It looks like when I try to get the comments of a user that has "a huge number" of comments, I get a 500 error.

Jon Skeet's comments, 500 error: http://api.stackoverflow.com/1.0/users/22656/comments

Whereas a smaller query works just fine:

rascher's comments: http://api.stackoverflow.com/1.0/users/3788/comments

I even get this error when I set a small page size. What is the threshold for "this is too many comments for the API to deliver?" Could we obtain some metrics - like the number of comments or paging thresholds - before the request is rejected outright?

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    This is definitely a bug. Commented Feb 7, 2011 at 0:35
  • haha, it turns out that using Jon Skeet's profile is an excellent way to bench-test your app!
    – rascher
    Commented Feb 7, 2011 at 3:42

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Jon's comment history finally grew large enough to overflow some limits in that query. Its been fixed.

  • Fantastic. Thank you so much for looking into this!
    – rascher
    Commented Feb 7, 2011 at 22:25
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    'Finally'...? Jon Skeet outgrew his comment history on StackOverflow before he joined StackOverflow. Commented Feb 7, 2011 at 23:26

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