[Interestingly, there doesn't seem to be a good category for this post... does this mean I should ask this on stackoverflow?]
I was looking at how to have a collection display items in random order, but the batching feature complicates things: we would have to establish a random order of all items, then show batches of that. Would the random ordering of all items have to be done per user, per visit? Would that random ordering be different from that seen by other users? What happens on reload? Would we store a random ordering as a cookie? How would this work with cacheing.
If it's not per user or per visit, how often should the random order be regenerated on the server?