new limits placed on public api

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Jul 20, 2020, 9:14:04 PM7/20/20
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This information was threaded in response to a question. It could be useful to the build-kiva community as a top-level note.

Kiva recently needed to implement limit restrictions on the public API. The site performance team reported that without the limit restrictions, Kiva servers were seeing resource starvation caused by unbounded requests, and in order to make sure that is able to stay up, the team had to implement limit restrictions.  At the moment, Kiva needs to be able to protect the public API from serving burdensome, bordering on malicious, requests.

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Jul 26, 2020, 3:35:31 AM7/26/20
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Could some consideration be given to increasing the rate limits for registered applications please.

With the reduction to the maximum number of items that can be retrieved per call, more calls are now having to be made in order to retrieve the same information, and that is causing us to come up against the rate limits.  (E.g. fundraising loans now exceed 5900 which means, with only 100 loans retrievable per call, I just hit the limit when I made my 60th call.)


Jul 27, 2020, 2:45:34 PM7/27/20
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Kiva's engineering team is working on procedures to authenticate 3rd party applications for partners and hoping that those procedures and sandboxes will be available to the build-kiva community after the procedures and systems are in place. Until then, rate limitations needed to be placed on the public api. 

Updating the procedures is on the current roadmap for 2020, we thank you for your patience and understanding while the growing pains are being ironed out as Kiva upgrades its internal and external services. 

Hope this information helps.
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