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Idea: a widget displaying randomly selected posts

  1. I would appreciate a new widget that would display several (say, up to 5) randomly selected posts from a blog. I have a number of topics on my blog that are "ageless" and it would help to keep discussions going.

    Anyone else feeling the same need?

    The blog I need help with is helar.wordpress.com.

  2. I expect that if wordpress introduced this type of thing it would be truly random. In other words, we would not be able to control which show up and which do not.

    My suggestion would be to simply make your own in this case using a text widget.

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/text-widget/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/links/text-widget-links/

  3. You can call up a random post by adding the ?random switch to the end of your blog's url. I used this trick as part of "The QuickFix" text widget in my sidebar.

  4. I use image widget to display random posts (it's a manual work though).

  5. iNove theme has this feature when there's no widget added -- default. Interesting thing is, it displays 5 random posts on homepage's sidebar while all we can manually do at best is to have a link - with or without image banner- (.../?random) to one random post of each click. I'm totally in tune with the OP, having multiple random posts displayed automatically on sidebar is a sound good idea.

  6. I used to have this as a clickable button like ismailimail has, and when I got rid of it I got complaints.

  7. Thanks to all of you! I tried the ?random switch attached to a picture and (after some minor challenges) IT WORKS! Happy, happy, happy... You are great!

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