NB: The filter parameter in v1.x of the API had a different meaning to the filter parameter in v2.0

Consider the following query:


This yields the profile of Jon Skeet as expected. However, when attempting to retrieve the profile of another Stack Overflow user using the same method:


...I don't get any results even though I am most definitely a user on Stack Overflow and my username is "George Edison".

Edit: It's happening again:


...it's not finding me and I'm definitely on the site under the name "George Edison". Here is a screenshot of the above URL in Chrome:

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Edit: here is another example:



  "total": 0,
  "page": 1,
  "pagesize": 30,
  "users": []
  • why does Community keep dredging up old questions?
    – Jonathan.
    Commented Feb 18, 2012 at 14:48
  • @Jonathan: That's intentional - the community user bumps old unanswered questions periodically to draw attention to them. Commented Feb 18, 2012 at 21:24
  • That can be great on other sites, but like this question doesn't need answering anymore really. It's looking too far back.
    – Jonathan.
    Commented Feb 18, 2012 at 21:33
  • @Jonathan: It certainly does - I'm still experiencing this problem. Commented Feb 18, 2012 at 21:45
  • Isn't this for v1.x API though?
    – Jonathan.
    Commented Feb 18, 2012 at 22:18

1 Answer 1


I can't reproduce this bug, both queries return what I'd expect (and variations work as well).

  • That's odd... it's working for me now. But it honestly wasn't working at all last week. Commented Nov 10, 2011 at 18:15
  • It's happening again - I took a screenshot this time. Commented Nov 11, 2011 at 4:28
  • @George - OK, I'll take another look tomorrow. At least we know it wasn't a one off thing if it's recurring (though I still couldn't reproduce just now... caching maybe). Commented Nov 11, 2011 at 4:45

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