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Random User Node

by mt2k (Hermit)
on Nov 24, 2000 at 23:24 UTC ( #43259=monkdiscuss: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Just something I thought of...
On top of having "Random Node", how about having a "Random User Node"??

I like the Random Node, but sometimes I'd like to see a random user's page.

And also, because there are tons of users without any info on their home nodes, maybe display a random node that isn't empty...

Just a guy's weird thoughts...

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(Ovid) Re: Random User Node
by Ovid (Cardinal) on Nov 24, 2000 at 23:35 UTC
    It's not quite what you were looking for, but enter "User Search" in the box. Every time you click "refresh" a random user's name will appear in the search box. You can use that to randomly search a user's write-ups and, from there, randomly search users.


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Re: Random User Node
by mdillon (Priest) on Nov 25, 2000 at 08:38 UTC

    here's my simple idea:

    add an option to the new and improved Super Search to have it choose a random node from the results and redirect the user there. this is sort of like Google's "I'm feeling lucky"(TM) search feature, except that a random node is chosen instead of the first one.

    alteratively, in conjunction with more general sort options on Super Search, you could have exactly Google's "I'm feeling lucky"(TM) feature with a random sort option (with the effect of redirecting to the first of a randomized set of result nodes).

    update: i forgot to mention that this only works with no search terms in the box and "User" nodes as the only search criterion.

    update2: this proposal also naturally accomodates repson's proposal above. if another option to limit Super Search results by node length were added, it would accomodate one of damian1301's suggestions as well (avoiding empty nodes).

Re: Random User Node
by damian1301 (Curate) on Nov 25, 2000 at 00:25 UTC
    Well, I think that there should be both. Maybe vroom will add it at the top that way we don't have to scroll down to get to leftovers->Random Node. Also, when I use the Random node I get alot of empty nodes and users that havent logged in yet or anything! Those users, if aged over 3-5 months, should be deleted (there will be at least 50). In order to keep this site great, it really needs free up space and combine sections that are alike (Ex: Craft + Code). Well reply if you think im wrong (especially if you -- me) or msg me.

    Update: Maybe the Random user node & Random node should be an option to keep at the top (on the to-do list, vroom ?).

    Wanna be perl hacker.
    Dave AKA damian
      Add it to your personal nodelet, and pop it to the top of the stack. I don't think random node's that important :)
      But, I'm not -- ing you, either.
Re: Random User Node
by repson (Chaplain) on Nov 25, 2000 at 07:00 UTC
    I think it could be more useful/interesting (and much harder for vroom) if instead of a random anything and a potential random user node, you could have an advanced random. In other words like a random node with constraints. For example you could decide you want to see a random meditation or CUFP but don't want to go looking at user nodes, and SOPW questions....

    Just my $AUS0.01=$US0.02=2c (by current exchange rates)

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