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Randomized List

Allow views to include an element of randomization
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Add a sorting mode "random" that does what it says - picks random ideas - they could be further sorted / grouped by date [or, at least month], category [like the overview], filtered by have-i-voted-on-it, score, or anything else, or just be a list of random ideas.
Random832, Mar 28 2005

Random Idea http://www.halfbake...om/random-idea.html
Gotta bone ya, bro. [contracts, Mar 28 2005]

Does Arbitrary = Random? http://www.halfbake..._2e:t=random_5b1_5d
[zen_tom, Mar 28 2005]

Virtual_20_22Random_22_20category Is this what you're thinking of? [DesertFox, Mar 28 2005]

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       [contracts], while the site has a feature that returns a single random idea at a time, that is not what the idea here proposes. Rather, this idea is to display a *list* of random ideas and, perhaps, with some filtering or constraints applied to narrow the types of random ideas listed.   

       I like the idea.
bristolz, Mar 28 2005

       Well I don't think it's "Baked," but I do think the existing functionality is more than sufficient for my needs to make an additional view unnecessary. You just like being contrary ;-)
contracts, Mar 28 2005

       I had to turn it over a few times too, before I decided it was probably a worthwhile feature. Have a rand(croissant).
DrCurry, Mar 28 2005

       oops - my mouse slipped i just accidentally deleted someone's annotation... there should be a confirmation screen for that - or maybe just require two clicks   

       sorry (whoever it was - my browser didn't cache the page - i think it was [bristolz] but not sure)
Random832, Mar 28 2005

       Yeah, it was me, you bumbling fool ;-)   

       All I had written was: "No, on the contrary, I like being precise." in response to [contracts].
bristolz, Mar 28 2005

       I'm not sure if this would work, but you could try creating a search that included some arbitrary search (i.e. contains the letter 'a') and then sort by the number of occurances of that search.   

       Once you've found you're going through the same old ideas, try looking for those that contain a different character or characters.   

       I'd be interested to learn if it works - and if I try it out will post my results.
zen_tom, Mar 28 2005

       I like this. Often when I click random, I only read the title before knowing it's likely an idea I don't want to waste my time on, and click random again. Having a whole view would let me click on only those ideas with titles that draw me in. Alternatively, I could set up a view with the terms "naked" "custard" and "Yay!".
Worldgineer, Mar 28 2005

       No, just random ideas.   

       I think I'd get seasick quickly on anything with a randomized list.
Worldgineer, Mar 28 2005

       I've linked a list I tried out, but it does suffer from favouring verbose and/or highly anno'd ideas.
zen_tom, Mar 28 2005

       Well, [Desert Fox], you seem to have found a pre-existing idea that is much like this one. It was a good idea then and now.
bristolz, Mar 28 2005

       [DesertFox], my idea is specifically for a sorting mode - so i could have for example a random overview (three random ideas in each major category) - I do like that idea, though, and if implemented it might be good enough
Random832, Mar 28 2005

       My personal problem with the random feature is that many of the ideas that appear are many years old and everything worth saying has been said about them. A seperate random function that only searches through vaguely recently posted/annotated ideas would be useful.
hidden truths, Apr 08 2005

       Damn you, I posted this all by myself, and I would have gotten away with it if it wasn't for you meddlin' kids.
dbmag9, Jun 25 2006

       It's still a good idea [dbmag]. All that fancy viewage I was talking about is fine for a one-off - but it would be really nice to be able to refresh a view, and be presented with a new, randomly selected sample.[+]
zen_tom, Jun 25 2006


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