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Tapatalk has been removed
« on: February 15, 2017, 10:14:50 am »
Sorry to people who use Tapatalk, but over time I've gotten too many reports about Tapatalk having annoying popups etc, so have uninstalled it. Also because of some recent related issues.
The SMF4Mobile plugin should handle a mobile friendly version of the site.
Let's see how many complaints I get...
 

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Tapatalk has been removed
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2017, 12:48:28 pm »
Consider this me complaining. I only ever browse on my iPad and Tapatalk just makes it a million times easier to manage threads (you can follow any thread without replying to it, get push notifications etc.) plus it condenses the 4 or 5 forums I visit into a single app, allowing me to keep track of threads across forums in a single place. It also makes it super easy to post images from a mobile device. Over the last three years I've exclusively used Tapatalk to browse the forum. (I browse from bed at night and in the morning.)

The SMF4Mobile plugin does not work on tablets (at least on the iPad) and frankly the normal forum interface absolutely sucks when it comes to managing threads (subscribing to them, viewing and sorting unread posts and getting updates on PMs and replies) compared to Tapatalk. I just tried it on my phone and did get the mobile site, but it's very limited and and a poor substitute.

If it's simply an issue of people complaining about the popups, that can be disabled via an option in the Tapatalk plugin. If that's not working, I can even completely remove the pop up related code from the plugin itself for you.

Basically, without Tapatalk support, you most likely won't see me around as much, which is shame because this is such a great community.

For me the issue is two fold: Basically, if I have to log in to a website that's completely separate from where I read my other forums (which is in Tapatalk), I most likely won't due to the convenience factor. The second issue is the sub-par interface for managing threads compared to Tapatalk, which makes it even more of a pain. I could overlook the first issue if the forum used better software, but I know that's not an option.

Honestly, just typing out this post on my iPad has taken me three times as long compared to Tapatalk. My finger accidentally hits the Next/Previous Form button, which is right above the backspace key and causes me to end up typing in to he subject box while in the middle of a sentence.  When typing fast the text lag is horrendous due to all the animated emoticons above the text box bogging down Safari... Ugh, yeah, there's no way I can do long posts from my iPad anymore.

So, yeah, unless this is fixed you guys won't see me nearly as often. I'll probably end up canceling my Supporter Account this year too. Sorry Dave, Tapatalk was the killer app for me. I'd be happy to take a go at fixing the pop up issue, I just can't stand browsing the forum like this from my iPad. It really bums me out, because this has become my favorite forum and really feels like a second home.

Please, please reconsider this!
« Last Edit: February 15, 2017, 10:54:29 pm by timb »
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Re: Tapatalk has been removed
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2017, 01:00:13 pm »
Thanks Tim
A compelling usage case, so ok, it's now back, can you please verify it works.
It might very well need a custom code tweak for the popups, can people confirm this is still happening? (the option is disable like it was last time, it was only supposed to pop up once, not every session)
Perhaps the new install won't have an issue?
 

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Re: Tapatalk has been removed
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2017, 01:05:32 pm »
I just checked and it seems that there are about 4000 "followers" of the EEVblog forum on Tapatalk, so I guess it's popular, oops....
 

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Re: Tapatalk has been removed
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2017, 01:50:26 pm »
Ah crap.

I guess this means I will be cutting my forum browsing by about 80%
Also won't renew my supporter account

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Re: Tapatalk has been removed
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2017, 01:57:21 pm »
If you could just turn off the constant nagging to install tapatalk.  I tried it and couldn't stand it, the interface was too apple like so I just use a browser but get asked every single page to install it.
 
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Re: Tapatalk has been removed
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2017, 03:21:47 pm »
Seems to be working fine for me now..
 

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Re: Tapatalk has been removed
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2017, 03:22:19 pm »
If you could just turn off the constant nagging to install tapatalk.  I tried it and couldn't stand it, the interface was too apple like so I just use a browser but get asked every single page to install it.

It's only supposed to nag once.
 

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Re: Tapatalk has been removed
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2017, 06:33:09 pm »
I use it as it seems a bit more phone friendly although I prefer to stick to a computer. I've never seen a popup, it can get a bit annoying with it signing me up to threads I never posted in but it's ok and makes locking a thread easy. Sadly it is completely devoid of any other moderation tools.
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Re: Tapatalk has been removed
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2017, 07:01:21 pm »
Everything timb said... The site is unusable on a phone with the Web interface. Too slow and clunky with a fraction of the options.
 

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Re: Tapatalk has been removed
« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2017, 07:06:16 pm »
Sadly it is completely devoid of any other moderation tools.

I have a moderation option in the menu in  Tapatalk, with Delete and Edit (my own) messages options. 
 

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Re: Tapatalk has been removed
« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2017, 07:26:17 pm »
Yes that's there too but no banning or other moderator perspective. I guess we are a minority in their user base.

Sent from my phone so mind the autocorrect.

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Re: Tapatalk has been removed
« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2017, 07:35:40 pm »
Yes that's there too but no banning or other moderator perspective. I guess we are a minority in their user base.

Hopefully PQ and Co. don't have too many repeat episodes.

 

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Re: Tapatalk has been removed
« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2017, 08:10:45 pm »
As an interim measure the use of big bold red words appears to be an effective measure in putting the wind up most trouble makers from what I have seen.   >:D

On a side note the who's online list previously displayed a big orange T alongside any member that was using Tapatalk, now it shows a sexy looking smart phone instead and it's definitely not an Apple, probably some Android thing, could even be a Samsung.   :scared: 
One smart cookie, better make that two for good measure.
 
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Re: Tapatalk has been removed
« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2017, 08:17:34 pm »
If you could just turn off the constant nagging to install tapatalk.  I tried it and couldn't stand it, the interface was too apple like so I just use a browser but get asked every single page to install it.

It's only supposed to nag once.

It doesn't do a good job of detecting 'once'. Has nagged me lots. Comment out the nag, job done.
 

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Re: Tapatalk has been removed
« Reply #15 on: February 15, 2017, 08:21:14 pm »
If you could just turn off the constant nagging to install tapatalk.  I tried it and couldn't stand it, the interface was too apple like so I just use a browser but get asked every single page to install it.

It's only supposed to nag once.

It doesn't do a good job of detecting 'once'. Has nagged me lots. Comment out the nag, job done.
Yeah. No-one asked to have Tapatalk removed, just the incessant popup that comes and goes like herpes.

What I will say is that I did get a popup but so far I've only received it once - maybe removing and reinstalling the plugin fixed what ever was borked?
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Re: Tapatalk has been removed
« Reply #16 on: February 15, 2017, 08:27:19 pm »
Everything timb said... The site is unusable on a phone with the Web interface. Too slow and clunky with a fraction of the options.
Are you using the mobile version of the site? Thats what I'm using and quite frankly it's fine
 

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Re: Tapatalk has been removed
« Reply #17 on: February 15, 2017, 08:43:38 pm »
On a side note the who's online list previously displayed a big orange T alongside any member that was using Tapatalk, now it shows a sexy looking smart phone instead and it's definitely not an Apple, probably some Android thing, could even be a Samsung.   :scared:

I don't see anything?
 

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Re: Tapatalk has been removed
« Reply #18 on: February 15, 2017, 08:56:52 pm »
I wouldn't tell fibs, anyway I had to jump on the computer to take a capture.   :phew:

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Re: Tapatalk has been removed
« Reply #19 on: February 15, 2017, 09:06:22 pm »
Here is a really old snippet where it showed wilfred moderating a board and the previous Tapatalk icon.   ::) :P


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Re: Tapatalk has been removed
« Reply #20 on: February 15, 2017, 09:20:07 pm »
Oh pls no @Dave please no. EEVblog has been doing great with support and education. IoT devices have been very popular and cutting down the accessibility to your blog is like asking followers to back-off in a way. Not being rude but sharing my point. Less subscribers less popularity, less popularity less revenue. The whole point is extending support and popularity among  members and other newbies.

Moreover ppl like me and most of them out there use Tapatalk because it much easy to mange subscriptions and threads.


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Re: Tapatalk has been removed
« Reply #21 on: February 15, 2017, 09:37:08 pm »
Android + Firefox + ublock origin = no tapatalk popup or ads.

Thier stupid popup was annoying as hell.
 
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Re: Tapatalk has been removed
« Reply #22 on: February 15, 2017, 10:20:18 pm »
I wouldn't tell fibs, anyway I had to jump on the computer to take a capture.   :phew:
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Re: Tapatalk has been removed
« Reply #23 on: February 15, 2017, 10:35:14 pm »
It's my favourite haunt so don't go taking it away otherwise there will be hell to pay.   >:D :)
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Re: Tapatalk has been removed
« Reply #24 on: February 15, 2017, 11:01:48 pm »
Thanks Tim
A compelling usage case, so ok, it's now back, can you please verify it works.
It might very well need a custom code tweak for the popups, can people confirm this is still happening? (the option is disable like it was last time, it was only supposed to pop up once, not every session)
Perhaps the new install won't have an issue?

Fantastic, thanks Dave! He popups seem to be working as intended now, as they disappear for me after the first time (unless I disable Cookies or clear them, then they come back, but that's to be expected).

I take it you had actually removed the plugin and reinstalled it earlier? It seems to be a newer version than what was on there yesterday. That might explain the fixed popups.

Either way, good news!
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