Forums / Mailing Lists / Q&A
As of now, the best way to discuss recommender-system topics is probably Twitter and the Hash Tag #recsys. To the best of our knowledge there are no other (active) forums, mailing lists etc. for the recommender-system community. The only recommender-system specific forum/group we are aware of is the LinkedIn "Recommender Systems and Software Engineering Group"...
Active (in past 2 years) France, Paris https://www.meetup.com/RecSysFR/ Netherlands, Amsterdam https://www.meetup.com/recsysnl/ & http://www.recommenders.nl/ UK, London https://www.meetup.com/RecSys-London/ Germany, Berlin https://www.meetup.com/RecSys-Berlin/ USA, New York https://www.meetup.com/RecSys-New-York-City/ Inactive Ireland, Dublin (1) https://www.insight-centre.org/content/first-ireland-recommender-systems-meetup and (2) https://www.meetup.com/Recommender-Systems-in-Action/ Germany, Berlin http://recommenders.de/ USA; Bay Area https://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-Recommender-Systems/ Switzerland, Zurich https://www.meetup.com/Zurich-Recommender-Systems/ Czech Republic, Prague https://www.meetup.com/Prague-Recommender-Systems-Meetup-RecSys-Prague/
Chat & Talk
There are not many places to chat and talk in real time about recommender systems. The ones we know are listed here: https://acmrecsys.slack.com/
‘Hot’ Research Topics
While 'Recommender Systems' is an established research discipline, the questions of how to generate good recommendations, what good recommendations are, and how to measure 'goodness' are far from being answered. To get an idea of 'hot' and promising research topics, have a look at the recent workshops of the ACM Recommender Systems conference, and other...
Controversial Ideas & Discussions
In our blog, we once in a while publish controversial ideas of which we believe that a discussion may advance the recommender-system community. These blog posts a as follows. Don’t give space billionaires control over internet services and recommendations [Financial Times] J Scott Christianson argues in a letter published by Financial Times (PayWall), that Elon...