Sometimes, when I make requests to the GitHub API I see this error:

  "message": "API rate limit exceeded for IonicaBizau.",
  "documentation_url": "https://developer.github.com/v3/#rate-limiting"

I am almost sure that this is because of the StackOverflow Careers thing which accessed my GitHub account today (probably this hour):

Last used on Jan 23, 2015

GitHub Education also accessed the account today, but it happened when I authorized it to get the student pack.

So, StackOverflow Careers and GitHub Education are the only applications that made GitHub API requests, but I authorized GitHub Education earlier today (not in the last hour).

Can you confirm that StackOverflow Careers makes 5000 requests a hour to the GitHub API? If so, why on the Earth are 5000 request per hour needed for SO Careers?

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    Thanks for bringing this to our attention, looking into it
    – rla4 StaffMod
    Commented Jan 23, 2015 at 15:29

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This should be fixed with our next push, sorry about that!

When you import a GitHub repo to your Careers profile, we try to make sure that you actually contributed to it by retrieving commits you authored. If the number of commits is too high, the GitHub API will paginate the response, including only a small number of commits per page. When trying to fetch all of them, we ended up inadvertently making lots of requests to the API.

Instead of trying to load all of your contributions, we are now only making one request: if the response is empty, we know you never contributed to that project. If it’s non-empty, you are considered a legit contributor, and there’s no need for us to look for further commits you authored.

Sorry about eating your API rate limit.

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    Oh, cool! . If the number of commits is too high, the GitHub API will paginate the response -- Note you can pass the per_page=100 paramter into the request URL to get more commits per request. Commented Jan 24, 2015 at 15:32
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    Ah, thanks for the heads up! I guess we never expected someone to have >120k commits in a single rep, you sure are an awesome contributor!
    – rla4 StaffMod
    Commented Jan 24, 2015 at 16:16
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    Yeah, good catch! Read the story behind that. :-) Commented Jan 24, 2015 at 16:42

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