if you add .json to the end of reddit links you will get the same thing. It’s a way to pragmatically interact with the information on the website.
for instance I will use this data at the end of the meme contest. It will allow me to grab a quick snapshot of all the current posts and the number of likes each post had. Then I can have it create a table for me to read through. This way I don’t have to worry about results changing if I tried to manually count them at the deadline.
That’s just one small example, but it opens up so many other ways to interact with the information on the forum. I have some other ideas that may prove to be useful now that I know this exists.
It might be a bad idea to replicate the topics into the http://www.reddit.com/r/NuBits/ reddit.
But I really don’t like this forum to be a kind of single point of failure for discussion.
Maybe there are better ideas than reposting the topics to reddit (even if there were a separate subreddit for that).
Anyway, a feasible backup in terms of place where to discuss in case this forum fails, would be great.
How about using the json format to scrape motions and custodian proposals to a separate client specifically for those? Conversely, the client could allow for the creation of motions and proposals and then post them here in a specific format so they are easily recognisable. (Is there a posting API?).
I think I might have just found a new project!
When I mentioned that there are other use cases I was thinking about this exact thing
I think you’ve created a far superior implementation than I was thinking though by maybe using a client. Maybe it could automatically post to reddit, discourse twitter at the same time?
I was thinking about scraping the info directly from a topic post but that would require proposals always use some format that I can assume will exist. or maybe I could operate under the assumption that if there’s a hash in a topic that has “proposal” in the topic name I can immediately associate the link to that topic with the hash. if there’s no address in the topic I can assume it’s not a custodian or motion proposal. I have a little status website I built that shows all the custodian votes. I wanted to make it so I could click on the custodian address and it would show me what the purposes of that address is.
I’d like to see a client or website that could allow people to post in a specific format. That would make things a lot easier for people to scrape the data and intemperate it properly.
Like where this thread ended up, there needs to be more discussion about datafeeds and APIs and their applications I think as they will be very important for the NuBits ecosystem. Will make another post on this one soon.
For the motions and custodial grant it can be as simple as a Google doc, PDF form or web form posted on a website. Maybe there are even better options out there.
Hope we can start with an RSS feed though Thanks Ben.