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Vector-2022 "languages" control is confusingly labelled for single-language projects like Meta
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On https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Abstract_Wikipedia?useskin=vector-2022 the languages selector (p-lang-btn-checkbox) shows up labelled as 'languages' even though it's on a single-language project.

All the results are actually links to Wikipedia articles about the same concept, which is not really a great use of the sitelinks feature, and is just misleading.

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I'm not sure this is a Vector 2022 specific problem, on Vector the same links show up in the sidebar under "In other languages" with no mention of Wikipedia

I'm not sure this is a Vector 2022 specific problem, on Vector the same links show up in the sidebar under "In other languages" with no mention of Wikipedia

Yes, agreed, but the new design makes this problem much more acute as the ignorable greyed-out 12px out-of-the-way sidebar label is now front-and-centre 14px bold blue over-the-fold hovered control with an icon decorator, and is particularly a problem when there shouldn't be an expectation of a translation but instead there's a high-visibility "Add languages" control on the page.

These links from multilingual wikis like Meta are not supporting the functionality to switch the language for the current content. I think they should not be presented in the form of the main language selector since could be misleading.

These links to Wikipedia are similar in functionality to the "In other projects" list that is already present in the sidebar and already include a link to Wikipedia (the only value they add is to allow for direct access to one particular language version of Wikipedia). So I'd consider to (a) remove them (and make sure that when selecting Wikipedia, the user goes to the same language version the user is viewing the current content if available), (b) keep them in the side bar under the "In Wikipedia" label, or (c) integrate language selection as part of the current "In other projects" component (e.g., when users select Wikipedia allow to select/change the language).

For multilingual wikis like Meta, the main language selector is on top (changing the UI language, and also the content language for multilingual pages). Having an additional list of languages that looks like a language selector (and competes for attention with the previous one) but the functionality is about accessing related projects seems misleading. I think it would make more sense to use the language selector drop-down to provide access to the content languages on multilingual pages. That is, to replace the following block:

Screenshot 2022-11-24 at 11.05.39 2.png (182×873 px, 72 KB)

LGoto triaged this task as Medium priority.Mar 21 2023, 5:29 PM
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