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DiceStack

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About

Fetches a random question from a StackExchange site of your choice.

License

Free-to-use webapp. Source not available.

Features

  • Ability to filter by tags, score and answer status

Contact

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
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Seems to have disappeared. I get an empty white screen. –  TRiG May 22 at 18:23
    
@TRiG: I guess I need to update it to use the latest API version. –  Gelatin May 23 at 21:50

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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 at 17:45

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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