Provide a list of unsuccessful searches


Author: dejan.papez

I'd like to propose the addition of a new special page that would display all the
searches that were unsuccessful. This would be a log of recently searched for but
unfound items. By sorting them on the basis of times they were searched for and not
found, we could more easily fill the gaps that still remain in the databases. This
would be complementary to Special:Wantedpages and Requested articles that are part of
some Wikimedia projects.

The log available to all users would contain the following data:

  • terms that have been looked for
  • their frequency (how many times they have been looked for)
  • the date of the first and of the last search for each unfound term.

It would also be very useful to be able to limit the displayed time period and to set
the sorting order (ascending/descending) and whether to include all results or only
those that have been searched for more than once in this time.

This would be very useful for smaller projects to know where to focus their limited
manpower, but also for larger ones to know which areas are not covered well and which
redirects should be created but have not been yet.

We've had a discussion here:

Three problems were mentioned:

  • possible server overload or impracticality due to server setup
  • privacy issues - hereby my opinion is that if the log does not show IPs or

usernames, the privacy is protected

  • someone would have to take his time to code this ;)

Version: unspecified
Severity: enhancement

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bzimport created this task.Via LegacyJun 19 2006, 9:43 AM
brion added a comment.Via ConduitDec 28 2008, 9:31 PM
  • Bug 7969 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
demon added a comment.Via ConduitDec 16 2010, 4:50 PM
  • Bug 26308 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
bzimport added a comment.Via ConduitMar 16 2012, 11:38 AM

dejan.papez wrote:

I think, in addition to the reasons posted to the duplicates (using the system to improve the search system etc.), the feature would contribute most to the development not only of Wikipedia but particularly of Wiktionaries.

Tgr added a comment.Via ConduitApr 2 2012, 6:58 PM

There was some discussion about that here:

Also, Wikisticks provided a list of top missing search queries at one point (by rewriting search URLs so that they get collected in the squid logs, then removing existing pages), but it is broken now:

waldyrious added a comment.Via ConduitNov 28 2013, 5:45 PM

For the time being, User:West.andrew.g's list can be used to get this information:

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