Content: faq

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Topiat?

Topiat is a place where you can quickly find more of what you love by tapping into the discovery ability of your like-minded peers. It is also a place that celebrates people who discover great content early.

2. What is the best way to find more content that I love using Topiat?

Try directing your discovery by starting with something you already love. On the homepage, try entering into the textbox the name of something you already like and Topiat will retrieve content that other people say is related. Your ratings of that content will determine who your like-minded peers are, and as a result, from whom you will continue to receive recommendations.

3. How do I report a bug, problem, or abuse?

To report a bug or a problem, use the Feedback button on the left side of each page. To report abuse, please email us.

4. How do I get my photographs/art featured as a background image on the homepage?

First, make sure your image is at the resolution of 1280 x 1024px (width x height) or higher. Second, make sure the photograph is interesting on the margins. One key quality of a good background image is that there is interesting things to look at on the margins of the photo as that is what is primarily visible. Third, send the image to me at and I will review it.

-If you are an individual promoting yourself, there is no cost.

-If you are a company and you want to use the background space for advertising, contact me and we will discuss rates.

-If you want to feature your image but need substantial help to get it ready (e.g. resizing it in photoshop, color correction, cropping to maximize impact in the margins) I will prepare your image for you for $25.

5. How do I get featured as featured content on the homepage?

First, add the content you would like to feature to your topiat account. Second, make sure that the image you have for that piece of content is of high quality and at least 484 x 323px resolution. Third, email me the link to the piece of content on topiat at and I will review it.

-If you are an individual promoting yourself, there is no cost.

-If you are a company and you want to use the featured content space for advertising, contact me and we will discuss rates.

-If you want to feature your content but need substantial help to get it ready (e.g. resizing it in photoshop, color correction, cropping it, developing copy text) I will prepare your image and text for you for $25.

6. I don't have access to the same email address with which I signed-up.

When signed in, you can click on "My Account" and update your primary email address, which is also your login name.

7. I want to change my password.

When signed in, you can click on "My Account" and change your password.

8. I forgot my password.

You can click on "retrieve my password" and we will help you get your new password.

9. What is the leadership score?

The leadership score measures how early you discover contnet. "100% leadership" means that, of people who share your preferences, you discovered the content earliest on average. Every collection you make has a leadership score.

10. How is the leadership score measured?

First, we group collections of content where people like and dislike the same things. Second, we look at the time you rate the content inside each of your collections. Your collection earns one leadership point every time someone agrees with one of your ratings after you. The collection with the most points is curated by a user who discovers content on average, before his like-minded peers. We convert the leadership score to a percentage to better convey how ahead of the curve someone is relative to the group. For example, 100% means a user is the first leader and 0% means that a user benefits from other's leadership.

11. Do I have one leadership score, or many?

Every collection you make has one leadership score.

12. How do I increase my leadership score?

Add the best content as soon as you can discover it by adding it to a relevant collection. Earning a high leadership score involves finding great content first, and arranging it with other relevant content that will effectively direct like-minded users to the new content. You will likely have higher leadership scores in collections that contain content you are passionate about and spend a lot of time searching out because you are "ahead" of most people to discover the content. You will likely have a lower leadership score in collections that represent interests you invest less time in, and you will benefit from other user's high leadership abilities as they will essentially do the discovery work for you.

13. Why would I care about a high leadership score?

No where else on the web can you prove your discovery ability as definitively as you can on Topiat. We think your discovery ability is very valuable and it is our goal to make Topiat work for you, our leaders, which we will be getting into more in the future.

14. How do I share content on topiat?

You can easily share content on Topiat on the "Add Content" page which features a detailed list of all the content you can share with Topiat and simple menus that help you add the content.

15. What types of content can I submit?

Items (products), music, video, places, websites, images, anything that has a URL, embed code, or street address you can share on Topiat.

16. Can I submit my own content or work?

Absolutely! Wherever your content exists on the web, you can use Topiat to find an audience for your work.

17. Can I submit work I want to advertise?

Yes, but the key is to create a relevant collection of content surrounding your product so that your collection serves as a resource, not a blind "advertisement". Topiat is setup to reward relevant collections of content that people like, and hide collections that people see as spamming .

18. Is it OK to submit a duplicate entry?

It is OK to re-add a piece of content someone has already added to Topiat. There are measures in place to recognize duplicates so it is difficult to add duplicates accidentally. However, users that repeatadly demonstrate the desire to submit duplicate entries will be banned after a review process.

19. Can I submit pornography?

Pornography is not allowed on Topiat. Users who add pornography will be banned under our Terms of Service.