Membership-free, limited public access to Apple Developer Forums content

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by grahamperrin, Jun 10, 2015.

  1. grahamperrin macrumors 601


    Jun 8, 2007


    – and for posterity, my first capture in the Internet Archive Wayback Machine:
    Non-authenticated, but not unlimited states:

    – so, for example, searches of forum content are not performed without authentication.

    Those limitations aside, I guess that Apple quietly decided to make content generally available to the public whilst focus was on WWDC.

    Perceived confidentiality

    At under Be Topical:

    Some of the published content may be inconsistent with that suggestion, and with contributors' perceptions of part 6 of the Apple Developer Forums 
Participation Agreement (EA1279, 2015-06-02). For that apparent inconsistency, there's an Apple Developer Program access issue (case 822736071).


    Before posting this, I refrained for a few hours. A personal e-mail to someone at Apple, coupled with the report of the access issue (the inconsistency).

    Then I found – more than thirty-six hours ago and retweeted by more than a hundred people – and later yesterday, WWDC 2015: Interesting Tidbits and Links – MacStories, so it's reasonable to assume that most of the openness is both:
    • intended by Apple; and
    • known to the authors whose posts are published
    – there is encouragement to use a pseudonym, or words to that effect.
  2. grahamperrin, Jun 17, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2015

    grahamperrin thread starter macrumors 601


    Jun 8, 2007
    I wonder whether contributors are aware of the degrees of publicity. wondered about publicly indexable content; someone responded:

    That response, verbatim, is publicly indexed :)

    In a topic elsewhere, one of the threads resulted in a question about the beta/pre-release forum, that thread appears to ends with a link to the page where Apple advises:

    – unless I'm missing something, no group realisation that for the five seed spaces below, forum content is visible to the public, indexed by Google and so on:
    • iOS 8.4 beta
    • iOS 9 beta
    • OS X 10.10.4 beta
    • OS X 10.11 beta
    • watchOS 2 beta. there's a realisation:

  3. grahamperrin, Jun 25, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2015

    grahamperrin thread starter macrumors 601


    Jun 8, 2007

    Land sakes? Oh my giddy aunt.

    And the giddier aunt of the two selves of RedBear.

    Last but not least, Giddiest Auntie Google and Her use of forbidden content:
    2015-06-24 04-17-35 screenshot.png

    (The long period of moderation may be associated with posting a link to a non-Apple site.)


    Saturday 2015-06-27, I see that moderators allowed the post.

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