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Subject: BGG XML API random 503's rss

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Chad McCallum
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I've been getting random 503 errors for awhile now when calling the XML API for game and collection information. The errors have been occurring since yesterday afternoon around 3 PM CST and again this morning.

Wondering if there's some sort of rate limiting I'm not aware of? I am caching results locally once I retrieve them, but I can't even retrieve them as it is now.
 
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There's indeed some rate limiting these days.

In Re: Is BGG a lot slower these days? Or is it just me?, Aldie wrote:
Aldie wrote:
we do think the increased number of API users is having a detrimental effect on the site. Many API developers show no regard for usage, and we're going to be remedying that with API keys and rate limits.

and a little later:
Aldie wrote:
As long as you aren't exceeding 2 requests per second you should be ok.
 
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Chad McCallum
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Aah, thanks for the link. I'll tweak my call rate and see if that helps.

Thanks again!
 
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