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Newcomer tasks: investigate topic matching
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Two of the largest engineering challenges with the newcomer tasks project are:

  • Which kinds of tasks to recommend and how to find them?
  • How to align the articles with the newcomer's interests?

This task is about some initial technical investigations around the second challenge of aligning the articles to a newcomer's interests. We should keep in mind that our goal with the initial version of the feature is to have task recommendations, but they may not be the most refined or accessible tasks -- that will come in later versions. What we want to figure out is:

  • Which of the potential approaches to matching tasks looks most promising for an initial version?
  • Do any of the approaches look most technically in reach?
  • What kind of work would we expect to do for the different approaches?
  • What potential technical issues or risks should we look out for?
  • Any other thoughts, engineering or otherwise.

The full details are in this section of our planning document. Here is the summary:

The results of this investigation should go into the Google Doc.

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This investigation is ready for development.

Moving into in progress as we have been adding comments and content to the doc.

MMiller_WMF closed this task as Resolved.Aug 28 2019, 11:29 PM

@kostajh and @Catrope have put thorough notes in the planning document and the team has discussed. The investigation is complete, and now we'll move on to prototyping, which will be ticketed separately.