Wikipedia:Wikirace

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A Wikirace (IPA: /ˈwɪ.ki.rɛɪs/) is a race between any number of participants, using links to travel from one Wikipedia page to another. The first person to reach the destination page, or the person that reaches the destination using the fewest number of links, wins the race. Intermediary pages may also be required.

How to Wikirace[edit]

To Wikirace, first select a page off the top of your head. Using a randomized page works well, as well as the featured article of the day. This will be your beginning page. Next choose a destination page. Generally, this destination page is something very unrelated to the beginning page. For example, going from apple to orange would not be challenging, as you would simply start at the apple page, click a wikilink to fruit and then proceed to orange. A race from Jesus Christ to subway (restaurant) would be more of a challenge, however. For a true test of skill, attempt Roman Colosseum to Orthographic projection. Once you have selected a beginning page and a destination page, the race begins and the first person to reach the destination page wins. Finally, the racers are usually located in the same room, to be sure that no one has cheated. Wikiraces are common in classroom environments in which kids are bored.

Rules[edit]

  • Disambiguation pages are allowed to be used.
  • Obviously, editing your beginning page to have a link to the destination page is not allowed. Not only does this defeat the point of the race, but it will compromise the integrity of Wikipedia and anger the Wikipedia users.
  • A player may or may not use the "Back" button or any other feature of their browser which would allow them to view a Wikipedia article and then back-track to the previous one when one doesn't find the link that they were hoping for. Again, make sure everyone in the Wikirace is clear on the rules. Some games allow the use of the "Back" button but count this as a link clicked.
  • A player may not use the Special:AllPages page to directly find the target page.
  • Using the "find" function can spoil the race, as you do not need to read through anything and are just letting the computer do the work for you.
  • The Categories bar may or may not be used.
  • Using the "Navigation", "Interaction", or "Toolbox" links is also not allowed.
  • The use of the "See also" links is optional and can be avoided for a longer and more difficult race.

Optional[edit]

  • Using a browser's find option. Just make sure everyone in the Wikirace knows whether the find command is allowed or not.
  • Not using geographical locations makes the race longer and more challenging.

Good Target Pages[edit]

  • Mystery Seeker-
  • Pokemon - you'd be surprised. Only a few links work.
  • Smoothie King - Impossible to find if you don't know how to get there!
  • ECDL - Evil to find when not using categories. Requires going totally off topic to reach.
  • Charlotte Dacre - Several links, but they're almost all years!
  • Goderich Airport - Nearly impossible, requires either going completely off topic, or using some mad wiki geography skills, scanning across Ontario.
  • Mashimaro - Very hard to find, especially since all of the obvious topics don't link to it.
  • Mother insult - Almost impossible
  • Keyway - Seems quite easy at first glance, but not linked to anything obvious.
  • Utility pole - Has almost no links to it but it is possible.
  • Preparation H - Avoid searching this one in very public places.
  • Hot Pockets - Very hard, indeed.
  • IAR Systems - Nearly impossible, as there are nearly no links to it.
  • bananaman - Yeah speaks for itself.
  • Leawarra railway station, Melbourne - Go try this one, I think it's almost impossible!
  • Fu Manchu - not impossible, but very difficult without using back arrows.
  • flip flop - not impossible, but very difficult.
  • OtterBox - not impossible, but obvious leads don't pan out
  • bingo - not easy for newbies, but is for experts.
  • Bread crumb - not impossible, but harder than you think.
  • Daniel L. Smith-Christopher - most of the obvious leads don't seem to work, but it is possible.
  • Altoids - Average time: 5 minutes.
  • Gurn - Only one link known, extremely tough.
  • Ingrown nail - Very difficult, many disgusting images.
  • Tinder - Almost impossible.
  • Doorbell - Harder than you think.
  • S'well - Has very few useable links.
  • Franz Ferdinand - Not a lot there
  • Wikipedia:Wikirace - Has only been achieved THREE TIMES! (Hall of Fame: Neatski, Glm705, One in a Zillion)

Helper Pages[edit]

Easy Pages[edit]

  • Sports athletes, teams, and events (such as Johnny Damon, Chicago Blackhawks or the Super Bowl) are incredibly easy to access, by taking nearly any link that has a connection with the United States. From the United States there is a section on sports, and many popular sports are accessible from there.
  • Music bands, artists, and albums are easily accessed by use of United States. There are links leading to music from the music section of the page, and all genres/subgenres imaginable are on that page.

Alternate - Point Based Rules (Wik's Degrees of Separation)[edit]

  • This version is designed to be played via message board or email.
  • Start at the main page.
  • Your starting point on this page is the FIRST link in the FIRST news item under "In the News".
  • Your ending point is the FIRST link in Today's Featured Article.
  • Beginning with your starting link, you must navigate links within Wikipedia in order to reach Today's Featured Article .
  • No editing pages to aid your advancement for this or future contests (though pages may always be edited for content where required).
  • No linking years.
  • 5 points are added for each page you link to beyond the first and not counting the final page (so each page in between is 5 points).
  • 25 points are added for returning to a previously viewed page either through backspace or the series of links.
  • On a one point per minute basis, add the total time it took you to the point total.
  • Fewest number of points wins. (NOTE: Post your starting link and your point total. The individual with the fewest points will post their links afterward for validation.)
  • There is another type of game called "Five Clicks to Jesus" where each player must link to the article of Jesus Christ following the standard wikirace rules.
  • There is a mode of wikirace where the "United States" page is disallowed

Online racetracks[edit]

WikiRace A version of the game playable in 10 European languages.

Wikipedia Race [dead link] An interesting fast paced version where the links slowly disappear from the page as you race. If a player stays too long on one page, all the links can disappear causing them to lose.

Wikipedia Game Online, multi-player game that challenges you to go from separate Wikipedia articles, by only article clicks, as fast as you can.

Wikipedia Maze [dead link] Is a version of the game that awards points and badges for both creating and solving puzzles. Every time a user solves a puzzle they are awarded points based on the average amount of clicks it takes to solve the puzzle. The harder the puzzle is the more points that are awarded. Each puzzle can be voted up or down by other players, based on whether or not they like the it, which awards points to the creator. Players are also awarded badges when reaching certain mile-stones.

Wikirace [dead link] It is a free wikipedia racetrack for wikiracers. Wikiracing is made exciting at this website by giving players points for every race they finish and every record they break. At Wikirace.org players cannot edit articles which will ensure no workarounds. Year links, date links, category pages, list pages and a few disambiguation pages are disabled to make races interesting. Players can create their own races. The races will be available for play after they are approved.

Wikispeedia is an implementation of the game with the additional research purpose of using the gathered data in an artificial intelligence program that automatically learns commonsense knowledge.

Strategies[edit]

Wikiracing usually consists of two distinct strategies (not including random clicking). The first method is called the "Gate" or "Portal" method. When using the Gate method, one tries to locate a link to an article with a wide range of possible wikilinks contained in it. For example, the article on the United States is a good Gate, as it has multiple wiki links that can help you redirect to a new article that is somewhat relative to what you are looking for.

The second method, and more popular, is called the Background method. In this method, you apply all knowledge of the article you are looking for in order to find relative links. For example, if one was searching for Walt Disney, knowing where he was born (as background information) could help find more articles to search for that would, in turn, lead to your designated page.

The "disambiguation route" relies on the destination page having multiple meanings or interpretations. For example, a race to 'fan' could have different routes, either looking for "someone who has an intense appreciation for something(s) or someone(s)" or "a device to agitate or move air or other gas" then using the disambiguate feature to choose the correct page.

Wikiracing websites[edit]

  • WikiRace A version of the game playable in 10 European languages.
  • Wikirace.org [dead link] - The wikipedia racetrack - The first wikiracing website
  • Wikipedia Race [dead link] A fast paced version where the links dissapear from the page as you play
  • Wikipedia Game Online, multi-player game with free, no-login-needed playing.
  • WikiPaths Wikipaths is a Greasemonkey Firefox extension allowing users to start a new game while directly browsing Wikipedia.
  • Wikipedia Maze [dead link] is the latest version of the game where players can earn points and badges for both creating and solving puzzles.
  • Wikispeedia - An implementation of the game with an additional AI research purpose
  • Loose Connections [dead link] - A twitter feed of wikirace challenges with links to example solutions.
  • Wiki Game - An android version for Wiki Game.
  • WikiWars - YouTube playlist featuring Wiki races between The Gregory Brothers and their friends, with in-character commentary