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I would like to be able to query the status of the "new mail" icon that shows whether there is new comments or favorites activity. Is this possible?

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No. The mail icon is for activity associated with a user login - things that have happened since they last visited with an authenticated machine. The API has no authentication - it's site centric, not user centric. Hence, this won't be possible until at least v2.0 (sometime next year).

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Well, kinda. The API key is associated with the user who registered it, so it is feasible from a technical perspective (assuming no other dependencies like browser cookies are required), but because an API key can be shared among users, it doesn't make 100% sense from a usability perspective. – RedFilter Sep 3 '10 at 11:28

Can't you get the user timeline of an ID, which will give something very close to the new replies if not the same thing.

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It's not quite the same thing :) – Nathan Osman Sep 2 '10 at 0:18
But it would be close enough until v2, wouldn't it? – Jonathan. Sep 2 '10 at 7:44
I am looking for new replies since last read, so this wouldn't quite work for me... – RedFilter Sep 3 '10 at 11:27

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