The app would ideally be built to allow for simple browsing and forum posting, messaging and push notifications - all of the basic expected functionality that users have come to expect because of their experience using Tapatalk. The main difference would be that the forum owners would pay the licensing fees and support the development so that there is no conflict of interest in user data access, the UI, content hosting, cross forum marketing, and any other user experience concerns that admins currently have with Tapatalk. We don't want our users to be the developer's customer, it should be the forum admins paying the costs for the app so that making the forum admin happy is the developer's top priority, not building a massive network of app users to market to.
I've pointed out what I feel is critical functionality that isn't available in any existing forum app here:
The ability to integrate popular XF plugins is very important, as is the ability to make photo sharing a quick 2-step process when viewing photos on a mobile device (videos sharing should probably be addressed as well, but hosting those videos becomes an issue - maybe find a way to integrate Youtube and share it in the forum at the same time somehow). And obviously, security is of extreme importance, which is why I think the app should be focused only on Xenforo and not countless other forum scripts.
We can spec out the details and what initial functionality and plugins should be included. Maybe all plugin support is licensed separately. That would be fine for most of us. I would just like to have say in terms of at least 1 or 2 plugins are focused on first.
Is this possible? Or is it simply too big of a project and not a good enough business case to attempt it? How can it be structured so that it's fruitful for the developer and doesn't cost the forum admins an arm and a leg? What are the main challenges and how can they be addressed?
If you're a forum admin and want to help support this effort LIKE this post and add in your requirements and give some ideas on how you think it could be licensed.