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This wiki question is meant to be a central location for observations and suggestions in the interest of shaping the API meta data.

Perhaps items can be removed when accepted and resolved as suggested or stricken when rejected to avoid recurrence.

Other one-off questions could be merged into this central wiki.

A consolidate view of the API parameters can be seen using param-exam.


order parameter description is inconsistent.

They could be replaced with How the current sort should be ordered.

  • /tags
  • /users/{id}/tags
  • /search
  • /users
  • /users/{id}

Tag list parameter delimiters vary between space, semi-colon and both, and are not documented.

The could be better served by accepting both space and semi-colon as delimiter and documenting them as such.

  • /search - tagged, nottagged -- semi-colon delimited
  • /questions, /questions/unanswered -- tagged - space delimited

sort parameter is inconsistent with the rest of the api and contain incorrect and redundant enumerations.

They could be replaced with How a collection should be sorted.

  • /search
  • /users
  • /users/{id}

min and max parameters are incorrectly typed as date.

They could be better typed as string.

  • /answers/{id}
  • /answers/{id}/comments
  • /comments/{id}
  • /posts/{id}/comments
  • /questions
  • /questions/{id}
  • /questions/{id}/answers
  • /questions/{id}/comments
  • /questions/tagged/{tags}
  • /questions/unanswered
  • /search
  • /users/{id}/answers
  • /users/{id}/comments
  • /users/{id}/comments/{toid}
  • /users/{id}/favorites
  • /users/{id}/mentioned
  • /users/{id}/questions

fromdate and todate parameters are inconsistent with the rest of the api.

They could be better described as Unix timestamp of the minimum creation date on a returned item. and Unix timestamp of the maximum creation date on a returned item. respectively.

  • /revisions/{id}
  • /revisions/{id}/{revisionguid}

page parameter name is inconsistent with the rest of the API.

It could be better described as The pagination offset for the current collection. Affected by the specified pagesize.

  • /questions/{id}/timeline

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