Last week I updated the boards to IP.Board 4.3.x just like any other update. It was one of their larger updates that required theme and plugin updates as well. I didn't check Tapatalk as it normally just seems to work and I don't use the app. Then this morning I see that Tapatalk has some issues so I Google "Tapatalk" to go grab the new version. This is were it gets interesting...
Googling "Tapatalk" doesn't return their website??
It shows some ads, Wiki, their Facebook and social, then some stories. Nothing really negative on the first page that I see, but why wouldn't their site show up? Then at the bottom I see the notification about the DMCA takedown notice. I'm guessing that has to do with this...
So I click the link to view the complaint here: https://www.lumendatabase.org/notices/17036863. I'm thinking it's a single complaint, then as the page loads and my scrollbar loads I notice this is huge...scroll....scroll.....scroll....383 copyright claims appearing to be forums from what little I can tell. So makes me think why are so many communities filling complaints against Tapatalk?
On to page 2 of Google Search results and then I start to find some dirt.
IP.Board Forums - People having issues since 4.3 updgrade due to new API from IP.Board - some people showing unsatisfied for many reasons.
Tapatalk Wiki - What happened here everything is gone?
Facebook & Twitter - Both cleaned off and none or almost no activity?
Online petition about privacy and database - dunno if legit or just internet crying.
Old post but even early on identifies issues and claims to income Tapatalk earns which I'll prove below.
I stopped there, but appears there is a lot to read on the topic and most seems negative in general.
Now I never login to the Tapatalk website unless to download a software update. But at this point I clicked around my entire account. Ah I found a spot where they pay you based on earning from ads they server within Tapatalk. I knew they did this, but never saw anything from it really so didn't pay any attention. So looking at the numbers here....wow they pay .13 cents for their ads have 900k impressions for July alone through SCB Tapatalk??? I don't expect anything and why I keep it ad free, but no control over this in Tapatalk. So what did they earn on the 900k? I bet a ton more than .13, should we be supporting this?
In addition to all of this some say they scrape the data, steal the data, index and show as their own data etc....I'm not sure what's true or false so that's the whole point of getting this discussion going to see if others know more.
Keep in mind I've only spent maybe 45 minutes on all of this so if any of you have more insight please let me know or set me straight 😋. The discussion is open to decide if we'll keep or trash Tapatalk on the SCB boards.