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API to allow us to create games based on our stats....?


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#1 Alpha_ProgDes   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 4692

Posted 02 September 2012 - 01:04 PM

It would be cool if GD.Net members could read information about other users (ex: points and how they are allotted) to allow us to build games and/or phone apps with them. This information would be provided through an API that provided read-only information. I think quite a few people could build some really cool apps. Hell if you could offer a GD.NET Dev+ (paid) account to allow access to such a thing (it would definitely help with costs).

So mods, staff, community... what do you think? Good idea? Bad idea? Or some other idea?
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#2 Michael Tanczos   Senior Staff   -  Reputation: 5454

Posted 02 September 2012 - 11:00 PM

Interesting idea.. though what information specifically would be accessible? I'm not keen on charging for it though or requiring special access. This type of thing needs to be free. =)

Edited by Michael Tanczos, 02 September 2012 - 11:01 PM.


#3 Alpha_ProgDes   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 4692

Posted 03 September 2012 - 02:37 PM

Here's a quick list:
  • Username (duh)
  • Title(s)
  • Total Points
  • Points by forum*
I think these are the easiest to implement and should not cause any security concerns (whether technical or personal). Personally, I would think that any app would require the user to be a member of GD.Net and require them to log in with their username and password.

*For forums that do not have voting implemented (ex: the Lounge), the points would just be the amount of posts made in that forum. Also, if a thread is rated (ie. 5 stars), then the OP in that thread gets a .2 increase per star. Meaning that the OP has the possibility to worth 2 points instead of 1. If the thread is Followed/Bookmarked, then the OP gets a .1 (or .05) increase for every "follower" of that thread.
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#4 slicer4ever   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 3986

Posted 03 September 2012 - 08:09 PM

if you don't mind me asking, what type of game could be produced off such data?
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#5 Servant of the Lord   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 21159

Posted 03 September 2012 - 08:28 PM

Aside from games, that kind of thing is also useful for other sites integrating with GD.net.

Though personally I think the whole 'Stars multiply rating by 0.2, etc...' stuff should be done by the game/website, not by the API.
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#6 Alpha_ProgDes   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 4692

Posted 03 September 2012 - 08:43 PM

if you don't mind me asking, what type of game could be produced off such data?

RPG (turn-based, action, adventure, strategy), Card games. Browser plug-ins. That's off the top of my head.

Aside from games, that kind of thing is also useful for other sites integrating with GD.net.

Though personally I think the whole 'Stars multiply rating by 0.2, etc...' stuff should be done by the game/website, not by the API.

Fair enough. Though it would be nice to see which threads have been rated and followed. Or just get an aggregate total for each.

Edited by Alpha_ProgDes, 03 September 2012 - 08:45 PM.

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