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The main page of Stack Overflow Careers site displays the popular technologies next to 'Keywords' label. I noticed it changes upon refresh (at least on first few reloads). I tried it in Safari and FF browsers and got different set of 'Keywords'. Here are the screenshots:

Chrome screenshot:

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Firefox screenshot: (just showing 'Keywords')

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Safari screenshot: (just showing 'Keywords')

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As you can see I got different sets of 'Keywords' for the popular technologies (few repeating). So, I'm curious to know if there any specific algorithm or criteria is used while picking these 'Keywords'. Is it based on the popular technologies from Stack Overflow survey or the most tagged keywords on SO? or just random. Can anyone please explain this.

If not based on the survey, can it please be changed to take common tags from there?

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Nothing so fancy I'm afraid. It's currently a static array of a bunch of tags and we take a random selection of 9 of them to show on the home page!

Update: Alex just added a bunch of tags from the 2015 Developer Survey, so things look a bit more current :)

  • Source code or it never happened. ;) – Shadow The Dragon Wizard Aug 18 '15 at 14:12
  • Thanks for confirming it and I will accept your answer. Would you mind checking if the static array has 'Javascript' in it as I have yet to see it under the 'Keywords'. The pop tech survey shows it's the most-used programming language for the past 3 years in row. – HackerKarma Aug 18 '15 at 14:15
  • @ShadowWizard 'Source Code'? but SO is not open-source – HackerKarma Aug 18 '15 at 14:17
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    @HackerKarma Funnily enough it doesn't. I'll add a note to our bug duty board, it can be added. Or we can feed the list from SO tags or something. – Dean Ward Aug 18 '15 at 14:17
  • @Hack i.stack.imgur.com/LbHFV.png – Shadow The Dragon Wizard Aug 18 '15 at 14:19
  • @ShadowWizard I was so focused on the serious part and missed it. Thanks. But Dean Ward confirmation about missing 'Javascript' is the proof. – HackerKarma Aug 18 '15 at 14:23
  • Yay! I see my Javascript tag Thank you and Alex too. – HackerKarma Aug 20 '15 at 20:20

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