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  • API Question

    1 day ago

    Dave Occasionally Bearded

    Hi everyone! Dave here from the engineering team. I just got a direct message from a user asking about a topic we talked about last year and after I wrote the response, I figured it'd be a good thing to post up to our group page as well.


    The question was (paraphrased): When is the Public API you've talked about going to be available?


    And here's my answer back! Longer read, so get a drink...


    Yes, we were hoping to have a public API available this year but we don't have it available just yet. The main reason for this is the large scale changes that are currently in progress. While we'd originally hoped to be able to re-work the structure of the current app quite a bit, our efforts earlier this year led to the discovery that we need to do some much deeper foundational work. Basically, the app right now is a single entity, and with that comes some issues. First of which, there's no reasonable way to provide a public API that would be performant by any stretch. Too many wires are currently crossed to open those gates.

    So we're currently, and have been for several months now, undergoing numerous large scale efforts to re-do the entire foundation of the app and shift to multiple service-driven components. This will bring us huge gains in reliability and scalability, but comes with the cost of pushing back a public API until that new architecture is fully implemented. 

    We'd love to have this API available sooner, but it's more important we finalize a solid architecture first and avoid the pitfalls that happened a couple years ago with the launch of the current site. Once those details are smoothed out, and since it'll be entirely service oriented, opening up a public API will not only be possible, but be doable in a way that provides solid security and an overall great user experience, both for those on the site and various apps, as well as anyone who decides to utilize the API directly!

    We've gone through a lot of changes in the past year, and all though our size of projects has increased vast amounts, our team has not, so I'm hesitant to give you any time estimates at this point so as to not establish false expectations. I'd say once the new SVOD experience is done and we wrap up most of the implementation of the new Community experience, we'll be in a good spot to start pushing for a public API. We'll be announcing those things over the next few months and you'll be hearing much more about the new SVOD experience very soon. 

    I'm excited to know that there are so many of our community members that actually want API access and its a personal goal of mine to ensure our engineering team delivers that! It may not be right around the corner, but I assure you it will be great when it does arrive!


    After I sent that response a question popped into my head, which is the main reason I'm posting here. What kinds of things would you all want out of a Public API? What would you be building with it? Nothing is finalized in any fashion as far as what that will look like, so now is your chance to get in your wish-list items and maybe share some ideas about what kinds of things would be fun to build with an RT API.


    Engineering <3's you all!


  • Spam Control

    16 hours ago

    Dave Occasionally Bearded

    So there were a few updates to the Spam detection system this morning that should help out a fair amount. Seems like the bugger was a little TOO proactive for a bit there, but we've got it wrangled back to good behavior now. Here's to hoping for some relief from those nasty, devious bots that have done a fine job at keeping me angry and mildly perplexed! 

  • The memory of taste

    1 day ago

    SailorTweek FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Head Guardian

    I'm up a little too late drinking coca cola and Malibu rum...this feels so familiar.


    When I was in college, I drank a lot of coke with a rum called Redrum. It came in a coffin-shaped red glass bottle and tasted like a Frankie Avalon & Annettee Funicello movie:super fruity and coconut-ty. I didn't get sloshed on this stuff...but I drank it when I could afford it. 


    I would pour it on nights when I hogged the phonelines to chat with my friends online. I would drink it when I'd watch Tenchi Muyo and Ranma 1/2 on VHS. I would drink it while I played video games.


    I lived a white rental house with 5 other Western WA University theater students. We called the house CAMELOT because it was "a silly place". We had Halloween parties in the Spring. We helped each other with lines and projects. We comforted each other when we didn't get parts. 


    And then rent went up and our out-of-touch landlord just gave up on us. We all had to move by Summer quarter and find...ugh...apartments. Houses were no longer something 6 college students together could afford on student loans and shitty fast food jobs. 


    I was the last to leave Camelot. I remained there for a moth after everyone left. I tried to pack up all of my shit and tie up all of the loose ends. I spent most of that last month missing my friends, smoking clove cigarettes, blasting Soundgarden, drinking Redrum and coke, and playing on my old Super Nintendo. It was the end of an era...and era I squandered...didn't know what networking was...did the whole "I'm gonna be bitchy like the other popular kids in the department so I can fit in" thing, and wasted money because I thought retail therapy was cheaper than actual therapy.


    Spoiler alert: It's not.


    After Camelot, my college life fell apart like a Michael Bay film. I was in an abusive relationship that kept me away from auditions, social functions, and better jobs. I lived in clutter. I didn't take care of myself. I could only land the shittiest of jobs. College was terrible and political and everyone did drugs and had sex with the department faculty...I had me and my cat and an empty stomach. I've nothing to show for the time between Fall 2001 and Spring of 2006 except for a bachelor of arts degree that can't get me a job and a box of my cat's ashes.


    Oh, and my favorite Lilo and Stitch coffee mug.


    But this drink...this coke and Malibu that I'm drinking...and sitting in front of my computer...and instead of typing on Livejournal, I'm typing on my beloved RT journal...brings me back to when I loved college and was surrounded by some of the funniest, talented, and inspiring people ever. The memory of this flavor is intense. It tastes like friendship, the creative spirit, and regret.


  • Day 177 Another Painting

    2 days ago

    SailorGirl81 Keeper Of Kittens

    Finished this up today. I should be able to get at least one more painting done before I head to RTX next week.  


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  • Gaze upon that which is glorious...

    1 day ago

    EricHVela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Porn Evaluator

    I find it fascinating that The Last Supper is my favorite meme.


    Win Anne Allan's masterpiece, Camp Camp: The Last Food Fight Fight, at RT SideQuest's Silent Auction for charity at RTX on July 6.

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    It's beautiful!


    (She'll also have some Camp Camp Chibi keyrings if you can find her at RTX.)


    (NOTE: Sidequest is a separate but parallel event at RTX. A separate pass is required for Sidequest events, but they're worth it. You will find RT/AH people at SideQuest events, but the best part is finding the community at them.)


    (PS. Thanks to desayjin for retweeting.)

  • Birfmas

    22 hours ago

    Caszie Fishy Queen

    Hey! I turn 21 today. I've decided to drink twice. Once with my bestfriends here. And then with my bestfriends in Texas! 


    I figure getting me drunk will be a great bonding experience at RTX. 

    I assume I'll end up either crying because I'm tired or naked on a table. 


    And that is the end of my birthday fun time show. 


    Lots of love! 

     purple_heart

  • Attention Gamers with Disabilities!

    19 hours ago

    LadyOddDuck Call Me Duck

    This is a quick and dirty mobile journal because I want to spread the word about this. AbleGamers is starting up a program where gamers with disabilities can provide feedback on games in development, make a difference, and get paid! Check it out! http://www.ablegamers.org/player-panels/


    <3 Duck

  • At Some Point This Journal is About Derp Doggo Gifs

    1 day ago

    Lamkia Keeper of Snarky Sarcasm

    Fuck.

    Fuck fuck fuck.
    Fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck. Fuck fuck.
    Let's throw in some shit fuckity fuck cakes.


    I'm going to hate writing about this. Serious personal journals aren't my forte.


    Today I finished a terrible - no, that needs to be upgraded - the most mentally draining and relentless semester I've ever had. The winter and spring of 2017, they have not treated me well. It's like my thoughts were not my own. It was very well one of my lowest points so far, caused by several factors that joined together to deliver one massive blow.


    I repeatedly tried to do creative works to get me out of whatever I had, but it all turned to black. That's not an expression, but it fits so well. My hands felt tainted. As someone who is hellbent on being productive and always having a sharp mind, it was a mental state that I was very unfamiliar with. So when I needed to exhale, I mostly stuck to cosplay props and tiny passive projects to try to carry me out of that blackness.


    The only positives I can draw from it are that I feel better about who I am as a person than I did before all this. My outlook on things didn't change drastically, but it was a tweak that made me see things in a different light. Now I just need a change of scenery.


    After RTX I'm spending 6 months in Vermont tying up loose ends for school. After that? I'm....really not sure. My biggest priority will be finding a good stable job, ideally related to digital imaging. I might give the Czech Republic one last chance in a different city, stay in Vermont a bit longer, or maybe I'll move somewhere else entirely. Nothing is really tying me down to a particular place.


    That was probably too much.
    Or maybe just enough for internet friends I don't see in real life often.
    I'm not even sure why I wrote it. I never really talk about emotions and things like this.
    Maybe for closure.


    I really appreciate you guys. Even with the site functionality being shit, if it weren't for you guys on the site and my two best friends, as bad as it was, it could have been much worse. After a month of not feeling like trash, despite having an exam period, I can confidently say that things are alright now. RTX will be a great bookend for the suckville 2017 has been for me so far.


    As promised here are some gifs of doggos doing dumb things!


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    What are your favorite gifs of derp puppers? Or have any other dumb animal gifs? c:


    ~ Mish

  • Community Spotlight: RT Arizona

    2 days ago

    LadyOddDuck Call Me Duck

    by @SmileEveryDay


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    The previous RT Arizona pages ended up being a ghost town when Lazer Team premiered and many of us wanted a way to get in contact with other fans. So, we decided to revamp this community group. We're just over a year old and have fans up north, down south, and here in the center.


    We just added a new admin to the group, and they started some new social media pages. As our group expanded to over 500 followers, we needed some more admins to help with meet-ups across the state, and we did just that. Also in the last few months, we aired our very first podcast! In the next few months we're hoping to air some more and maybe start some gaming videos!


    As we finished our summer kick off meet-up, we started to plan more meet ups. We are so excited to have more people attend our meet ups and we may even be in the works of having a panel at Phoenix Comicon! We can't wait to see what exciting things the future holds for our amazing community!


    Connect with RT Arizona on:

    RT Site

    Twitter

    Facebook

  • Fact of The Day:

    22 hours ago

    IronBridge Keeper of Knowledge

    Third president of the United States of America, Thomas Jefferson, invented the swivel chair. The first of which he created he used whilst writing the Declaration of Independence.


    I guess you could say he really turned the situation around.


    ...


    I'll just go now.


    Further Info: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Jefferson#Inventions

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