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Old 4th June 2016, 08:28 PM   #329352  /  #1
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Choosing a new software platform for MR

I feel like compatibility with tapatalk is a big issue for some members. That issue would push me away from switching to Elkarte here.

I personally still use tapatalk, but as a sysadmin I hate tapatalk, and I feel like they tipped over from merely annoying to so annoying I don't want them on my server when they made the software free to end users and added all the advertising hooks. Which would be fine if they didn't go ahead and display (and get paid for) ads on sites that don't either opt out or have their own advertising arrangements.

It's possible to opt out, but it's not easy and it occasionally gets undone when they upgrade their server side stuff. Which is why I put off installing new server side stuff as long as I possibly can.

But enough about me! The mobile crowd here is huge, and tapatalk works quite well as a mobile user interface.

My recommendation would be the SMF plattorm, since it is compatible with tapatalk.

SMF looks and feels very similar to Elkarte from a user perspective. They have been planning an upgrade for a long time but it's indefinitely delayed I guess. Elkarte is actually the product of a bunch of ex-SMF developers who got sick of SMF not pushing things through.

Their current platform is stable and I think we could live with it pretty comfortably.

The database conversion from vbulletin will not be pretty - some things won't go over, or won't go over reliably, but basic user info and the posts and threads should make it over just fine.

Soooo...my recommendation is SMF, with a regretful look in the direction of Elkarte.
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Old 4th June 2016, 08:53 PM   #329354  /  #2
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The mobile crowd here is huge
i like the idea that not only is there a crowd here, it is a huge crowd
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Old 4th June 2016, 09:47 PM   #329355  /  #3
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Old 4th June 2016, 09:52 PM   #329357  /  #4
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I would gladly ditch tapatalk.
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Old 4th June 2016, 10:21 PM   #329359  /  #5
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I vote phpBB
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Old 4th June 2016, 10:22 PM   #329360  /  #6
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The mobile crowd here is huge
i like the idea that not only is there a crowd here, it is a huge crowd
I could have said relatively huge, but I like the idea of huge crowds, too.

Compared to my blog traffic so far, MR actually is pretty huge!
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Old 4th June 2016, 10:26 PM   #329362  /  #7
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Most users ever online was 4,424, 25th October 2015 at 01:26 PM.

someone reread the posts from that day and find out who didn't post
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Old 4th June 2016, 10:28 PM   #329363  /  #8
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Old 4th June 2016, 10:33 PM   #329365  /  #9
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Netrider https://netrider.net.au uses XenForo. That looks Ok.
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Old 4th June 2016, 10:33 PM   #329366  /  #10
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Isn't there anything nowadays which just serves a mobile or desktop version automatically like most websites?
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Old 4th June 2016, 10:50 PM   #329371  /  #11
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Elkarte does that beautifully. I think SMF does it too, though I'm not sure how well.

Xenforo is software you license and pay an annual fee for.

I'm looking strictly at free software, unless you guys tell me you'd like to spend more money than we currently do!
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Old 4th June 2016, 10:57 PM   #329372  /  #12
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I've never used tapatalk - tried it a couple of times and didn't like it. I just use the VB lightweight skin and the elkarte mobile functionality is superior to it.

I like that via osmanthus you seem to have a direct line to their developers, too...

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Old 4th June 2016, 11:00 PM   #329374  /  #13
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Could you link an SMF site. I'm sure it's fine.

I'm really happy to ditch tapatalk once the mobile site looks like say netrider. Like really happy.
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Old 4th June 2016, 11:40 PM   #329386  /  #14
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Here's the SMF support site forum: http://www.simplemachines.org/commun...f514623deb7a8&

And here's the CEMB forum: http://www.councilofexmuslims.com/in...p?action=forum

They have a portal front-end which looks somewhat similar to our portal but more modern: http://www.councilofexmuslims.com/index.php

Elkarte has a portal mod, too. I think it's based on the SMF one.
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Old 5th June 2016, 12:31 AM   #329403  /  #15
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I'd be happy with ElkArte, me. Free, plus it looks like osmanthus has reliable contacts for fixing things and is an eager participant.
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Old 5th June 2016, 12:37 AM   #329407  /  #16
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I think in order to migrate to elkarte the database had to be converted to smf first. That isn't necessarily a reason not to do it, but it's a bit more work I guess.
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Old 5th June 2016, 01:32 AM   #329417  /  #17
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I couldn't find the joke thread at CEMB
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Old 5th June 2016, 02:50 AM   #329421  /  #18
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Choosing a new software platform for MR

I'll ditch tapatalk to go to Elkarte so MR can piggyback on your TR/blog experience.

Tapatalk diehards: speak up now or...I don't know, we'll amble into a default decision or something
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Old 5th June 2016, 02:51 AM   #329422  /  #19
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Fake ETA seeing as TR will be non tapatalk I'll just adjust to web forumimg
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Old 5th June 2016, 02:59 AM   #329427  /  #20
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There may be workarounds!
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Old 5th June 2016, 06:14 AM   #329449  /  #21
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As long as i can ignore nostrum and send hatefull pms to gib
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Old 5th June 2016, 06:15 AM   #329450  /  #22
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Old 5th June 2016, 10:36 AM   #329458  /  #23
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SMF looks pretty similar to Elkarte tbh
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Old 6th June 2016, 05:14 PM   #329611  /  #24
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Elkarte is kinda what the next release of SMF would be, if they could ditch all the legacy stuff they wish they'd never done in the first place.

Very similar to the eye, in other words.
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Old 6th June 2016, 05:23 PM   #329612  /  #25
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Elkarte the witch doctor.
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