To identify whether we need to build a non-JS version of the portal, we need to look at the support for JS that portal users have. Should be simple enough by looking at the delta between page requests and EventLogging calls.
|Resolved||mpopov||T124655 [SPIKE]: identify what proportion of portal requests lack JS support|
Draft of the report at https://github.com/wikimedia-research/wikipedia-portal-js/blob/master/report.pdf
Let me know if there's anything that's not clear or downright wrong. Sometime tomorrow I'm going to add on why we're interested in this in the first place along with a brief summary,, but for those familiar with the context who can't wait, the report is more or less done.
Also I'd LIKE to make the dataset publicly available but even though it doesn't contain any PII, I don't think I can under the current guidelines (https://office.wikimedia.org/wiki/Discovery_data_access_guidelines), but that's a topic for a different day. Also it's 8:30PM right now because apparently I liked working on this more than I like myself :\
@mpopov great work! :)
I do have a question about this sentence:
"The rationale for this being that if a user visits wikipedia.org, their browser may or may not make a request for the JS file depending on their settings and JS support, but their browser will definitely make a request for the JS file."
Does this mean that even if a user purposely turned off JS in their browser (for various personal concerns) that the browser will STILL make a call for the JS file and thus over-riding what the user wants?
This is a tremendously thorough report. Well done Mikhail! :D
To me this suggests we should build support; not just because 10%-of-traffic is lots but because of where that traffic comes from (underserved areas).
What are the guideline concerns you have around the data?
I agree with Oliver's conclusion! We should be very careful about putting a lot of support into JS-heavy/only features because so many people won't be able to have that experience.
I made the dataset available publicly (no PII, only aggregated data): https://github.com/wikimedia-research/wikipedia-portal-js/blob/master/portal-js.csv Let me know if I need to remove it.