As you are most likely conscious, there’s an API that returns the contents of public stash tabs. That is designed 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 every person.
Since it can take a handful of seconds for a trade web page to parse the items received from the API, there’s a smaller delay from once you save a public stash tab and when the item seems on the trade web page. This varies from website to site.
Some customers have written tools that consume the trading API, especially searching for specific items. Since most items are discarded and are certainly not getting added to a trade site, this process makes it possible for them to find out about newly listed items several seconds ahead from the rest in public, enabling them to make contact with the person using the item first. Within the arms race of needing the top trading tools to compete, this suggests that people with these “sniping” tools have a significant benefit.
Lately, we have received a sizable variety of requests to “whitelist” the trading API, which means granting permission to a specific set of internet sites that happen to be permitted to consume it. This would instantaneously disable all the sniping tools. However, it would also make it hard for people to develop new trade web pages (as they would not have information to work with) and all sorts of cool investigation projects (like machine understanding for item pricing) will be killed.
Our option should be to delay the item data by 60 seconds for everyone except certain whitelisted public websites. Developers carrying out research projects or obtaining began on trade internet sites can use the delayed data, and current open trade websites obtain rapid access. We think that this resolution solves the sniping concern without having unnecessarily harming tools developers. If you are a developer of a public neighborhood tool who would like to unlock the undelayed data, please email us at [email protected]