Random Wikipedia Page Challenge

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Click on one of the links on this page and write a song

To be completely random:

OR to have a better chance at getting an article of substance (thanks to @Amanda Rose Riley for the tip):

Feel free to post it here and tag it #randomwikipedia

Cool idea, I'll give it a go.

I've been frustrated by this in the past because Wikipedia simply has far too many pointless, stub, or obscure reference articles that basically have no substance, and they exponentially outweigh the ones that have any substance. However, there's a way around this by doing a random "good" article (this should work): https://randomincategory.toolforge.org/Good_articles?site=en.wikipedia.org

Btw I do want to do the challenge!

@tjeff very cool thanks.

@Amanda Rose Riley Thanks for the filter tip and anything random works. Since the idea is to write a song, no worries here if the method to arrive at a page is less than purely random. Now I want to write a song about a pointless obscure reference article, and I have a feeling I'm going to get one Lol .

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@AndyGetch That was my first thought too. I hope I just get a list of references Biggrin This is a good idea to spark something lyrical.....maybe, but I'm sure to at least read something interesting LOL .

@AndyGetch @dzd And I look forward to hearing those songs! Haha it would be very cool. It's just not my thing, I don't like writing songs like that, I like some randomness but I have my limits! Biggrin

I tried the random generator 25 times and found a topic I could use, maybe 2 if I stretched. But some of the random topics made me think of a local equivalent and out of that I got 5 or 6 possible topics. If one were to strictly adhere to the randomness, some of my songs would be very short indeed. Maybe instrumental.

Oh, so I'm not the only one who found the idea challenging Wink And not the only one who tried and tried. I'm not easily giving up but I think the idea beat me.

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No it is challenging, I keep hitting the random thing too, but I have found some pretty obscure movies I need to watch that sound pretty good, and read about some pretty interesting people. So that's a win in my book even if no songs come from it.

Welp, here is a something that is obscure and nearly pointless @Amanda Rose Riley @dzd *49319

@Mandolinda @musicsongwriter thanks for trying and I hope you get something out of it. Like any prompt it is a starting point, sometimes it works out, and well sometimes you get a song like mine Dash 1

Here is my almost random Wikipedia song. I mean, after 25 tries, almost random Wikipedia challenge.

Again not totally random, but it did pop up while scrolling.

Yes, I think it was the only way to participate: keep clicking and clicking...
Here is mine, to a luckily found title which I could easily relate to:

Here’s mine: http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/49561

Here’s mine:

Great idea! I used Amanda’s link and liked what I got first time https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ash_Crimson

I’ll knock something up and post it here soon. Thanks Andy and good luck everyone!

Here's mine! I got a bridge. http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/49888

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I was about to give up on this one too, until got a relatively easy one Biggrin


This is a cool challenge, and I think I'll use it again to help get a song started. Here's one I just finished, using Amanda's link: http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/50290

I drew Vigoroso da Siena... here's my song! http://fiftyninety.fawmers.org/song/50920