Over the weekend, I attended an NHS "Hackday" where we tried to solve a problem one of the junior doctors brought. We hacked together a stack exchange alternative for medical doctors to ask questions.

The most obvious thought was to just set up a medical stack exchange but one of the key components of the problems was that asking a question should be very easy - a user should be able to do it from their phone. And so we quickly decided we would need something with a little bit extra than stack exchange.

In the end we didn't have enough time or digital ducktape to connect our alternative to a mobile phone.

On my more in depth searching this morning I see that API v2.1 does actually support writing of comments but I can't find many apps actually using it.

Could anyone provide me with some examples? Am I correct in thinking that only comments can be written and not questions?

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Update: As of , it's also possible to write questions and answers via the API.

There are at least a few examples in use, of API 2.1 apps, that write comments. See:


Am I correct in thinking that only comments can be written and not questions?

Yes, that's correct. Except for the super-secret, official, Android app that's under development. It presumably uses an API that's not publicly documented.

  • Well, and my app uses an undocumented route as well. I won't say anything more than that, however. Nov 5, 2013 at 0:41
  • @NathanOsman, but you are using an API, not screen scraping, right? Nov 5, 2013 at 0:53
  • Correct. It is an undocumented API method. Nov 5, 2013 at 0:59
  • Is this answer outdated? Writing questions s is possible and it is documented.
    – Malabarba
    Dec 21, 2014 at 1:37
  • @Malabarba, Not technically, since the Q is tagged API version 2.1. Updated the answer as well, so you can upvote. ;) Dec 21, 2014 at 1:51

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