CPFAQ: Quora Topic Cleanup

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I’m working on a project this year to build a competitive programming FAQ. This is one in a series of articles describing the research, writing, and tool creation process. To read the whole series, see my CPFAQ category page.

As part of the FAQ research process, I’m creating a canonical list of Quora topics related to competitive programming. Like many things on Quora, topics in this area are a bit messy. Or as the Quora Topic Gnomes say:

Quora’s Topics are a free-for-all, and that often creates greatness, but it really requires crowdsourced curation to make it all it can be.

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CPFAQ: Collecting Quora Topics

Quora Related Topics

I’m working on a project this year to build a competitive programming FAQ. This is one in a series of articles describing the research, writing, and tool creation process. To read the whole series, see my CPFAQ category page.

In recent weeks, I have been experimenting with ways to collect Quora questions, especially those that don’t appear in standard views like search engine results and the All Questions page. But I also want to make sure that the questions I collect from alternative sources are relevant, since I eventually need to manually evaluate the best questions for a FAQ. Last week I started filtering on the Competitive Programming topic tag, but I realized that this can filter out relevant questions. To see why that is, I’m investigating how Quora topics work.

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