[aprssig] Screen Scraping of findU
gregg at wonderly.org
Mon Jan 9 08:43:15 CST 2006
Steve Dimse wrote:
> Hoping users will do the right thing is simply not enough. This usage
> of findU is not acceptable, it is exactly the thing I have always
> prohibited in the findU FAQ. findU is not the back end database for
> everyone else's code. Your program should only be used by connecting to
> the APRS IS, and I hope you will drop the screen-scraping part of your
I am working in this direction. The filtering mechanisms for APRS-IS have some
limitations that complicate software design, so I did take the easy route first.
I'll continue to use posit.cgi on a users request to get the track of a station.
> Obviously, there is nothing I can do to prevent you from releasing
> programs that do this, but when I see someone using this feature of the
> code, I will be blocking the IP (which blocks all findU access from
> that IP, not just your code). I'm sorry to be playing hardball here,
> but it is very frustrating to have the weather data feed to the NWS
> interrupted because people are using findU in place of an APRS IS
I appreciate your needs here and will work to not be an impact on your abilities
to provide these services.
> In my opinion, the NWS work I do is top priority, the APRS/CW
> feed is the second largest mesonet and is depended upon by NWS forcast
> offices. When something causes a problem, I hear about it! I will take
> whatever steps I need to to assure the reliability of the NWS feed.
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