Great new features, but a bit "hidden". Any way of making these functionalities
more obvious to someone using the sidebar search?
----- "David Gerard" <dgerard(a)gmail.com> wrote:
From: "David Gerard"
To: "English Wikipedia" <wikien-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
Sent: Tuesday, 2 June, 2009 23:15:13 GMT +00:00 GMT Britain, Ireland, Portugal
Subject: [WikiEN-l] Fwd: [Wikitech-l] en.wiki migrated to new search backend
New search for everyone. not just us!
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From: Robert Stojnic <rainmansr(a)gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [Wikitech-l] en.wiki migrated to new search backend
To: Wikimedia developers <wikitech-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
Just a quick update, a couple of days ago all of this stuff got enabled on
all WMF projects. The delay has mainly been due to us having to order more
hardware (particularly RAM) since my initial estimate of how much we needed
was somewhat off.
On Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 1:01 PM, Robert Stojnic <rainmansr(a)gmail.com> wrote:
We now have english wikipedia fully migrated to new servers / new search
backend. We cannot fully migrate other wikis until we resolve some hardware
issues. In the meantime, here is the overview of new features now deployed
1) Did you mean... - we now have search suggestions. Care has been taken to
provide suggestions that are context-sensitive, i.e. on phrases, proper
2) fuzzy and wildcard queries - a word can be made fuzzy by adding ~ to
it's end, e.g. query sarah~ thompson~ will give all different spellings and
similar names to sarah thompson. Wildcards can now be prefix and suffix,
e.g. *stan will give various countries in central asia.
3) prefix: - using this magic prefix, queries can be limited to pages
beginning with certain prefix. E.g.
mwsuggest prefix:Wikipedia:Village Pump
will search all village pumps and archives for mwsuggest. This should be
especially useful for archive searching in concert with inputbox or
4) intitle: - using this magic prefix, queries can be limited to titles
5) generally improved quality of search results via usage of related
articles (based on co-occurrence of links), anchor text, text abstracts,
proximity within articles, sections, redirects, improved stemming and such
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