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Will chat be accessible through the Stack Overflow/Stack Exchange API?

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This would open the world to cool apps and plugins for existing chat clients... it would be very cool – juanformoso Jul 14 '10 at 13:03
If you look at a dump of the traffic going back and forth it looks like an API would be easy. I think the main issue is finding a way to give access to a user's security token and that will probably take some time. – carson Jul 14 '10 at 14:27
Yeah, good idea, let's invent yet another multi-user chat protocol! </sarcasm> There exists IRC, XMPP MUC, etc. Pick one; instead of making another HTTP-based "API". – Nicolás Jul 15 '10 at 18:34
awesome, I just came looking for this info, and it seems another "carson" is also interested. Woo! – Carson Myers Jul 20 '10 at 23:52
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Whatever chat does, it won't be tied to the API proper.

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but why? What if some SO apps could utilize the chat in a meaningful way? I'd hate to see an MSN->SO chat thing, but if the chat is to be an integrated "third place" for all SE sites, I think it should be integrated into the API as well – Carson Myers Jul 20 '10 at 23:50

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