When processing http://api.stackoverflow.com/1.0/questions/1156985 I only get partial results. Many of the missing fields are mandatory fields, including the owner of the question.

  • If you look at the actual question, you'll see that the owner is deleted/unregistered. Aug 6, 2010 at 19:02
  • One thing that is a bit unclear in the docs is where the underlying structures are optional - or should I assume ALL are optional by default. Yes, I get that collections can be empty, but structs like Owner, I would expect to be populated when their fields are mandatory. Otherwise, the documentation of the structures is excellent.
    – user1749
    Aug 6, 2010 at 19:48
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    See my feature request: stackapps.com/questions/1083/…
    – jjnguy
    Aug 6, 2010 at 20:45

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As Dennis pointed out, there is no owner (effectively) on that question.

That the API does not return a displayable "no user" string in these (and related) cases is an acknowledge deficiency which will be rectified in a subsequent version.


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