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What is the 'lottery' button for?

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While browsing through different sites I notices the 'Lottery' button in the header of the Posts pages. It shows next to 'Activity', 'Age', and 'Score', so it is indeed a way to order the questions.

The name seems quite straight forward, so I assume it is a kind of 'show me the list of questions randomly', but I just wanted to make sure since I could not find any documentation about it.

Also, what is the number as alt text that shows when hovering? It seems to match the number of questions in the specific category. In any case, I think an improved version could be in a form of:

List the (X) questions randomly.

(I wonder if something like [faq] questions could be included, so documentation keeps being created by users themselves)

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I've seen this problem with unnecessarily changing the sorting system. "Age" doesn't immediately say "Oldest to Newest" OR "Newest to Oldest". "Lottery" can be worked out but is it really necessary to use it instead of "Random"? We shouldn't cause confusion for the sake of being different. Corsaka‭ about 2 months ago

@Corsake some alt text will most probably solve the confusion. fedorqui‭ about 2 months ago

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"Lottery" is a random set of 50 questions. It's a way to be reminded of older posts that have dropped off the front page. I agree with the suggestion that "Random" would be a better label; we didn't think of it at the time for some reason.

I also agree that the tooltips could be more informative. Thanks for pointing it out.

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Excellent, thanks Monica. I like the idea, in my life I have spent hours jumping from a random Wikipedia article to another through their 'random' link and I am sure doing this in Codidact will be fun as well. Maybe in the future some conditioms can be added, sich as questions with a certain score, number or answers and things like that fedorqui‭ about 2 months ago

@fedorqui‭ there might actually be some low-level conditions; not sure. The tooltip reports the same number for all buttons, though, so maybe not. I would have to ask the developer or try to find it in the code. Maybe in the future we could improve it, yes. We're also working on a design for user filters, so you could describe what you want to see yourself, and if we do that then I'd probably keep the "random" list simple. Monica Cellio‭ about 2 months ago

I see in the code there is some setting that disqualifies a question to show in the Lottery list: LotteryAgeDeprecationSpeed: The relative speed at which questions age out..., used in the sorting. So there is some heuristic there. fedorqui‭ about 2 months ago

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