Using the Stack Overflow Notification App in Zoom

You can manage your Stack Overflow notifications in Zoom Chat using Zoom’s Stack Overflow Notifications app.

In this article we will discuss the following topics:

  • How to install and configure
    • Install from the Zoom Marketplace
    • How to configure on Zoom
  • How to use the Stack Overflow Notifications chat app
  • Removal of StackOverflow chatbot
  • data security


  • You need a Zoom account to access this feature
  • To create a Stack Overflow account you will need the following:
  • Stack Overflow Chatbot pre-approval on the Zoom Marketplace has been completed
    Note: Please contact your Zoom administrator if the app has not been pre-approved.

How to install and configure

Install from the Zoom Marketplace

  1. To access the Zoom Marketplace, you must log into and navigate to your Zoom account.
  2. You can find Stack Overflow by searching for the app in your app store and clicking on it.

    Note: It is important that you contact your Zoom administrator if your app is not pre-approved to have that app approved for your account.

  3. Click the Visit website to install button, confirm the app’s permissions, and then click the Authorize button:
    Note: Within the Zoom client, the StackOverflow app will be automatically installed for you if your administrator previously installed it.

How to configure on Zoom

  1. To configure Stack Overflow notifications, type connect in chat and you’ll be given a link to follow once the app is installed.
  2. After clicking the link, all you have to do is follow the instructions there.

How to use the Stack Overflow Notifications chat app

You must connect your project to each of the desired Zoom chat channels if you wish to use the Stack Overflow Notifications chat app in your selected Zoom chat channel. You can do this by going to your desired channel on Zoom and using the commands shown below to navigate there.

  • Help: To get a list of all commands available to the StackOverflow chatbot, just type help or /so help (in a group channel).
  • Connect StackOverflow to your channel: Add StackOverflow to the channel you’re in by typing connect (in a group channel) or /so connect (in a single channel). Once the channel is created, you can start using the application.
  • Disconnect StackOverflow from your channel: In a group channel you can type disconnect or /so disconnect (to disconnect from that specific channel), now you can connect to a new channel of your choice.
  • Configure notifications: To configure the notifications you receive on your Zoom channel, type configure or /so configure (in a group channel).
  • Retrieve your user account information by following these steps: It is possible to get your user info by typing my-info or /so my-info (if you are in a group channel).
  • Viewing your notifications: To check your Stack Overflow notifications, just type notifications (in a group channel) or /so notifications (in a private channel).
  • View unread notifications: You can view your unread notifications in a group channel by typing unread notifications or /so unread notifications (for those in a group channel).
  • View a user’s permissions by clicking the following link: You can check your privileges by typing privileges (in a group channel) or /so privileges (in a single channel).
  • View Inbox: Your inbox can be viewed by typing inbox (in a group channel) or by typing /so inbox (in a private channel).
  • Unread Inbox: To view your unread inbox in a group channel, enter the command unread inbox or /so unread inbox (in the group channel).
  • search tags : Search for posts that contain the tags you’re looking for by typing the search tags or /so search tags (in a group channel).
  • If you want to search for words, use the search-intitle command: Search for posts in a group channel using the search-intitle or /so search-intitle command to find the posts with the words search-intitle in the title.
  • search-hot-questions: It’s very easy to search for hot topical questions by typing search-hot-questions on a server or /so search-hot-questions on a group channel.

Removal of StackOverflow chatbot

  1. You can access the Zoom Marketplace by logging into and navigating to your Zoom account.
  2. From the search results, click and search for the StackOverflow app.
  3. Click Click the Remove button next to StackOverflow to remove it from your computer.
  4. Then click the Remove button after confirming the dialog box.

data security

  • This chatbot can access the following Zoom account data: The chatbot can show all information of the user (e.g. ID, name, first name, last name, email, account type, PMI, time zone, department, last login time, phone number, meeting settings and number of licenses), account information (e.g. account ID, owner address, owner phone number and number of licenses) and accounts can view and manage users’ meetings (list all past and current meetings and meeting Settings, webinar registrants, past webinar attendees, and
  • This chatbot has been granted the following Zoom permissions: This chatbot will be able to send a chat message on behalf of the chatbot to any IM channel or user for which it has permission.
  • This chatbot has been granted the following StackOverflow permissions: There is a chance that this chatbot has admin-level access to StackOverflow operations.
  • The chatbot can access the following data from Stack Overflow:
    • The following Stack Overflow data has been accessed: endpoints for users, searches, and questions can be accessed and a full answer can be obtained
    • The screen shows Stack Overflow data as follows: UNREAD NOTIFICATIONS, UNREAD INBOX, SEARCH TAGS, SEARCH HYPE QUESTION, UNREAD QUESTION (answer user, question title, link), UNREAD QUESTION, and UNREAD NOTIFICATION (notification type, notification text, link ) is displayed after clicking these buttons.
    • A database is used to store Stack Overflow’s data: the access token, client_id, key, and client secret are all required. An encrypted database is used to store the data collected by the chatbot. It is also important to note that the chatbot uses a Key Management Service (KMS) to encrypt certain items per item including: key, client secret.
    • Stack Overflow sent the following data to Zoom: The user, search, and question endpoints have a full response from them
  • This chatbot is connected to the rest of the network via an encrypted link:
    • Protocol: TLS 1.2
    • Cipher suite: ECDHE-ECDSA-AES128-GCM-SHA256
    • Key length: 128 bits
    • Perfect Forward Secrecy: YES

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