How to access a subset of the forum on a mobile device

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#1

Hello all,
I’d like to add one-click access to a subset of the forum on my iPhone, which will result in me getting addicted to answering Qs when I have a couple of minutes here and there.

If I go in the Safari web browser on the phone to https://forum.image.sc/tags/cellprofiler, it goes to the right place but in the address bar, it displays only https://forum.image.sc. Unfortunately, this is the ONE thing that prevents me from adding https://forum.image.sc/tags/cellprofiler as an “app” on my home screen in the iPhone (because the protocol is: 1. navigate to a site in Safari, 2. Click share button at the bottom of the screen 3. choose Add to Home Screen - but the URL that is added is https://forum.image.sc). Making a bitly or other short link suffers the same issue.

Do you suppose this is something to ask Discourse about? Or is there a setting that controls this?

I’ve already ruled out the iOS app for Discourse (and Android for that matter); it has the same issue of only showing the entire forum vs the tagged subset.

Ideas welcome!

#2

@AnneCarpenter

I think you can add this shortcut via Apple’s Shortcuts app:

It’s a little annoying… but if you:

  1. Install the Shortcuts app via the App Store
  2. follow the instructions in the link above for “Create a new shortcut”
  3. Then you can add that shortcut to your homescreen by following these instructions: https://support.apple.com/guide/shortcuts/run-shortcuts-from-the-ios-home-screen-apd735880972/ios

That should do it. It’s a little convoluted - but then works for specific tags…

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#3

Wow, what a great trick, that works!

More detail for step 2: your shortcut will be constructed of two steps, the first called “URL” and the second called “Show webpage”, which opens the browser with the desired URL.

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