I'm getting a user's inbox via /me/inbox. I am forced to specify a site with this, so I'm setting it to Stack Overflow. However, it still gets all my notifications, including those from other sites. What is the point of having to specify a site if it makes no difference in the results?
You should use /inbox instead, which is a network route instead of a site-specific one. As mentioned in the documentation, the site-specific route is mostly just provided for convenience of consumers working in a single-site context.
Even then it doesn't seem particularly useful, but meh. To answer your question in regards to why site is required there, it's because /me routes just substitute in the authed user ID for the request's user ID parameter, and that requires a site (since it's not the global account ID). This makes more sense for the other /me routes than it does this one, of course.
The more I look into this, the more it seems it's a bug. and other
/me/*routes do not require a site parameter. (
/me/merges, for example) Feb 17, 2016 at 21:13
Those are network routes, though. This exists explicitly as a site-specific route that duplicates
/inbox's functionality. I don't think there's a good reason for the route to exist in the first place, but the behaviour is at least intentional.– Tim Stone ♦Feb 17, 2016 at 21:19
This is a network route that is improperly treated as a site-specific route for no good reason that I can see (inbox is network-wide). Especially since we have
/meroutes in both categories. ... Also, the /me routes that take
siteneed to document why in cases like this. The only helpful clues are not on the applicable doc page. Feb 17, 2016 at 21:22
The only reason the route exists is so that applications which always append
sitedon't get an error trying to invoke the network-based
/inbox, which rejects that parameter. Laziness is literally the only purpose for this route, and people should always use
/inbox.– Tim Stone ♦Feb 17, 2016 at 21:28
Totally hijacking this comment thread, but I'm not aware of any other way to get a hold of a mod; @TimStone any chance I could get you to send me a "moderator message"? I'm trying to test all types of notifications (each uses its own icon, etc.) in my app. Feb 9, 2017 at 13:52