• Effective immediately we will be deleting, without notice, any negative threads or posts that deal with the use of encryption and streaming of scanner audio.

    We've noticed a huge increase in rants and negative posts that revolve around agencies going to encryption due to the broadcasting of scanner audio on the internet. It's now worn out and continues to be the same recycled rants. These rants hijack the threads and derail the conversation. They no longer have a place anywhere on this forum other than in the designated threads in the Rants forum in the Tavern.

    If you violate these guidelines your post will be deleted without notice and an infraction will be issued. We are not against discussion of this issue. You just need to do it in the right place. For example:
    https://forums.radioreference.com/rants/224104-official-thread-live-audio-feeds-scanners-wait-encryption.html

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mikewazowski

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Running the possibility of irritating the powers that be, but I have to wonder why we couldn't have shared the Taptalk info more aggressively? I've spent time trying to troubleshoot Taptalk to now only find out its not being used. I visited the regular RR site in conventional mode and was greeted with a banner proclaiming that all negative comments on encryption will be immediately deleted. Since the policy on encryption comments is hardly new (and was standing policy), I'm left to wonder why we couldn't have been more user friendly and been notified about the Taptalk situation in a similar fashion and spared the dramatic over encryption?
The encryption announcement is presented when you are not logged into the forums. It's been there for years. The old vbulletin software hid it better but Xenforo kind of puts it in your face if you're not logged in.

As for Tapatalk, I'm not sure how it could have been conveyed better? A recent update broke it and Lindsay decided to disable it. I have a feeling that he believed people who used Tapatalk would visit the forum through a browser and discover the reason.

I can certainly put up an announcement about it but I'm not sure what the point would be since it's been gone for two weeks.
 

radio3353

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The encryption announcement is presented when you are not logged into the forums. It's been there for years. The old vbulletin software hid it better but Xenforo kind of puts it in your face if you're not logged in.
I don't understand. I am logged in, yet I see the encryption announcement on the top of every forum page.
 

fxdscon

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I clicked the X on the upper right corner of the box with the announcement text, and it's gone.
Correct.... and if for any reason you want to re-visit those messages, go to "Your Account" ---> "Preferences"...

and check the box that says "Restore dismissed notices".

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krokus

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You may not like the Facebook app but millions and millions do.. that’s my point
Popularity does not equate to being best. (Such as MS not making the best software, but certainly the most popular.)

While I enjoyed the convenience of Tapatalk, obviously it was a burden. (Tapatalk used to be much better. It became more burdensome to the users, as it was "improved" which I presume happened to the sysadmin side of things, too.)
 

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So with the demise of Tapatalk support, is there any plan, or even interest by site admins to develop an app that might include forum access and database access? It would be amazing to have the ability to search database and FCC info with a couple taps vs. trying to do it through the mobile site. Imagine searching for FCC licenses within x miles of my current location without having to cut and paste lat / long, or simply summiting a license entity query from an app data entry field vs going through all the mobile browser pages. Think of the data savings from the mobile user end. The possibilities are amazing! This alone would increase the utility of the site and thus the value of an RR.com subscription by multiple times.
 

fxdscon

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So with the demise of Tapatalk support, is there any plan, or even interest by site admins to develop an app that might include forum access and database access? It would be amazing to have the ability to search database and FCC info with a couple taps vs. trying to do it through the mobile site. Imagine searching for FCC licenses within x miles of my current location without having to cut and paste lat / long, or simply summiting a license entity query from an app data entry field vs going through all the mobile browser pages. Think of the data savings from the mobile user end. The possibilities are amazing! This alone would increase the utility of the site and thus the value of an RR.com subscription by multiple times.
Click here:


Sounds like you've already seen it, but provides quick access.

You can also bookmark specific areas on your mobile device for even quicker access:


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captaincraig44

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Click here:


Sounds like you've already seen it, but provides quick access.

You can also bookmark specific areas on your mobile device for even quicker access:


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I've used that in a pinch, but as someone who travels extensively, I don't always know what zip code I am in, let alone what county. The info on the mobile pages is very watered down. It doesn't tell me what TGs are encrypted for one. I very rarely use a laptop or desktop to access RR.com and I used Tapatalk to keep up on the forum. I'm afraid that now I will very rarely visit the forums since the ease of access is gone.
I think there is a huge positive potential for an app custom designed for the RR community and I bet with a well designed app and active development, most would have no problem dropping a few $$ one time to purchase it while maintaining our subscriptions. Something for the admins to consider anyway.
 

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We are in Lindsay's house. Good thing to support his decision. If not, well, won't do anyone any good complaining. I see Lindsay's reasoning is reasonable. Tapatalk never impressed me but I never complained about it. When a man makes up his mind it's the final decision.
 
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