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Perhaps I am missing something obvious, but wouldn't it be helpful to include the userid (unique numeric) as well as the user name in the question feed API/Feed? Since all of the Unofficial API's require the user id, it would be very helpful for those of us building apps. Having the userid embedded might avoid a lot of extra calls on the site.

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@RichOrr I think you meant "Since all of the Unofficial API's require the user ID" (you wrote "name") –  Kip Jan 3 '10 at 13:45
    
Sorry for the typo - yes, I mean ID. So instead of: - <author> <name>Jonathan Sampson</name> </author> We could get: - <author> <name>Jonathan Sampson (123234)</name> </author> Which could uniquely identify the user that is posting a question. –  user142738 Jan 4 '10 at 18:48
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There is now a <uri>

<author>
    <name>Joe Smith</name>
    <uri>http://example.com/users/12345</uri>
</author>

field in the relevant RSS feeds.

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Hmmm... Why not just include a <uri> under <author> that points to their profile? –  Shog9 Mar 3 '10 at 7:10
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@shog ah, good idea. Switching to that.. I tried to find the RSS spec while doing this and couldn't find a simple reference –  Jeff Atwood Mar 5 '10 at 7:41
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that's 'cause it's spelled a-t-o-m ;-P –  Shog9 Mar 5 '10 at 8:28
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