Aug 20 2008

Game: Wiki Walk

Category: Uncategorized @ 11:26 pm

This is from a favorite online comic Xkcd. It relates closely to the game we’re introducing this week: Wiki Walk. For this game it helps to be the kind of person that enjoys a bleery-eyed Wikipedia clicking binge.

The object of a Wiki Walk is to hunt for the shortest distance (measured in clicks) from a particular Wikipedia page to another. So, if you’re looking for a path from the page Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo to the page Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 you could click as follows:

Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo —-> Noun —->Name —->List of unusual personal names —->Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116

And there you have it, from our starting page to our target page in 4 clicks. The only rule is that you can only click on links to other wiki pages, no clicking on the External Links section.

For any particular wiki walk, there are probably multiple paths that qualify as the shortest. You’re goal is to just find one of them. Give the game a try, it has a certain Zen to it.

Your first Wiki Walk is to navigate from Mental to Magma. Post your path in the comments section. Let’s see who can do it in the fewest steps. If too many people get that one too quickly, then also try from Kelvin to Kevin Bacon.

50 Responses to “Game: Wiki Walk”

  1. Gabriel Says:
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    Here’s a tip, find your Wiki Walk path and then use the back button on your browser to retrace (and document) your steps.

  2. dlawhon Says:
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    Mental-Serious Sam-Earth-Mantle(geology)-Volcanism-Magma

  3. Elyse Says:
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    Aw man, i got it in 8 mental->insanity->Latin->classics->Plato->Allegory of the cave->cave->Lava->Magma.

  4. Elyse Says:
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    Oh wait,

    Mental->mind->environment->climate change->plate tectonics->magma.

  5. Garrett Says:
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    The beauty of Wikipedia is that it can easily be unscrupulously edited.
    Mental -> Magma. Direct.
    Ditto for Kelvin to Kevin Bacon.

    This game is too easy.

  6. Mrs. Sara Says:
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    Cheaters never prosper, except when they win contests. ;)

  7. Mrs. Sara Says:
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    Dang… I tried, but I can’t beat six. *tries harder*

  8. Brian Says:
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    Mental>Disambiguation>Mercury(element)>Volcano>Magma

  9. Brendan Says:
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    Mental > Mental Disorder > Social Stigma > 19th Century > Mount Tambora > Magma

  10. dirk gently Says:
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    Ah, the interconnectedness of all things!

  11. Brian Says:
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    Kelvin>Heat>Heat(disambiguation)>Heat(1995 Film)>1995 in Film>Appollo 13>Kevin Bacon

  12. Svlad Cjelli Says:
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    You are an imposter!

  13. Gabriel Says:
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    By the way, just in case you aren’t clicking on them, you owe it to yourself to read the two wiki pages I put in the first example (Buffalo & Brfxxcc…)

  14. dirk gently Says:
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    Ah, Mr. Cjelli, the coincidences that surround that unfortunate name are too complex to be thoroughly investigated at this time. I am not an imposter, merely incognito. Would that I had time for a further exchange on the matter, but alas, I have to find a secretary to transcribe the bill that will shortly begin its journey to your mailbox. The charges will be for the drinks that this skepticism has induced the need for. If you would like to hire me to find this imposter for you, include the daily charges and expenses; and I will happily begin following the fundamental interconnectedness of all things until he is discovered. I have heard he is in the Bahamas.

  15. smodaresi Says:
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    4 clicks!!!!

    Mental–> Serious Sam–> Earth–> Igneous rock–> Magma

  16. cartouche Says:
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    Kelvin> British > England > Full English Breakfast > Bacon > Bacon(disambiguation)> Kevin Bacon

  17. cartouche Says:
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    @ smodaresi : nice one, I can’t find less than 5 clicks :)

    Mental > Mind > World Health Organization > South Korea > Volcano > Magma

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