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Or can I just spam them out as fast as my program can send them, as, like you said, you cache it anyway. No. The throttle discussion page specifically says: ... we consider > 30 request/sec per IP to be very abusive and thus cut the requests off very harshly. And even though the underlying data is cached for 60 seconds, the HTML requests are not. ...


From my personal observation and from the occasional SE dev statement, many items update every 60 seconds (cached at server). Also the page AJAX updates every 60 seconds. (using JS like: setInterval(updateRelativeDates, 60000);) So, per sampling theory, sampling more than once every 30 seconds gives diminishing returns. Personally, I would just reload ...

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