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I'm building an app that works by users punching in big lists of questions. And I want them to be able to use the Data Explorer to create these lists.

My preferred way of getting the data would be a user copying a link to a Query. I've tried grabbing the csv programatically using this kind of URL:

http://data.stackexchange.com/ubuntu/csv/102689

But I'm getting an error page ("Server Error in '/' Application."). Presumably, the data explorer doesn't like it when you grab the results programmatically.

I don't want to cheat. What is the most straightforward way to have a user creater a query, and fetch the results of the query in my app? (If at all possible, the user shouldn't have to upload the file, or copy and paste the results)

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I'd be interested in this too. I assume there is not an API interface for the Data Explorer? –  halfer yesterday
    
I've discovered from this answer that SEDE does not presently have an API interface. –  halfer yesterday
    
@halfer, SEDE allegedly has implemented OData endpoints but this seems mostly kaput and I've no bloody clue how to use it. –  Brock Adams yesterday
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Thanks @Brock - sadly it looks like it's been disabled now, as of April 2015. –  halfer yesterday
    
This has been asked on Meta SE as well. Apparently downloading using cURL isn't impossible, as others have said here. –  halfer yesterday

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