I was surprised to find any of my items listed, and also totally shocked at some of the prices listed.
A quick look at what I have listed and knowledge of my setup explains how/why some items were listed and others were not pretty clearly lol.
This is super manipulable as your inky basket shows. To be fair after looking at a few key items I was tempted to go running and buy out the vendors. This gets me thinking on how incredibly easy it is to bias or plain falsify the data and hey - I’m not so enthused.
It’s a noble idea, IMO but even assuming all intentions are pure (I’m not suggesting anything else) at the developer end it’s a recipe for subtle abuse, and outright manipulation. I don’t care to spend the time personally discovering how much of this info is false or “just out of date”.
Having this live (and running in the official boundless discord like a turbulenz official service or something) is already blurring the line when I saw the spam i thought it was real (official) game data.
Allowing public access and preview of this data is already shaping traffic and the data is admitted to make no attempt at being complete, or even representative.
To be clear, all shop stands which were more than 24m from a portal seekers shopping hub portal on my build were excluded from the data currently being publicized.
It’s ok though guys i mean, it’s just testing. It’s not like people are using it already right? Or it publishes live to an officially sponsored server, right?
This is a train wreck waiting to happen. In self defense I’ll be manipulating this data and if the official boundless discord advertises for some shops and not others without shop owners’ control or participation there’s going to be nothing but hard feelings, best case.
Creating a situation where it even slightly looks like sending traffic to Portal Seekers gets you advertised on Boundless Official channels - you guys see how this is NOT best case right?
EDIT: Sorry this post started as a reply to Aenea but that was like the first three paragraphs.
The rest is general commentary on the topic and situation I’m not confusing her with who created (and released) this tool.