Tapatalk Removed

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Dan The Man

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Hi Folks,

I've removed Tapatalk from ODJT. It's been a long time coming. Tapatalk has had serious security issues in the past and very questionable ethics. I no longer feel comfortable running Tapatalk on ODJT. Another forum owner (whom I don't know) wrote a long post outlining the pitfalls of running Tapatalk. I'll quote and link to it below.

ODJT has a responsive design that means it works great on mobile browsers! On Android you can enable push notifications to get notified of replies, private messages, likes, etc. Sorry Apple users iOS prevents browsers from sending notifications.

If you have any trouble on your phone or tablet please don't hesitate to let me know. Below is part of the message outlining all the trouble with TaT. You can read full message here: Tapatalk Support - WyoNation.com - (https://wyonation.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=17826)

Thanks for understanding,
Dan

Unfortunately, over the years the company's business practices and the direction development has taken have been to the disadvantage of not only webmasters and forum hosts, but also forum members.
  • Updates are inconvenient and infrequent.
  • Tapatalk support is poor and slow. Critical threads on their own forum are frequently closed or deleted.
  • Tapatalk has in the past opened several possible security holes without alerting webmasters of the vulnerability for months. This vulnerability could have allowed attackers to gain access to members' credentials.
  • Tapatalk started to divert users to login through their own instead of the forum's login function.
  • The Tapatalk search function is now diluted with results from other websites.
  • Tapatalk keeps removing/disregarding usergroup permissions.
  • Forum registration via Tapatalk is a potential gateway for spammers (we currently fight many spam bots per day who register through Tapatalk and skip all of the anti-bot technology we've put in place)
  • Tapatalk keeps adding annoying popups to the site
  • Tapatalk seems to be keeping a copy of each forum's content on their servers. They have not asked permission for this and we do not condone that.
  • Last but not least, many site features (blogs, schedules, additional planned functionality) do not work or are not exposed through the Tapatalk app.
 
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DJ Bobcat

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I can’t say I’m happy about the loss of TapaTalk. I understand the reasons behind it, but even trying to reply to this thread was much more problematic when using my iPhone. The interface is no problem on my laptop, but I don’t typically use my laptop or office computer when posting on forums. I can still read posts easily, but responding is not as pleasant as with TapaTalk... no notifications, no auto spelling correction, text does not scroll so you can’t see what you’re typing, and I’d post a pic of the problem from my phone, but even that is not as easy. I likely will only post when on a computer, because the smart phone interface is just aggravating. That’s OK... I was already posting here less anyway.
 

Dan The Man

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I can’t say I’m happy about the loss of TapaTalk. I understand the reasons behind it, but even trying to reply to this thread was much more problematic when using my iPhone. The interface is no problem on my laptop, but I don’t typically use my laptop or office computer when posting on forums. I can still read posts easily, but responding is not as pleasant as with TapaTalk... no notifications, no auto spelling correction, text does not scroll so you can’t see what you’re typing, and I’d post a pic of the problem from my phone, but even that is not as easy. I likely will only post when on a computer, because the smart phone interface is just aggravating. That’s OK... I was already posting here less anyway.
I know you were one of the bigger TaT users and am sorry to hear this Bob. I understand where you're coming from. From my perspective the security issues sealed the deal for me. It was just a question of when I was going to pull the plugin. I cannot leave software on the server with who knows what kind of holes.

Unfortunately, there are very few alternatives for a native app. One is $79 to get started plus a $20/mo ongoing maintence fee. That's crazy.
 
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