post/comment/voting capability is non-existent:
      https://www.indiehackers.com/post/moon-ih-client-now-has-user-profiles-8b0b06a490?commentId=-M4aGX5g9RYFkl8-zZvI

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        That being said, what updates are you personally looking to see?

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          it was more... like, i just wanted to read more of your stuff and hear your thoughts on building cool shit!

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            well that's a nice thing to hear! Will post more thoughts!

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    Read this post from Moon! Really awesome, and great idea and experience with opening features not implemented in the mobile browser! Thank you 🙌

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      I have to admit that idea came from beta tester @toddpgood! Thanks Todd!

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        Thanks for the shoutout! Awesome that you implemented this! I’m excited to check out v2

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          Excited to hear your thoughts 🙏

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    🎉

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      🧑‍🚀👍

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    Hey @levidxyz is the app dead? Can't open the app anymore, it says the beta is expired. Is there a new version or r u shutting this project down?

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      Hey Hamed! Moon is still alive! Sorry for the interruption and a new version will be sent out today!

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      Let me know if you got the email / its working again for you 🙏

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    Hey @csallen, I'm coming to a point with this IH mobile client where the app's value is capped until users can log in to IH and post, comment, vote etc. Would you be open to a conversation on granting Moon access?

    Another option is to figure out how other devs have enabled log-in for Hacker news clients with only the REST API. Not sure if you have any pointers there...