I think "external sites" isn't quite what this is proposing - it's generating crosslinks to Wikidata and Commons, and potentially through those to alternate-language versions. It's still remaining within the general ecosystem of our projects, and if we signpost that clearly I don't see a problem.

For what it's worth, "please link to other languages in search" (usually "if there's no local result") has been a feature request on and off for the best part of ten years :-)


On 20 November 2013 09:27, Jared Zimmerman <jared.zimmerman@wikimedia.org> wrote:
Do we have any other instances where we link to external sites within search results, this seems slightly concerning to me. 

Jared Zimmerman  \\  Director of User Experience \\ Wikimedia Foundation               

On Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 11:32 AM, Matthew Flaschen <mflaschen@wikimedia.org> wrote:
CCing the design list.

Matt Flaschen

On 11/18/2013 04:41 AM, Gerard Meijssen wrote:
In the latest hack by Magnus, he has expanded the search capability to
Wikidata so that you will get automatically generated descriptions but also
a link to Commons, a link to the Wikipedias and a link to the Reasonator.

The last bit is extra special because it will show you information in the
language of the Wiki with a fall back to English. At this stage Reasonator
only works for people. (ie "is a" "human").

What we would like is to have a nice logo for the Reasonator. it should
look good as an icon in the search and it should look good on a bigger
scale. I asked Lydia and, she may throw in a Wikidata T-shirt if she likes
the result.

I blogged about all this, [1] and, there is a link included that explains
how to add the search capability to your Wikipedia profile.


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