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Disable Hovercards on Wikimedia Commons
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Hovercards are currently set to only show on main namespace pages (articles). This is because other page types would require custom treatment that we are not yet ready to invest in supporting until we ensure that the primary use case is providing value. However, while this is the case, we should probably remove hovercards from the commons beta menu since it does nothing.

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Jdlrobson renamed this task from hovercards shouldn't be an option in commons to Disabled Hovercards on Wikimedia Commons.Aug 25 2016, 8:30 PM
Jdlrobson edited projects, added Wikimedia-Site-requests; removed Page-Previews.
MBinder_WMF renamed this task from Disabled Hovercards on Wikimedia Commons to Disable Hovercards on Wikimedia Commons.Aug 25 2016, 8:30 PM
MBinder_WMF triaged this task as Medium priority.
MBinder_WMF moved this task from Incoming to Triaged but Future on the Readers-Web-Backlog board.

@JKatzWMF FYI, at time of writing 4,302 users are trying this feature on Commons
Hovercards do work on pages like ttps://

@Jdlrobson sure. It's @ovasileva's call, but some more context below:

My guess is that it is so rarely usable that it is a distraction. When I search the event logs for commons hovers I got this (query below):

Commons had 100 hovers and 4302 users), which is equivalent to:

enqikiquote, 160 hovers from only 198 users
eo.wikipedia 112 hovers from 98 users
pl.wiktionary 92 from 44 users

Clearly, the ratio is off. I would guess that 4302 is the number of people who tried it and never turned it off.

SELECT count(*), wiki FROM Popups_15777589 WHERE (event_action = 'dismissed' OR event_action LIKE '%opened%') GROUP BY wiki;

I think this would be best to leave as Triaged but future (low priority in my opinion). Then we can remove it when we remove hovercards from Beta (and exclude Commons when we are moving to stable)

@Jdlrobson, @JKatzWMF - what are the other wikis with hovercards in beta?

@ovasileva good call and great question. All the wikis have it as an option, including wikidata! At some point, we might want to run through and confirm there is value before enabling- I had thought we would only want to enable as default on Wikipedia, but maybe it is more of an open question.