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The location of the random page link under the On this Wiki tab

The random page (Special:Random) link can be used to go to a random article in a wiki's content namespaces. This link is great as a starting point for browsing a community, or if you just want to learn a random piece of information. A link to random page is shown in the On the Wiki tab of every community.

On most communities the content namespaces include only the main namespace. However, some communities have custom namespaces — if marked as content namespaces, they will also show in random page results.

Not all pages are included (such as redirects) and the results are not strictly random.

Random pages in specific namespacesEdit

You can also choose to view random pages in specific namespaces.

To create a link to a random page in a specific namespace, use [[Special:Random/namespace name]]. For example:

If you have custom namespaces on your community, you can also view random pages in those namespaces by linking to them in the same way.

If there are no pages in a namespace, the random page will take you to the main page of the community instead.

Note: "project" can generally be used as a redirect to the project namespace ("Community Central" on this wiki).

Random pages in a categoryEdit

Alternatively, you can use Special:RandomInCategory to get a random page in a specific category.

Placing a specific category in the URL will let you pick a random page from that category. For example, Special:RandomInCategory/Help pick a random page in the 'Help' category.

Further help and feedbackEdit

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