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Switch search to use local descriptions on enwiki
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Charlotte created this task.Jul 8 2020, 5:38 PM
Charlotte triaged this task as Medium priority.Jul 20 2020, 3:37 PM
kaldari added a subscriber: kaldari.Sep 4 2020, 5:22 PM

@Dbrant - Any insights into why this is "blocked/waiting"? Anything I can do to help?

Dbrant added a comment.Sep 4 2020, 5:35 PM

@kaldari This is waiting for the Core Platform team to finish building the API for writing descriptions in the local article.

@Dbrant - I'm not sure I understand the connection. Search shouldn't be dependent on editing.

Dbrant added a comment.Sep 4 2020, 5:50 PM

Sorry, these are all subtasks of the parent task of switching to local-only descriptions on enwiki,
Technically there's nothing blocking us from showing local-only descriptions in our search results. However that would lead to a confusing user experience because we would still allow the user to *edit* the description. But the edit will go to Wikidata, and it will appear like the user's edit had no effect. This is why we need the description editing API that will handle the special case of writing local descriptions, and only then can we switch the description presentation everywhere else in the app.

kaldari added a comment.EditedSep 4 2020, 6:46 PM

I think the new editing API may take a while to actually materialize (as there are higher priorities for Core Platform at the moment). Would it be possible to just disable description editing on English Wikipedia on Android in the meantime? I imagine it's already confusing to users since about half the English Wikipedia articles are using local descriptions now rather than Wikidata descriptions.

I think the new editing API may take a while to actually materialize (as there are higher priorities for Core Platform at the moment). Would it be possible to just disable description editing on English Wikipedia on Android in the meantime? I imagine it's already confusing to users since about half the English Wikipedia articles are using local descriptions now rather than Wikidata descriptions.

As far as we heard from @eprodromou this was the very next thing on Core Platform's list of things to build, and was meant to have been started two weeks ago. Has that changed? If so, we were not informed.

@Charlotte - I don't see that information reflected in Phabricator. Right now T257944 is the "Feature Requests to Review" column of the Platform Engineering board. That doesn't sound like it's ready to be worked on. But maybe Evan just hasn't moved it to a more appropriate column yet. @eprodromou, can you clarify?

Pppery added a subscriber: Pppery.Sep 9 2020, 2:20 PM