Dec 15th 2011 12:36PM (I'm one of the Mr. Robot founders.)
We are in communication with Blizzard, and they are having an internal discussion to help clarify what the policy means with respect to websites like ours.
We do not think the "spirit" of this policy from Blizzard is to squash third party developers who want to make a living creating fan-based web applications. I think their major concern is over how people are interacting with the public API. For example, they don't want someone to make a porn site where you can load your WoW character from the API and then view custom porn based on your items. Seems like a ridiculous example, but, people do weird stuff.
We *think* that Mr. Robot is going to be in the clear. We can make our code which interacts with the API open source so Blizzard can be confident that we are a responsible company - that is no problem. The actual loading of a character from the Armory API on our website is free. Any "premium" features we have planned are additional calculations and manipulations of that data. We are selling our optimization services, not the ability to load a character from the Armory or the data itself. With the site redesign, you will also have the ability to build and create character profiles without even touching the Armory, if you desired. So, loading a character from the Armory is just an option - not the main function of the site.
The mobile app is a mobile interface for our gear optimizer. We think that blizzard will be ok with it, but, we are waiting for clarification, as I mentioned.
It is expensive to run Mr. Robot and develop new features. Mobile is especially costly on the development end. The ability to offer paid features is necessary for the free portions of Mr. Robot to exist. Ad revenue does not make a ton of money until you get larger and can hire an ad sales person (or team) to work on getting direct ads to your site.
A suggestion we had for Blizzard is to license use of the API from sites who have paid services. That would allow them to ensure that the third party web applications are appropriate.
Oct 25th 2011 1:00PM Check one comment above this! Mr. Robot weights everything pre-diminishing returns and then applies them during optimization. That is why you see the weights like they are, but still have a fairly mastery-heavy setup. Mr. Robot is doing the math correctly - tank gear optimization is actually one of the hardest things to do manually, because of the sliding value of stats. Luckily Mr. Robot likes math.
Oct 24th 2011 11:55PM Mr. Robot is upset that you didn't notice that the font he uses is Ubuntu, not comic sans. 0001110010010100.
Oct 24th 2011 2:21PM Nah, he was just ganked too many times. He still offers his services to rogues at the same level as every other class.
Oct 24th 2011 2:18PM We do plan to add the ability to exclude raid buffs that would affect gear optimization. It shouldn't take too long - we have a UI redesign in the works.
Aug 19th 2011 9:42AM Once again, we would really appreciate it if you provided us with your example where Mr. Robot lowered your DPS. The website is very customizable and easily updated if there is a problem with the optimizations. We need examples where it is not performing as intended, though! Obviously the examples we have tested all work well, or it wouldn't be set up the way it is.
Aug 19th 2011 9:39AM Would you be willing to provide the example of your before/after optimization gear where you saw a DPS loss using Mr. Robot? It would help us improve the website. You can provide it here or on our forums at forums.askmrrobot.com.
We are actively seeking out examples such as yours to help tweak the stat weights and optimization.
Aug 18th 2011 10:48PM (Mr. Robot developer)
Could you give us the character realm/name for that example? Mr. Robot always goes for the hit cap on Hunters, and gets folks to within a very small margin of it. Usually when we see comments like this, there is some sort of browser caching that causes weird results to pop up.
Jun 30th 2011 6:29PM There is no way to give away a paid android app that is sold through the android market :(
(Mr. Robot developer, spying on the comments.... :P)
Jun 20th 2011 8:34AM (Mr. Robot Developer)
Thank you to everyone who uses the site and bought the app!
The website will always be free. Depending on how many people buy the mobile apps, we may or may not put ads on it to support the site and future development. We have a 6 page long thread on our forum with wish-list items... and we'd love to make them happen! The reason Mr. Robot is able to stay up to date and offer responsive feedback to users is because it is run as a small business. In order to spend extra time building new features, we need some revenue to pay our developers!
The legal discussion is interesting - we don't think that we are going to run into any issues, though. What we are providing does not compete with or draw any revenue away from Blizzard. If anything, it probably helps them in some very small way. We pull down armory data - but they provide that for free in web and mobile form already!