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.
|mediawiki/extensions/MobileFrontend : master||Special page nearby lack intro sentence|
|Open||None||T169162 [Epic] Improve special pages|
|Resolved||None||T169379 Update and adopt new special page template for remaining special pages (Contributions, Nearby, History and Watchlist)|
|Open||None||T96040 Wikibase special pages (tracking)|
|Duplicate||None||T120520 [Story] make it easier to understand what Special:Nearby is|
|Resolved||• Nirzar||T125820 Special:Nearby lacks to show purpose of the feature to the user|
|Resolved||aude||T138478 "Loading..." text is never hidden on Special:Nearby after loading is done|
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.
Special:Nearby can also use different coordinates
or show things near a page:
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.
Change 269464 abandoned by Jdlrobson:
Special page nearby lack intro sentence
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!