*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
We're excited to release our latest update to the Wikipedia Android app
available on the Google Play store. Aside from numerous minor enhancements
and bug fixes, the biggest highlight from this update is:
== *Suggested edits, the continuation ==*
Earlier this year we released the "Suggested edits" screen (accessible from
the left navigation menu in the Feed screen, when you're logged in) which
offers you a stream of suggested contributions. Initially these
contributions were limited to adding and translating Wikidata descriptions
for articles that were missing a description.
We have now expanded these suggested contributions to include adding and
translating structured image captions on Commons! The Suggested Edits
screen now presents you with images that are missing a structured caption,
or if you have more than one language configured in the app, it shows you
images that are missing translations of the caption into the other
language(s) that you have selected.
You may also add or translate the captions of images directly while
browsing articles. Tap on any image to go to the full-screen gallery, and
you should see options to add, edit, or translate the caption.
Check it out, and we'd love to hear your feedback.
Senior Software Engineer (Android)