Forum topic analysis
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Posted 8/15/14
It's interesting to look at what people are talking about. This is a chart that represents the first two pages of topics in the Extended Discussion forum. I sorted the topics into categories so I could see what kinds of topics were most popular. While topics like Feminism or Religion may not appear large on the chart, if they had been less popular I would have folded them in with the other social issues. Other includes topics that I could not easily classify. These topics have nothing in common with each other.

What does this mean? Obviously topics with high levels of controversy take up a lot of the chart. Speculative discussions, which I place under Philosophical/Hypothetical topics, are also very popular. What is most interesting to me is that among some of the largest categories, most of the topics were fairly redundant, yet some were more popular than others. I wonder if controversy is initially more interesting than the actually subject under discussion. I also wonder if I looked at who was actually participating what kind of picture would emerge.

I was trying to capture a picture of what this community values and is interested in at the current moment. What do you think? What kinds of topics and ideas do you see surfacing over and over again? Does my chart fail to show something significant?



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Posted 8/15/14
^ I think we can do more. We're holding ourselves back.

I even locked my own threads because I had these impressions.
But, no. When you want them, they won't show up.

They are just impressions from digital ink dots.
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Posted 8/16/14
I get the impression that a handful of users keep bumping certain topics in this section and so we only get a distorted picture of people's interests.
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Posted 8/16/14
I'm not sure what you put into "other social issues" and "other".
Posted 8/16/14
Well done. I'll make a new thread about the same thing so yours closes unless they merge my thread to yours.
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Posted 8/18/14

As members of the Guardian will say "the best way to increase readership is to choose a controversial topic to 'clickbait." Certainly though, nearly all of the religious threads could be folded into a single thread, as well as the two (?) threads on Feminism. Still, I have to admit, it's because of the idea that certain threads might be or are redundant that I have difficulties posting in multiple threads in this section.
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Posted 8/20/14
Hot button topics are always going to be discussed. Are you suggesting this is some sort of social snap shot? Because its usually the same people posting in those threads making the same arguments. It doesn't represent our community at all I don't think. That's my view on it.
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