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Allow users to control the criteria for suggestions (categories, location, etc.)
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When deciding what to translate, users prefer topics of their interest or in their knowledge area. We can consider providing some control on the kind of suggestions provided.

This ticket proposes to expand the current suggestions from the translation dashboard to customize the suggestions provided. Three kinds of options are supported:

  • Automatic. Automatic approaches for users to get suggestions on different topics:
    • "Previous edits" for suggestions based on previous editing activity. This is the current default approach when the user has made previous edits.
    • "Popular topics" general suggestions based on frequently viewed articles. This is the current default when users have no previous edits.
    • "Nearby topics" Topic close to the user location, using the nearby APIs.
    • "Active campaigns" Community-requested pages to be translated as parts of campaigns or similar configurations.
  • Topics. A predefined set of top-level topic categories from topic models (initial mockups were using vital articles list).
  • Search. Option for users to search for any Wikipedia page to use as a seed (i.e., get similar suggestions).

The example below illustrates these ideas. You can also check the prototype

Note that the above should be supported for both:

  • Suggestions for new articles to translate. That is, articles existing on the source language that do not exist in the target one.
  • Expanding articles with a new section. That is, articles that exist in both languages, but there are sections in the source language that are not present in the target language.

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Suggestions include an indicator of where are those coming from ("from previous edits"). This can be used to select a different type of suggestion:

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The search option provides additional flexibility for those interested in a much more specific topic:

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The recommendation tool seems to be able to provide suggestions similar to a given article. This can be used to support a predefined set of top-level categories based on the list of vital articles.
We can present a category for "Artists" and provide suggestions similar to one article randomly picked from that group (Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, El Greco, Rembrandt, etc.).

That will avoid the complexities of filtering article recommendations based on their Wikipedia categories, but still providing users with control on which kind of suggestions they want.

In this comment a user highlights criteria considered relevant when selecting articles:

  1. Not only featured articles, but also good.
  2. Search articles from categories. For example sport, etc.
  3. Depending on popularity. Number of views in a day. Not only the most popular, but as a parameter. For example more than 10, but less than 100 views in a day.

@Pginer-WMF, is this ticket and other that describe topics (and other related things) for list of suggestions still relevant?

@Pginer-WMF, is this ticket and other that describe topics (and other related things) for list of suggestions still relevant?

Yes. From user research we identified users could take advantage of having more control on the suggestions they are provided. In particular, selecting a specific area of interest to discover topics they can translate seems relevant. The dashboard has evolved since then, and the designs need updates but the ideas are still relevant.

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In this comment an editor proposes to provide the ability to focus on good and featured articles.

In this comment an editor asks for the possibility of customizing the suggestions ot pick more specific topics of interest:

Instead of guessing, can I just select the topic myself? For example, If i want some volcanoes, I could choose the topic "Volcanoes". If rivers, "Rivers" topic would be good. Maybe Wikipedia categories can help to choose a preferred topic for the article.

This issue is mentioned again by a user in this comment:

I mainly focused on computer science, I'd like to translate those pages, however on translation tool, it recommends me a lot of figures page, which I really can't help much