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    <p>Why does it seem this is such a <a title="Microsoft Content Management Server" href="http://www.microsoft.com/cmserver/" target="_blank">MCMS</a> topic?&nbsp; It&rsquo;s come up with <a title="" href="http://www.microsoft.com/office/sharepoint/prodinfo/overview.mspx" target="_blank">SharePoint</a>, but not nearly as much as it does with MCMS?&nbsp; If you&rsquo;ve worked with MCMS long enough, you&rsquo;ll know there are a few things you just can&rsquo;t do with the PAPI:</p>
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    <li>create resource galleries
    <li>create custom channel properties
    <li>manage rights groups
    <li>manage users in rights groups
    <li>assign rights groups to channels, resource galleries or template galleries
    <li>move channels, template galleries or resource galleries</li></li></li></li></li></li></ul>
    <p>I&rsquo;m not here to say that you don&rsquo;t have the right to complain and say &ldquo;I should be able to create a custom property for a channel in the PAPI!&rdquo;.&nbsp; You most certainly do, but the proper course is to submit a request for a new feature to <a title="Microsoft" href="http://www.microsoft.com/" target="_blank">Microsoft</a>.&nbsp; <a href="http://meiyinglim.blogspot.com/2005/07/some-workarounds-to-missing-papi.html">Mei Ying has posted a few work-arounds</a> for some of the issues above.</p>
    <p><a title="Stefan Gossner" href="http://blogs.technet.com/stefan_gossner/" target="_blank">Stefan Go&szlig;ner</a> has put together three very good posts on this subject: <strong>Documented / Undocumented API - Why Should I care?</strong></p>
    <p style="MARGIN-LEFT: 25px">&raquo; <a href="http://blogs.technet.com/stefan_gossner/archive/2005/07/27/undocumented_API_Part1.aspx">Part 1 &ndash; Technical Background</a>&raquo; <a href="http://blogs.technet.com/stefan_gossner/archive/2005/07/27/undocumented_api_part1.aspx">Part&nbsp;2 &ndash; What would YOU do?</a>&raquo; <a href="http://blogs.technet.com/stefan_gossner/archive/2005/07/27/undocumented_api_part1.aspx">Part&nbsp;3 &ndash; How to identify 3rd party products using undocumented program internal interfaces</a></p>
    <p>Remember, it doesn't matter if it's your code or someone else's. Like <a title="Stefan Gossner" href="http://blogs.technet.com/stefan_gossner/" target="_blank">Stefan Go&szlig;ner</a> said in his 3rd post, if you are using a product that does one of the above things that just aren't possible with the API, you should contact your vendor. Just like the old phrase: <strong>Let the buyer beware</strong>!</p>
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