Restore interwiki (sister projects) results in search queries
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For a short while, Special:Search showed results from other wikis in a very sensible way: for instance, looking for a word on Wikipedia gave you also a link to the entry on Wiktionary in the same language; searching for a name gave also the link to the person's quotations on Wikiquote; etc. If I remember correctly, they were displayed in a box on the right side of the screen.

This is a feature that, from what I recall, had a universally and greatly positive reaction and then suddenly disappeared. It's quite obviously useful because few readers (or even editors) know the differences between Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikiquote, Wikinews... We've missed it for many years now and it should probably be among the highest priority feature requests for our search (after "keep search lights on" but before any design or user experience work).

I don't remember any detail, maybe someone can find links. Looks like it was around 2009.


Version: master
See Also:
T49775: Centralized Search Engine ("interwiki" searches)
T55531: Images in Commons don't show up in search when using CirrusSearch
T3837: Add the ability to simultaneously search all languages on the on-wiki search page
T62975: Expose interwiki search results in API

bzimport set Reference to bz44420.

See also bug 16283 comment 10 for something this may help fixing (or not).

btw

(Ram on bug 47775 comment #5)

The current search code (Java) already has a mode for "interwiki" searches
but
it is currently disabled

  • This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 21685 ***

Updating priority as, according to the RfC, this is indeed one of the key things in consideration for the new search system.

(In reply to comment #4)

Updating priority as, according to the RfC, this is indeed one of the key
things in consideration for the new search system.

Which RfC?

(In reply to comment #5)

Which RfC?

https://www.mediawiki.org/w/index.php?title=Talk:Requests_for_comment/CirrusSearch&diff=716862&oldid=716855
Of course it won't be the first release(s) but "I like the idea a lot" to me means that we/they want to keep an eye on this request, hence the priority to avoid losing it.

Yeah - it is reasonably high priority to me. Especially with regards to Bug 53531 which is a limited form of interwiki search that we do still have on in the old search code.

Magnus has written a script which adds Wikidata search results: http://blog.magnusmanske.de/?p=108
http://magnusmanske.de/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/wdsearch.png
This mostly helps with inter-language searches (for title and? something more) in the same project, despite being technically inter-project.

  • Bug 25278 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Change 105986 had a related patch set uploaded by Chad:
Implement interwiki searches

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/105986

Change 105986 merged by jenkins-bot:
Implement interwiki searches

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/105986

demon added a comment.Feb 13 2014, 6:11 AM

Marking this fixed because it's basically implemented. We can always tidy things up later (and we will).

wmf.amgine3691 wrote:

Talking to Wikidata, only Wikipedia, Commons, Wikisource, and Wikivoyage are interwikied in any way. For Wiktionary, Wikinews, Wikibooks, Wikiquote, Wikiversity, Wikispecies, and Incubator this is still broken.

(In reply to Amgine from comment #13)

Talking to Wikidata, only Wikipedia, Commons, Wikisource, and Wikivoyage
are interwikied in any way. For Wiktionary, Wikinews, Wikibooks, Wikiquote,
Wikiversity, Wikispecies, and Incubator this is still broken.

I don't understand this comment, as far as I know this is not related to Wikidata in any way.

wmf.amgine3691 wrote:

(In reply to Nemo from comment #14)

(In reply to Amgine from comment #13)
> Talking to Wikidata, only Wikipedia, Commons, Wikisource, and Wikivoyage
> are interwikied in any way. For Wiktionary, Wikinews, Wikibooks, Wikiquote,
> Wikiversity, Wikispecies, and Incubator this is still broken.

I don't understand this comment, as far as I know this is not related to
Wikidata in any way.

The patch searches the Wikidata Interwikis only.

demon added a comment.Feb 13 2014, 4:51 PM

(In reply to Amgine from comment #15)

(In reply to Nemo from comment #14)
> (In reply to Amgine from comment #13)
> > Talking to Wikidata, only Wikipedia, Commons, Wikisource, and Wikivoyage
> > are interwikied in any way. For Wiktionary, Wikinews, Wikibooks, Wikiquote,
> > Wikiversity, Wikispecies, and Incubator this is still broken.
>
> I don't understand this comment, as far as I know this is not related to
> Wikidata in any way.

The patch searches the Wikidata Interwikis only.

What do you mean by that? The search doesn't care about the interwiki prefix really, it's what's returned. I think core Special:Search and/or wikidata are mishandling the prefixes actually, not Cirrus.

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