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1. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

I have noticed that when I go to the main page, I will within the same day see the same picture randomly displayed as featured Travel Photo Gallery picture. Then I won't see that picture again for a long time.

Anyway, this got the old computer science side of my brain working and now I have to ask...

Is the random picture selection algorithm based at all on the date? Is that why pictures would appear more frequently on certain days?

Greg

2. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Quoting GregW

Is the random picture selection algorithm based at all on the date? Is that why pictures would appear more frequently on certain days?

Greg

(nodding head...pretending to have a clue as to what any of that sentence means;) ) I know that when I hit TP and am taken to the main page..if I keep hitting the refresh button I can go for a while before hitting a duplicate.

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

I thought I did good by avoiding the use of the term "hash-table" but apparently not...

Cupcake, why, pray tell, would you sit at the main page and continually hit the refresh button over and over?

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

(Joz, quick! Blame it on one of the animals!)

5. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

true randomness is hard to come by...

6. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting GregW

Cupcake, why, pray tell, would you sit at the main page and continually hit the refresh button over and over?

With all that chocolate, she has forgotten she can just go to the featured photo gallery and see them all. Or, she's stuck in rewind mode.

7. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4809 posts) 11y

Quoting GregW

I have noticed that when I go to the main page, I will within the same day see the same picture randomly displayed as featured Travel Photo Gallery picture. Then I won't see that picture again for a long time.

True randomness (as is used here) means that you can have a streak of the same photo appearing dozens of times in a row, without this being at all strange.
However, you should never see the same picture again on the main page "after a long time", as the random picture shown there is always only one from the last 20 featured...

8. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Quoting GregW

I thought I did good by avoiding the use of the term "hash-table" but apparently not...

Cupcake, why, pray tell, would you sit at the main page and continually hit the refresh button over and over?

Dammit Greg, what the hell is a hash-table??
Because sometimes my screen freezes and the mouse will reappear if I hit the refresh button. One day I did that while on the main page, and voila! the pictures changed;) Wait! I mean....it was Rayme, yeah...that's it! It was Rayme!! :)

9. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4809 posts) 11y

Quoting Cupcake

what the hell is a hash-table??

Do you really want to know? *looks innocent* ;)

10. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Yes! I hate not knowing, because then I will assume something and make an azz out of myself ;)
Does it involve corned beef? Or some oregeno-type drug substance?