As you’re likely aware, there’s an API that returns the contents of public stash tabs. This can be developed so that trade websites like Poe.trade, poeapp.com and pathofexile.com/trade have access to a current list of Poe Currency. The API has traditionally been readily available to everyone.
Because it can take a number of seconds for any trade web page to parse the items received in the API, there’s a tiny delay from any time you save a public stash tab and when the item appears on the trade internet site. This varies from site to website.
Some users have written tools that consume the trading API, specifically looking for particular items. Mainly because most items are discarded and are usually not getting added to a trade website, this system enables them to discover about newly listed items a couple of seconds ahead with the rest of your public, enabling them to contact the particular person with all the item very first. Within the arms race of needing the most effective trading tools to compete, this indicates that individuals with these “sniping” tools have a large advantage.
Recently, we’ve got received a sizable number of requests to “whitelist” the trading API, which suggests granting permission to a distinct set of websites that happen to be permitted to consume it. This would instantly disable all of the sniping tools. Sadly, it would also make it challenging for men and women to develop new trade web pages (as they wouldn’t have information to work with) and all sorts of cool study projects (like machine finding out for item pricing) will be killed.
Our remedy would be to delay the item information by 60 seconds for everybody except specific whitelisted public web pages. Developers carrying out research projects or finding started on trade websites can use the delayed information and existing public trade websites acquire rapid access. We think that this resolution solves the sniping problem devoid of unnecessarily harming tools developers. If you are a developer of a public neighborhood tool who would like to unlock the undelayed information, please email us at [email protected].