Is there a way to increase the number of articles loaded from Random pages from 20? For example, 500 per click, as with New pages. @Discospinster 23:12, 28 October 2014 (UTC)
I for one press the random articles buttons at least 100 times before running AWB. Isn't that even more expensive than just have 1000 random pages generated at once? In WPCleaner you can set the number of random articles as high as you want (at least as high as I've ever tried).
Well, I only get 10 pages per click, and my computer is a bit slow, so it takes about 15 minutes to rack up the amount of articles I want and my finger hurts. How about a way for AWB to auto-click the button x times or something :P
Pressing a button which takes 3-4 seconds to load (on my PC) about 100 times isn't sustainable.
It still does the same workload on their servers if I only press the button once or 100 times, right? What if we have a "AWB will only get 10 pages per 2 seconds, but will automaticle fetch 1000 random articles in 8 minuts" or something? That would mean AWB would do the "clicking" instead of me.
Edited: It still does the same workload on their servers if I only press the button once for 1000 random articles or press the button 100 times for 10 articles each, right?
Not really. One query for 1000 pages has less overhead (e.g. connection setup if you're not using keepalive, receiving and routing the request, processing the MediaWiki startup, processing the parameters, connecting to the database, issuing database queries, formatting the result) than 100 queries for 10 pages each.
The API change should be deployed to WMF wikis with 1.26wmf23, see https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki_1.26/Roadmap for the schedule. Not closing the bug in case there's anything AWB needs to do to take advantage of it, since this is mainly an AWB bug.