Randomise!

11 years ago | Janoda (Member)

A small suggestion for the listing page, a Randomise feature!! Either simply a random ordening of listings under the listings post, or a Random Listing button in the navigation bar that takes you to one random listing at once. The greatest treasures are often those you don't expect! Especially since most people browse / search for things they know they like (Fantasy fans only browsing through listings with the fantasy tag e.g.), and thus missing out on a lot.

On a sidenote, personally I find the font of the information on the listing page a little too small. For the review quotes it's fine, but I think that the update/rating/recommended status could use a tad larger font.

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  1. Chris Poirier (Moderator)

    Posted 11 years ago

    Oddly enough, I have been considering putting a few "random selections" on the home page. Haven't quite figured out where to fit them in yet -- of if there will be criteria for the selection -- but it's on my list.

    It's a good point about the font size -- because I use Safari as my usual browser, and it has a sane minimum font size, I hadn't really noticed. However, I just loaded the page up in Camino and that font really is too small. I'll try to fix it tonight.

  2. Sarah Suleski (Aspiring Mudpie)

    Posted 11 years ago

    Would a "random search" button that says "Do you feel lucky?" be a copyright infringement? :-D

    I am a writer, a writer of fictions... and I've written pages upon pages trying to rid you from my bones
    (lyric from The Engine Driver by The Decemberists)
  3. Miladysa (Member)

    Posted 11 years ago

    @srsuleski - I do hope not - I like that idea :D

  4. Morgan O'Friel (Member)

    Posted 11 years ago

    The 'do you feel lucky' idea makes me smile. I hope we can pull off something like that, too. ^^

    Morgan's Fiction Website - LGBT urban fantasy web serials, shorts, and more.
  5. Clare-Dragonfly (Member)

    Posted 11 years ago

    That's a great idea. I can see it becoming addictive...

  6. Alex McG (Member)

    Posted 11 years ago

    "Randomize" or "get lucky"?

    EDIT:Woops. I read that as, "I could see it becoming an adjective."

    Myth... Magic... Midterms...
    Children of the First
  7. Clare-Dragonfly (Member)

    Posted 11 years ago

    Go to bed, Alex.

  8. Ryan A. Span (Member)

    Posted 11 years ago

    A random listing button on the top bar would be a great feature, I was surprised to learn a few months ago just how many people use them on other sites (a lot!). I reckon it might catch on.

    Regards,
    Ryan

  9. Pete Tzinski (Member)

    Posted 11 years ago

    That is a cool idea. Sort of a "StumpleUpon" but for web fiction.

    ...I would love a browser toolbar that was Stumble, but just for fiction, come to think of it. Or just for "stories", in that it might give me short films too. What a fun idea. I need to kidnap some programmers.

  10. Eli James (Moderator)

    Posted 11 years ago

    Points to XKCD.

    =D

  11. Chris Poirier (Moderator)

    Posted 11 years ago

    Hi Janoda,

    Just increased the font size a bit on the listing information. Let me know if it helps.

    Chris.

  12. Christopher Clarke (Member)

    Posted 11 years ago

    I went ahead and created a random web fiction thing.

    http://sorrowfulunfounded.com/stuff/random_fic.php

    Just bookmark the above URL and each time you click it, you'll be taken to a random story.

    Enjoy!

  13. Miladysa (Member)

    Posted 11 years ago

    @chrisclarke - That's a nifty little link Chris :D

  14. Chris Poirier (Moderator)

    Posted 11 years ago

    Not to be outdone, I've added the functionality to WFG. ;-) You can find a "jump to a random listing" link on the home page in the "Welcome!" section. Additionally, on each listing index, you will find a little "airplane" icon beside the paging controls -- it will jump to a random listing within the current tag or whole collection (depending on context).

    Chris.

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