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RFinder caught scraping data!

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by NV8Q, May 20, 2016.

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  1. NV8Q

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  2. KF5FEI

    KF5FEI Ham Member QRZ Page

    The phone company put dummy info in the phone books for years -- to catch the other phone book companies when they scam their listings.
  3. NV8Q

    NV8Q Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yep! There wasn't any "dummy" info in Repeaterbook, but it is otherwise obvious.
  4. KC4YLV

    KC4YLV Ham Member QRZ Page

    I.....honestly don't really care? The fact that we need to scrape and dig and "talk to the owner" or find out the PL's and all that to do repeater listings annoys the hell out of me; more accessibility is better. Does the submitter care if a new ham finds the local machine via Repeaterbook or RFinder? Doubt it.
  5. NV8Q

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    They'd care if they spent $10 a year on a subscription for data that is rubbish compared to the free data.
  6. KC4YLV

    KC4YLV Ham Member QRZ Page

    But i thought the whole point of this thread is that RFinder is scraping Repeaterbook? Why's it rubbish all of a sudden?

    If you provide a useful information service for free in 2016, either you provide a clean API to let third parties hook in, or you get scraped.
  7. NV8Q

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    So you'd have no problem if I profit heavily from your unpaid work? Yeah, I didn't think so either.
  8. KC4YLV

    KC4YLV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Nope. Once I put it on a free and open website, if you can convince people to pay for it, more power to you, as obviously I couldn't figure that out.
  9. AD0MI

    AD0MI Ham Member QRZ Page

    shame on RFinder and the ARRL for supporting them.
    AB3TQ, KC9UDX and KD8DVR like this.
  10. KY5U

    KY5U Subscriber QRZ Page

    See below from months ago.... KK2DOG asks a question:

    The "founder" of RF Finder responds:
    Snarky "foundr" W2CYK makes a nasty comment to DOG but now we know who the real knucklehead is. And now we know the REST OF THE STORY.
    KC9UDX and KD8DVR like this.

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