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Can we programmatically retrieve hat counts via an API call?

I realize they're only around until January 4th, but is there any chance of getting hat data available in the API?

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marked as duplicate by Adam Lear Dec 21 '12 at 18:48

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This is gonna be one hell of a long Friday... -.- – animuson Dec 20 '12 at 6:56
Why? It's not like I'm asking for multiple hats. Hat data in the API is a very feasible thing; they already have apps for tracking badge progress. Why not hats? – Qix Dec 20 '12 at 6:58
Badges are permanent, hats are temporary bonus. That's the difference. – Shadow Wizard Dec 20 '12 at 7:28
This really isn't the worst request in the world, the whole point to the API is to encourage developers to create great apps in the Stack Exchange ecosystem. It's fine to say "there are more immediate concerns that need to be addressed with the API" but the general response here is toeing the line on saying "this is stupid", which is never an appropriate response anywhere on the Stack Exchange sites. – casperOne Dec 20 '12 at 8:16
Agreed @JollyOldSaintNicholas. – Qix Dec 20 '12 at 8:17
@JollyOldSaintNicholas If I thought the request was stupid, I'd vote to close and then vote to delete when it was closed, I don't waste time answering questions if I think they are stupid. – Yannis Dec 20 '12 at 8:24


Hats are only going to last until January 4, there'd be absolutely no point in asking the developers to update the API for something that's supposed to be silly, fun and ephemeral. There are 5000+ feature requests and 2,037 bug reports that deserve more attention than this.

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No sense in being incomplete. I could see many, many uses for the hat data, even in the short period they're around. – Qix Dec 20 '12 at 7:00
Let's hear it for silliness. Hup! Hup! Hurray! – dmckee Dec 20 '12 at 7:01
Ah, but comments weren't initially supposed to be ephemeral, you can't blame the devs, who could predict you'd get a diamond? Or that I would? ;P On a more serious note most comments survive for a lot longer than hats will... – Yannis Dec 20 '12 at 8:18

Somebody write a web-stripping PHP script.

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