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2019-07-08 21:48
Mr.Ammo

Registered: Oct 2002
Posts: 202
Discrepancy between XML-data and group page data

I noticed a discrepancy in the data served by the web services and the data presented on the web page.

An example:
When I go to the group page of No Name I it will show that there are a total of 62 (ex-)members based on handles.

When I load the XML of the webservice using this URL: https://csdb.dk/webservice/?type=group&id=1&depth=2, the API will serve 63 members. That means that there's 1 extra member field in the XML, but it has no handle ID or any other identifiable data.

For this extra member-field it gives the following data:
<Member>
  <Profession>Diskmag Editor</Profession>
  <Status>ex</Status>
</Member>
This discrepancy can mean two things:

1) the No Name page is incomplete and should show this diskmag editor
2) this diskmag editor does not exist and should not be included in the XML data the API serves.

What is the truth? If 1 is the truth, then both the group page and the XML-data are incomplete. If 2 is the truth, then this diskmag editor should not be included in the XML-data.

It would be nice that this gets fixed so that that API/web service can be 100% trusted and we don't need to make guesses and create work-arounds to process the data.
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