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-430 rep - why?

I just lost 430 rep. from 6777 earlier today to 6347. This seems to be localized to my account only. Why?
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How do I fetch one question at a time starting from the latest?

I'm trying to fetch questions one by one, starting from the latest, so that I can create an infinite stream of questions in a Clojure program. I haven't yet been able to do so. I can't just get the ...
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Why have recent dev-tip posts been forced into community wiki without explanation despite ongoing community self-regulation?

Preface Please note that this question is neither about community wiki nor reputation, rather about acceptable moderation, (to stress that I've made it community wiki in itself). Therefore I need to ...
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How to retrieve notifications for a given user.

There seems to be a few of these "dev-tips" so I'll share a problem I have. To notify a user of comments directed to them, we use the users/{id}/mentioned method. However, notifying a user of ...
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How to generate a list of users ranked by bug report submissions.

The use case is to generate a list of bug report submissions, grouped by User, of the following counts in descending order: bug bug + status-completed bug + status-deferred bug + status-bydesign ...
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How to generate a list of users ranked by activity (question or answer count).

The use case is to generate a list of users ordered by activity, i.e. question_count or answer_count. e.g. total_(questions|answers) display_name [user_id] ...
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How to calculate a list of users ranked by question favorite count totals.

The API provides methods to sort and filter individual questions by favorite count. In order to calculate the question favorite count totals per User, some grouping and set operations are required. ...
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How to calculate a list of users ranked by question score (votes sum) totals.

The API provides methods to sort and filter individual questions by score. In order to calculate the question score (votes sum) totals per User, some grouping and set operations are required. e.g. ...
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How to calculate a list of users ranked by question view count totals.

The API provides methods to sort and filter individual questions by view count. In order to calculate the question view count totals per User, some grouping and set operations are required. e.g. ...
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How to monitor API version and site state

I want to make an application in which the used API will automatically be updated when a newer version is released. What is the procedure to check if a newer version is available or not? How can I ...
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What are the mechanics of private API beta badge/reputation rewards?

Update: George Edisons comments appear to explain most issues raised here (if not all), so I reformulated the question to reduce the noise and allow for an answer accordingly. I have considered to ...
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What constitutes 'active participation' in the private API beta?

In trying to understand some continued weirdness regarding badge/reputation rewarding in the context of private API participation I failed to find the explanation what exactly constitutes 'active ...
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Is Stack API blocking Yahoo YQL services?

I was hoping to create OpenTable definitions for Stack services to use YQL, Yahoo's SQL to the web thing. It would have been interesting for experimenting, but also for mashups. Unfortunately, it ...
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suggest add favicon.ico to api endpoints

It will reduce 404 entries in your logs and in our browser based fiddler results. Cheap, easy, fast. GET /favicon.ico HTTP/1.1 Accept: */* Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 ...
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What timezone is used in the API?

When a timestamp is used, for example the fromdate parameter in /questions, what timezone are dates in? Is the number supposed to be in milliseconds or in seconds? To get the current time to pass as ...
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Get user data using curb in Ruby

I am trying to get user data in my Rails app. I am doing this: url_so = "http://api.stackoverflow.com/1.0/users/231917?type=jsontext" curl = Curl::Easy.new(url_so) curl.perform data_obj = ...
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recommended buffer size for markdown fields is conservative

I ran into a truncation error while inserting user data into a database using the documented field length (buffer size) of 3000. So I redefined to nvarchar(max), pulled all users in the stack ...
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Can I filter Users by reputation or up_vote_count using the API?

Howdy, Is it possible to do API calls that pull back all users with, say, > 10,000 reputation? Or up_vote_count, etc. The advanced search page implies that we should use third-party search engines. ...
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API compliant request throttle implementations

Balancing compliance with Request Throttling Limits with maximum allowable throughput in our applications and libraries with any reliability requires self-throttling. This post is meant to be a repo ...
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api domain object unique keys

For those who wish to maintain object graphs or to persist api domain objects authoritative documentation of the field(s) that define a unique key for the object would be of value. Some are obvious ...
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Post questions using API [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there an api to post questions without using the websites interface? Can I use the API for posting any question to StackOverflow? I have a internal sharepoint site ...
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When does the judging take place?

I am planning to work some more on my apps tomorrow and get some last minute changes implemented. However, I notice that: The API Contest winners will be picked the first week of August. ...
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Possible Gzip or data format problems when trying to read JSON.

This is a very basic question. I just want to display a test batch of JSON with PHP, but I think I don't have the correct formatting, since the data received looks garbled when outputed, and it causes ...
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Will I be able to update the (optional) application icon after registering an application?

The Register Your Application form allows for the (optional) submission of an application icon. Presumably this can be updated after registration via Manage API keys? I'd be surprised if not, 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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Copying CSS from stackoverflow for use in an app?

Is it ok / legal / allowed to copy some of the styles from stackoverflow / serverfault / etc. for use in a stack app?
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questions/id is sometimes missing an owner?

Every once in a while when I query: http://api.stackoverflow.com/1.0/questions/id I get a question back that is missing the owner field. Is this expected? I haven't seen anything about owner being ...
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what is the url for a *.stackexchange site's api?

from my understanding, the documentation suggests that we can use the api against any current *.stackexchange website what would be the url for the api for one of these ? e.g. ...
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How will the popularity of hosted apps be determined?

In the contest blog post: We will look at the number of requests for your API key. Was your application used by a lot of people? Or at least a reasonable amount? How does this work for ...
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URL Format: Special Characters

I just noticed something in my testing. I was searching for questions tagged "C#" and the questions come back tagged "C". Code Poet's SOAPI javascript formats the route thusly: ...
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Using meta.stackoverflow.com as a support channel for a stackapp?

Is it okay to recommend using meta.stackoverflow.com as a support channel for stackapp I've written. For example, say I had been the person who wrote StackPrinter, on the bottom of the home page ...
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/users/questions with content is very latent

I am seeing response times of up to 30 seconds for a page of 100 questions. http://api.stackapps.com/1.0/users/14/questions?answers=true&body=true&comments=true&page=1&pagesize=100 ...
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Url length limits have been increased

There's been some grumbling in the past about the unreliability of really ludicrously long URLs sent to the API. We've always considered this suboptimal, but the underlying technical constraints ...
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Announcing Apps to the Public

I believe this has been discussed before but I can't find the question/answer so I'll ask it officially here: Now that v1.0 is released, it's OK to announce our apps to the general public, correct? ...
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how/when is rep_change updated?

I am trying to determine the most efficient way to keep a user's rep_change history updated and need some guidance. Here are a few assumptions that I am inferring from the available information: ...
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rate-limit per endpoint per IP VS. server apps in hosted environments

I was wondering if the scenario of a server based app that lives in a hosted environment, where a single IP can be shared by many web sites. As I understand the rate-limit as it stands, every site on ...
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Injecting HTML Into A Stackexchange Site

I am writing an application that injects some HTML into the page. I was wondering what the policy is for this. Is it ok or generally frowned upon?
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Fetch questions from offset?

I want to fetch questions from a certain offset. Not a minimum creation date, just an offset index, independent of the sort and order I'm using. How can I do this? Is it possible at all? ...
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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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What is the rational behind the chosen /sites styling info?

I was wondering why the chosen styling data is provided though the API. It makes sense to provide it, but I feel like we are only getting part of the information. "styling": { "link_color": { ...
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Stack Exchange site layout question

I noticed that the new SE sites all have the same layout and the same image. When will these things be changed? I don't want to support these sites in my application, StackTop, until I know the icon ...
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How to control vote count for individual user?

How do I find if user has already voted for a particular question/answer?
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Do I need API key to use StackAuth API?

StackAuth sites doco doesn't mention that it requires an API key and there are no X-RateLimit-Max and X-RateLimit-Current response headers on the request. At this stage I am passing my API key just ...
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How the apps-libraries will be judged for the contest?

Do you know how the apps-library will be judged in term of awesomeness? Is there something more official than Jeff Atwood's contest post on the blog?
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How to mimic search behavior of Stack sites?

I want to mimic the behavior of the search field that can be found on all Stack sites. How should I do this? Filter by tags if all words (how exactly is this detected?) in the query are tags. ...
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How to get the count of a query efficiently

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, ...
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Why have routes /badges/name and /badges/tags been favored over respective query parameters for /badges?

I realize that the API is frozen, hence tagging this as support rather than feature-request or bug - I'm irritated about the two routes /badges/name and /badges/tags: They seem to simply filter down ...
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Eligibility for the competition?

I notice in the blog post that to be eligible for the comp you need to be listed in the App tab. What is the criteria to get listed on that tab? My app is tagged correctly and I think I am using the ...
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Why Content-Encoding gzip rather than Transfer-Encoding gzip

The API responses are returned in gzipped format. But by using Content-Encoding gzip, the burden of unzipping is on the user of the API. On the other hand if the server uses Transfer-Encoding gzip, ...
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when/if/how/why do non-trilogy Stack Exchange sites aquire/provide API access

So I am looking at http://mathoverflow.net, trying to blow some cobwebs out of the dark corners of my brain that used to house some not-insignificant abilities and found myself wondering about API ...