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NB: The filter parameter in v1.x of the API had a different meaning to the filter parameter in v2.0

Consider the following query:

This yields the profile of Jon Skeet as expected. However, when attempting to retrieve the profile of another Stack Overflow user using the same method:

...I don't get any results even though I am most definitely a user on Stack Overflow and my username is "George Edison".

Edit: It's happening again:'s not finding me and I'm definitely on the site under the name "George Edison". Here is a screenshot of the above URL in Chrome:

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Edit: here is another example:


  "total": 0,
  "page": 1,
  "pagesize": 30,
  "users": []
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why does Community keep dredging up old questions? – Jonathan. Feb 18 '12 at 14:48
@Jonathan: That's intentional - the community user bumps old unanswered questions periodically to draw attention to them. – Nathan Osman Feb 18 '12 at 21:24
That can be great on other sites, but like this question doesn't need answering anymore really. It's looking too far back. – Jonathan. Feb 18 '12 at 21:33
@Jonathan: It certainly does - I'm still experiencing this problem. – Nathan Osman Feb 18 '12 at 21:45
Isn't this for v1.x API though? – Jonathan. Feb 18 '12 at 22:18

I can't reproduce this bug, both queries return what I'd expect (and variations work as well).

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That's odd... it's working for me now. But it honestly wasn't working at all last week. – Nathan Osman Nov 10 '11 at 18:15
It's happening again - I took a screenshot this time. – Nathan Osman Nov 11 '11 at 4:28
@George - OK, I'll take another look tomorrow. At least we know it wasn't a one off thing if it's recurring (though I still couldn't reproduce just now... caching maybe). – Kevin Montrose Nov 11 '11 at 4:45

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