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There is a popular hypothesis—known as "six degrees of separation"—holding that any two people in the world are separated by a chain of no more than six acquaintances. It is perhaps a worthwhile task in studying the character of Wikipedia to see whether something similar obtains among its articles. Six Degrees of Wikipedia (popularized by Elan Gershoni) aims to be a compendium of the following things:

  • The items separated by the longest minimal chains in the encyclopædia (especially where these are more than four links long). Note that the shortest known chain between the two items should be specified. Generalisation over time, where possible, seems to produce the shortest chains. Failing this, try generalisation over space to reduce chain length.[clarification needed]
  • The most intuitively remote items separated by short chains—chains of fewer than six articles, anyway. That is, these should be items that have no obvious connection but which, nonetheless, can be linked between very quickly in Wikipedia. This is a much more subjective category, but should still be interesting; it may be enough to describe these as "interestingly" or "oddly" short chains.
  • Chains between two articles selected at random (using Special:Randompage). Since these can often be uninteresting, think twice about actually adding these to this page.

Rules[edit]

We will accept only links between actual articles, not "Talk" pages. (If this approach still allows many uninteresting connections, it might be worth restricting it in further ways, such as disallowing articles on years or decades completely, or any other type of article that might be considered "too general". For now, though, we will not worry about these.)

Be sure to specify the direction the chain runs in by using, for example, the right-arrow character (→), which can be found below the "edit window" when editing pages. If you cannot use the arrow character, you can just use the word "to".

Using date-to-date links (e.g., 19961993) is "uninteresting" and should be avoided. Similarly, using country-to-country links (e.g., JapanChina) is uninteresting and should be avoided as well.

Tampering with articles for the sole reason of changing their degrees of separation is discouraged for the purposes of this project; we aim to clarify how Wikipedia is as it evolves, not to set forth that it should be more or less so. That being said, if this page brings to your attention a "missing link" that really should be in an article, feel free to correct it (and make the corresponding change to this page, as well).

Other versions[edit]

Popular versions of this game include The Wiki Game and Wikipedia Maze.

The Wiki Game Is a Real-time and multi-player version, and contains different game type challenges that include random start and end goals. Wikipedia Maze awards points and badges for both creating and solving puzzles. Each time a user solves a puzzle they are awarded points based on the average amount of clicks it has taken. The harder the puzzle, the more points are awarded. Each puzzle can be voted "up" or "down" by other players, based on whether or not they like it, which results in points being given to or taken from the creator of the puzzle. Players are also awarded badges when reaching certain point-total milestones.

Surprisingly short chains[edit]

Eight-degree chains[edit]

Seven-degree chains[edit]

Six-degree chains[edit]

Five-degree chains[edit]

Four-degree chains[edit]

Three-degree chains[edit]

Two-degree chains[edit]

Surprisingly long minimal chains[edit]

Ten steps claimed[edit]

  • Snoring to ZZZ. Funnily, no paths under 10 steps exist for these two seemingly related articles. However, the reverse is only 3 steps. -- Daverocks 13:36, 13 January 2006 (UTC)
The only article-space link to ZZZ, List of all three letter acronyms, is orphaned. smurrayinchester(User), (Talk) 10:15, 4 February 2006 (UTC)

Eight steps claimed[edit]

Seven steps claimed[edit]

Six steps claimed[edit]

Five steps claimed[edit]

  • As RIAA is a redirect to Recording Industry Association of America this looks more like four steps to me. TomTheHand 19:54, 7 February 2006 (UTC)

Four steps claimed[edit]

Surprisingly long reverse path[edit]

Shortest "unnatural" chains[edit]

  • Anime to Three Stooges
    • AnimeMoeThree Stooges
      • Moe is a disambiguation page, and the link has since been changed to bypass it, so the chain is now broken. NeonMerlin 05:09, 13 July 2007 (UTC)

Where is the link to Star Trek on Natural Environment? Avraham 03:01, 2 April 2006 (UTC)

(many obvious other chains from this e.g.:) Dick CheneyGeorge W. BushOsama bin LadenSunflower

Chains between two random pages[edit]

Charyyapadas to Broadstairs

Oatcake to Ukrainian I

The Payolas to Marvin Liebman

Kick to The Face

Adolphe Joseph Thomas Monticelli to Classical theory

Sobhuza II of Swaziland to Binnenalster

Vin Mariani to Capital virtues

Baltasar Carlos, Prince of Asturias to Saurodactylus

Hal Colebatch to Liard River

Cyber Team in Akihabara to Mount Carmel Cemetery

Sweet Polly Oliver to Committee of Public Safety

Velociraptor to Jewish services

Coenzyme Q to Rawlins, Wyoming

Gerald Posner to Michel Tremblay

Solna to Mohammad Abaee-Khorasani

Pokémon to Boston Molasses Disaster

Common Grackle to Ambassador Hotel

Ylistaro to Streptococcus pneumoniae

Julius Caesar to Rafael Cordero (educator)

Marsupial to Bridge

Frank Drake to Ramsey Island

Proof by verbosity to Rudraige

Walter Richard Parker to 85

Don Beebe to Haji Ali Dargah

Shoichi Nakagawa to Tallest buildings in Australia

Molson Coors to Chemical elements named after places

Clarkefreak 22:25, 8 August 2005 (UTC)

Hollycombe Steam Collection to Tithonus

Clarkefreak 03:39, 18 August 2005 (UTC)

Crawford Notch to Ferdinand von Saar

Visualization (cam) to Defeated nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court

ad nauseum to Coyville, Kansas in six steps:

BackThe Future

List of names of the official languages of the European Union in the official languages respectively to GoldenEye (song)

Zoe StarkPort Everglades

Blue Nile FallsJohn Norquist

Venice CommissionDahntay Jones

Principality of CapuaGrant Waite

HMAS Brisbane (D 41)Medical University of Lublin

FishGrowth hormone


AshvinAntarctica does not have any paths less than 10.

AntarcticaSnow Patrol does not have any paths less than 10.

Bowling for DollarsEssex County, Ontario

Bowling for DollarsWJWEssex County, Ontario

Caboose (Red vs. Blue)Heterochromia

Foreign relations of CameroonBaktykozha Izmukhambetov Foreign relations of Cameroon > United Nations > United Nations member states > Kazakhstan > Nursultan Nazarbayev > Baktykozha Izmukhambetov SalaSkan 01:48, 3 June 2007 (UTC)

Qwilfish to University of Indonesia

Rei Ayanami to Crime & Punishment

Maund to Chapare River

Northern Qi to P.H.U.Q.

River DebenEarth Is Room Enough

William ElfvingEmergency (Philippine TV program)

Piano Sonata in E-flat major, D. 568 (Schubert) to William Coffey

PikachuJohn Madden

Counterfeit banknote detection penJuryszewo.

Nikki CoghillDedicated (Lemar)

Goat CheeseBarack Obama

Elisabeth Parr, Marchioness of Northampton4774 Hobetsu

ETAOIN SHRDLUFonejacker

Walt Disney to The Hollies

Miranda Cosgrove to Journey (band)

Wednesfield to Quilaco

Gene Hamilton to 3-Faced Elva

Forest Thrush to Bird (disambiguation)

Pytor Iylich Tchaikovsky to Pelican Eel

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  • WikiDistrict A real-time wikipedia path calculator
  • The Wiki Game A Real-time and multiplayer version of the game where the player has given maximum time-limits to get from one wikipedia page to another. Players compete in real time. Players are assigned random names and can register and choose a permanent nickname.
  • Wikipedia Maze An implementation of the game that awards points and badges to players for creating and solving puzzles.
  • Six degrees tool
  • Wikispeedia An implementation of the game with an additional research purpose.
  • DegreesOfWikipedia.com is a multi-lingual degrees of separation finder for wikipedia, using 11 different languages and a live copy of the wikipedia database.
  • Lost in Wikipedia - BBC News Magazine article on 'Wiki-chaining'