Is it possible to submit a question with an API?
We have some forums and we would like to add a button [Also submit to StackOverflow]. Of course users would have to authenticate themselves but this would be great.
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There has not been any real public API released by StackOverflow at this point but it is something in the pipeline. I would guess, however, that functions such as asking and answering questions will not be API'ed and that the API will mostly be used for pulling back information in a variety of methods for other websites and applications to aggregate and parse.
This seems to me to be a superb idea if it can be done well.
If a developer uses a special key (different from public keys as can be used in Client-side JS, and disallowing JSONP), and if their users use OpenID, it should be possible to request Stack Exchange to verify that the supplied user has privileges to post on Stack Overflow and that the developer's site has rights to their supplied user's data (as well as API privileges), there is absolutely nothing inherently prohibitive here about allowing alternative APIs to be created.
The possibility for spam here is no different than for spam posted to Stack Overflow directly if implemented correctly. Questions would not be automatically approved just because they came from a developer--that would depend on the user, functioning the same as though they logged in through Stack Overflow.
Some sites do not wish to take advantage of the API until it can provide users with the immediate ability to continue asking their questions on that site. The ability to allow alternative interfaces, and to allow any information-based site to replace its comment system with Stack Exchange's is a very compelling one both for those sites as well as the Stack Overflow users who can find way more questions and answers in a unified way.