Perhaps I am missing something obvious, but wouldn't it be helpful to include the userid (unique numeric) as well as the user name in the question feed API/Feed? Since all of the Unofficial API's require the user id, it would be very helpful for those of us building apps. Having the userid embedded might avoid a lot of extra calls on the site.

  • @RichOrr I think you meant "Since all of the Unofficial API's require the user ID" (you wrote "name")
    – Kip
    Commented Jan 3, 2010 at 13:45
  • Sorry for the typo - yes, I mean ID. So instead of: - <author> <name>Jonathan Sampson</name> </author> We could get: - <author> <name>Jonathan Sampson (123234)</name> </author> Which could uniquely identify the user that is posting a question.
    – user142738
    Commented Jan 4, 2010 at 18:48

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There is now a <uri>

    <name>Joe Smith</name>

field in the relevant RSS feeds.

  • Hmmm... Why not just include a <uri> under <author> that points to their profile?
    – Shog9
    Commented Mar 3, 2010 at 7:10
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    @shog ah, good idea. Switching to that.. I tried to find the RSS spec while doing this and couldn't find a simple reference Commented Mar 5, 2010 at 7:41
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    that's 'cause it's spelled a-t-o-m ;-P
    – Shog9
    Commented Mar 5, 2010 at 8:28

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