i use reddit... I've just learned that API means "Application Programming Interface", but I still can't follow the discussion.
Is an API necessary to use Reddit? Since any browser can go to a Reddit page and allow you to post and read ... what roles do the APIs have in the use of Reddit?
(Is Tapatalk an API? Some people used to [maybe still] use it for one of my other message boards. EDIT: Looks like it is. But why not access and interface via your usual browser?)
login through using my chromebook. apparently there are a decent number of people that think the "old"/"original" browser interface with reddit isn't sufficient. they want more control over their feed, the appearance of pages, etc. so people created third-party apps to..... translate?... reddit to a customizable experience.
it would be like if hundreds of users created customized apps to browse FBGs from phones, tablets, etc. after Ol Yeller changed instead of just migrating to the new site with 97% of the rest of the user base.
reddit is losing money if people use these 3rd party apps to view their site because of ad blockers, etc. so they want to prevent people from using 3rd party apps. people who use these 3rd party apps don't want to lose their customized experience and the developers don't want to lose whatever money they make from people using their apps.
that's how i understand it anyways
Finally! An explanation I sort of understand. Thanks RF!