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Can we have a special Stack Exchange site for testing out the API? I know about the formatting sandbox and the API sandbox already, but they're protected so I can't answer the question as a new user (and the 100+ trusted user bonus doesn't count).

I read this related question and it seems the problem is that the post gets auto-protected when a certain number of answers are deleted.

I know this is potentially asking for a lot but I feel there's an artificial barrier of entry to use the API, because to test it one needs to have XP on the meta.stackexchange site.


Edit: Thanks Tim Stone for sharing this related post on testing the API's write functionality, and ᔕᖺᘎᕊ for this other post about a failed proposal to do exactly what I'm asking here.

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    There was an Area51 proposal for a 'Sandbox' site, but it didn't get far :( – ᔕᖺᘎᕊ Jun 3 '16 at 18:07
  • nuu @ᔕᖺᘎᕊ any idea why? :O – Titus Jun 3 '16 at 18:09
  • web.archive.org/web/20150908145957/http://… basically because it would have been a lot of effort to implement but little to gain :/ – ᔕᖺᘎᕊ Jun 3 '16 at 18:11
  • Unfortunately not the only roadblock, but yeah, it's annoying. Hmm… – Tim Stone Jun 3 '16 at 18:16
  • Awww, that's disappointing. I totally get where they're coming from, but still strange that that've released a nice v2 API with write functionality, that can only be tested with some difficulty. I understand not needing a sandbox for a read-only API, but it seems pretty crucial for when you wanna create/update an answer. – Titus Jun 3 '16 at 18:16
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Start a new question? Use this post for testing? Seems like the solution is straightforward here. :) The API Sandbox got protected due to too many answers being posted... I unprotected it for now, which will probably give it another answer or two.

On the upshot, your profile here now also has enough rep to answer protected questions anyway.

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  • Hehe I was just about to comment about that :) Funny how it works, lol – Titus Jun 3 '16 at 19:22
  • However, if I had no other choice, I would still feel hesitant about posting a new question for the sake of testing the API... I feel like the community would downvote it to oblivion, haha. Any thoughts? I just want to make sure I don't become an obnoxious part of the community :D – Titus Jun 3 '16 at 19:24
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    @Titus Well, the other sandbox did well... Personally, I wouldn't be opposed to closing/deleting the old one and opening up a new one. That seems like a reasonable thing to do every few years as clutter from old API tests and even versions builds up. – Adam Lear Jun 3 '16 at 19:25
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    thanks for the input @Adam :) Haha if anything, I think the Formatting Sandbox (meta.stackexchange.com/questions/3122/formatting-sandbox) needs to be closed. It keeps crashing Chrome when I try to open it. – Titus Jun 3 '16 at 19:28

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