I had to google what a push notification is. I reckon my membership would find them obtrusive. I know I did on the Facebook app..
But push notifications does not require a dedicated "app" for the forum interface. Just look at the current add-ons out there that support push notifications. The issue is that when it starts getting heavily used, someone has to subsidize it. The question becomes - the forum owner or the users that want the alerts.I disagree. Getting push notifications is a huge way to get back to the community. It's a fantastic way to retain new users.
I'm not saying it should be required. I love the option though. I wouldn't download it for every site that runs XenForo, I'd run it for the ones I use daily (and maybe not even all of them), which isn't a ton. Just because the app exists, and is offered, doesn't mean you have to download it and keep it on your phone. Obviously the responsive design should still exist, I don't see why people seem to think these things can't co-exist. I promise you, if you had an app, you wouldn't see a decrease in activity. Some communities may not see a huge increase, some may not have anyone use it, but there's no way giving your users the option to download your app and anyone having it on their phone is going to result in less activity.A branded app - no thanks... I don't have any desire to have 18-20 branded apps on my phone. Much prefer once central area to get the notifications in, and then use responsive. You are wanting a facebook type app.. and that's fine for an individual site - but will not work well for those that use several. Phones DO have finite storage area.
I never believed I would hear this in my lifetime either but it's true. As crappy as the VB app was, they do consider it better than using a browser. What can I say, these are my users, they rule my forums and I want to please them.This will be the funniest post I'll read all day, I'm sure of it.
No they are not always right, that is a very clichéd statement that is simply false. Just because a customer wants something doesn't make it right. For example, customers would like all products to be free rather than have to pay for them and that's not right, just ask any business.but customers are always right,
I listen to mine and they don't want an app, they are quite happy with responsive design.You've got to listen to your users. They really do want a native app too, period.