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On methods that support total/page/pagesize add an optional parameter to get just those fields when making a request. (pageInfo=true).

I am thinking specifically in apps that have real-time like features, a light-weight call would be handy. If this feature were implemented perhaps lastActivity would be useful to be returned as well.

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+ very sound suggestion –  Sky Sanders Jun 2 '10 at 20:08
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pagesize=0 is now permitted.

You can use this to get total on all the methods that support paging, generally very quickly.

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I think it would be sufficient if adding the parameter pagesize=0 returned the expected result.

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No...the default page size is handy for paging calculations. I would hate to rely on 30 as the default then have that change. Magic numbers are bad. –  TheHurt Jun 2 '10 at 23:20
    
@TheHurt: I'm not talking about a magic number. I'm saying if you explicitly specify that the page size should be 0, then it should return nothing but the page info and an empty list. Adding pagesize=0 as a URL parameter currently doesn't return anything at all. –  Bill the Lizard Jun 3 '10 at 0:03
    
I think that would be fine in addition to what I am asking for. This is about my needs Bill, and I need you to be sensitive to that. –  TheHurt Jun 3 '10 at 1:18
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