The main reason I suggested it is cuz it would give people a faster way of getting on here, instead of having to use internet. Not that using internet is bad, but sometimes it takes FOREVER for it load and stuff. So it wouldn't look much different than using internet on your phone, but it would just provide a faster and easier way of getting on the Pipeline. Kinda like what they did with the Facebook app. Only better, cuz it'd be for the Pipeline :D
Unfortunately I don't know how to make an app, or much of anything technical for that matter, otherwise I would show you guys a rough draft, or something.
To be fair, even if we did have an app, internet connection would still be required. I don't usually visit the site via mobile, but when I do, I agree the mobile version of the site is very limiting and unpleasant.
Perhaps instead of creating a mobile app, the staff could optimize the mobile skin to be more functional. After this is done, if you're running iOS, you can simply save the Pipeline as a bookmark onto your Springboard (We even have a nifty little icon!) - essentially mimicking an application.
There's a chance it can even be taken further by auto-updating the icon to show when a user has a new notification. I know it's possible to auto-update web bookmark icons in iOS, though how it's done I'm not quite sure. I know it's a rather lengthy process with a lot of work arounds. Unfortunately I don't believe push notifications can be enforced through web bookmarks.
However, considering the size and reach of our forum, I don't think an actual mobile app is something that's worth the time at this point. Even the simplest of apps require a good amount of investment (both time and sometimes even monetary) that I think could be better spent elsewhere. It's something to jot down though for the future! Who knows?
Edited by Nathan, 29 March 2013 - 06:51 PM.