How do I write a bot (for 500px.com) [closed]
I want to write a bot for 500px.com which automatically likes pictures and follows random people. Sadly I don't have a clue where to start, are there any good tutorials or something? I googled, but could't find anything useful really!
I work at 500px. We'd really rather you didn't try to game the system, it hurts the community when you do and isn't fair to other users. I mean, I'm a developer, I get that this might just be a curiosity thing for you. Maybe you just want to see what you can do. But maybe your efforts would be better spent, say, playing with our REST API. But if it is that you're just trying to get more exposure, I hope that you'll reconsider your strategy. Focus your efforts instead on contributing meaningful content, engaging with your fellow users, working on your craft. When you game the system, you're advancing yourself on the backs of other photographers. The more people that engage in this sort of behaviour, the harder it becomes to find meaningful content, and over time everyone suffers.
No Your problem is concept -- you want to write a automatic function that acts as if it is a human entity. This means that even if this is desired by the company behind the http://www.500px.com website, this does come across as something impersonating a valid human user, and as such will need to face and overcome the usual challenges of such thing as filling in online forms, logins and verification methods automatically and reliably without being detected as a 'bot . This is potentially a very significant undertaking, and not to be underestimated. By posting this question on stack overflow you're pretty much giving away that you've very likely not got the basic skill-sets required for carrying out this task. If this task is however in partnership or for the company behind the 500px.com website, then you will have access to very specific and first hand information about the details and website code and structure they use. Both of the above conclusions - to me - imply that you're far below the very-probably required level of knowledge and you're going about finding that knowledge in entirely the wrong way. Instead, find a programming language of your choice and learn it inside out and upside down, then you'll have (slightly) more chance at doing something like this.
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