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please add a key fields to stackauth results

It would be easier if sites each had an ID, it help with keeping track of them, not only in a numerical way (which is generally easier and smaller than using name strings).

Also changes of site names (such as when a site progresses from beta, or decides it's name is not quite right during beta).

Everything else has IDs so why not sites?

  • It's already been asked, and the status is, guess what?, declined :). +1 anyway Dec 18, 2010 at 21:19
  • Please couldn't the api be made easier in this respect, I haven't used another site's api (much anyway), but this one seems quite difficult to work with in some areas, which could be made easier for the developers, which are the people who use it. I don't see any reason for not giving a site an id, other than having to implement which take up someone's valuable time.
    – Jonathan.
    Dec 18, 2010 at 23:47
  • I find it particularly amusing that the suggested "keys" of the original post have proven to be unstable. The only meaningful key of a site is (has been, and always will be) its address. Even this isn't perfectly stable, which is why we return aliases as well. Dec 19, 2010 at 9:10
  • A numerical Id I have asked about not initials,
    – Jonathan.
    Dec 19, 2010 at 9:52


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