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Forum News - Zetaboards is changing
Topic Started: Jun 27 2018, 08:50 PM (385 Views)
Mark M
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Hi Guys, some of you may already know this but Zetaboards who host our site have been taken over by Tapatalk.

So what it means for us.....


Well the honest answer is im not sure, ive spent several hours today going though information on the support forum and the tapatalk web site, heres what ive gleamed so far

we will loose control over the forum graphics and settings and wont be able to change them unless we go premium ($10 a month) - not too much of a problem for graphics as they have been the same for years now, however settings could be an issue

there will be more adds - again unless we pay

better integration for mobile / tablet use - a good thing in my mind

we should get a email, when we have a pm or a push notification for mobiles


sadly we have no choice in this, other than weather to pay for the premium service or not

i will try and keep you all informed of the changes


here is the email we were sent



Dear Zetaboard Forum Admin and Moderators,

You might have received an email from us in past few weeks to participate in the Beta testing of the Zetaboard to Tapatalk conversion (If you haven’t, you’ll hear from us really soon). We received tons of great feedback and made many updates to address the issues raised during the Beta testing. Based on your feedback, we’re in the process of adding the following features to make sure your forum transition will be as smooth as possible:

Customizable forum templates with enhanced BBCode, including div (with class), span (with class), iframe, form elements.
Customizations via Javascript-like scripting feature to admin admins to further customize the user experience.
Custom pages:
Enhanced BBcode, embedded iframe or html in iframe.
Form handling for custom pages. Forms can be created to submit responses into a post.
View permissions for custom pages.
And Custom smileys!

These upcoming features will be part of the Tapatalk Premium Tier but If you had JS or CSS on your board prior to the conversion, they will be grandfathered into the converted site. Also - if you already have a custom domain with Zetaboard, your domain will also be grandfathered. Some of these features will be rolled out on your preview board in the next few days so you can play around with them before the production migration.

We plan to start the production migration for everyone within next few weeks. If you find any data or formatting issues on the preview board and would like to have a migration support specialist to look into the issues, please reply to this message.

Looking forward to welcoming you all to the Tapatalk Groups!

Regards,
Tapatalk Support Team

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Olde Farte
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Lt. Derek 'Smurfy' Reeve
I thought you said you hadn't got the email Mark?

WTF is Grandfathered.

I don't like the idea of it being a Beta site for us to evaluate and still get charged $120 a year, bloody rip-off.
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Mark M
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Hawk T1
Didn't forgot del that's yours copied and pasted
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mac1677
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Lt Mac 'Shocker' McSheffrey
The Airfix Tribute Forum migrated to Tapatalk a while ago, this is the sort of setup I would imagine we will end up with.

https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/airfixtributeforum/index.php?sid=b41c14d0e6ab3c55f840213343214690
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Mark M
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yep however thats the paid version, we are currently free and i want to keep it that way, but we may have to sacrifice the graphics
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Lt. Derek 'Smurfy' Reeve
I wonder what it would look like without graphics, by all means keep it free but if we don't like it and the ads we could all chip in and have it ad free. I'm quite happy to bung something in, not a lot as we are 'poor' old age pensioners :whistle
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Paintbrush
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Jun 29 2018, 08:21 AM
I wonder what it would look like without graphics, by all means keep it free but if we don't like it and the ads we could all chip in and have it ad free. I'm quite happy to bung something in, not a lot as we are 'poor' old age pensioners :whistle
I may be wrong about this, but if we have to "chip in" some members may leave and potential new members may prefer to find a new free forum than join us. I know this sounds negative but it does need to be considered.
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Mark M
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i agree totally and i DO NOT want anyone to pay - there has been hundreds of complaints on the support forum so hopefully somthing can be done

if however the site needs to be payed for to keep it going i wont ask anyone to pay ill take on that burden
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mac1677
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I enjoy this forum and get great pleasure from being part of it and am more than willing to help out with a donation. Please dont take the finantial burden on Mark, let us spread the wealth, if people dont want to donate thats fine but please let us that are willing help out :grin:
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LCDR Tony `Banana's` Clay
Happy to donate some funds so PM me if required.
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jelly071
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pm me i will donate
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Mark M
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In honoured guys

It let's see what happens
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There's no need to get anxious - yet. From the message I got from Zeta support, Tapatalk are saying that existing forums will be able to use their themes without paying any sub, except it won't take immediate effect. I'm very unhappy about my forums migrating to the Tapatalk platform, I don't like it. ATF and Hyperscale are running it, also the 72nd Scale Aircraft forum have a link to their test pages and as far as I'm concerned what Tapatalk offer is pants. I'm willing to be persuaded otherwise if Tapatalk enable customisation via inserting our own themes, but at the moment it's an 'if'. They could easily renege on the promise, so for me it's wait and see. If it's any consolation the Zeta support staff were completely taken aback by this turn of events and are themselves very unhappy about it and are even suggesting we migrate to another platform/host. The snag with this is that Tapatalk won't be prepared to copy existing databases, so you would be starting over from scratch.
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Paintbrush
Jun 29 2018, 04:44 PM
Olde Farte
Jun 29 2018, 08:21 AM
I wonder what it would look like without graphics, by all means keep it free but if we don't like it and the ads we could all chip in and have it ad free. I'm quite happy to bung something in, not a lot as we are 'poor' old age pensioners :whistle
I may be wrong about this, but if we have to "chip in" some members may leave and potential new members may prefer to find a new free forum than join us. I know this sounds negative but it does need to be considered.
If you visit regularly and are happy with the Forum then by all means chip in if you want to but it is not essential and l certainly would not ask or expect new members to pay subs.

Mark, you know I'll chip in because it just isn't fair for you to bear the load solo.
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Mark M
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Guys - take a step back

we still dont know for sure whats going to happen

IF there is a need to pay when the merge is complete ill look at it then, but whatever happens i WILL NOT ask anyone to pay up, thats not what this forum is about

now back to plastic
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