Another Mindless Forum Game v1.0 - designed for the main part of the Citadel. So, how does it work:
1. Get two random submissions, the more distant/unrelated they are, the better. They can't be directly connected, of course, or from one user.
2. Then, find the easiest/shortes way to get from one submission to the other.
Counted are "jumps" a user has to take through significant Citadel pages. Large search pages count as one.Scoring:
+1 point for every jump, up to a maximum of 5
+1 point for a jump via a freetext
+1 point for a jump via a codex-ed or suggested submission
+2 points for a jump via a direct in-text link in a sub (there is no suggested submission)
-3 points for a jump within a major category (Items, Plots, etc)
-1 point for a jump within a minor category (Items->Magical, Lifeforms->Flora, etc)
+2 points if the route is shown to be one way only
+5 points if you make a submission connecting the two
...and possibly others
The sum is 0 (zero) if somebody else shows there is a shorter route with less jumps.
The route must be verifiable, ie you are not allowed to use random links and the like. Direct search is right out.
OK, let's make a try:
Randomly generated The Witness
and The Mad Queen and her Daughter
Let's see... Cheka left a comment on Shadow's sub, first jump goes to his profile where the other sub is actually among the Top 5 Rated - but that is a temporary listing, that can change. So another jump to all of his submissions, and there will be the other submission found.
Counting points: 3 jumps from one to another, but an additional +2 points because it is a one-way route = 5
OK, that wasn't much of a journey. Try it on your own - you are free to suggest new rules.