when one is linked to an article on wikipedia and proceeds to spend an inordinate amount of time following links about completely unrelated articles. named for the walkabout wherein australian aboriginals walk in the desert for months at a time.
I was gonna get a bunch of work done this afternoon, but I got lost on a wikibout, started with Hanson and 3 hours later i was reading about Schrödinger's cat.
Wikibout is a term for falling down that virtual, hyper-text rabbit hole of clicking on term after term, topic after topic, on Wikipedia. You started looking up one thing and then saw something that looked interesting and clicked on it, and before you know it, three hours have passed. You went from originally reading about the history of ice cream to reading all about baseball's greatest knuckleball pitchers. With lots of stuff in between too. A classic wikibout...
"Why were you late to work today?"
"I went on a wikibout. Lost track of the time I guess..."