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Explain or modify the message "Not available in local languages" for the search results page
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The message cirrussearch-explore-similar-languages-none currently says "Not available in local languages".

The qqq message documentation says: "Text shown when there are no languages in the Explore Similar search results."

I'm not sure that I understand it. What does "local languages" refer to? Why does the qqq says just "languages"?

Is it a "local language" opposed to what? To the content language of the wiki on which this message appears?

Can it be changed to "other languages" in both the message and the qqq documentation? If not, can the qqq documentation be changed to explain what does "local" refer to? (For qqq, feel free to bypass Gerrit and change it in translatewiki.net; you'll need an account there if you haven't created one already.)

I see that this was already discussed at https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/#/c/356169/ . Other links from the description of that change don't call it "local", but "suggested", which is better than "local", because geolocation is not the only way to find suggested languages, but "other" is better yet, because it's more neutral.

I'm allowing myself to mark it as "high priority" because this feature appears to be at a stage of active development and deployment, and it should be very easy to fix once there is agreement about the right wording. I'm also adding @Pginer-WMF, who is experienced with designing comparable things for UniversalLanguageSelector.

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Amire80 created this task.Jun 30 2017, 8:05 AM
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@Amire80 thank you for your insight. Like you mention this issue was raised in the gerrit patch
https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/#/c/356169/16/i18n/en.json
but postponed because the AB test we're running is only on english wikipedia (and we don't plan to release until we have l10n coverage). However your right that "local languages" is confusing and should be changed. I was unsure whether "suggested" or "other" languages is preferable, because we're only showing results in "suggested" languages ( basically whatever is exposed via mw.uls.getFrequentLanguageList() ). From your comment it seems "other languages" is preferable, so I'll change it to that.

Change 362440 had a related patch set uploaded (by Jdrewniak; owner: Jdrewniak):
[mediawiki/extensions/CirrusSearch@master] modifying l10n phrasing for the explore-similar feature

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/362440

Also, a preview of this feature is available on labs:
http://sistersearch.wmflabs.org/w/index.php?search=~rainbow&title=Special:Search

Any other thought or suggestions are welcome under this ticket T149809
or this wiki https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Cross-wiki_Search_Result_Improvements/explore_similar

debt triaged this task as High priority.Jun 30 2017, 8:27 PM
debt edited projects, added Discovery-Search (Current work); removed Discovery-Search.
debt moved this task from in progress to Needs review on the Discovery-Search (Current work) board.

Change 362440 merged by jenkins-bot:
[mediawiki/extensions/CirrusSearch@master] modifying l10n phrasing for the explore-similar feature

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/362440

debt closed this task as Resolved.Jul 21 2017, 7:46 PM
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