Hi WMF Growth folks! An idea for a possible newcomer task occurred to me, namely helping create redirects, and I wanted to run it by you all.
The appeal of it is, first, that there's a lot of need: the search functionality isn't great, we currently have no good way to tell which popular searches are candidates for redirects, and the sheer number of possible redirects means that there's a lot more of them to add.
The second part of the appeal is that they're extremely easy to make and to prompt. I imagine that the workflow would go something like this: First, a reader searches for a term, say "Window washer", that does not have a redirect. They are brought to the search page like normal, and they click on Window cleaner. At this point, the software recognizes that this is the 10th person who's searched for that term recently and every one of them has gone to Window cleaner, so it generates a pop-up box asking if "window washer" should be redirected to "window cleaner". The user is taken to the page afterwards whether they click yes or no, but if they click yes a redirect request is generated in their name (or, if this works well enough, the page could be generated directly). The thing I like about this is that, since it only requires a single click, it's unobtrusive enough that we could use it even for readers who have never expressed interest in editing before and thus get them over the hurdle of making their first edit.
The main concerns that come to mind are (1) privacy, since this involves use of search data, and (2) that creating new pages, including redirects, is limited to autopatrolled users, so we'd either have to carve out an exception to that, or established editors would have to handle the queue. I think both of those challenges are surmountable, though. Feel free to let me know what you think! Courtesy pinging @MMiller (WMF).