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.
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 organisation. 

On Wed, 7 Jul 2021 at 21:49, Trey Jones <tjones@wikimedia.org> wrote:

The Search Platform Team 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 CEST

Etherpad: https://etherpad.wikimedia.org/p/Search_Platform_Office_Hours

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!

Trey Jones
Sr. Computational Linguist, Search Platform
Wikimedia Foundation

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