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Free-to-use webapp. Source not available.


  • Ability to filter by tags, score and answer status


My email address is on my website.

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awesome, we always get requests for "show me a random question!" I might suggest having a minimum threshold of votes/views to ensure you don't get total junk Qs though – Jeff Atwood Sep 28 '10 at 23:53
Bou how can I access that application? – chanchal1987 Sep 29 '10 at 20:09
@chanchal1987: Click the link at the top of the page. – Gelatin Sep 29 '10 at 20:49
@Simon Brown Thanks – chanchal1987 Sep 29 '10 at 20:50
Seems to have disappeared. I get an empty white screen. – TRiG May 22 '14 at 18:23
@TRiG: I guess I need to update it to use the latest API version. – Gelatin May 23 '14 at 21:50

Hey Simon.

Interesting idea but, in my opinion, given the vast array of topics, for something like this to be engaging you will need to provide a tag selector at the least.

Maintaining a local index of tags, updated daily perhaps, to feed a work-alike tag selector as available on SE sites would be my next step.

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Thanks, I'll consider it. – Gelatin Sep 28 '10 at 23:07
I've added the ability to filter by tags, but decided against auto-completion. As I don't like the idea of regularly going through every page of tags on every site and calling the API as the user types would be slow and hog resources. – Gelatin Oct 10 '10 at 21:23

I'd love it to bring up x questions. Is that possible?

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I suggest giving a list of 10/15/20 questions instead of redirecting.

Now I click "Go", wait until the question is loaded and if its not satisfactory I need to go back, click "Go", ... Quite a lengthy process (about 5-6 s). If submitting just gave me a list of 10/15/20 question, I could

  1. read the titles first,
  2. open the questions I'm interested in in new tabs.
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I'm not sure if that would be practical, since it would use the API very heavily. – Gelatin Jan 1 '14 at 17:45

It seems that the HTML entities are escaped, in the results. Can this be fixed?

Entity text in results

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Another feature that could be useful is to ignore some tags. That would help in not getting unwanted questions in sites such as SO.

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I'd recommend filtering by answered/unanswered as a very useful first filter option.

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This seems to bring up closed questions as well as questions that have been migrated off the site.

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