I have a few questions for you that I send to you well in advance. In a
previous exchange of emails I informed someone in your staff that search
functionality that works well for over 50% of our public had regressed in
functionality; it used to work it no longer does. The Special:MediaSearch
used to enable me to find images in Commons in Dutch. It no longer does. In
an exchange of emails that followed, I was told that after the integration
of text it no longer worked. The software works as designed, fulfills its
test cases and to use a technical term "shit happens". I worked in
computing myself and this is a typical scenario where department level
priorities impact company level priorities. To use another technical term,
that is when "shit hits the fan".
I am now a candidate for the board of the Wikimedia Foundation. Support for
our public is why I entered. I have the following questions.
- how does your department ensure that search functionality works
equally well in all the languages Wikimedia supports
- how do you ensure such functionality in multi language projects
- how is the functionality for multi language testing embedded
- what proposals do you have to improve search functionality that will
help us share the sum of all knowledge that we have.
- what effect will they have for the whole of our public
I have proposed a Wikimania session where everyone is invited to bring
proposals that will particularly improve functionality for our public. When
I am elected, I expect to learn the proposals from the Wikimedia
On Wed, 7 Jul 2021 at 21:49, Trey Jones <tjones(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
The Search Platform Team
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Search_Platform> usually holds
office hours the first Wednesday of each month. Come talk to us about
anything related to Wikimedia search, Wikidata Query Service, Wikimedia
Commons Query Service, etc.!
Feel free to add your items to the Etherpad Agenda for the next meeting.
Details for our next meeting:
Date: Wednesday, July 14th, 2021 (not July 7 due to WMF holiday)
Time: 15:00-16:00 GMT / 08:00-09:00 PDT / 11:00-12:00 EDT / 17:00-18:00
Google Meet link: https://meet.google.com/vyc-jvgq-dww
Join by phone in the US: +1 786-701-6904 PIN: 262 122 849#
Hope to talk to you in a week!
Sr. Computational Linguist, Search Platform
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