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Ben Halpern

Nice post. It's pretty amazing to see software you've built living on in the world, even if it runs into hiccups like this. It's kind of an indication it was still alive in the first place. I don't really have any software I've worked on living out there that I'm not actively maintaining.

scraping is unreliable

I've done a lot of scraping and this is most certainly the truth. I'll say, though, that reliability is probably not best described in boolean terms because I might also say external APIs are, generally, unreliable. Probably less so than scraping in most cases, but unreliable in other ways.

That's just a train of thought, not sure where I'm going with it. Reliability is an interesting topic. I've definitely dealt with public APIs that were less reliable than scraping because with scraping I can pretty much respond to any issue that comes up on my own.

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Yechiel Kalmenson Author

Yeah, maybe unreliable wasn't the best term to use. I guess fragile would have been better?

Then again, maybe we're over-analyzing this :)

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Ben Halpern

Oh yes. I didn't really even mean to necessarily analyze what you had said to pedantically, I kind of wanted to go on an unrelated tangent. I'm sure everyone understood what you meant :P