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Restore old behavior of Special:ItemDisambiguation
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Since I22ad897084, Special:ItemDisambiguation has some unwanted features:

  • it does a prefix search
  • it is case insensitive
  • it supports searching for entity IDs instead of labels

We don’t want any of those, so there should be some post-processing step of the search result to bring the behavior closer to the old version.

(Do we need to worry about Unicode normalization here?)

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Lucas_Werkmeister_WMDE triaged this task as High priority.Jun 12 2018, 12:54 PM
Lucas_Werkmeister_WMDE created this task.

We don’t want any of those

I would argue that case-insensitive search makes more sense than case-sensitive search. Variations like "LASER" vs. "laser", or "Neil DeGrasse Tyson" vs. "Neil deGrasse Tyson" or "The Lord of the Rings" vs. "The Lord Of The Rings" should be supported to allow relevant items to be listed, in the cases where the user happens to type the correct spelling but uses a different stylistic convention than the one present on the item.

But I may be overlooking important details. What's the rationale for case-sensitivity?

Ladsgroup changed the task status from Open to Stalled.Jun 28 2018, 3:11 PM
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Lydia_Pintscher closed this task as Invalid.Jul 31 2018, 12:46 PM

Closing until we are sure that we actually want to keep the page. That's being discussed in the parent ticket.