[Wikimedia-l] [WikimediaMobile] Where to redirect m.wikipedia.org?

Bohdan Melnychuk base-w at yandex.ru
Fri Dec 6 19:33:37 UTC 2013

www.wikipedia.org sure. All these lang detectors can can not work 
properly in mobile devices and users shall have opportunity to have 
overriding settings for this site (e.g. i would like to see wiki sites 
in Ukrainian but my prefered language in browser is Russian for several 


06.12.2013 7:11, James Alexander написав(ла):
> On Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 8:39 PM, Yuri Astrakhan <yastrakhan at wikimedia.org>wrote:
>> http://m.wikipedia.org used to be a hard-coded redirect to English
>> en.m.wikipedia.org, except for the users in the Zero program. We now have
>> an ability to have complex redirection for that domain. How do you think
>> m.wikipedia.org should behave?
>> We could redirect m. to ...
>> * the current www.wikipedia.org, which seems to work pretty well on the
>> smaller device screens
>> * send users to the main page of the user's default language - based on
>> the browser settings (Accept-Language header) - and later possibly even
>> based on user's own language prefernces
>> * ...
>> Obviously it should be similar for other projects like wikinews, etc.
>> I am not a big fan of building a full blown page at the m. URL, as that
>> would involve much more work without a clear benefit - there are already
>> www and main pages available, why build another one.
>> Thanks!
>> --Yuri
> Completely agree that building a new page would be silly, we can just adapt
> the portals themselves (already editable on meta) with some mobile specific
> styling if it becomes a problem I think.
> Personally I'd be a fan sending it to the main 'wikipedia.org' type landing
> page. Couple reasons (some larger then others):
> * I've never really been a fan of assuming that they want to go to a
> specific languages (biggest reason)
> * Finding 'other' languages on the main page of wikis (both mobile and not)
> is possible but significantly easier on the main portal screen.
> * I kinda like the idea of driving home, to anyone who visits that portal
> at least, how many different languages we have. I feel like it could take
> their fancy to check out some of the ones they may not have before (either
> now or later).
> James
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