Hey Amir,

Thanks for your comments. I'm always appreciative of how you get us thinking about the broader problem! Responses in-line.

On 13 March 2015 at 03:25, Amir E. Aharoni <amir.aharoni@mail.huji.ac.il> wrote:
1. Will it be done only in English or also in other languages? In particular, what about languages that don't use the '(' and ')' characters, such as Chinese?

For those languages, we'll still be running the stripping, but obviously if there are no such characters in the first sentence (because those characters are not used), nothing will be stripped.

2. Can this be made optional for people who really want to see it? (I know it sounds like xkcd 1172, but still.)

I refer you to the email I sent to Florian half an hour ago for an answer to this one.

3. A counter-example of something in parentheses that can be useful: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Square_and_Compasses .

Indeed, and it's unfortunate that such information will be lost. But that kind of highlights the problem, which is that there's no consistent model for what's included in brackets in the first sentence. The tradeoff is a difficult one to make because of cases exactly like this, and it leaves us feeling somewhat uneasy, but I'm of the belief that, on balance, it's a helpful change.

For what it's worth, I added this article to the quick audit we did, as an example of information that's lost by what we're proposing.


Dan Garry
Associate Product Manager, Mobile Apps
Wikimedia Foundation