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How do I manage updates to resources when users are using the same major (but different minor) versions of my RESTful API?

If you are trying for a backward compatible server, then I would make the server only remove values when passed a field value that is explicitly null, e.g.

  "title":"Fahrenheit 451",
  "author":"Ray Bradbury",
  "edition": null

That way clients coded against the v1.1 API have the ability to explicitly remove that field value, but those targeting v1.0 do not accidentally make changes.

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