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This is a classic "procedural" (or "row based" or "sequential") versus "set based" issue. See Understanding “Set based” and “Procedural” approaches in SQL or any one of thousands of similar articles. The API uses SQL to get its results and the idea of requiring an arbitrary order to results is anathema in SQL -- a sign of possible deficiencies in "set ...


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Until the feature request is approved, you can get this number in one of 3 ways: You can get slightly stale data with this SEDE query. Note that it uses your Stack Exchange account number (4337810 for the OP) -- which you can get by clicking on the "Accounts" listing of any profile page. Or, You can make a boatload of API calls to get the current ...



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