Add the ability to simultaneously search all languages on the on-wiki search page
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Author: brian

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It is currently not possible to search all languages
unless you search through an external search engine, but I
don't think most people realise how this works, and the
convenient links to other search engines won't be
available once we get the new database servers.

I show below an unsigned comment that came from
[[Meta:Wikimedia site feedback]]:

Today I was looking for "Kalignost" which happens to be a
german brandname for tetraphenylborate. The english
language search didn't come up with anything, not even
links to "other languages" ... with reference to the
previous point, I would think this could be helpful ...


Version: unspecified
Severity: enhancement
Workaround: Install wdsearch on your wiki to help progress.
See Also:

This card tracks a proposal from the 2015 Community Wishlist Survey: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/2015_Community_Wishlist_Survey

This proposal received 8 support votes, and was ranked #73 out of 107 proposals. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/2015_Community_Wishlist_Survey/Search#Multilingual_search

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bzimport created this task.Apr 7 2005, 3:44 AM

brian wrote:

And here's the section that was immediately above that on
[[Meta:Wikimedia site feedback]]:

word count for wikipedia "other languages" links?

I can read a few languages fluently and make sense of quite some
more, so I find the "other languages" links quite useful. However,
if there is a range of other language articles available, all
different, of course, it becomes hard to judge which ones bear
looking at. How hard would it be to append a word count to the links?

:Hi. I suggest that you discuss such features on wikitech-
l@wikimedia.org. We hope that one day we could choose the languages
to see in our preferences. Thanks. [[User:Anthere|Anthere]] 18:38, 1
Mar 2005 (UTC)

gangleri wrote:

related topics?:
bug 1837: Search all languages
bug 1640: add title searching across all wikis

brion added a comment.Oct 6 2005, 10:54 PM
  • Bug 1640 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
brion added a comment.Oct 6 2005, 10:55 PM

Might be possible by restructuring the lucene index; currently we have a
separate index for each wiki, but in theory we could roll them all together and
key on some group / language fields to restrict to single wikis or allow
searching a bunch.

Not sure how feasible this is, but might experiment with it.

Wiki.Melancholie wrote:

Have a look on [[wikicities:Special:Search]] to see how this could work.

Wiki.Melancholie wrote:

Hmm, working link: http://wikicities.com/wiki/Special:Search

*** Bug 10044 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

petr.castek wrote:

I suggest to add combobox with English, German, All language, optionally Current Language to a Search result page, and optionally to a search box in the left menu bar such as.
<pre><!--
<div id="p-search" class="portlet">

		<h5><label for="searchInput">Search</label></h5>
		<div id="searchBody" class="pBody">
			<form action="/w/index.php" id="searchform"><div>
				<input type='hidden' name="title" value="Special:Search"/>
				<input id="searchInput" name="search" type="text" title="Search Wikipedia [f]" accesskey="f" value="" />
				<input type='submit' name="go" class="searchButton" id="searchGoButton"	value="Go" title="Go to a page with this exact name if one exists" />&nbsp;
				<input type='submit' name="fulltext" class="searchButton" id="mw-searchButton" value="Search" title="Search Wikipedia for this text" />
			</div></form>
		</div>

</div>
--></pre>

fences_and_windows wrote:

I don't seem to be able to vote, but as I signed up to Bugzilla especially... I vote for this!

armbrust wrote:

There was a discussion between October and December last year about multilingual search at the Village Pump/Proposal of the en.Wikipedia (now archived there: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Village_pump_%28proposals%29/Archive_83#Multilingual_search_results_for_registered_Wikipedians.) There was a clear consensus to enable this feature for registered users on an opt-in basis.

  • Bug 22420 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
  • Bug 44038 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
  • Bug 47484 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
demon added a comment.Oct 23 2013, 6:06 PM

WONTFIX for lsearchd. We already have bug 44420 tracking this in Cirrus.

(Thanks Chad for this bug triaging!)

(In reply to comment #14)

WONTFIX for lsearchd. We already have bug 44420 tracking this in Cirrus.

Uh? How are they related? That's about sister projects, this about languages: that feature was used in Special:Search, this could be e.g. in the project portals.

Nemo_bis reopened this task as "Open".Jul 25 2015, 3:31 AM

Reopen to track a specific possible feature now that T46420 is fixed.
Cf. https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-search/2015-July/000238.html

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No, these are both unrelated AFAICT.

Ironholds moved this task from Needs triage to Search on the Discovery board.Aug 4 2015, 8:17 AM
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Change 241226 had a related patch set uploaded (by Smalyshev):
Enable A/B test for combined language search.

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/241226

Change 241226 merged by jenkins-bot:
Enable A/B test for combined language search.

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/241226

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Deskana changed the title from "Search all languages" to "Add the ability to simultaneously search all languages on the on-wiki search page".Dec 29 2015, 11:38 PM
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There are possible performance indications here, and tons of open product questions. For example, the results from each wiki are ranked relative to the results from the other wikis, so there is no sensible way of ranking a set of results with origins on multiple wikis. We'd need to resolve such questions. There's also the question of whether this would be helpful, as it's kind of a "stick your face in the hose" approach to consuming information.

Nemo_bis raised the priority of this task from "Lowest" to "Normal".Dec 30 2015, 7:31 AM

Definitely not lowest priority. It's fine if you don't want to work on this (feel free to remove projects), but others can. In the meanwhile, wikis can use gadgets.

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