I'm experimenting with the API, trying to get the tags used in the last month on Stack Overflow, and it seems like some tags are missing. For example, I don't get anything for "jquery": http://api.stackexchange.com/docs/tags#fromdate=2013-10-01&todate=2013-11-01&order=desc&sort=popular&inname=jquery&filter=default&site=stackoverflow&run=true

On the other hand, if I look here - https://stackoverflow.com/tags and put "jquery" in the "Type to find tags" field I get "401 asked today". The number obviously may differ based on the day, but it's certainly not zero for the entire month.

What am I missing?

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I think that for that route, fromdate and todate specify the range for the creation date of the tag (if they do anything at all, since tag creation information isn't usually made public anywhere) since they always reflect the bounds of the creation_date field.

Instead, for your use case, you should use the activity sort with the min and max parameters. This will give you the tags with the substring jquery used within the given timeframe.

  • Thanks Tim. I assumed "creation_date" refers to the creation of the questions... in question :) Also, seems like if I sort by the activity, it means that I have to page through all the results in order to get the most popular tags. Would you agree?
    – Sasha
    Commented Nov 3, 2013 at 21:50
  • It would seem that way, yes, which admittedly isn't very ideal.
    – Tim Stone
    Commented Nov 4, 2013 at 0:58

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