I want to query information about the logged-in user using me, and this site parameter is creating some small problems.
I am developing a visual studio extension where upon logging in a user will get all his network accounts using /me/associated. After that, on clicking on any of the associated account, he will get more information about the user in that site, eg, stackoverflow, using /me. In this step, there is a parameter site. So how to have the parameter site where the user have accounts, so that I will pass it to /me?

  1. On what basis is the site parameter present? Is it the api_site_parameter of site?

  2. It would be better if this parameter wasn't present. Then, it would return a list of user in every site. This would make me independent of site.

  • The question is a bit unclear. State your ultimate purpose. Feb 17, 2016 at 21:19

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  1. Is site the api_site_parameter of the site object?
    Yes.   Although as stated in the "Per-Site Methods" section of the main doc page, you can also use the full domain name, EG cooking.stackexchange.com.

  2. No, user and shallow_user are site specific objects. You absolutely need to specify site to get these.

Supposedly, the assumption is that all /me routes are site specific -- used by apps that only focus on one domain.

As stated in the "Users" section of the main doc page:

All user methods that take an {ids} parameter have a /me equivalent method that takes an access_token instead.
These methods are provided for developer convenience, with the exception of plain /me, which is actually necessary for discovering which user authenticated to an application.

Buried in 2 or 3 particular doc pages it states:

{These methods are} provided for consumers who make strong assumptions about operating within the context of a single site rather than the Stack Exchange network as a whole.

Where the applicable routes are of the form /users/{id}/{Some SE-wide object} and by implication this would include the /me/{Some SE-wide object} routes.

This certainly should be better documented in the pages where this doesn't make sense (EG: /me, /me/notifications, /me/inbox, and /me/inbox/unread).

And note that other /me/ routes, like /me/associated and /me/merges, do not require a site parameter.

What is your true purpose?

The question is unclear.

  • To get the user's Stack Exchange-wide id, use the /access-tokens/{accessTokens} route:

    "account_id": 131474,
    "expires_on_date": 1455815636,
    "access_token": "3OT6bxxxxxxxxxxqPMZK9Q))"
  • To get all of the user's associated accounts, use the /me/associated route:

        "user_id": 331508,
        "site_name": "Stack Overflow"
    }, {
        "user_id": 55814,
        "site_name": "Server Fault"
    }, {
        "user_id": 41023,
        "site_name": "Super User"
  • Your 2 points answered my question. Sending full domain name like "stackoverflow.com" which is returned as site_url from /me/associated solved my problem. Thanks.
    – amit jha
    Feb 18, 2016 at 6:54

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