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[EPIC] Front end: cross-wiki search results display
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As a team, and based on feedback generated on MediaWiki and the talk page, we want to create methods and functionality to generate and display additional (and relevant) search results on Wikipedia that are from other sister projects and the native language wiki where the user entered their search query.

Our goal in this effort is to add this functionality onto Wikipedia and gather results from other projects to display on the search results page. These search results will be in the same language as the search was done in - i.e.: if I search on en.wiki for what is the history of the olympics I want to see search results in English on en.wiki and also relevant results (in English) from sister projects such as wikiquote, wiktionary, wikivoyage, etc.

We've discussed this in various different meetings, here are the etherpad notes that contain the raw minutes from those meetings, in order to refresh our memories (listed in no particular order):

This ticket is to cover the front end display that we need to build to support the backend functionality (T145918).

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debt triaged this task as Medium priority.Sep 16 2016, 11:49 PM

I've created an A/B testing page here.

We've posted this on various village pumps - more information here: https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T147312#2852590

We've received feedback from the community and will be testing on the following Wikipedias: Polish, Catalan, Italian and Persian. See testing page: https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Cross-wiki_Search_Result_Improvements/Testing

Note that we've posted the upcoming release of the sister project snippets in the search results page—among a host of other search related updates—to various Village Pumps and to the email lists. More information can be found at T162276#3161968.

A blog post is expected to be released on Monday, April 10, 2017.

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debt moved this task from UI to Needs Reporting on the Discovery-Search (Current work) board.

Closing out this ticket as all remaining tests and analysis has been completed. The sister project snippets have been in production on all search engine results pages (SERP) on mobile web and desktop, since June 2017. The metrics dashboard can be viewed here to see how usage is progressing.

After further testing and the fact that the overall scope of Discovery's work is shifting, we've decided not to enable any other features that were linked to this epic ticket (information is detailed here and on the various subpages of that wiki page).