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To get the count of a query without returning results, simply specify pagesize=0.

http://api.stackoverflow.com/0.9/users?filter=mike&sort=name&pagesize=0

{
  "total": 1161,
  "page": 1,
  "pagesize": 0,
  "users": []
}
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Should be just pagesize=0. Deviations from this are bugs. –  Kevin Montrose Jun 30 '10 at 20:17
    
I thing dev-tips like these should be tagged support, not discussion. (Maybe both?) –  jjnguy Jul 26 '10 at 13:14
    
@jjn - i think you are going to get pushback on tagging support. Typically support tag means, 'Hey, I need support', where as a devtip says 'Hey, here is some technical implementation information' . they are informational. perhaps the way to go is to add dev-tip to required tags so that it can stand alone –  Sky Sanders Jul 26 '10 at 13:21
    
@code, well if you take the support tag at face-value, the word "support" means helping people use the API. That is exactly what dev-tip is doing. Just because a majority of support questions are "help my mouse is broken" doesn't mean it can't also be pre-emptive tips on how to better use the API. –  jjnguy Jul 26 '10 at 13:33
    
@code, also, 'discussion' really fits horribly. There is really nothing to discuss about here. That is clearly the best way to get a result set size without pulling any data. –  jjnguy Jul 26 '10 at 13:33
    
@jjn - ok, I can see that. I didn't see a clear choice when i tagged it as I did not want kevin to be deluged with 'help, my api is broken' false alarms. But a convention can be argued for support+devtip. I agree. now. –  Sky Sanders Jul 26 '10 at 13:52
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