Wikimedia Discovery/Meetings/Checkin/2016-08-15

Topics from the pastEdit

  • (none)

Announcements, Information, QuestionsEdit

  • Add to the list of code repos we maintain, at the bottom of the Discovery page
  • Eng mgr hiring status: Initial phone screens to start soon; we have a stack of resumes
  • Recent/upcoming WMF blog posts related to Discovery work; have been well-received so far

Scrum of ScrumsEdit

Are we blocked?

  • None

Are we blocking? (

  • None

Other dependencies (in either direction) which don’t need to be called out as “blocked” (e.g. are progressing smoothly, have no urgency, etc.)

  • “Should HTML formatting/DOM manip (presentation, responsiveness) be done in JS (frontend) or in PHP (backend)”
  • T139378 - implement nearby keyword search - working on this for the Reading Department
    • First iteration done and deployed (in our ‘done’ column)
    • Will wait for feedback and see if any more changes are required

Discovery NewsEdit

Quick Quarterly Goals/KPI Update (if needed)Edit

(Status below last updated 2016-08-09. Completed/dropped goals are not shown.)

FY 2016-17 Q1 Key ResultsEdit

  • Search
    • Make BM25 algorithm the default
      • (No increase in zero results rate or decrease in search user engagement rate)
    • Evaluate and devise plan for using cross-project indices, which would allow users to search across all projects in any given language.
    • Update the search results page
  • Maps/Interactive
    • Make <maplink> tag available for all wiki projects, and <mapframe> available everywhere except Wikipedia.
    • Offer community a way to migrate away from GeoHack
  • Portal
    • Graduate latest successful test to production - lang by article count dropdown for the new page layout
    • Graduate translations for sister wiki project descriptive text into production
    • Continue to update article stats on a regular basis (last updated: Aug 4)


  • Next Showcase (“CREDIT”): Scheduled September 7
    • Signup:
  • Next All-Discovery retro TBD (mid-October)
  • Guillaume has referred someone for our Engineering manager opening.