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Replace all references to "AI" and "artificial intelligence" for labeling link recommendation suggestions
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All existing references to "AI" and "artificial intelligence" will be removed from the copy related to the add a link structured task.
Please refer to this sheet for the updated copy and QQQ strings.
The terminology changes are in summary:

  1. Using "machine" suggestions instead of referencing "AI" or "artificial intelligence. (e.g., Suggestions by artificial intelligence (AI) changed to Machine suggestions)
  2. Reducing reference and emphasis "machine" source of suggestions as much as possible (e.g., Leave AI suggestions? changed to Leave suggestions?)
  • Also change references in code to "AI"

Original task description

As noted by @leila in T268705: Add a link: mobile module preview:

Hi @RHo @MMiller_WMF — should there be an alt text for the robot icon?

Hi @mewoph - I thought this would be like the easy level icon where it is not an <img> element so would not require alt text. If that's incorrect, I think the alt text could be "AI suggestions task", since this is what the robot is indicating in this context.

Unless there is a strong reason to say "AI" in this case, I suggest you consider alternatives. "Machine" can be one. The algorithm behind the feature is not AI (strictly speaking). Even if by some stretch we can consider it an AI, it may not always remain such in future updates to the models. We will remain more accurate and gain more flexibility by using a different term than ML or AI.

@MMiller_WMF @RHo @leila if we are going to make a change, it would be nice to do it soon to avoid additional burden on translators having to re-translate strings that already include the term "AI".

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kostajh triaged this task as High priority.
kostajh created this task.

Assigning to @MMiller_WMF to decide how to move forward on this.

Relatedly, I read this today: https://spectrum.ieee.org/the-institute/ieee-member-news/stop-calling-everything-ai-machinelearning-pioneer-says

“People are getting confused about the meaning of AI in discussions of technology trends—that there is some kind of intelligent thought in computers that is responsible for the progress and which is competing with humans,” he says. “We don’t have that, but people are talking as if we do.”

I wonder if our users might get confused by the label too. I don't know of a good answer to this, though. Like would we call "AI Suggestion mode" just "Suggestions mode"? And say "algorithm" or "computer" instead of "AI"?

Relatedly, I read this today: https://spectrum.ieee.org/the-institute/ieee-member-news/stop-calling-everything-ai-machinelearning-pioneer-says

“People are getting confused about the meaning of AI in discussions of technology trends—that there is some kind of intelligent thought in computers that is responsible for the progress and which is competing with humans,” he says. “We don’t have that, but people are talking as if we do.”

I wonder if our users might get confused by the label too. I don't know of a good answer to this, though. Like would we call "AI Suggestion mode" just "Suggestions mode"? And say "algorithm" or "computer" instead of "AI"?

"AddLink (LinkRecommendation, SuggestedLink) algorithm" would more accurately describe the functionality. "Add link" doesn't even satisfy the definition of ML (or AI).

@kostajh -- thank you for creating this task. I'm going through a process to make this decision, which includes several candidate approaches and opinions from experts and our ambassadors. I expect to have updated copy by the middle of next week. Is that too long of a wait such that engineering work will be blocked?

@kostajh -- thank you for creating this task. I'm going through a process to make this decision, which includes several candidate approaches and opinions from experts and our ambassadors. I expect to have updated copy by the middle of next week. Is that too long of a wait such that engineering work will be blocked?

No, it's not blocking engineering work at all.

One thing I was thinking about was just to use the phrase "Suggestions mode" – does it matter to the end user if it's a computer or other humans providing the suggestions? Suppose in the future we had a structured task that involved one user making annotations in a document (like in Google Docs "Suggest" mode) and another user accepting/rejecting them – would that be a similar user experience to what we are providing with link recommendations?

In other words, maybe the distinctive thing about what we're offering to the user is fine-grained suggestions on what specifically to change, and that's what is most important to inform them about, because that's quite distinct from the other suggested edit tasks where we point them to an article but can't give any specific instructions.

RHo renamed this task from Decide if we are going to use an alternative term to AI for labeling link recommendation suggestions to Replace all references to "AI" and "artificial intelligence" for labeling link recommendation suggestions.Apr 8 2021, 9:04 PM
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Change 678977 had a related patch set uploaded (by MewOphaswongse; author: MewOphaswongse):

[mediawiki/extensions/GrowthExperiments@master] Replace refererences to AI terminology with "machine"

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/678977

The following components of Add a Link were updated:

  • isAiSuggestion property in TaskType (renaming in code)
  • AiSuggestionsMode in VisualEditor integration (renaming in code)
  • Onboarding content

  • Help panel content

  • Invisible label for robot icon

  • Tooltip content

kostajh moved this task from Code Review to QA on the Growth-Team (Current Sprint) board.
kostajh moved this task from April 12 - April 16 to Done / QA on the Add-Link board.

Change 678977 merged by jenkins-bot:

[mediawiki/extensions/GrowthExperiments@master] Replace refererences to AI terminology with "machine"

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/678977

Checked - the changes are in place.

Questions to @MMiller_WMF :

@Etonkovidova -- I'm not sure if I can answer those questions, but I'll try:

  • We do want the "Learn more" link in our feature.
  • I don't know about the old messages that have "AI" and "artificial intelligence", but I can say that we're not going to need them now or in the future.

Hi @Etonkovidova, the learn more link is only shown if learnmore field is set for the task type in the wiki's MediaWiki:NewcomerTasks.json page. For en betalabs https://en.wikipedia.beta.wmflabs.org/w/index.php?title=MediaWiki:NewcomerTasks.json, it looks like this field is not present.

Thanks, @MMiller_WMF and @mewoph! Yes, MediaWiki:NewcomerTasks.json doesn't have learnmore for link-recommendation - not on betalabs or on testwiki. Should it be added ? Technically speaking, the previous link for links - "Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Linking" could be re-used.

@MMiller_WMF - as per your comment below, if the link should be present could you create a task?

@Etonkovidova -- I'm not sure if I can answer those questions, but I'll try:

  • We do want the "Learn more" link in our feature.
  • I don't know about the old messages that have "AI" and "artificial intelligence", but I can say that we're not going to need them now or in the future.

I'll try to follow up on how the pages with unused/old messages on translatewiki should be handled.