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API Documentation and Help

Method List All API methods can be found at https://api.stackexchange.com/docs. Global Method Parameters All methods accept the following parameters: type=jsontext: responds with mime-type ...
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API “Hello World” code

The Stack Exchange API is based on HTTP and URLs, just like the web page you're browsing now. Except instead of HTML, the responses are all in JSON. Let's say we wanted to call the /info method: ...
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How to list your application/library/wrapper/script here

If you've created an application, script, or library for use on the Stack Exchange network, that's fantastic! Now publicize it by creating a question with the correct tag: app ...
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How API Keys Work

What are the API request limits? A single IP address can only make a certain number of API requests per day, depending on the presence of a valid API key. Default API daily limits: Key: 10,000 No ...
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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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Conscientious use of the API

What constitutes abuse? Making an undue number of requests in a short span of time, or regularly exceeding a request quota during "normal" use. Guidelines for polling We realize that a great many ...
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Version 1.0 released 9th of July

For a lot of us, that would be next Friday. At some point - most likely after noon PST - version 0.9 of the API will be replaced with the final 1.0 release. There are no expected interface changes ...
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Request Throttling Limits

What are permissible requests "speeds?" The API will cut you off if you make more than 30 requests over 5 seconds to any single endpoint. We consider this a breach of the API interface contract, so ...
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What's the etiquette for answers/comments on an app “question” on stackapps.com?

Since the stackapps FAQ doesn't really address this, and everything I list below could be acceptable when there is so much to discuss, is there an accepted etiquette to what "answers" should address ...
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How the /sites method is meant to be used

The /sites method is used to enumerate all sites in the network. If your [app] is meant to run against more than a single site (and many are) this method is how you should be discovering new sites in ...
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Separate Request Quotas for Authorized [app]s

Imagine, if you will, you have a popular [app] hosted on a cloud computing service which is also used by a number of other [app]s. If this service forces clients to share IPs (and they all do, in ...
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Guidelines on app and library thumbnails

We now have better, user-friendlier display for apps and libraries and scripts: http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2011/02/stack-exchange-api-1-1-and-improved-app-gallery/ We infer a number of things ...
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Supported Platforms

What platforms are supported for use with the StackExchange API? In short, anything that supports JSON/JSONP & GZIP. All responses from the API will be compressed with GZIP. The ...