Okay, I want to build an App that allows me to create questions on Stack Exchange. I registered it here on Stack Apps but now when I want to create a question I get this message:

  "error_message": "Applications must have a registered Stack Apps post to write",
  "error_id": 403,
  "error_name": "access_denied"

On my profile the Stack Apps Post is set to Not set and it tells me that my app has to be published first:

Stack Apps Post

Not Set

When you've published your application, it should be listed on Stack Apps with the app or script tags.

But how should I publish something, that I could not initially test? And how would I publish my App (not that I would be ready for this now)?

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It's a bit of a Catch-22. Work around it by:

  1. Make a (or ) post for your app (or script).
  2. Also tag it with .
  3. And put "PLACEHOLDER - " at the beginning of the title.
  4. Provide a summary of what your app will do.

Also, indicate in the post text that the app is not yet ready for prime time.

This has already been done a few times, for example:

Warning: Don't abuse this, or create an essentially empty post and not update it expeditiously. Otherwise the question will be closed and, if not corrected, quickly deleted.

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    Oh, I was wondering why people were creating placeholder questions. Thanks for explaining this because I was considering flagging them.
    – jmort253
    Mar 2, 2014 at 23:50
  • @jmort253 Ok, I can surely do this. How will this then be linked to my App and its identifier? With the "Chatdump" example there is no reference to any Stackapps app.
    – Besi
    Mar 3, 2014 at 7:09
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    @Besi, go to your app page -- which only you can see -- and press the Edit This App button near the bottom. Then paste a link to your app post in the Stack Apps Post box and submit the changes. Mar 3, 2014 at 7:58
  • Can you please explain the "placeholder" close reason, then?
    – gparyani
    Apr 4, 2018 at 1:29
  • @gparyani, see the inaugural post. That close reason is a response to a rash of questions that never showed any effort whatsoever. Best I can tell, it's actually been used about 3 times, and I guarantee that no one who has read this Q&A has had that close reason applied to them. In practice, no one here has made any effort to close all stagnant [placeholder] questions -- of which many remain. And if such a question is put on hold, it's not "just procedure" and they can't just fix it by removing placeholder indications. Apr 4, 2018 at 3:10

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