@here I sat in on a meeting of the resurrected WS App Taskforce yesterday.
1) The plan moving forward is to require a key to access the API. While this will require rework (and totally knocks out my app, RIP), it's consistent with other API services and long overdue IMO.
2) There is now talk of addressing issues with the API. It's primarily due to 1), which in turn is due to the situation that led to disabling the API, but I'll take it.
3) We met the group that runs the web site, Skvare (https://skvare.com). Until yesterday I had no idea who these people were.
4) Tahverlee and the board are hoping to reconnect with the developers to move the apps forward. I'm afraid that if someone from this group doesn't engage with them, the current WSAndroid app will remain locked out of the API. It would be a shame (and a huge step backward for the community) to lose all of the excellent work you guys have put into this.
Hey, I would really like to contribute to the wsandroid project. How do I get an API key to get the build running? I planned to first start looking into whats there and maybe I than will come up with some ideas to improve or pick up an issue from the issue tracker. What would be the best way to rise those ideas? Simply open an issue?
For example one idea I had was to make profile images clickable. The one in the Sidenav to lead on your personal profile and most importantly the one in the message. Because last time I got a request I wanted to check out the profile of that person, but the only way to get to that profile was to copy paste the name into the person search. This was kinda complicated and I wished to have that feature back then :)
Hi @mariha, welcome to the WSAndroid chat.
Where should I start..? Well, great that you applied for the RFP and even greater that you are willing to provide a solution that keeps the apps open source! We - the volunteers that maintain the android app - are obviously in favor of that path forward. In fact, we advised the board many times in the past to keep their source open - even if they decide to work together with paid software developers that ensure that progress is made, bugs are fixed, ... Personally, I'd be very happy to see an applicant like you getting the concession.
Unfortunately, the communication of the board has always been quite sparse and turned to almost non-existing in the past years. Therefore, I was not surprised to find a topic as important as the late request for proposal at the very end of a newsletter convoluted with another donation success story. So no, I unfortunately don't know anything about the progress of the RFP - the last I heard from the board was a notice one day before they sent out the newsletter to everyone. I suggest that you directly ask them about the progress (and maybe keep us posted? :wink:)
All of that said, the current wsandroid project is not dead (yet). And I guess it won't be until mid to end of this year. There are still cyclists on the road and we are still happy to provide the community with a nice and working app. So 3 years after your initial offer for help: Yes, we are in need of volunteers and would be very happy to welcome you aboard. Look at the readme on the Github page for how to get a developer certificate and how to build the app. Then we can chat here about any bugs/features you want to work on. If you need help I am here to help you. Thank you.