Will chat be accessible through the Stack Overflow/Stack Exchange API?

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    This would open the world to cool apps and plugins for existing chat clients... it would be very cool
    – juan
    Jul 14, 2010 at 13:03
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    If you look at a dump of the traffic going back and forth it looks like an API would be easy. I think the main issue is finding a way to give access to a user's security token and that will probably take some time.
    – carson
    Jul 14, 2010 at 14:27
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    Yeah, good idea, let's invent yet another multi-user chat protocol! </sarcasm> There exists IRC, XMPP MUC, etc. Pick one; instead of making another HTTP-based "API".
    – Nicolás
    Jul 15, 2010 at 18:34
  • awesome, I just came looking for this info, and it seems another "carson" is also interested. Woo! Jul 20, 2010 at 23:52
  • I was thinking of building a client side app for this, but guess not. Jan 26, 2019 at 17:11

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Whatever chat does, it won't be tied to the API proper.

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    but why? What if some SO apps could utilize the chat in a meaningful way? I'd hate to see an MSN->SO chat thing, but if the chat is to be an integrated "third place" for all SE sites, I think it should be integrated into the API as well Jul 20, 2010 at 23:50

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