A question about the Stack Exchange API: usage, functioning, guidelines, etc.

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Looking for a beginner's tutorial to using the API

I see the Stack Exchange API but I'm unable to understand it. I don't think there is any fundamental tutorial showing how to use Stack Overflow fully in the API documentation. I want some fundamental ...
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Announcing API version 1.1 and Roadmap

As has been announced on the blog, we're rolling out a minor revision of our existing read-only API. While the blog post gives some high level details, I figured [app] developers would appreciate ...
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Should there be a discovery API?

It would seem to me that a simple API that return an array of the API base URL and perhaps the common name of the sites that support the API would be valuable. Is this sensible? EDIT: This is what I ...
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Can there be a way to find a user given his email hash?

Given a user's email, it would be great if we could hash it and search for that user with it. The reason for this is suppose: Someone has a website On that website, they invite SO users to enter ...
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Unable to get access token

I am trying to get a non-expiry access token, like so: https://stackexchange.com/oauth?scope=no_expiry&redirect_uri={{some_uri}}&client_id={{some_value}} I am repeatedly getting the error: ...
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Why does the API lack (proper) HTTP cache control headers?

I've just read Kevin's answer to Do I need API key to use StackAuth API? and been quite surprised that the API doesn't seem to facilitate proper HTTP caching already: You really shouldn't be ...
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Strange encoding for JSON output

I'm trying to create an R API. Here's some basic code for processing JSON: library(rjson) fromJSON(readLines("http://api.stackoverflow.com/0.9/stats/", warn=F)) As I look into this, the output of ...
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Is there an api to post questions without using the websites interface?

I wanted to post questions after a proper user authentication explained here. Is there anyway I can do this?
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Please provide a way to download SEDE data via an API

Following on from this answer, I have a data extraction requirement that is not presently catered for in the API, so I've raised a feature request for that. It has also been suggested that it would ...
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Can we get a sandbox please?

I think that we should have some sort of a sandbox site where we can post questions, answers and comments in a controlled environment. Currently I'm working with Stack Overflow but I can't post ...
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SOAPI-REST: Complete Stack Overflow API specification in machine readable format

SOAPI-REST Services At four hour intervals, SOAPI-WATCH parses the complete Stack Overflow API documentation and generates a complete object graph representing the API including all routes, ...
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When does a rate-limit day start and end?

After reading the docs/faqs, I couldn't help but wonder... What exactly is a day? When does it start? When does it end? What timezone are you using? In other words, when my app runs out of ...
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Is there an API to upload images to SE's imgur installation?

Is there an API for uploading images to the StackExchange-specific imgur installation? I could use the main imgur site, but they don't keep the images indefinitely. Use case: It would be ...
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Can not request info after OAuth

I am following The implicit OAuth 2.0 flow Guide: My client ID is 4709 while key is RoZwtHUrhMP088oVGCMlxA(( I appended my URL as: ...
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Do I need permission to use the SE API for a commercial app?

I recently developed a mobile app using the publicly available API of one of the Stack Exchange sites. Do I need to obtain permission from Stack Exchange before releasing the app to the public? Can I ...
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Could/Should the API evolve more agile rather than being blocked by v2 writing (and authentication) features?

The activity on Stack Apps has dwindled noticeably; this might be a topic for its own discussion, however I'd like to revisit the API roadmap beforehand to set a proper stage and expectations in this ...
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Odd String Format Result from API Call

I'm just getting started messing around with the SO API. I haven't worked with JSON before, and I am getting a strange result from a basic call (No API Key). WebClient stackClient = new WebClient(); ...
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Can revisions be returned from the API, filtered by user?

I see that question or answer revisions can be returned from the API either by post ID or by GUID. I'd like to obtain this data filtered by user, e.g. "all revisions made by user X". However, I ...
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What am I allowed/not permitted to do with the API?

I have a site that will offer technical help and assistance for a certain niche of computer users. I can either host my own forums, or tie in with stack... but I want to be able to make money off it ...
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Is there a way to determine total number of upvotes and downvotes (etc) for a user (regardless of reputation cap)?

For example, if you use the /users/<id>/reputation call, you get a list of reputation changes for the user, but it takes the daily reputation cap into account. What I would like is an API call ...
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Getting questions that have a specific tag or tags?

In the current API (2.1 and 2.2), how do you get questions that have a specific tag or tags? EG: All Stack Overflow questions asked in the past 2 months tagged 'ruby'? All Stack Overflow questions ...
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How to get Question/Answer body in the API response using filters?

I am specifically looking to get the question/answer body back. Is it possible? I am looking through the API documentation and I'm confused about how to make a call with filters. Sample call I'm ...
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Stack Exchange API not realtime?

I was testing the inbox/unread API but noticed that there is a big delay between one gets a message, and this message gets included in the API response. Like one minute or more. Is this API not ...
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Can we have some debug endpoints for testing corner cases?

After encountering a throttle violation today (which I posted in another question), it occurred to me that although I've put together code to handle "backoff" conditions, and potentially throttle ...
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Prefered way to retrieve all search results

I'm trying to figure out a reliable way to retrieve all the results from a search query (in subsequent pages. My use case includes cases with more than 100 results (the maximum page size). Looking at ...
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Bug in the StackExchange Api ? getting “could not parse proxy url” when user not logged in

I think I may have stumbled upon a bug in the Stack Exchange JS API I'm having a problem getting its authentication to work properly, and I just discovered that the same problem exist in the official ...
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Supported Platforms

What platforms are supported for use with the Stack Exchange API? In short, anything that can make a GET request to the API servers and supports JSON/JSONP & GZIP. (JavaScript, Python, PHP, Java, ...
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Add the 'people reached' count to the API?

Can we have the people reached statistic added to the /users/{ids} method? The response could simply be: "people_reached": 1000 I'm asking because it would be cool to get a network-wide number.
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Resurfacing bug: “could not parse proxy url” error message

According to this question, the "could not parse proxy url" bug was solved more than 2 years ago. However, when using the client-side OAuth flow, the aforementioned error message appears when ...
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What is the throttle interval or threshold?

Resolution: I have confirmed that a constant interval of 170 ms will run without error. // 30 per 5 sec = 6 per sec = interval 166.6 ms Soapi.RequestQueue.setInterval(170); ...
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API throws improper error when “date” parameters are the same

When using the Stack Exchange /questions API using the same date for fromdate and todate I get a 500 internal server error. Using different dates appears to work OK but specifying the same value ...
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Please provide a way to get Post Edits, filtered by user

I recently discovered from this question that the API does not support filtering revisions by user. I am interested in looking at a user's edit history programmatically (with their permission) and at ...
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Selective API oriented transcript fragment of Jeffs Code Camp Video Interview.

This is a very selective API oriented transcript fragment of Jeffs Code Camp Video Interview: Purpose Please note that this transcript fragment is mainly a supporting post to decrease the length of ...
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Is it possible to access data in real-time using the Stack Exchange API?

I want to show an animation of: Questions being asked and answered in the most popular tag Comments being posted New users joining All in real time. Is there access to real-time data?
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Encoding problem while accessing the API using Java

Trying to call an API URL from a Java application, I'm having problems accessing the contents of the URL. I can access other sites through my program but not the Stack Exchange site. But I can call ...
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`types=main_site` in `/me/associated` gives `meta_site` accounts also

When I run /me/associated with main_site as a parameter in types, its gives meta_site accounts also (Meta Stack Exchange profile).
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“We are no longer accepting questions from this account.”. Error with write access, using the API

I have created an application for testing write-access APIs. After registration, I can successfully retrieve an access token by hitting the URL: ...
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How do I make sure my access_token gets passed?

I am authenticating via the explicit method, but I still get a 502 throttling error. Is my key not getting passed? Do I need to pass the access_token with the request? if so. How do I do that. I am ...
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API v1.1 users call returns association_id for which the Stack Exchange web site has no profile

For a particular user, the users API v1.1 call returns an association_id that gives a "Page Not Found" error where the Stack Exchange profile should be, though their Stack Exchange profile can be ...
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AND searching for tags?

I am using the search api to search for questions that are tagged with "tags" and not with "tags". However I have noticed that searching for tags is an OR search. The questions search for tags is an ...
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Roadmap - any update?

So now it's 2011 and we should be getting some API updates. As a company you must have some kind of plan. So can you either say the API is never going to be updated or give a time frame to at least a ...
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API Parameters: Consolidated Observations

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 ...
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How to include answers when fetching questions?

I made a small cron job which crawls questions and answers from Stack Overflow. Here is my request URL: ...
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Help with javascript SDK configuration

The following problem is REAL! All names have been changed to protect the innocent. I have a site at "http://Something.github.io/MyRepository/Directory/index.html" And I have my app configured like ...
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Is developing, with the Stack Exchange API, possible on my local machine?

I'm sorry if this question seems trivial for the most of you but I'm not very familiar with OAuth and the Stack Exchange API. Is it possible to use this API in local environment for the development ...
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Best strategies for calling the API with full throttling support?

I know this would be subjective on a normal SE site but as the relevant chat rooms are mostly dormant, we have no meta site, and nobody noticed when I asked if this kind of question is OK here, I'm ...
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Typo in throttle violation error message

I was just playing around with the API locally and got throttled for the questions and answers methods (the only two I was using). Anyway, I noticed there’s a small typo in the error message that’s ...
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What is the best way to provide support for an unknowable number of StackExchange sites?

I just wrote an app for Chrome extensions and received a request to make it cross-StackExchange compatible. If there's eventually going to be more sites than just the few listed and I don't really ...
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Are there plans to involve Area51 in SE API version 3?

Several applications come to mind, proposal publicity, question analysis, making resources files, but I can't find any SE API calls that can do this.
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In the timeline the ability to know what events belong to what question

Take this example: http://api.stackoverflow.com/0.9/questions/3165492;3182016/timeline Would it not make sense to have the question_id as a parameter on each timeline object? It makes the timeline ...