Hello,  I have a few comments:

0. Both Wikipedia text on the top and sphere are a bit blurred, no?
1. The Russian text is overlaying the Wikipedia sphere is kind of distracting.  I know this is how it currently looks like on stable, but possibley with the minor magnification, it just doesn't seem right. :)
2. What is the <find a language> field supposed to do?   Right now it on beta and stable it directs to incubator, even for existing languages.
3. When I hover with my mouse over the languages, around the Wikipedia sphere, I get the name and description in native language again, while it might be more interesting to have this displayed in the language of my browser.   Same applies to the list of languages below.
4. The dropdown menu shows fair-use images while searching in English, but I assume this will be figured out soon.


On Wed, Mar 9, 2016 at 7:01 PM, Deborah Tankersley <dtankersley@wikimedia.org> wrote:

Things look really good! I haven't been able to fully test everything I want to, as of this morning, but looks very nice! :)

I did find something interesting on Safari (on a mac) and using a private browser (so I didn't have to clear my cache) the type-ahead didn't seem to work for me (with the meta data display). Can someone verify that they see the same thing?

Thanks - I'll test more later on today!


Deb Tankersley
Product Manager, Discovery
Wikimedia Foundation

On Tue, Mar 8, 2016 at 9:20 PM, Julien Girault <jgirault@wikimedia.org> wrote:
Hi everybody,

Following up on last week's email, the team has made significant improvements to the enhanced search box:
  • We developed a JavaScript-only version of the language picker, on top of the previous patch, so that users who have JS enabled (93% of our traffic) get a nicer version of the language picker.
    • Shorter language code is displayed, allowing more space for text within the search input.
    • Triggers the native selector on mobile devices.
    • The search box looks better overall.
Users who disable JavaScript, or are using old IE versions, get the native selector already presented in last email.  

It's merged into master, and deployed on beta!

Deployment to production 
(Phab ticket for reference: Epic T125472)

Last chance to enjoy the "good old search" https://www.wikipedia.org/ !

Chris and Deborah will answer any question or concern related to this deployment

Some screenshots:

Modern browsers:

Chrome, no-JS: http://i.imgur.com/JcBfz2h.png (basic language picker because no JS)

IE browsers:

IE8, JS: http://i.imgur.com/Nef2rn6.png (basic language picker because old IE)
IE9, JS: http://i.imgur.com/o1yrhcA.png (basic language picker because old IE)
Note: the CSS for the suggestions needs some attention, currently seeing weird padding.

Mobile browsers:

iOS, no-JS: http://i.imgur.com/F2rQpEE.png (basic language picker because no JS)

Note that JS is required for the typeahead/suggestions feature (this is already the case with the current page, no regression).
If you don't have JS, you will have to submit the form in order to get results.

Next A/B test: Use language detection to re-arrange the primary links to suit the user better

Coming soon! 
The team has also made significant progress, stay tuned!

For the Wikipedia.org portal team,


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