Randomly exploring github

I made a thing!

If you go to githubexplorer.com you will get a little toy for visiting random Github repos.

It doesn’t just select them at random. It picks a user, then picks a random repo they like. As a result, popular and interesting repos should occur more often than uninteresting ones.

Right now it’s very basic. I have some additional plans for using it to test bed some ideas I have for UIs for randomly exploring things.

(Also right now it’s a little crashy. Having a problem with the way it’s deployed which I’ve yet to get to the bottom of. Just refresh the page and it should be fine)

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2 thoughts on “Randomly exploring github

  1. Rupert

    Neat – are the users own repos included in their ‘like’s, though? I have a few instances of users recommending me their own project. I guess that’s because you automatically watch your own projects.

    1. david Post author

      Yeah, that’s a deliberate feature. It randomly chooses a project you watch and, as you say, you watch your own projects.

      I think this is a good thing personally – it allows discovery of rare projects. Part of why I implemented this is the difficulty of finding interesting but obscure things.

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