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How do words/phrase become an autofill in the topics section of Fluther questions?

Asked by girlofscience (7550points) March 1st, 2009

I am interested in learning more about how topics become part of this elite circle.

When you type “a” in the topics box, suggested topics (such as Apple, animals, art, alcohol, answers, America, advice, aging, audio, and apartment) appear.

Sometimes, these pre-designated topics are spelled wrong, randomly capitalized, or have a period after them, which makes me think they come from having been entered by Fluther users. However, there are a number of topics that I have entered multiple times that are not yet an autofill topic, so I doubt it is that they are topics that are simply entered a certain number of times. (Also, it seems unlikely that multiple Fluther users would enter a topic and all put a period after it, capitalize it, or spell it incorrectly).

I am completely baffled by how topics become an autofill topic. Fluther gods, please inform.

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Sakata's avatar

I always thought the autofill was generated from what people enter in their profiles.

girlofscience's avatar

@Sakata: Nope. “Tutoring” is one of my fields of expertise, but it is not an autofill.

Sakata's avatar

Bummer. Then I’m glad you asked this question since I’ve been wondering the same thing myself.

andrew's avatar

It’s a combination of profiles, discussion, and frequency. And obviously needs to be added to the things that require tinkering.

Sakata's avatar

Mystery solved via Andrew. Cheers

Trustinglife's avatar

Andrew is the solver of unsolved mysteries.

Jeruba's avatar

While we’re on it: how come the topics don’t necessarily remain in the order in which I put them? I usually arrange them in a particular sequence deliberately, and I don’t like it when they appear all shuffled.

Also rejection of special characters and truncation make words look misspelled or just nonsensical.

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