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What's a topic?
Topic is the term we use to reference any person, place, thing, or idea that can be rated and reviewed. It can be a book, a YouTube video, a celebrity, a comic strip, a political philosophy, an orthodontist, a world news event, or even a recipe you created. You can give your opinion of that topic in a review or quick tip or contribute facts about it in the wiki. Once you add a topic, any logged in user can contribute to the wiki, post reviews and attach related media such as photos, audio, and videos. 

The topic is a unique feature to Lunch. It's the basic building block we use here to create you a Similarity Network of people who share your interests. At Lunch, the more topics you rate and review, the more accurately we can connect you to people and information you'll like. The topic can also live in any community, for instance, on top of the global Lunch community, The Dark Knight can also live in an action movie community and a Batman community.

How do I add a topic?
Before adding a topic, do a search in the search engine at the top of the page to see if the topic is already in Lunch's database.  If not, you can add the topic on the page with the search results, or you could go to the homepage, click on "Add a Topic" located next to your profile picture and you will be guided through the rest!

What if multiple topics have the same name?
If multiple topics have the same name, you can add qualifiers to disambiguate and clarify between the different uses.  When adding a qualifier to the data point, use the singular form.  Examples:
  • Correct - 'Philadelphia (movie)'
  • Correct - 'Philadelphia, PA'
  • Correct - 'War of the Worlds (2000 movie)' - because there are 2 War of the Worlds movies, the year is also needed for clarification.
  • Correct - 'The Da Vinci Code (book)'
  • Incorrect - 'The Da Vinci Code, a book by Dan Brown' - too much description
  • Correct - 'Rubber Soul'
  • Incorrect - 'Rubber Soul, Beatles album' - no clarification is required here, the reference to The Beatles would be in the description
  • In some cases where there are multiple topics of the same name, one use of the name is assumed. For instance, if there's an author named Michael Jackson, you should use the data point 'Michael Jackson (author), but you don't need to write 'Michael Jackson (singer) because Michael Jackson the singer is the assumed usage. If there is such a topic, then it is called the primary topic for that term. Here's another example:
    Tom Cruise Tom Cruise (Biography episode) Tom Cruise (book)

    What's not a topic?
    Lunch topics are things that other people can experience, comment on, and review; it should not be a personal event that only one person can experience, such as "how I got into a car accident on the way to Whole Foods".  A topic is a product, event, place, philosophy or idea that other people can share an opinion on and experience.

    Since Lunch is a place to create helpful information for the community, it would not be an appropriate place to create a blog-like data point or review. An appropriate topic would be "Whole Foods Market", since more than one person can experience this. If you'd like to express your opinions on a topic, you can do so by writing a review or a quick tip.

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