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"Related Topics" Beta Deployed In Forums

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Yesterday, I deployed a new feature that has been a long time coming. "Related Topics" display (hopefully) similar topics to the one you are currently viewing.

You'll notice right away that the related topics are both old and new, and are ranked with a variety of factors. The current beta is using the topic title and description to find similar topics in the same forum or equivalent tutorial category. It looks for proximity and occurence of words, # of replies, how recent the last post is, and a number of other factors to display similar threads.

This should make it easy for you to find tutorials that relate to the question, other threads where a question has already been answered, or similar discussions for areas like the caffeine lounge and corner cubicle.

We realize this may increase necro posting and are monitoring this closely, but do realize there is value in old threads and that DIC is a constantly growing database of questions, answers, and discussions and giving you insight in to similar topics is important to exposing that historical data.

Please leave your feedback in this blog post!

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Jstall Icon

17 September 2010 - 10:40 AM
Ohhh shiney! As someone who spends a fair amount of time searching the forums and viewing tutorials I could see this being useful. Cool feature :)
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stayscrisp Icon

17 September 2010 - 11:51 AM
Nice feature, it showed me a thread from 2006 about DIC possibly being banned in some schools for supposedly being a hacking resource. :)
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Dogstopper Icon

17 September 2010 - 12:44 PM
I saw the old newsletters from '02 :)
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moopet Icon

18 September 2010 - 02:13 PM
Noticed this a few days ago. It's cool :)
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KYA Icon

18 September 2010 - 04:47 PM
This is too much fun in the Lounge. Topic roulette!
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Jayman Icon

23 September 2010 - 07:09 PM
Loving the new related topic feature. Brings back a lot of good memories.
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biggerB Icon

27 September 2010 - 06:50 AM
Great Idea.... a bit more visual won't hurt...
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