I 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 ask:
- Is the hotness score used for twitter accounts on other (non-trilogy) sites too?
- Do the bounties somehow contribute to the hotness score used in the choice of tweeted questions? Or are all questions with bounties tweeted?
- What else contributes to the hotness score?
- Are the hotness score used for twitter account and hotness score used for the network hot questions list two different things, or are they the same?
I am really surprised that several questions posted on this site in the last 24 hours were hot enough to get to network-wide hot questions list, but that still does not make them hot enough to appear in the twitter feed. This makes me a bit suspicious of the hotness algorithm described in the answer I linked above. EDIT: To include a specific example, both this question and this question are currently on the network hot questions list, but neither of them was tweeted.
Or maybe it is possible that this algorithm works well for sites with large traffic, but it should be a bit modified to work well on smaller sites too. When I look at ServerFault Twitter stream and SuperUser twitter stream, I see questions without bounty too. And there is plenty of them - quite in a contrast to Math.SE.
EDIT: When I look at TeX.SE twitter stream, I also see many questions without bounties.
I wondered whether it would be possible that Math.SE is special because questions with MathJax are not allowed in the hot question list. But since such appear in the twitter account, the presence of the MathJax in the title probably does not influence the hotness score.
EDIT 2: I was told the following information in chat:
- The bot tweets once every 3 hours, so it has 8 tweets per day.
- Bounties have the highest priority, all questions with bounties are tweeted.
- If there are many bounties, the twitter bot builds a backlog of bountied posts waiting for their turn. While this backlog exists, no other category can be tweeted.
This would explain the behavior I described above. (There are probably more than 8 bounties on Math.SE per day on average.)
However, according the user who told me this: "It's all just my observations of what the bot does. I don't know if its algorithm is documented." So I will wait whether can be confirmed by somebody. But if these observations are correct, they would certainly answer at least my main question (the question in the title).
EDIT 3: To add to the previous observations, several non bounty questions have been tweeted recently on StackMath. I have mentioned as examples two questions which were on the network-wide hot question list at the time of writing this question. In the meantime one of them was tweeted (about 12 days after it was posted). The other one was not tweeted (at least not yet).