Is there any way to get the equivalent of the user's recent information on the site? I can see it's possible with the API but would involve a lot of hammering of the API.

Edit: here's an example of my recent details (with some actual data): https://stackapps.com/users/recent/1174?StartDate=2010-05-30&EndDate=2010-05-30

  • What do you mean by "recent information"? Commented May 30, 2010 at 22:13
  • @Kevin: I think he means the stuff you would get in a user's RSS feed. Maybe recent points acquired as well. Commented May 30, 2010 at 22:15
  • @Kevin if you click on the email icon in the top bar, that recent link
    – Chris S
    Commented May 31, 2010 at 10:07

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Yes, currently it would involve a lot of "hammering". I would love to see something like this get added too so that apps that need to "monitor" certain events can poll that method for changes.

As for implementation, the method could maybe return an array of actions and each would have a type member.

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    I reversed the -1. It would make a lot of sense to have this recent information as a call so the backend can be optimised for it, instead of a set of API searches
    – Chris S
    Commented May 31, 2010 at 10:08

Isn't users/{id}/timeline method quite similar?

You could get

"comments, questions, answers, badges, revisions, or accepted status"

Most of this information is exposed via the /users/{id}/timeline method. The rest can be gleaned from the /users/{id}/reputation and /users/{id}/mentioned methods.

Is there something exposed via the "envelope" that you can't get at through the API?

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    Timeline doesn't show things that other users did in response to the {id} given. In recents, you can see if a different user replied to one of your questions, voted your answer up, or replied to a comment.
    – Jack M.
    Commented Aug 13, 2010 at 19:19
  • @Jack M. - which would be why I pointed out /reputation and /mentioned, which do exactly that. There is no one method that exposes notifications (currently) but the data is available. Commented Aug 13, 2010 at 20:36

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