Why are they Interesting?

@Rollo1 (16681)
Boston, Massachusetts
August 15, 2015 8:08am CST
In the old days of myLot, we had categories, or "Interests". So you could look at the new discussions in any category and hop into discussions on topics that interested you. Entertainment, Music, Politics, etc. Now I notice that the discussions are listed in different ways and I understand most of them. Obviously "No Responses" is the list of discussions with no responses. "New User" seems fairly self-explanatory as does "Most Recent". I assume "Hot" means they have the most activity, but then, perhaps that is also the criterion for "Top Rated"? I don't know. But what makes them "Interesting"? For days the same discussions were coming up on this list and today that has finally changed. What has come up instead though, are several discussions by a new user who writes one line as a post and who isn't interesting to me at all. These discussions have no responses, either, so no one else is finding them interesting, either. Clearly, there is a lot I have yet to learn here. But if any of you know the answers to these questions or can hazard an amusing guess or make wild suppositions, I would appreciate your input.
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@GoAskAlice (4162)
• United States
15 Aug 15
The "Interesting" tab shows you posts that are based on tags you have created for other posts. For example, if you have tagged a post with something like "Religion", it should show other posts that others may have tagged with the same tag. This is where effective use of tags can be very useful. I posted a discussion a few years ago that details this aspect a bit more, called "talking tags", you should be able to find it in my profile.
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@Rollo1 (16681)
• Boston, Massachusetts
15 Aug 15
Ohhhh.... So today, it's searching all my other posts from the past for tags and applying them in a search for relevancy to me today. I am going to have to think about how that affects my current postings and such as well. Thank you, I a starting to get the hang of this.
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• United States
15 Aug 15
@Rollo1 When the new system was implemented a few years ago, I tried to outline what useful tagging regimen might look like, for example, using simple, single word tags, like "Religion", or "Family". Back then, it didn't seem to matter much as social activity had dropped off so drastically. I am thinking I may post a refresher discussion on the topic now, it looks like it might be needed. It will also be added to any revised guides that may be written.
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@Gina145 (4094)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
16 Aug 15
@GoAskAlice That's an interesting use of the tagging system and really good to know. But what I like to read isn't necessarily the same as what I like to write about.
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@sofssu (14744)
17 Aug 15
I found the same post appear under all the three categories interesting, hot and top rated.
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@Rollo1 (16681)
• Boston, Massachusetts
17 Aug 15
We need to find the secret formula, @sofssu, so we can be interesting, hot and top rated, too.
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@sofssu (14744)
17 Aug 15
@Rollo1 One thing I found today as I wondered what put these posts on the top is that they have 15 or more responses. That seems to be the common thing for all the top rated posts. I wonder if there is something more to them.. and one of them is a good morning or good night post.
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@Rollo1 (16681)
• Boston, Massachusetts
17 Aug 15
@sofssu But are they in the top lists because they have 15 comments or do they have 15 comments because they were in the interesting lists? Either way, I think we need more sycophantic followers. Actually, those are good just about anywhere
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@mythociate (13822)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
15 Aug 15
It's a Gubberment Conspiracy "Hot" and "Most Recent" SHOULD BE 'the same thing' (as Marina "HotForWords.com" Orlova tells us, the media-meaning of it comes from the phrase 'Hot Off the Presses," when fresh news' ink was still drying on the newspaper). Maybe "Top Rated" means 'most likes (in the latest period).' "Interesting" ... sounds like something @GoAskAlice monitors; I'd ask Alex.
• United States
15 Aug 15
@mythociate "Hot" pertains to discussions with a lot of replies and comments.
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@Rollo1 (16681)
• Boston, Massachusetts
15 Aug 15
@GoAskAlice how does "Hot" differ from "Top Rated"? Is that based likes instead of comments?
• United States
15 Aug 15
@Rollo1 Yes, "Top Rated" refers to the number of "likes" a post has received.
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