Regarding the 'Privacy' of the Forum

I noticed recently that Usering announced that his game would give an RBXDev cape to those in the ROBLOX unofficial-official RBXDev group. However, since certainly not all of the RBXDev members are in it, I got thinking about ways that one might obtain a legitimate record of all RBXDev users. I have an idea for a simple script that could do that and sort out all banned users (or not) and generate a list of users in ROBLOX. However, my question is whether this would be allowed to be placed inside of a script, in a game.

It works (theoretically) by logging in, going to a list of all users, scanning through all of the pages and downloading the member content in JSON form, then it would sort through the users that are banned by going to their profile and gathering informational flags (once again in JSON) about that user.

As it stands, you quite literally cannot do anything without login permissions on the forum, so should someone obtain such a link, they would be essentially oblivious to its content. My question, though, is whether or not this would be allowed.

Any feedback is appreciated, especially from those who can give the official word. Thanks.

Require an API key so if somebody stumbles across the link it won’t return any data.

As for your idea, I think scraping data for all users every time would be prohibitively slow. I would send an appropriate POST request to look for an individual user instead.

We’re not disallowed from saying that we’re part of RBX Dev so I would see no privacy reasons stopping you.

If only reese’s google docs would be updated past last December :\

http://developer.roblox.com/forum/meta-forum/10962-rbxdev-users-roblox-usernames

@triston220

Your suggestion is already what I had in mind. Sorry if it wasn’t clear enough. Regarding the last thing you said, it’s not about claiming that I’m in RBXDev, it’s about whether we’re allowed to use certain website information publicly.

Ehh, I don’t think its needed. Not that hard to say “I want to join the group” and then join in.

Many people aren’t in the group because they have reached the max amount of groups or they just don’t see any practical use to be in it.

[quote] @triston220

Your suggestion is already what I had in mind. Sorry if it wasn’t clear enough. Regarding the last thing you said, it’s not about claiming that I’m in RBXDev, it’s about whether we’re allowed to use certain website information publicly. [/quote]

What information? The only info that your API would return would be true/false right? I can’t see that being an issue myself. Anybody can check to see if a user is in the RbxDev group, checking it via the website surely isn’t that much different?

It scans through a list of all RBXDev users, meaning that it would access “sensitive” (under the discretion of the forum Admins) information from the site. All I’m wondering is if it’s okay to access this data from a script. Just in case an admin has a problem with it?

I don’t see a problem with it. We want the content here to remain private. The membership list can be public.

How often would your script run? We’ll want to consider the volume of requests when we look at our traffic data.

Check the group, if people aren’t in it, that’s their loss IMO.

Adding to this, if they aren’t in the group then they probably don’t want everyone to see that they’re in RBXDev. If they want your cape they can just join the group. If they don’t, they can just not.

Adding to this, if they aren’t in the group then they probably don’t want everyone to see that they’re in RBXDev. If they want your cape they can just join the group. If they don’t, they can just not.[/quote]

Many people aren’t in the group because they have reached the max amount of groups[/quote]
Or over their previous group limit. So that’s not really fair

[quote] I don’t see a problem with it. We want the content here to remain private. The membership list can be public.

How often would your script run? We’ll want to consider the volume of requests when we look at our traffic data. [/quote]

For now, this is just an idea. It’ll probably run once every time a server starts. If I do ever implement it, I’ll take care to make sure it doesn’t send requests too often.

I hope you don’t mind, I’ve had a go myself. :stuck_out_tongue: It doesn’t check to see if the user is banned however.

[quote] http://tra.netne.net/isinRbxDev.php?username=triston220

I hope you don’t mind, I’ve had a go myself. :stuck_out_tongue: It doesn’t check to see if the user is banned however. [/quote]

I was trying to check the code, since I thought you might have written it in JS, but then realized it was a php file, so the code was hidden D:

It’s their choice regardless of how many groups they join, which groups they join. As far as I can see, my point still stands.

[quote] http://tra.netne.net/isinRbxDev.php?username=triston220

I hope you don’t mind, I’ve had a go myself. :stuck_out_tongue: It doesn’t check to see if the user is banned however. [/quote]

Welp, guess I’m not in RBXDev after all.

Doesn’t work for people who have a different RBXDev username.

[quote] http://tra.netne.net/isinRbxDev.php?username=triston220

I hope you don’t mind, I’ve had a go myself. :stuck_out_tongue: It doesn’t check to see if the user is banned however. [/quote]

Welp, guess I’m not in RBXDev after all.

Doesn’t work for people who have a different RBXDev username.[/quote]

You can’t expect that, since there is no official marker or anything here that we can verify your username with, expect with your username on this forums…

[quote] http://tra.netne.net/isinRbxDev.php?username=triston220

I hope you don’t mind, I’ve had a go myself. :stuck_out_tongue: It doesn’t check to see if the user is banned however. [/quote]

Welp, guess I’m not in RBXDev after all.

Doesn’t work for people who have a different RBXDev username.[/quote]

That’s why you check with IsInGroup first. :stuck_out_tongue:

It’s their choice regardless of how many groups they join, which groups they join. As far as I can see, my point still stands.[/quote]
Not really considering the rbx dev Roblox group was made a hefty while after rbx dev first came out. It still stands sure but it’s not really standing on all fours, not everyone can afford bc again when they are over their group limit when it runs out.

Anyhow, I think this should be perfectly fine you’d most likely want to check it monthly then save/update the results and use that. I dunno if that would work so idk just an idea to save some traffic to rbx dev