What's new
Pinball info

Register a free account today to become a member! Once signed in, you'll be able to participate on this site by adding your own topics and posts, as well as connect with other members through your own private inbox!

Tapatalk Removal

Paul

Staff member
Joined
Oct 5, 2012
Messages
10,371
Location
South Wales
Alias
Toibs
All,

I have heard increasing reports over the past couple of years about issues with Tapatalk -- particularly in terms of honoring and respecting user privacy, and mis-using customer data. Also unfriendly tactics like using their app to track users and actually download and make copies of subscribing forums on their own servers. They also default to uploading images directly from your phone/mobile device to their servers for posting onto this site, and by doing that they retain rights to those images. Effectively, over the past few years, Tapatalk has been gradually inserting itself more and more in the middle between their app users and the forums they are members of. The goal of all this is to get more and more customer data, and monetize it for themselves - and their own profits.

There have also been numerous, and several significant security breaches of Tapatalk code. In a number of instances, Tapatalk has not bothered to inform their users -- let alone forum owners -- about the breached code and security issues introduced. This has placed forums using their code in jeopardy of hackers, spammers, and false accounts. All of this is very documented. They have even changed code (to patch security issues) and not even changed the version of the new/patched code, meaning that forum owners or users who had downloaded older, insecure versions of their software had no idea that a newer version existed and that they should download it to close the security loop-holes.

NUMEROUS forums around the world have shut down their Tapatalk interfaces and have unsubscribed themselves from Tapatalk's network of forums. Many of them have used their conversions from older, less browser- and mobile-device friendly software like vBulletin, phpBB, Simple Machines Forum, ipBB, and others, to XenForo. XenForo is expressly designed for mobile devices, and displays very well on a wide variety of devices, form factors, and browsers.
After a couple of weeks of research, and some less-than-satisfactory experiences over the past year of my own with Tapatalk, I have decided to remove Tapatalk from its interface with this forum. After this point, forum members will need to use regular mobile or desktop or tablet browsers (Firefox, Chrome, Safari, etc.) with the regular web version of this forum.

As with most software like this, initially it is really helpful and useful.... and then turns into something less so.

I have used it myself on a number of occasions, however due to the above, along with the fact that it basically only supports vanilla installs (doesnt work with some of the newer addons), i think it may be time to move on..

At this current time, i am looking to Switch off Tapatalk on 1st October (Maybe even sooner).

I wanted you all to have plenty of warning about this. Only a minority of folks (perhaps a few dozen) use Tapatalk with any regularity, so this will not impact many of you in any way. For those who DO use Tapatalk, I think you will be very pleasantly surprised about the experience with the forum that you will have with your device.
Your personal privacy and security (and the forum's security) will both benefit from this forum no longer using Tapatalk. This is mainly a move to make your security (at least with this forum) and privacy better.

You of course are welcome to continue to use Tapatalk to access any and all other forums that you subscribe to using that app.

Happy to welcome comments below.....

Cheers
Paul
 

Colywobbles

Site Supporter
Joined
Nov 9, 2016
Messages
2,074
Location
Sunderland
Alias
Colin Chapman
Great news and I for one Hoping this change gets rid of my double emails which I managed todo several months ago but for some weird reason they have started up again and I’ve deleted the app at least a year ago.
 

Wizcat

Registered
Joined
Sep 9, 2011
Messages
1,571
Location
Lancashire
Alias
Paul G
I think I speak for everyone that doesn't use Tapatalk and has to suffer the endless nags to install Tapatalk when I say - THANK **** IT'S DEAD, IT'S FINALLY DEAD

Yeah get rid. It's about as useful as an old WAP browser in this day and age.
 
OP
OP
Paul

Paul

Staff member
Joined
Oct 5, 2012
Messages
10,371
Location
South Wales
Alias
Toibs
Just to also add, the new "skin" ive been playing with, whilst very similar to the current one, has some extra flexability.....

mobile.png
 

Phil Lee

Registered
Joined
Oct 28, 2017
Messages
182
Location
Bristol
Alias
Bill Froog

Calimori

Staff member
Joined
Mar 15, 2012
Messages
3,264
Location
Luton, UK
Alias
Calimori
As someone who predominantly uses Tapatalk in his phone to access the site I still agree with this step to remove it. I have seen the app doesn’t support so many features that enrich the site. I kept using it because I have limited time to check and was so use to the format since I integrated it into a forum I ran 14 years ago.
I will take a look at the RSS feed
 

kevlar

Site Supporter
Joined
Apr 11, 2013
Messages
5,752
Location
Newport, South Wales
Alias
Kevin Donovan
I find email notifications and chrome web browser on my phone and laptop work perfectly, why does anyone need the RSS feed?
 

Calimori

Staff member
Joined
Mar 15, 2012
Messages
3,264
Location
Luton, UK
Alias
Calimori
Just looked at the RSS feed and the first took seemed to only show the first post then redirect for more. I see the value of a cut down heads up app but if all roads lead back to a browser I might just start there.
 

DAD

Registered
Joined
Jul 21, 2011
Messages
569
Location
Huddersfield. Real name David Dutton
Alias
David Dutton
Yes please get rid of it!
When I look up posts on my phone I always seem to get pushed into opening Tapatalk when all I want to do is see the forum in a browser
When I get a private message and try and look at it/reply to it Tapatalk says "you have no private messages"
I'll be very glad to see it gone
 

Neil McRae

Site Supporter
Joined
Jun 5, 2016
Messages
15,230
Location
Surrey
Alias
Neil McRae
NO KEEP TAPATALK!!!!!

I am the TAPATALK one I will resist! I will find you and camp out in front your driveway as the great TAPATALK rebellion continues!!!!!

Ignore these rapscalions who have setup their browsers wrong and should be banished from the modern world!!! NOOOOOO!!!!!


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
 
OP
OP
Paul

Paul

Staff member
Joined
Oct 5, 2012
Messages
10,371
Location
South Wales
Alias
Toibs
NO KEEP TAPATALK!!!!!

I am the TAPATALK one I will resist! I will find you and camp out in front your driveway as the great TAPATALK rebellion continues!!!!!

Ignore these rapscalions who have setup their browsers wrong and should be banished from the modern world!!! NOOOOOO!!!!!


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
Maybe i should remove it 31st August Neil, a month early, just for you ;) :D

In all seriousness though, i do get it, it has it's place, however that was around 10 years ago!! :D
 

daveyp

Site Supporter
Joined
Dec 27, 2018
Messages
277
Location
Scarborough N.Yorks
As someone who uses Tapatalk numerous times a day as I find it easy. Can someone do an idiots guide to setting up a RSS feed as I wouldn't have a clue. Otherwise I can't impulse buy a Mettalica machine 1 minute after listing like I did before.
 
Last edited:

crsedgar

Site Supporter
Joined
Jun 12, 2016
Messages
447
Location
DUNDEE
For my education, those who don't just use a browser, why? it works perfectly fine. What am I missing?
I used it for a period a long time ago, it aggregated multiple forums into a single viewer and would poll the sites for updates so I didn't have to do it manually, I assume that's its USP.
 

Neil McRae

Site Supporter
Joined
Jun 5, 2016
Messages
15,230
Location
Surrey
Alias
Neil McRae
I can read dozens of forums with TAPATALK and use the browser for other stuff


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
 

Pick Holder

Site Supporter
Joined
Jul 18, 2016
Messages
3,666
Location
Bournville, Birmingham.
Not a fan myself.

Just use a browser on my phone or mac.

Do not really look at other forums. Whatever happens on one forum gets copied/pasted onto here generally.
 
OP
OP
Paul

Paul

Staff member
Joined
Oct 5, 2012
Messages
10,371
Location
South Wales
Alias
Toibs
Do not really look at other forums. Whatever happens on one forum gets copied/pasted onto here generally.

I'm hoping that, moving forwards, some people might be interested in creating some content (news etc) once i work out a suitable front end.... :D
And i could probably do with some assistance creating a "Machines Database" eventually.... so we can have our own top 100 hopefully!!!....
 

Neil McRae

Site Supporter
Joined
Jun 5, 2016
Messages
15,230
Location
Surrey
Alias
Neil McRae
Use the pinball database that everyone else uses and just build our own voting around it.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
 

s000m

Site Supporter
Joined
Apr 12, 2021
Messages
1,301
Location
Swindon
Alias
Scott
Does anyone else keep getting Chrome crashes on their phone when opening the text window on their Android phone? Its happening alot for me recently I was thinking of using Tapatalk to see if that would help...
 

Paul R Owen

Registered
Joined
Nov 15, 2011
Messages
1,614
Location
Southport
Does anyone else keep getting Chrome crashes on their phone when opening the text window on their Android phone? Its happening alot for me recently I was thinking of using Tapatalk to see if that would help...
Yes, but Tapatalk is causing it.
 
Top Bottom