When I first downloaded the API I was able to run it perfectly fine. Since then I've downloaded some mods via Nexus and when I try to run it I get an error message. It says 'The data is invalid' and nothing else besides telling me where the StardewModdingAPI.lnk is.
the issue doesn't seem to depend on whether or not I have active mods. It does this regardless of whether or not I have mods active.