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Lord Jubjub
2010-Mar-07, 02:01 AM
I was tempted to make this into a poll, but I think it's best simply to ask the question and look for free response.

What website do you access for a simple question and wind up spending HOURS on following the various in-site links.

I'll kick this off and say Wikipedia has had my exclusive attention for more days than I'd like to admit to.

Van Rijn
2010-Mar-07, 02:09 AM
Wikipedia when I first found it (but also by looking at a lot of links to other sites).

TVtropes is another one. In that case, because there are a lot of funny titles and comments. For instance, this title had me laughing:

Straw Vulcan (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/StrawVulcan)

sarongsong
2010-Mar-07, 05:45 AM
Hard to beat eBay and/or craigslist.org when looking for something in particular to purchase...

Graybeard6
2010-Mar-07, 06:11 AM
Curse you, Van Rijn!
I just spent two hours at that site. .

Bluevision
2010-Mar-07, 06:17 AM
Wikipedia has got to be the highest on my list. I'm the kind of person who can log on at 5 in the afternoon, search up the population of Spain or something and then, 5 hours later, end up learning about the Russian revolution, while passing by the Chinese dynasties, several Hindu gods, and an obscure German death metal band. Don't get me wrong, you soak up a lot of information, but sometimes at the end you feel like it'd be better spent doing something else (especially if you wind up with a lot of articles on German death metal ;)

One site I could honestly spend a couple months on is towerdefense.com, home to every single internet tower defense game ever created :)

The escapist magazine is probably my personal best contender to wikipedia. Tonnes of articles and videos, along with a pretty diverse forum.

Gillianren
2010-Mar-07, 09:41 AM
Van Rijn, I have been working on reading that entire site. It's slow going, and I just pretend pages never get updated. I have been working toward this goal for months. Apparently, I like long, pointless projects.

mahesh
2010-Mar-07, 10:59 AM
BAUT and BBC for me (particularly during the cricket season, when test matches are being aired)

mahesh
2010-Mar-07, 12:05 PM
hmmm...
on thinking about this...all due respect LordJJ, however innocuous it may be deemed, aren't we kinda promoting otherwebsites redirecting traffic etc etc etc.... shrug shrug
and that it's against BAUT house rules???!!!

Okay, it's Sunday afternoon for us here, in the UK. London has incredibly clear, cloudless skies, lovely brisk chill in the air... a long, lingering saunter is called for, and a cup of tea.

y'all have a similarly wonderful day too...

Mister Earl
2010-Mar-07, 12:39 PM
For me... the Gaki no tsukai fansite.

Moose
2010-Mar-07, 12:47 PM
TV Tropes may one day let us understand (first hand) the nature of black holes. People stumble into it and find themselves unable to leave. Sooner or later, it'll reach singularity-mass.

KaiYeves
2010-Mar-07, 11:47 PM
TV Tropes and Wikipedia. Sometimes also Fanfiction.net.

RAF_Blackace
2010-Mar-08, 12:42 AM
Thanks guys. I have never even heard of some of those sites and now I am too scared to type in the address and look in case I am dragged somewhere I don't really want to go. Like a soap opera that drags you in and consumes you forever.

hawaii50girl
2010-Mar-08, 01:06 AM
The websites that are addicting for me are Wikipedia because I can go to look up one thing and than I get sidetracked by another link on Wikipedia. Fanfiction.net is another website I love going to because I love reading fan fiction of my favorite tv shows, movies, and books. Youtube is also addicting because I can spend hours watching videos on it. Also any Hawaii Five-O websites are addicting to me because I love that show.

Nick Theodorakis
2010-Mar-08, 02:03 AM
For me, the most dangerous time sink is tv tropes, definitely. I can get time-sucked into wikipedia occasionally, usually when I'm looking up something about history, then it's click click click and I find myself reading about the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth or something.

Sometimes a video site like college humor can suck me in for a little while, but there's not enough really compelling content to keep me trapped for too long. Also, the silly lists that are at cracked.com can keep me going awhile.

Nick

SkepticJ
2010-Mar-08, 02:22 AM
Occasionally, I'll blow a few hours at Technovelgy (http://www.technovelgy.com).

Wikipedia is the main time-suck. At least I come out of it more educated, and I've fathered some articles.

HenrikOlsen
2010-Mar-08, 07:28 AM
Wikipedia tends to take time for me, less so now than in the beginning as I'm starting to learn to control the urge for just one more page.
These days what takes the most time there is that I tend to notice vandalism and bad spelling and take the time to fix them.

Atraveller
2010-Mar-09, 06:10 AM
Of course Wiki provides a huge time sink - but have you looked at this one:

http://www.galaxyzoo.org/

I spend hours staring at galaxies a long time ago and far far away....

I don't know this tv tropes you speak of - and I'm afraid to look....

HenrikOlsen
2010-Mar-09, 07:56 AM
Yesterday disappeared in a black hole as I blew several hours on the cracked.com lists, especially after I started fact checking them it got fascinating because they're rather good at making their lists be of real things rather than just inventing something for laughs.

Van Rijn
2010-Mar-09, 08:57 AM
Curse you, Van Rijn!
I just spent two hours at that site. .

Heh. They have a trope for that. (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TVTropesWillRuinYourLife)

Of course, you shouldn't click on that link. Really.

Van Rijn
2010-Mar-09, 09:00 AM
Van Rijn, I have been working on reading that entire site. It's slow going, and I just pretend pages never get updated. I have been working toward this goal for months. Apparently, I like long, pointless projects.

I hadn't gone there for some time, but unfortunately, after I put the link here, I clicked on another link there, and another, and . . . well, I'm sure you know how it goes.

Moose
2010-Mar-09, 09:25 AM
Gah. I'm trapped!

Jeff Root
2010-Mar-09, 09:28 AM
In terms of pure, unadulterated time-wasting... I came across this site
many years ago, and was recently surprised to see it is still there, with
new pages, even. You are in a maze of twisty little passages, all alike...

http://www.superbad.com/

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

Jens
2010-Mar-09, 09:50 AM
I'm kind of surprised. Wikipedia has never done that for me, maybe because I know there's so much there that I don't wander around too much. Youtube can at times, but not usually because I generally just find one song and listen to it and then click on another song, while doing something else on the computer (I don't watch the videos, just listen to the sound with the application minimized). BAUT is the only one that really addicts me.

Nick Theodorakis
2010-Mar-09, 01:22 PM
Heh. They have a trope for that. (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TVTropesWillRuinYourLife)

Of course, you shouldn't click on that link. Really.

http://theodorakis.net/images/ackbar_trope.jpg

Uh, I mean... trap!

Nick

chrlzs
2010-Mar-09, 01:35 PM
http://www.xkcd.com/518/

and the random button...

ngc3314
2010-Mar-09, 01:37 PM
Of course Wiki provides a huge time sink - but have you looked at this one:

http://www.galaxyzoo.org/

I spend hours staring at galaxies a long time ago and far far away....


This is this site you're looking for. You will never again go about your business. Click along.

ShadowSot
2010-Mar-09, 06:55 PM
I pull up Drunk Duck and look at the comics that've been updated recently, some pretty good ones there.
Wowio (http://www.wowio.com/index.asp) is a really cheap site for PDF books. A lot of books who's copyright's worn off, or new content put up on the site for free.
Librivox (http://librivox.org/) is much the same. My friend sent it to me because of the list of Arsenne Lupin stories.

Also spend a lot of time on Youtube when i have access to it, looking up videos of martial artists, a good amount of time on Wiki going over history articles, and...

Well, really most of my times is spent reading books or the forums I visist regularly, like this one.

TheHalcyonYear
2010-Mar-09, 07:16 PM
Actually I don't find anything on the web "addicting". The things I get addicted to are in real life.

Jens
2010-Mar-10, 04:33 AM
Actually I don't find anything on the web "addicting". The things I get addicted to are in real life.

The web isn't real life? To me, having conversations with others and looking at information are part of real life.

Sententia
2010-Mar-10, 04:44 AM
I like dictionary.com .. Wikipedia, Youtube. Way too many addicting websites that I frequent daily. I get my news from a friends site "jimmyr.com" a mashup site with RSS feeds from all news.

Bolasanibk
2010-Mar-10, 07:09 AM
TV tropes, wikipedia and cracked.com
in that order.

/. is rapidly coming up the ranks though.

Sententia
2010-Mar-10, 08:19 AM
I like cracked in the since, of it's "top 10" or whatever it's doing. It's entertaining..

GeorgeLeRoyTirebiter
2010-Mar-12, 05:08 AM
I've lost entire days to TV Tropes. It's totally useless yet still entertaining, which makes it a perfect time waster. Wikipedia doesn't have the same effect on me, probably because it just isn't sufficiently deep or comprehensive in the subjects I'm most interested in.

I followed David Wong over to Cracked (the Cracked forums were originally at Wong's Pointless Waste of Time), so I lose a little bit of every day to them. Maybe that means it's more addictive, since I need a daily dose instead of just binging?