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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CPFAQ: Collecting Quora Questions

Competitive Programming on Quora

Last week, I wrote about using search engine results to collect links to import into Webliographer. I used three search engine features: standard search, standard search with duplicates included, and site-specific search. Each of these features had pros and cons: Standard search returned results from more domains, but with fewer results per domain. Standard search with duplicates included reduced the number of domains, but returned more results from some domains. And site-specific search returned many results from a single domain, but not all of the results from that domain. All three techniques enforced a seemingly arbitrary limit of several hundred results. This week, I’m going to use a different technique for getting results from a single site.

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Time Tortoise: Future Plans

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This is one in a series of articles about Time Tortoise, a Universal Windows Platform app for planning and tracking your work schedule. For more on the development of this app and the ideas behind it, see my Time Tortoise category page.

I’m wrapping up a year of working on my Time Tortoise programming project. Next week, I’ll post an overview of what I learned from the project. For this week, I have some ideas about where the project might go in the future.

But first, let’s review the current state of the project.

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