I want to create an app that will use data from Stack Overflow Careers - both employer and applicant information. It's an app designed for employers.

I have two questions:

  1. Is it even possible to obtain such data and incorporate it into my app?
  2. Can I charge for the app- either employers or applicants?

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Since the Stack Overflow Careers site is not included in the API, I doubt that you would be able to create an application using it. Since it is a revenue generator for Stack Overflow itself I also highly doubt that there will ever be a public API for it.

So in context of your question, you won't be able to charge for the application since the API for careers does not exist.

In general, there is no rule that says every Stack App has to be free, it is up to the developer to decide whether he believes he has an application which the community will actually spend money on, or if he or she wants to distribute it for free. However in the Stack Overflow culture it would most likely be better received if it was free or donation driven, since the Stack Overflow sites themselves and the content of the sites are free.

  • wish i could vote your answer up; don't have enough on reputation. It was really helpful
    – Jeffzz
    Commented Mar 1, 2011 at 6:29
  • Just because it's a revenue generator for SE Inc. doesn't mean they couldn't monetize an API - for example, an API could be used to integrate with a HR system which may encourage take up. There are other job websites that do have an API for their advertisers, and have made it work. Commented Dec 9, 2011 at 12:45

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