I have found though that if you are a right-hander using the interface, you can’t see the text pertaining to the date or post number that you are trying to scroll to because your thumb/finger/hand covers it.
Perhaps those numbers could be underneath, or even floating somewhere else in that overlay?
It is a tricky problem, on mobile you tend to give tons of affordance for cases like this, but you are right that flipping may be a more intuitive design, issue though is that it would be very very ugly imo.
Still thinking about this - whatever it is will probably need to take the specific posts locator into account when considering anything.
Perhaps that existing rectangle with the post number in it could remain in that spot even after being pressed so that people can still type a post number in, but in between them in that space somewhere there could be a simple up/down indicator.
Now, it’s ugly and dodgy, but something like this where the post/date text moves slightly right so that lefties can use the existing scroll structure and righties can use another floating object (arrow/line/no idea) and both can see the number they’re scrolling to.
A not entirely related thought here, but this timeline looks very odd IMO on mobile. The action items that are most common (go to top/bottom of the post) are quite small and not very obvious. Plus, this covers the whole screen which makes it impossible to scan the contents as you drag the timeline up/down. (I am thinking of trying to limit this to half the screen on the site i am running, see whether it makes sense.)
Anyway, sorry, going on a rant here. But I find this is worse than what was there before, especially since on mobile the title is not available as a way to go back to top of the post.
I like the narrow solution … perhaps an additional function to allow specific post jumping would be such that if the post number is clicked on above the indicator bar, it brings up the overlay that asked for a post to jump to.
That solves both issues with the new scroller in one compact area.
It could all still just be triggered by the existing long rectangle post indicator.
99% of topics are composed of <100 posts. I also tested finger-scrolling on a 1000 post topic and the smallest amount of skipping I was able to do was ~3 topics at a time. Assuming I’d be skipping 30 at a time in a 10’000 post topic, I think that’s fine. It’s roughly equivalent to a “next page” on an older forum platform.
I’m fine with the jump-to-post feature on desktop, but on mobile I’m not too keen on adding an obscure click target for an obscure feature. I also question people’s ability to recollect specific post IDs. I’ve never once wanted to go to “post#47”. If I’m looking for a specific post, I’ll jump to the general date range that I know it was posted in and then start scanning for the right one from there.
OK, so all that argumentation aside, if we must have jump-to-post, I think the click target should be the gaps in between, like so: