*tl;dr: We'll be stripping all content contained inside brackets from the
first sentence of articles in the Wikipedia app.*
The Mobile Apps Team is focussed on making the app a beautiful and engaging
reader experience, and trying to support use cases like wanting to look
something up quickly to find what it is. Unfortunately, there are several
aspects of Wikipedia at present that are actively detrimental to that goal.
One example of this are the lead sentences.
As mentioned in the other thread on this matter
lead sentences are poorly formatted and contain information that is
detrimental to quickly looking up a topic. The team did a quick audit
the information available inside brackets in the first sentences, and
typically it is pronunciation information which is probably better placed
in the infobox rather than breaking up the first sentence. The other
problem is that this information was typically inserted and previewed on a
platform where space is not at a premium, and that calculation is different
on mobile devices.
In order to better serve the quick lookup use case, the team has reached
the decision to strip anything inside brackets in the first sentence of
articles in the Wikipedia app.
Stripping content is not a decision to be made lightly. People took the
time to write it, and that should be respected. We realise this is
controversial. That said, it's the opinion of the team that the problem is
pretty clear: this content is not optimised for users quickly looking
things up on mobile devices at all, and will take a long time to solve
through alternative means. A quicker solution is required.
The screenshots below are mockups of the before and after of the change.
These are not final, I just put them together quickly to illustrate what
I'm talking about.
- Before: http://i.imgur.com/VwKerbv.jpg
- After: http://i.imgur.com/2A5PLmy.jpg
If you have any questions, let me know.
Associate Product Manager, Mobile Apps
As mentioned previously, the current version of the Android app contains an
A/B test where it presents "read more" suggestions to the user, based on
(a) the standard "morelike" query, or (b) the new "opening_text" query.
Here are the results from the last ~10 days of the test:
- The clickthrough rate using the default morelike query is (and has been)
- With the new opening_text query, the clickthrough rate decreases to about
[image: Inline image 1]
Therefore, it seems that the new query has a nontrivial negative effect on
We'll plan on removing this test in the next release of the app, but we'll
be happy to plug in a different or updated query, if it will be of further
use to Discovery.
(queries embedded as comments in the headers)
Senior Software Engineer / Product Owner (Android)
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Date: Wed, Sep 28, 2016 at 2:34 PM
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Hello mobile Wikimedians,
The Wikipedia iOS app team just released a small update to the app
store. Version 5.2.1 addresses a handful of bugs with our new widgets,
improves responsiveness when swiping back to read previous articles, and
fixes problems saving pages.
It also includes some improved localizations, with expanded coverage from
our always amazing Translatewiki volunteers, and RTL language support in
PM, Wikipedia app for iOS
 - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wikipedia/id324715238?mt=8
the wikidata team recently announced its plans for Wikidata support for
Wiktionary. This would make it possible to query Wiktionary content as
structured data, which should be very interesting for those who tried to
use Wiktionary as a word translation service (and suffered for it); I know
that at least the WMF Android app did that.
While the plan will take a while to implement, the proposal is now in the
last stage for comments on the data model, so this is probably the right
time to get involved and ensure that whatever APIs the apps would need can
easily be built on top of it.
(The full thread is available at https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/
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From: Lydia Pintscher <lydia.pintscher(a)wikimedia.de>
Date: Tue, Sep 13, 2016 at 6:17 AM
Subject: [Wikidata] Let's move forward with support for Wiktionary
To: "Discussion list for the Wikidata project." <
Hey everyone :)
Wiktionary is our third-largest sister project, both in term of active
editors and readers. It is a unique resource, with the goal to provide
a dictionary for every language, in every language. Since the
beginning of Wikidata but increasingly over the past months I have
been getting more and more requests for supporting Wiktionary and
lexicographical data in Wikidata. Having this data available openly
and freely licensed would be a major step forward in automated
translation, text analysis, text generation and much more. It will
enable and ease research. And most importantly it will enable the
individual Wiktionary communities to work more closely together and
benefit from each other’s work.
With this and the increased demand to support Wikimedia Commons with
Wikidata, we have looked at the bigger picture and our options. I am
seeing a lot of overlap in the work we need to do to support
Wiktionary and Commons. I am also seeing increasing pressure to store
lexicographical data in existing items (which would be bad for many
Because of this we will start implementing support for Wiktionary in
parallel to Commons based on our annual plan and quarterly plans. We
contacted several of our partners in order to get funding for this
additional work. I am happy that Google agreed to provide funding
(restricted to work on Wikidata). With this we can reorganize our team
and set up one part of the team to continue working on building out
the core of Wikidata and support for Wikipedia and Commons and the
other part will concentrate on Wiktionary. (To support and to extend
our work around Wikidata with the help of external funding sources was
our plan in our annual plan 2016:
As a next step I’d like us all to have another careful look at the
latest proposal at
https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:Wiktionary/Development. It has
been online for input in its current form for a year and the first
version is 3 years old now. So I am confident that the proposal is in
a good shape to start implementation. However I’d like to do a last
round of feedback with you all to make sure the concept really is
sane. To make it easier to understand there is now also a pdf
explaining the concept in a slightly different way:
Please do go ahead and review it. If you have comments or questions
please leave them on the talk page of the latest proposal at
I’d be especially interested in feedback from editors who are familiar
with both Wiktionary and Wikidata.
Getting support for Wiktionary done - just like for Commons - will
take some time but I am really excited about the opportunities it will
open up especially for languages that have so far not gotten much or
any technological support.
Lydia Pintscher - http://about.me/lydia.pintscher
Product Manager for Wikidata
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Apple has also recognized the incredible work from our iOS team and is
heavily promoting the Wikipedia app in their App Stores. Here are some
screenshots from two separate collections: "Do More on Your Lock Screen"
and "Enhanced for 3D Touch". We expect this to be a major driver in
awareness and new downloads.
Congrats iOS team!
On Tue, Sep 13, 2016 at 9:00 PM, Joshua Minor <jminor(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
> Hello mobile Wikimedians,
> A new version of the Wikipedia app for iOS was released to the App
> Store this morning, alongside Apple's iOS 10 update. This version
> includes a number of iOS 10 compatibility features and improvements. We
> strongly recommend that users who have updated their OS also update to this
> This version includes:
> - Today widgets for iOS 10. To add the Wikipedia widgets, go to the
> Today screen by swiping right on your lock screen. Then scroll down, tap
> Edit and then tap the green pluses next to our icons. We've added two
> - Continue Reading - Readers can now pick up exactly where they
> stopped reading an article.
> - Top Read - You can now see the top-read articles in your primary
> language Wikipedia.
> - Spotlight continuation: type a search in Spotlight, then see the
> results in the app.
> - Fix for Wikipedia Zero to help ensure users know when they are on a
> Zero network.
> - Fix an issue where the previously open article could be lost between
> - Other small bug and crash fixes.
> Josh Minor
> PM, Wikipedia app for iOS
>  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wikipedia/id324715238?mt=8
>  http://www.macrumors.com/how-to/ios-10-lock-screen/
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