Does they mean anything actually? There was an "issue" when you needed to add min=0 to queries to actually get the answers instead of nothing. Just checked that this is not the case anymore, but was wondering what min and max actually meant.

EDIT: if sort is "votes", then min and max is really a "unix epoch date, range [0, 253,402,300,799]"? are negative values supported in this case?

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'hot', 'week', 'month' return questions with high activity and interest within a period of time relative to now.

min/max further limit those results.

see How to use min/max with sort for more detail.


I'm gonna confirm this as a bug in the docs.

For the votes sort min and max are just numbers, not dates.

I'll update this answer when this is fixed.

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    What can min and max look like if things are sorted alphabetically? See the tags endpoint. Or, can min/max be a viewcount as well?
    – jjnguy
    Commented Jun 7, 2010 at 1:52
  • @jjnguy - in alphanumeric cases (such as sorting by name) min and max are an alphanumberic range. So, you could get every user with a name between A and B, for instance. Commented Jun 8, 2010 at 8:03

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