I have been a faithful user of your service for years. I have 18,000+ images there constituting 40+ GB. I have them organized the way I like, and many are tagged. My point is I have a significant investment in your service, and due to that I am paid in full through 2011.
I have never been a big fan of flickr. I have an account there, but I have found their organizational style works great for the stream of consciousness that I used to use when I used to take a lot of photos with my phone. And perhaps I will get back into that. But for actual photo storage, I hate it. I prefer the more traditional style of the fotki organizational model.
That being said, we need an API for premium members. I need to be able to do all the cool stuff that I can do on flickr, with fotki. I need to be able to easily pull photos into another application based on various queries. I need to be able to integrate my fotki library into my other web life. I will NOT use facebook to store my photos, but I would love to be able to easily and automatically pull my fotki pics in.
I have thought about writing a scraper to get them, but that is really really absurd. I have thought about writing something to sync my fotki and flickr accounts, but that is also dumb.
There was talk of an API in a fotki journal post in 2005, but that is the last mention of it I can find.
Please step up to the plate. Mimic the flickr API. It really wouldn’t be that hard. Make it available to the premium members only.
Let me know if you need testers. I will be glad to help however I can.