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[Story] make it easier to understand what Special:Nearby is
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Right now Special:Nearby has no introduction sentence explaining what it shows. It should have an intro sentence so users can more easily understand what they are seeing when coming to the page.

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mediawiki/extensions/MobileFrontend : masterSpecial page nearby lack intro sentence

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D3r1ck01 added a subscriber: D3r1ck01.EditedFeb 9 2016, 4:34 PM

Yeah, @Lydia_Pintscher, i see Nearby Special page does not have any introductory sentence concerning it. Looking at all the other special pages, i see all of them have an intro statement saying what the extension does.

Will look into this and submit a patch :)

D3r1ck01 claimed this task.Feb 9 2016, 6:29 PM

Change 269464 had a related patch set uploaded (by D3r1ck01):
Special page nearby lack intro sentence

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/269464

Mbch331 added a subscriber: Mbch331.Feb 9 2016, 7:15 PM

I would correct it to: Reveals information concerning interesting locations around your current location (IP address).
(first location -> locations and space between location and (IP )

Thanks @Mbch331, it has been corrected.

I would correct it to: Reveals information concerning interesting locations around your current location (IP address).
(first location -> locations and space between location and (IP )

This is not accurate. It uses the geolocation API which may use GPS.
I'd like to get input from @Nirzar before continuing.
Personally I think a message above the list is the wrong solution and I think ideally the spinner should say "Finding pages near your current location..." to indicate what's going on.

aude added a subscriber: aude.Feb 9 2016, 9:54 PM

Special:Nearby can also use different coordinates

https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Special:Nearby#/coord/38.897669444444,-77.03655

or show things near a page:

https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Special:Nearby#/page/Q243

I wonder if we can make the wording could accommodate these other possibilities, or have different messages for those cases?

I always forget about those.
Yes, I can imagine a different message for each of the above being useful for these cases.
I'm not sure how you make "38.897669444444,-77.03655" user friendly though. Ideally you'd say something like "The following pages are near Washington DC" rather than "The following pages are near 38.897669444444,-77.03655".

I think updating the ajax loading gif to have a message would be a good first start though.

Restricted Application added a subscriber: TerraCodes. · View Herald TranscriptMay 23 2016, 11:44 AM

What do you think @Nirzar - should we be describing this?

bmansurov lowered the priority of this task from Normal to Low.May 30 2016, 5:15 PM
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D3r1ck01 removed D3r1ck01 as the assignee of this task.Aug 26 2016, 3:22 PM

Change 269464 abandoned by Jdlrobson:
Special page nearby lack intro sentence

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Hi D3r1ck01 I'm abandoning this in case someone else wants to work on it (that can obviously be you but I see you removed yourself as the assignee from the task :)) Luckily this change will be preserved in Gerrit for whoever wants to take another go at it! Thank you for trying!

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/269464