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Offline Belfong

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Did Tapatalk turn into subscription service?
« on: Tue, 14 January 2020, 08:35:17 »
Launched Tapatalk just now and saw a pop up thanking me for purchasing the app years ago but that this VIP status will expire soon and they are going into subscription service. Omg. My life is a subscription!!
 

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Re: Did Tapatalk turn into subscription service?
« Reply #1 on: Tue, 14 January 2020, 08:39:06 »
Launched Tapatalk just now and saw a pop up thanking me for purchasing the app years ago but that this VIP status will expire soon and they are going into subscription service. Omg. My life is a subscription!!
I wonder what the non-VIP version is like then  :confused: Tapatalk need all the shekels...
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Re: Did Tapatalk turn into subscription service?
« Reply #2 on: Tue, 14 January 2020, 08:45:55 »
It will be supported by ad..
 


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Re: Did Tapatalk turn into subscription service?
« Reply #4 on: Tue, 14 January 2020, 11:22:45 »
This does make me wonder just how many big forums still exist outside of the Reddit bubble.

I grew up with forums like this, but I do know they are getting rarer and rarer as Reddit and Social Media eat it all up.

I can imagine services like Tapatalk having more trouble as forums fold up, and less ad revenue comes in.

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Re: Did Tapatalk turn into subscription service?
« Reply #5 on: Tue, 14 January 2020, 16:20:15 »
Forums running Discourse software seems to be the one that’s eating Tapatalk pie.
 

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Re: Did Tapatalk turn into subscription service?
« Reply #6 on: Wed, 15 January 2020, 07:46:14 »
Use rainway on your phone! It allows you to access your virtual desktop!

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Re: Did Tapatalk turn into subscription service?
« Reply #7 on: Wed, 15 January 2020, 19:29:26 »
"Thanks for helping us become the success that we are today, I guess. Now forfeit the new subscription fee or be force-fed targeted ads based on the data we gather from you and sell to the highest bidder.

Sincerely, greedy corporation XYZ."
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Re: Did Tapatalk turn into subscription service?
« Reply #8 on: Thu, 16 January 2020, 05:54:43 »
"Thanks for helping us become the success that we are today, I guess. Now forfeit the new subscription fee or be force-fed targeted ads based on the data we gather from you and sell to the highest bidder.

Sincerely, greedy corporation XYZ."

This internet 3.0 stuff hurts me.  :'(

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Re: Did Tapatalk turn into subscription service?
« Reply #9 on: Thu, 16 January 2020, 06:40:47 »
"Thanks for helping us become the success that we are today, I guess. Now forfeit the new subscription fee or be force-fed targeted ads based on the data we gather from you and sell to the highest bidder.

Sincerely, greedy corporation XYZ."
That's so true. I remember being a great supporter of Tapatalk in its early days, bugging forum admins to install its plugins. Now, it has turn into such a beast.
 

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Re: Did Tapatalk turn into subscription service?
« Reply #10 on: Thu, 16 January 2020, 06:48:34 »
Tapatalk can't die soon enough.

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Re: Did Tapatalk turn into subscription service?
« Reply #11 on: Thu, 16 January 2020, 08:54:33 »
Opinions/suggestions on alternatives?

Just started using Tapatalk awhile ago but all these ads are driving me nuts and just today got a “you have to agree to all these tracking sites before you can continue using the app” popup.

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Re: Did Tapatalk turn into subscription service?
« Reply #12 on: Thu, 16 January 2020, 09:08:15 »
I don't know if it would work, or if there are other viable alternatives these days, but I have used an android program called Lucky Patcher in the past to remove ads from the free versions of apps.

I wouldn't know any alternatives. I keep typing on touchscreens, especially tiny ones, to a minimum.

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Re: Did Tapatalk turn into subscription service?
« Reply #13 on: Thu, 16 January 2020, 12:10:50 »
Tapatalk can't die soon enough.

Who even browses internet forums anymore?


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Re: Did Tapatalk turn into subscription service?
« Reply #15 on: Thu, 16 January 2020, 18:57:41 »
Most of the forums I frequent have moved to Discourse. Geekhack is the only one left that’s “old school” and so Tapatalk is still useful here. But surely, Tapatalk influence is diminishing.


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Re: Did Tapatalk turn into subscription service?
« Reply #16 on: Thu, 16 January 2020, 19:12:13 »
Most of the forums I frequent have moved to Discourse. Geekhack is the only one left that’s “old school” and so Tapatalk is still useful here. But surely, Tapatalk influence is diminishing.

Still wurried they be using our data for nefarious purposes.

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Re: Did Tapatalk turn into subscription service?
« Reply #17 on: Thu, 16 January 2020, 19:23:44 »
Maybe.. but somebody still got to feed the developers, so $1/month is not that unreasonable, but I think they have to be transparent to subscribers on some of these stuff like privacy, features, support etc


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Re: Did Tapatalk turn into subscription service?
« Reply #18 on: Thu, 16 January 2020, 19:30:55 »
Maybe.. but somebody still got to feed the developers, so $1/month is not that unreasonable, but I think they have to be transparent to subscribers on some of these stuff like privacy, features, support etc

Transparency is against the very nature of capitalism, which is to capitalize on Secrets/Information that an opponent player does not have.

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Re: Did Tapatalk turn into subscription service?
« Reply #19 on: Fri, 17 January 2020, 09:18:17 »
I'm finding it kind of ironic that so many keyboard enthusiasts seem to be concerned with tiny touchscreen integration. I hate using my phone to write much of anything, and literally only use it when I have no other options available and can't wait for them to be made available.

To each their own though, of course.

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Re: Did Tapatalk turn into subscription service?
« Reply #20 on: Fri, 17 January 2020, 09:31:28 »
Doesn't this forum have RSS integration or something? Why are we all stuck using a predatory closed-source application?
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Re: Did Tapatalk turn into subscription service?
« Reply #21 on: Fri, 17 January 2020, 12:27:27 »
Doesn't this forum have RSS integration or something? Why are we all stuck using a predatory closed-source application?

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Re: Did Tapatalk turn into subscription service?
« Reply #22 on: Fri, 17 January 2020, 15:34:45 »
I'm finding it kind of ironic that so many keyboard enthusiasts seem to be concerned with tiny touchscreen integration. I hate using my phone to write much of anything, and literally only use it when I have no other options available and can't wait for them to be made available.

To each their own though, of course.

Easier to use while mobile, which is often.

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Re: Did Tapatalk turn into subscription service?
« Reply #23 on: Fri, 17 January 2020, 19:24:56 »
I'm finding it kind of ironic that so many keyboard enthusiasts seem to be concerned with tiny touchscreen integration. I hate using my phone to write much of anything, and literally only use it when I have no other options available and can't wait for them to be made available.

To each their own though, of course.
I use Tapatalk mainly for browsing, not so much for typing. It’s very convenient.
 

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Re: Did Tapatalk turn into subscription service?
« Reply #24 on: Tue, 21 January 2020, 03:52:34 »
App is decent and user-friendly for managing multiple forum accounts. Occasionally prone to loading problems and connection errors, which are usually remedied by logging out and back in. Some quirks are present like switching between forum PM and Tapatalk chat at random prepaidgiftbalance
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