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Jeb Bush, currently a candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States
Gene Weingarten enjoys Wikipedia's ability to serve as a "randomonium".
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  • Hmm do we need an additional controlled random from among top 20% of articles as an extra choice. Popularity randomness; topic randomness, etc. Some nice ideas though it isn't truly random at that point, and crowds into the left hand side channel. Though once you have a search result allowing someone to research for a similar article might be some fun. — billinghurst sDrewth 06:30, 15 February 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Unemployed kids

"they're probably unemployed kids with student debt"

I wonder why. --NaBUru38 (talk) 14:24, 15 February 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]

👍 Like Heh. Upvote. Herostratus (talk) 16:10, 18 February 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]


The author should try Special:RandomInCategory. Although it would be better if the randomizer would also pick pages from subcategories. --NaBUru38 (talk) 14:30, 15 February 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I played Randomonium and got really lucky:

  • My first random article was Jagatipur, a town in Nepal. I have been to Nepal, and got within about 100 miles of that town. But I hadn't heard of it, so I clicked on.
  • Next was Thatcher Island near Boston. I worked about 12 miles away from that island for several months, and perhaps I even saw it from the coast at one point. But since I didn't know it by name, I clicked again.
  • Third hit was the 82nd Street MAX light rail stop in Portland, OR. When I lived in Portland, I regularly passed through that station.

My game ended, with a score of 3. --KSmith (WMF) (talk) 00:05, 16 February 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I've become lucky, today my first click led me to Land Ho!, a film I've read about before. Brandmeistertalk 17:55, 16 February 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Took me 40 to land List of airports in Iceland. Lots of villages in Middle East, footballers, albums and TV shows that I have not heard of. OhanaUnitedTalk page 22:04, 16 February 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Interesting that you can win a Pulitzer without knowing the difference between a web site and a web page. Never mind, other quality dailies have used the phrase "web sight". All the best: Rich Farmbrough, 13:32, 17 February 2016 (UTC).Reply[reply]

What is he talking about?

Is there any evidence that the Jeb Bush Wikipedia article had these things like him wanting to be a movie star? Alexis Ivanov (talk) 16:44, 16 February 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The Signpost article makes it clear that the "rock climbing" claim was in the Wikipedia article. All the best: Rich Farmbrough, 13:32, 17 February 2016 (UTC).Reply[reply]
Note also a number of revdeled edits as well - there is a strong chance than many edits are improper on that BLP. He was, for example, in the category of "sextet sibling groups", described as a Limp Bizkit fan, "pimping all the hoes" and going out with male prostitutes, that his brother was Yasser Arafat etc. All in just the past three months. Collect (talk) 16:19, 17 February 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]


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