The OData endpoint provided at data.stackexchange.com has been down for the last few days. I have searched for information about the outage, but I can't find any reason or explanation. Can someone shed some light on the situation?

To be specific, every query I make gives the result "Page not found", with a picture of Edgar Codd. Example: https://data.stackexchange.com/stackoverflow/atom/Users

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    Data Explorer recently moved, and I suspect that rewrite required for the OData endpoint to work isn't operating correctly. Out of curiosity, what is your use case for the OData endpoint?
    – Tim Stone
    Commented Jul 23, 2013 at 15:57
  • Thanks for explaining. So I hope it will come back up? My use case is looking up stackexchange users by different criteria, usually email hash. As far as I can see, I can't do this with the stackexchange API.
    – Greg
    Commented Jul 23, 2013 at 17:36

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So there were many reasons this was broken after a move across the country:

  1. The connection string was wrong (SEDE assume it ends in ;, it doesn't anymore)
  2. Our IIS config didn't allow HTTP activation (it does not, but only for this)
  3. Cassini locally doesn't even do URL rewrite (VS 2010 project, ick)

It's is fixed for now. However, if it breaks again due to another move or such we likely will not fix it. Supporting OData requires a lot of configuration and features in our environment that are otherwise not needed, it eats a lot of time (and somtimes resources) that are just really hard to justify given the usage it gets.

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    Yeah, it would be really nice just to cut it out of the project completely...always wondered what people are still using it for.
    – Tim Stone
    Commented Aug 7, 2013 at 21:47
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    It seems to be broken now. It might be best to remove the links if you guys aren't going to maintain it so it doesn't get our hopes up. :) Commented Dec 27, 2013 at 4:44

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