I haven’t heard of Terrarium TV before, but I will have to check it out! And I think a conceptual redesign of Medium would make for an interesting thought/design experiment. Plus, meta-articles are always well-received. If you feel like polishing your design chops, you should do it!
Good question! I felt like I didn’t need to take advantage of a web API — I wanted the customizability and fine-grained control of a custom-built scraper. Plus, I’ve used Python Scrapy in the past, so it wasn’t too much of a headache to set up.
The project isn’t open source right now, but it’s feedback I’ve gotten from other…
Wow! This is a great writeup and I agree with all of your points! The bolded paragraph is a great summarization and covers all the bases of what I was trying to say. :)