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Offer a titles-only search result
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A titles-only search result, with zero extra post processing (no page ranking, no snippet, no highlighting, no page info, no parenthetical saying it matched the category or the redirect or the section) seems like an attractive, win-win feature.

The old search depended on page ranking, offering only intitle and incategory for parameters, and pouring out myriad results. Now we have many new Search features which eschew page-ranking, enabling us to finally target a specific set of pages with precision for the purpose of definitely handling each and every one.

Providing this would encourage:

  • post-processing those pages, targeting those titles in AWB
  • presenting those titles elsewhere, adding markup for wikilinks or checklists
  • comparing one query to another. A quick diff or cmp helps learn Search, diagnose Search, develop Search documentation

Other attractions are

  • five times more information per page
  • clean, relevant, uncluttered results compete with SpecialPages in general, PrefixIndex, WhatLinksHere, Categories in particular
  • an intitle search with titles only

I realize that the end-user who are post-processing can do it themselves.
But currently there is no obvious way to grep titles from Search results.
(Personally I have javaScript add an edit tag to each title, and can grep on that.)

Currently the end user must do the search, go to the bottom of the page and select a higher number of results (than the twenty), have the search done again, and then undo 1) the snippet 2) the document size and date (or category member counts), and 3) the parenthetical saying whether it matched in a category box, or matched in a redirect.

Event Timeline

Cpiral created this task.Sep 26 2015, 9:50 AM
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Cpiral renamed this task from User option to remove contextual lines from search results to Search results consisting of titles only.Sep 26 2015, 10:03 AM
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Cpiral updated the task description. (Show Details)Sep 26 2015, 5:09 PM

If you choose Gadgets, Editing gadgets,"Remove the visual editor from the user interface" it happens.

If you choose Gadgets, Editing gadgets,"Remove the visual editor from the user interface" it happens.

@Cpiral: Could you elaborate what is "it" in the context of this report?

Does the title "Search results consisting of titles only" describe a bug (and if yes, what are steps to reproduce)?
Does the title "Search results consisting of titles only" describe a feature request?

Aklapper renamed this task from Search results consisting of titles only to Allow search results to consist of titles only.Sep 28 2015, 9:19 AM

@Cpiral: Could you please answer the last comment?

@Cpiral: Could you please answer the last comment?

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Deskana renamed this task from Allow search results to consist of titles only to Allow search results to omit highlighted snippets and consist of titles only.Dec 29 2015, 10:59 PM
Deskana triaged this task as Lowest priority.
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Unless an engineer comes to me stating that we're having big performance issues with this, I will assume it's very low priority.

Deskana renamed this task from Allow search results to omit highlighted snippets and consist of titles only to Allow search results to omit highlighted snippets and consist of titles only in order to improve performance.Dec 29 2015, 11:00 PM
Deskana moved this task from Needs triage to Search on the Discovery board.
Cpiral updated the task description. (Show Details)Jan 22 2016, 8:03 PM
Cpiral renamed this task from Allow search results to omit highlighted snippets and consist of titles only in order to improve performance to Offer a titles-only search result.Jan 22 2016, 8:08 PM

@Aklapper and @Deskana,

I see the comment confusion now. Sorry. Also, sorry for the title confusion. Forgive me, thank you for your efforts, and please take care.
If ya'll remove confused comments. I will follow after.