3rd Party API for external App and Web

VoyagerST shared this idea 11 months ago
Under Consideration

Provides an official API so that even 3 vendors can easily create an app or web function to use Planetromeo. Not all users are the same and so everyone would have the possibility to use the application which best suits his wishes. At the same time, the Planetromeo network would grow up.

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I just wanted to insert the wish for an API, but someone was faster :)

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no thanks I don't want to give my personal data to 3rd parties like facebook does

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This is a misunderstanding. It's not about giving the data to someone else, but about allowing the user to use alternative apps. An API is a defined interface through which the necessary data is transferred between Planetromeo and the alternative app. Comparable to Outlook which allows you to process e-mails from different providers locally on your computer. POP3 or IMAP are also defined interfaces / protocols.

Why is that even interesting? The Planetromeo app is not the appealing variant for every user to use the service. This is probably also not possible to develop an app that meets all individual requirements. Therefore, apps from alternative providers would increase the reachable number of users and thus make the platform more attractive overall.

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Hi! (@VoyagerST)


Then the misunderstanding is on your end. If you empower users to use 3rd party apps to access a possible data stream from planetromeo, the company doesn't have control over what will happen with that data and a private user with such an app can easily replaced with a fakerfarm including scripts to mine the data they need.


If you're not happy with the PR app or with the desktop version, make suggestions, or vote with your wallet.


(Besides that, they probably don't have the resources to create such an API, still busy with harmonising the databases to get their new stuff running, too many conflicts that I still see.)

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Such an API already exists. The new website relies completely on API calls to get the data needed for rendering the page. And it is not so difficult to analyze the API to use it for a 3rd party app or for purposes other than intended. The only problem for 3rd party programmers is at the moment that the API can be changed without any announcement.

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This explains the existing bots then.

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Bots can just use the webpage to interact. They do not need a structured API, so it wouldn't help against bots (if there exist any) if there would be no API.

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Where can I find the spec of this API that you are mentioning?

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At the moment, there is no official spec, as far as I know. But it is possible to analyze the network traffic in the browser's developer tool to see how the API works.

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