Does the StackOverflow API offer some way to authenticate a user? I am wondering if the API supports logging a user in so that they can write to the system.

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Yes it is read-only, you can't authenticate a user in any way.

Version 1 is read only. Coming up with a solid API is hard enough without adding writing and authentication to the mix. For the initial release, it’s a read-only API. We’ll take on the much more challenging problem of writing (and authentication) in v2.

  • a v1.5 would be nice, without write access.
    – Jonathan.
    Dec 27, 2010 at 21:49
  • @Jonathan - I'm curious what you feel is missing in the 1.0 version? Seems to work really well for me.
    – scunliffe
    Jan 11, 2011 at 1:57
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    @scunliffe, there a few thongs I've come across, I cant think of all of them offs the top of my head, but the main thing I'd like is global inbox, all of the information it provides is available through the API but would require wayyy too many requests. And a numerical ID for each site would be useful.
    – Jonathan.
    Jan 11, 2011 at 8:10

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