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Is there an undocumented web call or some sort of meta API to get all new comments globally in the last N hours?

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kinda like the twitter "firehose"? – Kip Jul 4 '09 at 14:04
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Currently no.

There is a comment based tool in the 10k toolkit where you can see the most commented questions today and in the last 2-7-14-30 days

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That sucks, cause if it was there I could engineer some sort of messaging on top of comments. – waffles Jul 4 '09 at 13:18
Huh? But there have been many requests for an API. – Ólafur Waage Jul 4 '09 at 13:19
im not asking for a full api, just an html page that lists all the comments in the last N hours capped at a limit of sorts. – waffles Jul 4 '09 at 13:21

If you view source the page you can see how the comments are fetched. You can only fetch comments for one question at a time, but as long as you weren't fetching them too frequently you could write something to poll each id and update a count. You'd need to also monitor the questions so you would know if they were on questions or answers and what the title of the question was.

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does posting a comment always touch the post and bump it to the top? – waffles Jul 4 '09 at 23:46
I believe only editing the question or answers affect bumping – Sam Hasler Jul 6 '09 at 15:46

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