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How can I add metadata when creating a new page via REST API?

I'm using the Confluence REST API to create new pages. That works great but I now need to add some metadata to a new page and I'm having difficulty with how to do that. Based on the schema for content creation resource, I'm sending this payload in my POST call

'title': 'My Title',
'space': 'My Space',
'metadata': { 'userid': 'myid'},
'body': ...

Everything works except that when I go to read the page (expanding metadata), I don't see my metadata. All I get is something like this:

"metadata": {
"_expandable": {
"labels": "",
"frontend": "",
"currentuser": "",
"editorHtml": ""
"properties": {
"_links": {
"self": "https://<server>/rest/api/content/86945505/property"


I'm not sure what I'm missing. Should I be able to set my own metadata on the page? 

I do see the information about Content Properties but that requires an extra call after the page is created that I was hoping to avoid.

Thanks for any insight

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