You havent forgotten our anniversary have you?...

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Re: You havent forgotten our anniversary have you?...

Post by White Exec » Wed Feb 20, 2019 4:27 pm

Tapatalk had a following on FCF too, but there were on-going compatibility and security issues with it in combination with phpBB, I recall.
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Re: You havent forgotten our anniversary have you?...

Post by xantia_v6 » Wed Feb 20, 2019 6:26 pm

As someone who runs a couple of phpBB forums, and an occasional developer of phpBB styles and extensions, I have to say that Tapatalk was a real pain as it integrated well with phpBB 3.0, but does not work well with the architectural flexibility (extensions) introduced in phpBB v3.1.

There are also some commercial practices of the Tapatalk organisation that have trapped some forum owners into losing control of the the contents of their forums.

Native phpBB before v3.0 did not work well on small screens and Tapatalk was a useful fix for that. Since phpBB 3.1, it is possible to get good scaling of phpBB on small screens (if an appropriate style is selected). I think that this forum could do better on that count, but this topic is not the place to discuss that.

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Re: You havent forgotten our anniversary have you?...

Post by djg » Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:05 am

If there is another topic to deal with it, let's move there, of course.

I know of the animosity between the two communitites and, at one time, I tried (completely in vain, for sure) to provide a user's perspective to the question on the phpBB forum. I gave up after a few tries. No, the forum appearance on mobile has practically nothing to do with it, although I know that this is the main argument phpBB developers now dismiss it with. I know full well that both sides are to blame, Tapatalk has their own interests for sure, but phpBB never provided a clear and reliable API for such services to hook into. And instead of collaborating to benefit their users, they decided to antagonise.

For me, lack of Tapatalk is the single reason while I now only log in very sporadically, maybe once a week or less often. With Tapatalk, I checked the forum every single night. It's not about website style on mobile. It's the same analogy as using a mailer instead of going to the webmail solution of all of your e-mail addresses. I never used webmail and never will, I use a single mail application that handles all my addresses, and allows me to read and write all I want from a single app, in a completely uniform way, without the need to go and log in to each of them in turn, and use whatever UI they have. Tapatalk, for me, is the mailer application of forums, it's that simple.
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