Blizzard to start throttling inspect requests

I've received word that after the next set of rolling restarts, which may be happening as early as tonight, inspection requests on other players will start to be throttled.

This is being done because some addons generate a large number of inspection requests, so beware as some addons may start to behave unexpectedly, flat out break, or otherwise act up. Overall I hope it not to be too bad, but you never know, so here's the heads up.

Addon authors may need to restructure their addon so that they may _never_ receive a response back from a request. We may be seeing several second long intervals between allowed requests, and as I said, some request will likely never be answered.

If I hear any more details I'll update the post.

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  • Avatar of ArcadianDelSol ArcadianDelSol Jul 06, 2010 at 16:37 UTC - 0 likes

    I for one welcome our new throttling overlords.

    Gearscore caused quite a controversy and people on both sides seem to agree that it made PUG raiding far less casual than it really should be. If you're so PRO that you require minimum gearscore levels in your raids, maybe, oh i dunno, you should start a guild and only /invite people who meet your personal gearscore expectations.

    and let the PUGS return to casual mode.

  • Avatar of EmForAce EmForAce Jul 06, 2010 at 10:51 UTC - 0 likes

    Throttle is good for the server and the traffic that Blizzard need to pay(, which we pay).

    It would be better, having a API Call to get the item info, that is already transmitted to all clients. That is all equippment you see + enchant on the weapon.

    But that would be possible for other faction too in all locations. Pro-Arena-Gamer are already doing this, using their BRAINS, by learning the look of important equipment.

  • Avatar of Ranguvar13 Ranguvar13 Jun 27, 2010 at 05:17 UTC - 0 likes

    E for effort. Next troll attempt, try not to overdo it... "worse than the oil spill" is too far. (@zyborg)

  • Avatar of zyborg zyborg Jun 27, 2010 at 02:04 UTC - 0 likes

    My greatest wish for all who pay for anything Blizzard!

    I wish someone soon drags Blizzard into court and they change their self serving inconsideration of how they treat those who pay them.

    The company is run by executives who have poor consumer ethics and spreading this kind of morality is worse than the oil spill in the gulf.

    As for this particular action I agree with one poster below they are likely trying to protect servers so they don't slow. It's their attitude I dislike and as soon as we're all done with the game I hope they go broke, I for one would never have played if I had known how bad they really are. Now my money has been spent and I would like to finish what I began however the insults are building with them and I may well abandon this ship again.

    Last edited Jun 27, 2010 by zyborg
  • Avatar of NightOw1 NightOw1 Jun 25, 2010 at 20:55 UTC - 0 likes

    Maybe addon authors should handle the request spam not to being so aggressive. Such as scan anyone with just a mouseover.

  • Avatar of Brimmstone Brimmstone Jun 25, 2010 at 15:12 UTC - 0 likes

    That's a little disappointing. I use talent inspections to figure out who healers are in a group and it's worked pretty well....

    It's a shame that abuse by some has to ruin it for all.

  • Avatar of Adirelle Adirelle Jun 25, 2010 at 09:14 UTC - 0 likes

    BTW, there are also a bunch of addons that inspect talents to guess character roles or simply get talent specs. Take a look at LibGroupTalents-1.0 reverse relationships. This library systematically scans all the party/raid members. Most of GameTooltip also includes an option to show unit spec, which can lead to several inspection queries.

  • Avatar of Nevcairiel Nevcairiel Jun 25, 2010 at 05:51 UTC - 0 likes

    Shadowed: well, no, its not only gearscore, its all of those equipment checking addons that spawned because of gearscore. They produce loads of inspect requests and additional addon-server comm. Its not to break those addons, but its most likely because of those addons.

    But as others noted, they cannot break gearscore without crippling alot of other addons. They've also only ever broken addons that interfered with gameplay. Rather try to drive people away from gearscore again, start banning it in your guild if you are a guild master, refuse to run groups that ask about your GS (if you can afford it), etc.

    Last edited Jun 25, 2010 by Nevcairiel
  • Avatar of slickwalker slickwalker Jun 25, 2010 at 05:39 UTC - 0 likes

    @warlocomotif That would never break gearscore. The item levels are available in other sources, like and atlasloot. If push comes to shove, the GS author could just have a database of items with the ilevel stored that would be appended to item data on inspect.

  • Avatar of chaoslux chaoslux Jun 24, 2010 at 23:55 UTC - 0 likes

    As far as i know, ElitistGroup and other kind of Inspect addons do not rely on ItemLevel info and could easily live without it. The only thing that would be crippled would be item tooltip-altering addons, would it not?

    On the other hand, if they made itemlevel info not avaible, someone would just make a LibItemLevel containing every item with their itemlevel coming from Wowhead or something...


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