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In all seriousness, while I appreciate the work that Jani did on this, I don't think it's a good idea -- yet. However, I think it could quite easily be made into one.

The problem is diversity. It is nice to arrange things so that the featured trivia aren't all about the same part of the world. However, for several reasons, the submissions to the trivia list seem to tend to "cluster" so that consecutive items are from the same area. The result is that a simple FIFO queue tends not to spread out the interest. As I write this, we're heading toward a template tomorrow where all of the items are from the US. That's not good. Later on, we'll have a couple of days when 2/3 are from the same small country of Singapore. Ditto.

There's a simple(?) fix. Experience shows that almost exactly 1/3 of the trivia on the submission lists at any given time are from North America (US and Canada), 1/3 from Europe, and 1/3 from everywhere else. (This follows from the ratios of articles in those various places that have been fleshed out sufficiently that interesting trivia can be found in them, I think; one would hope that as the rest of the world gets into Usable-or-better status, these proportions will change.) Breaking the submissions list into sub-lists by region, and then setting up the bot (if it can be done) so that the item at the bottom of the template at changeover time is replaced by one from the same region, should deal with the problem. How hard is that?

There also may be problems cycling in DotM trivia, but I'll leave that for the next round of criticisms. ;-) -- Bill-on-the-Hill 10:36, 11 July 2006 (EDT)