I am creating a user profile page, and one of the sections will contain a list of the subject areas in which the user has had the most activity and up-votes e.g. User a has answered the most questions and/or received the most up-votes in categories x, y, z. The assumption is that categories where the user answered a lot of questions and received the most up-votes would be categories in which the user has a degree of expertise.

The section will list the categories under which the user's highest percentage of the above two took place.

I am struggling to find a succinct, natural heading for this section.

I am playing around with:

  1. John's Top Subjects
  2. John's Areas of Expertise
  3. John's Expertise

...but none of the above fit the scenario exactly, and all feel awkward and unnatural.

Looking for suggestions.

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    A suggestion is specialities or specialties AmE). – GoDucks Jan 13 '16 at 14:41
  • Realm, purview, turf. Happy hunting. – Ricky Jan 13 '16 at 14:51
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    You shouldn't edit answers into the question, let them stay as answers below. – SuperBiasedMan Jan 13 '16 at 14:51
  • @SuperBiasedMan - sure, removed. – GWR Jan 13 '16 at 14:52
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    @GoDucks: You guys should have signed Selanne for another ten years. – Ricky Jan 13 '16 at 14:52

Forte can do a lot of heavy lifting here:

a person's strong suit, or most highly developed characteristic, talent, or skill; something that one excels in


A very current idiom that is heard frequently (at least here in the US) is "wheelhouse", as in "that subject is in my wheelhouse"

Dictionary.com defines the idiomatic version of wheelhouse as follows:

  1. in one’s wheelhouse,

    a. Baseball. (of a pitch) within the zone that is most advantageous for a batter to hit a home run.

    b. within one’s area of expertise or interest: "There are some subjects that are in your wheelhouse and some that are not."

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    It might be useful to note that this expression has nautical origins: the wheelhouse is an enclosure on a ship housing the ship's (steering) wheel. So in the wheelhouse means being in control and able to affect the direction of travel. – cobaltduck Jan 13 '16 at 16:04

How about

John's domain

A domain is:

  1. a realm or range of personal knowledge, responsibility, etc.

Or perhaps

John's bailiwick

A bailiwick is:

  1. a person's area of skill, knowledge, authority, or work
  • Domain might be a bit ambiguous as it means multiple other things more often than this meaning. – SuperBiasedMan Jan 13 '16 at 14:52
  • I'm not sure that bailiwick is a common and natural word that is well known for this meaning (maybe it's just me though) – GWR Jan 13 '16 at 15:00
  • @robarwebservices it's not just you. I have never heard the word used in spoken language and only ever seen it written down in context a couple of times in my life. – Marv Mills Jan 13 '16 at 16:18
  • I'll have to admit, bailiwick is something I've heard more from my dad and his generation. NGram confirms a tapering off. books.google.com/ngrams/… – rajah9 Jan 13 '16 at 21:03

Stack Exchange uses 'Activity' for this, which seems perfectly adequate.


  • In my particular project, "Activity" is too broad. The section specifically pertains to the user's area of expertise and knowledge, and not simply the user's overall activity - which could include commenting, asking questions, etc. – GWR Jan 13 '16 at 14:58
  1. John's Virtue

  2. John's Triumph

  3. John's Proficiency

  4. John's Effort

  5. John's Performance

  6. John's Attainments


Consider, That subject is right up John's alley

right up (or down) someone's alley: Fig. ideally suited to one's interests or abilities. Skiing is right down my alley. I love it. This kind of thing is right up John's alley.

McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

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