I would like to build an applet for a cairo-dock that displays the SE global inbox, and count the unread messages, for which I would like to use the Py-StackExchange API.
I was surprised however to find out that each SE site uses its own user ID, and I got more perplexed when the main SE site provided a URL with what I believed to be a user name despite its completely differing format eg.
http://stackoverflow.com/users/717441/benjamin on SO and
http://stackexchange.com/users/4e669388-e5dd-4a17-a321-6b8bd733cb29 on SE.
I suppose there is a way to fetch data from all sub-inboxes since SE offers a global inbox (big assumption?). So, is there---and what is---my global user ID?