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Overhaul for the surprise

#9
I wouldn't want to exclude popular, older stories that haven't been updated for a while. The current system would consider Forgotten Conqueror inactive; but on what basis would you exclude a 108 chapter, top 5 story from the random generator?

I can, though, add a filter so that it includes any fiction that is either:
Completed OR
Active (updated in the last 35 days) OR
At least 20 chapters
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#10
Well, there's a ratio to find between quality and randomness. You can test any formula because 'Surprise Me' is not a RRL key feature.

Completed OR
Active (updated in the last 35 days) OR
At least 20 chapters

Looks fine to me.

But if you're not sure, you can let RNG decide between a formula or the usual completely random surprise novel.
That way, nothing is completely excluded and you're sure you can get a surprise. Plus, the user may get decent novels, and the devs may go back at some point to test a better formula.
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#11
The problem is, I'm the one who has to tune said RNG as well Tongue
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#12
Haha I guess so :)
Meh. 80% filter 20% classic Surprise Me and be done with it.
Let a Switch case somewhere if you want to add a new formula or re-tune the RNG (rand, random or whatever you want to call it).
If RNG screws up then... Meh again; it's not like we're dealing with sensitive data.

Edit: And for those that are not happy with the 80% thing, here. I tested the Surprise Me button 3 times, just so that you couldn't make me doubt. It it gave me that:
1st try: http://royalroadl.com/fiction/14389/tang...al-romance (what the actual... 1 chapter dropped)
2nd try: http://royalroadl.com/fiction/13392/shadowborne (Meh 1 chapter dropped)
3rd try: http://royalroadl.com/fiction/10280/the-...the-strong (dropped but looks OK)
I dare you to say that filters are unneeded. I DARE YA.
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#13
For the sensitive data, we just use more RNG.
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#14
Then we want a Surprise Me button with top unpredictable RNG (discrete uniform distribution is already a given).
Just kidding.
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#15
... we are already using a cryptographically secure discretely uniform random number generator...
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#16
That Surprise Me button receives so much love... :')

Then again I don't know why I thought of RNG issues while there's https on the website. I"m a noob it seems.
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