Formerly titled: "Article does not exist" css tweaks
- The current “Article does not exist” message on special:search reinforces the misconception that wikipedia search is only about finding articles. Given its prime position, it sets a tone of failure right away and discourages users from exploring the results where the relevant information could be found within various articles. This was observed in the user interviews.
- The current message takes up quit a bit of space at the top (with some communities having much longer messages) and pushes the content down.
- Casual readers are unlikely to respond to the message about “creating an article” due to their lack of experience with editing.
- The copy of the message is currently customizable and is community controlled which limits us from proposing changes to the copy
- We do not have enough data to validate the usefulness of the link and if any new articles are created through this entry point
Current treatment of the message
When I am scanning the results on the Special:Search page …
… I want to be able to discover relevant information,
… so that I do not overlook information that might be hiding within an article and could directly navigate to it.
Previously Proposed Design
Which we will not be proceeding with due to reasons listed in the comments.
There is currently no ideal solution identified to address the problems identified above. This will need to be further studied and explored.
Meanwhile in order to not block the team we will proceed with a few stylistic changes so that the message is consistent to other messages that show up in the same location.
See the detailed specs in Figma
- Change the colour of all links (except the missing article red link) to blue. This is the ONLY AC that needs QA for this ticket
Minor spacing, styling adjustments as shown in Figma link abovethis is now covered in for all messages, including this one in T315323
Note that this message is currently only for desktop and is presently not visible on mobile web.