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I did a poll and nearly 30% of the people who voted said they used Sync! It's stayed around that percent the whole time too!

EDIT: Here is the poll I forgot to put this here like five times lol https://strawpoll.com/wby5A21R1yA

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[โ€“] CautiousPickle 92 points 9 months ago* (last edited 9 months ago) (13 children)

After reading this I decided to try it out. Within 5 posts there were ads. No thanks, I'll stick with Connect.

Edit: I was scrolling everything and replied. I didn't see this was in the official community. My opinion doesn't matter in here. I think it's great that sync is successful and I hope it continues. So yea, keep on keeping on.

[โ€“] geogle 53 points 9 months ago (10 children)

It's a single developer that should be paid for his work. You can easily upgrade to the ad free version for a few bucks...

[โ€“] [email protected] 19 points 9 months ago

I don't disagree that they should make some money for their efforts, but isn't every client for lemmy made by a single developer?

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[โ€“] [email protected] 43 points 9 months ago (5 children)

I've been using systemwide adblock on all my electronics for years now so I forget that in app ads are a thing. But yeah, I see your point. They do offer a one time purchase to remove ads.

[โ€“] [email protected] 16 points 9 months ago (2 children)

Me too, which makes Sync an endless scroll of black squares where ads should be. No thanks, Connect it is.

[โ€“] [email protected] 12 points 9 months ago (3 children)

You might need a better adblocker. With AdGuard I see an empty box from time to time. It's in the colour of the background.

[โ€“] [email protected] 13 points 9 months ago (1 children)
[โ€“] [email protected] 12 points 9 months ago (14 children)

You can pay to hide it completely.

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[โ€“] [email protected] 22 points 9 months ago (1 children)

I've used sync for almost ten years now... I think it's worth the fee to remove ads. But sure, there are ads.

[โ€“] [email protected] 17 points 9 months ago (2 children)

It's strange, both on Sync for Reddit and Sync for Lemmy I've always seen the space for ads, but never an actual ad showing in that space. So I just get random black spaces between posts

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[โ€“] [email protected] 19 points 9 months ago (1 children)

To each their own, I've heard connect is a great app!

[โ€“] vihil 11 points 9 months ago

from someone that used Connect before Sync was available: it works but feels like someone's hobby. lots of issues and quirks to work around. Sync is absolutely perfect and I wouldn't be using lemmy without it.

[โ€“] anonymous_bot 15 points 9 months ago* (last edited 9 months ago) (5 children)

FWIW you can use list or compact view and it won't show ads (for now at least). Or just pay the pricey one-time fee to remove ads.

[โ€“] [email protected] 20 points 9 months ago

That must be why I've never seen ads. I see people bitch about it every time someone mentions Sync, but have literally never seen one. Also the dev is a bad ass. I've twice mentioned bugs in release threads and he's fixed them within a few minutes each time.

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[โ€“] Bluefruit 11 points 9 months ago

I really enjoy using connect. RIF vibes within lemmy is what im here for

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[โ€“] [email protected] 70 points 9 months ago (9 children)

Sync is the reason I left Reddit and joined Lemmy!

That said, the new pricing options scared me away (you can't tag users unless you get the super expensive one? Why? I used to be able to on the Reddit app) so I've been using Jerboa. It's not as good as Sync (maybe 80% as good, for my purposes at least), but it's free and getting better all the time.

[โ€“] Voyajer 11 points 9 months ago

Not being able to tag users like I could with the old Sync pro is the main thing that peeves me about it too.

[โ€“] [email protected] 11 points 9 months ago

I hate this too. Ultra is already worth it without having to lock a basic tagging feature behind it.

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[โ€“] echo64 58 points 9 months ago (6 children)

A lot of people are mad about sync, because of dumb reasons. but man I just wouldn't use lemmy without it. I'd rather just not.

[โ€“] [email protected] 16 points 9 months ago (1 children)

Even if I'm not using Sync, I am happy that Lemmy has a great app that draws Reddit users, and a smorgasbord of apps to choose from.

[โ€“] pivot_root 16 points 9 months ago (1 children)

That's probably why people are mad. I've seen lots of comments to the effect of they don't want Redditors here because they'll "ruin" Lemmy.

Sync makes it harder for them to gatekeep.

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[โ€“] Deftdrummer 51 points 9 months ago

Sync is great... Lemmy as a whole? Lots of work to do. Shit is pretty stagnant around here.

[โ€“] [email protected] 34 points 9 months ago (6 children)

Like Lemmy is to Reddit, FOSS clients are to paid alternatives.

The only way I can see to stay clear of business practices I don't like is to support the FOSS model.

I'm not saying Sync isn't a good client, or that the dev has anything other than the best intersts of his users in mind, it's that at any point a decision can be made which you have no control over. Service models for software, for example, very rarely seems to be in the users interests.

Give the FOSS clients a shot, they are also constantly improving!

[โ€“] [email protected] 27 points 9 months ago (9 children)

I installed both Jerboa and Liftoff and ended up on Sync.

I run Linux and 99% foss software on PC and same on phone.

Sync was the only android client I tried that was usable. The keyboard bug in jerboa was maddening

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[โ€“] [email protected] 14 points 9 months ago (3 children)

it's that at any point a decision can be made which you have no control over

This is true for any software you didn't write. Plenty of FOSS software has gone in directions I didn't like.

The only real difference is whether decision makers have a profit motive. That's important, but that said, it's not everything.

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[โ€“] [email protected] 12 points 9 months ago (2 children)

There's a big difference which is that clients have minimal lock in. Reddit has a monopoly over the community while you can easily switch clients with little lost.

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[โ€“] [email protected] 32 points 9 months ago* (last edited 9 months ago) (1 children)

Jerboa used to hilariously break every time it was updated if your home instance was even a minor-sub-dot version number behind absolute latest. I couldn't get rid of it fast enough. Connect and Liftoff are both great clients, I just happen to like Sync more. But, I do still keep Liftoff installed beccause it's got some outstanding diagnostic tools if you are trying to see all pieces of data related to a post or comment.

[โ€“] [email protected] 11 points 9 months ago* (last edited 9 months ago) (5 children)

I'm pretty sure it's been months since that was an issue on Jerboa. I wouldn't say Jerboa is rock solid, but it's my app of choice. However, as a longtime Sync for Reddit user, I'm happy to see Sync gaining traction. The more the merrier!

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[โ€“] kuneho 24 points 9 months ago (4 children)

Sync got me hyped for Lemmy, I used it for Reddit for more than a decade.

But, for Lemmy I started to use Connect, and while I was waiting for Sync, Connect became the Lemmy app for me.

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[โ€“] mlg 20 points 9 months ago (1 children)

me waiting for boost knowing it will probably never release until next year

[โ€“] [email protected] 11 points 9 months ago (1 children)

Same, dev said end of August, but that didn't happen. The guy isn't very fast, but he is a solo dev and the end result is pretty good so it doesn't bother me that much. I'm enjoying Sync in the meantime.

[โ€“] Subverb 12 points 9 months ago

Sync dev is solo. Just sayin'.

[โ€“] [email protected] 18 points 9 months ago (2 children)

Sync is definitely my main, with Liftoff being my backup QB. Liftoff is last though?? Really? I don't get that, I think it's pretty great

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[โ€“] cdegallo 18 points 9 months ago (1 children)

I used Sync with Reddit, so it was a very natural transition for lemmy.

But I also noticed that between it, Connect, and Jerboa, it's the only one that has smooth scrolling in the comments. Connect and Jerboa are really janky even scrolling comments.

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[โ€“] ichbinjasokreativ 16 points 9 months ago* (last edited 9 months ago) (5 children)

Sync seems great, but it has three Google trackers included, so I'm not using it. Jerboa, Connect and Voyager are great, but they all have some downsides. My keyboard is weird in Jerboa, Connect does not allow me to sort by subscribed and Voyager's comment-upvote system is a bit clunky, being hidding behind another tap. Also, Voyager's UI generally looks like it's made for iPhone, which is not what I'm looking for. But for the moment I'll stick with it.

[โ€“] [email protected] 15 points 9 months ago* (last edited 9 months ago)

Ad free version removes the trackers

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[โ€“] [email protected] 16 points 9 months ago (1 children)

Where did you link the poll? Cause some communities might trend more towards certain apps (ones that migrated from reddit for example).

[โ€“] [email protected] 18 points 9 months ago* (last edited 9 months ago) (3 children)

[email protected], which according to lemmyverse.net is the biggest community on Lemmy so it shouldn't have too much bias

Edit: for some reason lemmyverse.net doesn't show every instance, browse.feddit.de shows it as the third biggest which doesn't change much but still

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[โ€“] [email protected] 15 points 9 months ago (1 children)

I think this would be more useful if it separated the results by platform (android, ios, web). Sync is the top result, but it's android exclusive.

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[โ€“] TheWoozy 15 points 9 months ago (5 children)

I've got several of these installed and I keep finding myself using liftoff. It's not perfect, but it let's me combine my subscriptions from several accounts into one view. I like that a lot & don't see that option in the other apps.

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[โ€“] synapse1278 15 points 9 months ago (2 children)

Hello, i am curious to know where you have published the poll to collect responces, as it could wildly influence the result. Which instances, communities, external sites?

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[โ€“] LEDZeppelin 12 points 9 months ago (1 children)
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[โ€“] [email protected] 12 points 9 months ago (6 children)

It's crazy to me how small the Jereboa usage is. It didn't collect or share data and has a great interface. What are these other apps giving that makes you want to use them? Genuinely curious on what I'm missing out on.

[โ€“] ljdawson 19 points 9 months ago (3 children)
[โ€“] [email protected] 23 points 9 months ago

You seem biased, ha

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[โ€“] theragu40 11 points 9 months ago (1 children)

I used Jerboa until Sync came out.

I liked it fine, no specific complaints I guess except that there was a lot of "jank" for lack of a better word. It just behaved weirdly sometimes, would be unstable, and had odd interfaces for certain tasks.

I would not actively recommend against it, but Sync came along and felt like someone refined Jerboa. It was an easy and natural switch.

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