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TheMcFatty August 13th, 2017 02:45 AM

Virtual teen should make a app
 
I think that a app on iOS and android would be amazing. It is really difficult to navigate this site through safari on my iPhone 4s and I believe an app would make it much easier. Don't you all agree?

devotionnel August 13th, 2017 03:20 AM

Re: Virtual teen should make a app
 
We used to have our forum on an app called Tapatalk but it was removed early last year if I remember correctly due to security issues regarding the chat room - it couldn't be moderated - and other things.

If it is such an issue you can change the theme of the site to the mobile mode which can make it somewhat easier to navigate.

Endeavour August 13th, 2017 05:40 AM

Re: Virtual teen should make a app
 
What @devotionnel says above is correct - it couldn't be moderated properly and various security flaws meant that we had to remove it. It wouldn't really be possible to create an app of our own due to the cost and complexity required.

xXl0sth0peXx August 13th, 2017 11:59 AM

Re: Virtual teen should make a app
 
You can always turn on the mobile version of the forum through your browser.

The above is correct however. Third party apps that we have tried have not worked out, and it's out of our skill range and price range to create an app or have one created. We're volunteers, and it's just not feasible for us.

Just JT August 13th, 2017 12:27 PM

Re: Virtual teen should make a app
 
How do you turn on the mobile version?
Didn't know we even had one

Endeavour August 13th, 2017 12:29 PM

Re: Virtual teen should make a app
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Just JT (Post 3560527)
How do you turn on the mobile version?
Didn't know we even had one

If you scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page, at the bottom left there is a drop down box and you see all the styles there, the mobile version is one of them.

Just JT August 13th, 2017 12:30 PM

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Originally Posted by Endeavour (Post 3560528)
If you scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page, at the bottom left there is a drop down box and you see all the styles there, the mobile version is one of them.

Cool. I'll try this for a while. See if it's better or not
Thanks

PlasmaHam August 13th, 2017 03:18 PM

Re: Virtual teen should make a app
 
I've never much liked the mobile version, I typically just use the regular version on my phone, it works fine for me.

As has been stated, there are moderation issues with integrating the site with third party apps, and creating a custom app is simply not feasible given cash and skill levels. I've created a few apps myself, so I can testify that trying to integrate a forum with hundred of thousands of pages into a mobile application requires advanced software and training to do.

Just JT August 13th, 2017 09:03 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by PlasmaHam (Post 3560575)
I've never much liked the mobile version, I typically just use the regular version on my phone, it works fine for me.

As has been stated, there are moderation issues with integrating the site with third party apps, and creating a custom app is simply not feasible given cash and skill levels. I've created a few apps myself, so I can testify that trying to integrate a forum with hundred of thousands of pages into a mobile application requires advanced software and training to do.

Yup, tried the mobile. It sucks. You see much more on the full site even if you do have to navigate around more

Dalcourt August 13th, 2017 10:54 PM

Re: Virtual teen should make a app
 
I don't have a computer or anything so I'm always just on my phone.
Never use the mobile site, always the full one and never had any problems.
So don't think an app is needed.

Just JT August 13th, 2017 11:45 PM

Re: Virtual teen should make a app
 
I remember a mod in another forum tell me one time that in tap talk he could look up all the forums a member was is. Even with different usernames in different forums

Must be linked by email, and I was surprised he told me that. Which is why I never got tap talk. Not hiding anything, but. Security issues are like I don't want whoever prying in my shirt when ever

Fleek August 14th, 2017 09:47 PM

Re: Virtual teen should make a app
 
https://www.vbulletin.org/forum/show....php?p=2579194

This might work... The vBulletin Mobile Suite

PlasmaHam August 14th, 2017 10:10 PM

Re: Virtual teen should make a app
 
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Originally Posted by Fleek (Post 3561094)
https://www.vbulletin.org/forum/show....php?p=2579194

This might work... The vBulletin Mobile Suite

Yea, it would probably work very well given that it is specifically designed for vbulletin forums, and thus should integrate smoothly with VT. Also, from what I've read, we could put it on the online app stores to help advertise VT to primarily mobile users.

However, there is a bit of info your link didn't point out. There is a $200 licensing fee for the mobile suite, which is probably out the admins' price range currently. Good idea though. Perhaps (and this is totally up to the staff) if there is enough interest in a mobile site, we could set up a gofundme page, or some other way for people to donate money so that we could eventually get a mobile app. I know there are a host of issues regarding doing something like that, but it is an idea that may be good to ponder on.

Endeavour August 15th, 2017 02:58 AM

Re: Virtual teen should make a app
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by PlasmaHam (Post 3561100)
Yea, it would probably work very well given that it is specifically designed for vbulletin forums, and thus should integrate smoothly with VT. Also, from what I've read, we could put it on the online app stores to help advertise VT to primarily mobile users.

However, there is a bit of info your link didn't point out. There is a $200 licensing fee for the mobile suite, which is probably out the admins' price range currently. Good idea though. Perhaps (and this is totally up to the staff) if there is enough interest in a mobile site, we could set up a gofundme page, or some other way for people to donate money so that we could eventually get a mobile app. I know there are a host of issues regarding doing something like that, but it is an idea that may be good to ponder on.

Yeah. We can't expect the admins to pay an extra $200 for a mobile suite when firstly we already have a mobile version and second many people I know, myself included, never even used tapatalk and just used the normal version of the site on the phones browser.

And we really can't accept donations over gofundme or anything similar. This not only goes for this situation, but we do not allow fundraising sites anywhere on the site for any reason. We just can't ask under 18s to donate in this way.

PlasmaHam August 15th, 2017 09:18 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Endeavour (Post 3561191)
And we really can't accept donations over gofundme or anything similar. This not only goes for this situation, but we do not allow fundraising sites anywhere on the site for any reason. We just can't ask under 18s to donate in this way.

I'm just saying since I've seen other teen forums accept donations for site maintenance and updates.

ImCoolBeans August 15th, 2017 01:00 PM

Re: Virtual teen should make a app
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by PlasmaHam (Post 3561100)
There is a $200 licensing fee for the mobile suite, which is probably out the admins' price range currently.

Says you :P


Anyway, I think the mobile suite is for the newer versions of vBulletin, which we are not using.

DerBear August 15th, 2017 02:18 PM

Re: Virtual teen should make a app
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by PlasmaHam (Post 3561248)
I'm just saying since I've seen other teen forums accept donations for site maintenance and updates.

Generally speaking that's quite sketchy. Taking donations from under 18s is a sketchy territory to be in. The admins don't want a parent contacting them because they've found out their kid has donated his or their money to an online website.

I guess that those teen sites you're talking about probably have an older base of members as well, those 18+ who probably do most of the donating. If not then....to me that's potentially sketchy. I couldn't imagine asking 13-16 year olds to donate for any cause with myself being 21.

It would be different if maybe they allowed those 18+ to donate. It's different then as they're likely to be in work and manage their own finances.

Fleek August 15th, 2017 09:59 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by ImCoolBeans (Post 3561294)
Says you :P


Anyway, I think the mobile suite is for the newer versions of vBulletin, which we are not using.

#UpdateTheBulletin xD

hjhj August 16th, 2017 12:36 AM

Re: Virtual teen should make a app
 
I don't think VT needs an app, I don't like taptalks feel or the mobile version either... Lol
I do like the older feel of the bulletin tho :D

Flapjack August 16th, 2017 10:24 AM

Re: Virtual teen should make a app
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by DerBear (Post 3561320)
Generally speaking that's quite sketchy. Taking donations from under 18s is a sketchy territory to be in. The admins don't want a parent contacting them because they've found out their kid has donated his or their money to an online website.

I guess that those teen sites you're talking about probably have an older base of members as well, those 18+ who probably do most of the donating. If not then....to me that's potentially sketchy. I couldn't imagine asking 13-16 year olds to donate for any cause with myself being 21.

It would be different if maybe they allowed those 18+ to donate. It's different then as they're likely to be in work and manage their own finances.

They would have to have a way of verifying age but I do believe this is a great idea to raise funds for chatrooms, apps and even the sites hosting!!

I would be more tan happy to donate some money... when my job finally pays me XD

As for verifying age they could say you need to send a photo of yourself with your vt id number thing and a photo of a driving licence or passport :)


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