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4:16 PM
I have asked on meta.SO why Math.SE twitter account behaves rather differently from the accounts of other sites. Namely that the posts which get to network-wide hot questions list are not tweeted.
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Q: Are all bounty question tweeted (on per-site twitter acounts)?

MartinI have had a look at the twitter feed of Math.SE. Looking at the recent post, I only see questions with bounty. According to this answer, the bot chooses which questions should be tweeted according to some kind of hotness score. The answer does not specifically mention bounties. I would like to...

I was told that the probable reason might be this: "The twitter bots are apparently configurable per-site. Someone configured it not to tweet hot posts "
Could this really be the case? Who configures these things? (I suspect that moderators might have access to this, that's why I asked here. Originally I though that this is not Math.SE specific, which is why I asked on the main meta.)
 
4:37 PM
@MartinSleziak They are probably incorrect. The bot tweets once every 3 hours, so it has 8 tweets per day. There are several categories of posts that are tweetable: bounties, unanswered, often viewed, hot on meta. Of these, bounties have the highest priority: every bountied post gets tweeted. And we do have a lot of bounties.
So the result is; the twitter bot builds a backlog of bountied posts waiting for their turn. E.g., this post waited 2 days for its turn. While this backlog exists, no other category can be tweeted.
It's only when things slow down that other posts get a chance to get through to Twitter. Which does happen: e.g., twitter.com/StackMath/status/673783628636229632 and twitter.com/StackMath/status/673647721715269632
 
Good to know. So if it works this way, as soon as there is more that 8 bounties per post, no other posts get there, right?
Do you happen to have some source for what you wrote? Or is this just based on experience?
I was only able to find this post on meta.SO which does not mention bounties.
 
It's all just my observations of what the bot does. I don't know if its algorithm is documented. By the way, it's meta.SE you're referring to, meta.SO is at meta.stackoverflow.com
 
Sorry. IIRC it used to be the same and I got used to the shrocut.
I will wait whether I will get some input from the mods or from some other users on meta.SO.
Basically what you said raises some new questions. (For example, is the 3 hours interval configurable?)
But this 3 hours period explains a lot.
 
I suppose not. Twitter bots are all the same. Stack Overflow doesn't have one because the algorithm doesn't fit their level of activity. Math is at the point where the algorithm fits poorly.
Also, nobody at SE deals with Twitter bots anymore; they found them pretty much useless after a while and stopped creating them for new sites, as not being worth the effort. Bots still work like forgotten soldiers of the robot army.
 
So they are in a sense obsolete.
And I was just considering that I might create twitter account, so that I can start following things I am interested in.
 
4:59 PM
Maybe I overstated things: they still remember about the bots and decorate them with site's theme once the site graduates (recent example: Raspberry Pi). But it's true that they stopped making new ones, so for example Worldbuilding, which is getting its design soon, doesn't have a Twitter bot.
 
5:16 PM
@Normal It's a good thing that there's still 983 years before Bender B. Rodriguez is built. He would have been super pissed at that.
 

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