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Offer Discourse results in MediaWiki.org search queries
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Inspired by https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Cross-wiki_Search_Result_Improvements/Design ...

Imagine that users with question searching in MediaWiki.org would obtain results of https://discourse-mediawiki.wmflabs.org/ as well. Wouldn't that be useful? Now imagine that this Discourse forum would contain not only technical questions, but also the archives of our technical mailing lists. Wouldn't that be very useful, and awesome?

Technically speaking, it seems we have all the building blocks needed. Discourse has a Search API (docs, intro) and we have a UI to offer related search results.

See how others have integrated Discourse search results in WordPress (another PHP application).

Maybe this could be a project for an internship or a contractor?

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Qgil created this task.Dec 28 2018, 4:32 PM

There is an implicit assumption here that people visit mediawiki.org specifically to search for... "stuff", I guess.

If I get it right, the current default search parameters on mediawiki.org do not include the Project namespace (used by e.g. mw:Project:Support_desk). That might be something to tackle and discuss first before going into pulling from external resources? (Does not depend on or exclude each other though, obviously.)