Having read through come of the questions on here it's my understanding that v 1.0 of the API is for read-only access to real-time data, pretty much what's available in the data dump. Write support is planned for version 2.0. My question is, will version 2.0, or some future version after that, have a means to access the chat system? Specifically, what I'm looking for is a way for Stack Apps to authenticate as a user and post messages to a Stack Exchange chat room. Is such functionality planned?

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Its too early to call this, as the chat system is still evolving.

However, exposing the inbox is planned and since some chat events are published to the inbox there will be at least some exposure of chat events.

  • Thanks Kevin. I think I've found another way to do XMPP write support in the meantime :-)
    – Josh
    Commented Nov 19, 2010 at 18:01
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    Now it's more than two years later, how about it? Does API v2.1 include chat access?
    – 11684
    Commented Mar 25, 2013 at 13:14
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    In the meantime, the community has stepped up to the plate: stackapps.com/a/7248/18 Commented Mar 14, 2017 at 19:07
  • 7 years later??
    – user45852
    Commented Aug 28, 2017 at 15:24
  • @programmer5000, and even 8 years later :(
    – Grundy
    Commented Dec 18, 2018 at 10:14

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