Random page in category

Tool created by Ahecht. Source available at source.php

The RandomInCategory tool is a replacement for Special:RandomInCategory that actually chooses a page randomly. Includes options for filtering results by namespace and type. To use, replace [[Special:RandomInCategory/CATEGORY_NAME]] with [[toolforge:RandomInCategory/CATEGORY_NAME]] or [[toolforge:RandomInCategory/CATEGORY_NAME&OPTIONAL_PARAMETERS]].

By default, the script assumes the category is from en.wikipedia.org. This can be overridden by adding the server= parameters to the url, e.g. ?server=commons.wikimedia.org. Do not include "https://" in the site name.

Results can be filtered by namespace and type by adding the namespace= and type= parameters to the url, e.g. ?namespace=2|118&type=page. These parameters are documented as cmnamespace and cmtype at https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/API:Categorymembers, but the "|" between namespaces can optionally be replaced with a ";" or "!" for compatibility with wikilinks.

For performance reasons, the list of items is cached for 10 minutes. To manually refresh the cache, set the purge= parameter to any value.

The script will return the URL of the article and other debugging data instead of actually performing the redirect if the debug= parameter is set to any value.

Any other parameters in the URL will be passed on to the target page.

Examples:

Pending enwiki AFC Drafts in Draft: or User: namespaces:
/Pending_AfC_submissions?server=en.wikipedia.org&namespace=2|118&type=page
Categories about US States:
/States_of_the_United_States?&type=subcat
Featured pictures on Wikimedia Commons:
/Featured_pictures_on_Wikimedia_Commons?server=commons.wikimedia.org&type=file
Edit an article about a primary color:
/Primary_colors?type=page&action=edit


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