How do Suggested Topics work?

At the bottom of every thread, you’ll notice a Suggested section.

We’ve gotten a few questions about how this works. Here’s the official description:

The Suggested Topics list will show any unread topics that you are watching or tracking that are less than 90 days old. If there are fewer than 5 unread topics in the list, random topics that are less than 365 180 days old will be appended to the list. The Suggested Topics list first tries to load topics from the same category as the topic you are currently reading. If there are less than 5 topics from the category that can be added to the list, topics from other categories will be chosen.

We can control the behavior of the Suggested Topics list with some settings (read only if you want extreme detail into how this can be configured):

  • the number of topics to show in the list (defaults to 5)
  • instead of prioritizing the current category, only show topics from the current category in the list (defaults to false)
  • the maximum age in days to query for unread suggested topics for a user (defaults to 90 days)
  • the maximum age in days to query for random suggested topics (defaults to 365 180 days)

Edit: changed default to 180 days based on mod feedback.

This is problem #1. There should not be open threads without a response for 365 days - but that’s a separate issue. Responding to a year-old thread is generally pointless - the OP already made a choice, the issue is resolved, etc.