Wikimedia Discovery/Meetings/Checkin/2017-03-07

Topics from the pastEdit

Announcements, Information, QuestionsEdit

  • Feel free to book your offsite/hackathon travel (see email)
  • [wikitech-l]: Google Summer of Code:
  • [wmfall] Staff are encouraged to work remotely for 2 weeks, July 24-Aug 4
  • [engineering] Puppet manifests can be tested locally before using the puppet compiler or trying them in labs or a production canary
  • [Wikitech-l] Prague Pre-Hackathon May 12-14
  • [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of the Wikimaps User Group
  • Reminder: This coming Monday, March 13, is a WMF holiday
  • Reminder: Daylight Saving Time (aka “summer time”) starts March 12 in 98% of the US; March 26 in much of Europe
    • Many meetings are probably locked to SF time; if any times become especially awkward during the transition, feel free to request/propose different times
    • Political sidebar: “Why is daylight saving time still a thing???”
  • Should we invite Paul to these meetings?
    • General support. Kevin will consult w/Katie and will invite Paul unless we realize it wouldn't be appropriate
  • Updates on plans for maps/interactive team?
    • Dan is out; Katie has been out; Erika is continuing to try to resolve/get answers
  • Reminder: If you want to provide direct input regarding Product department conversations, let Stillwell know asap

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.)

Discovery NewsEdit

Quick Quarterly Goals/KPI Update (if needed)Edit

Discovery Roadmap FY2016/17:

This status was last updated 2017-02-21. Completed/dropped goals are not shown.

FY 2016-17 Q3 (Jan-Mar) Key ResultsEdit

  • upgrading to Elasticsearch 5
    • Upgrade search cluster to Elasticsearch 5
      • In progress:
      • Proposed release date March 13
    • Add real-time index updates to completion suggester
      • In progress:
      • Expected to follow 1-2 weeks after ES 5 update
  • deploying new language analysers
    • Perform research spikes to find new analysers for different languages
      • Polish is done; Chinese is done
    • Test new analysers to see if they are improvements
      • Polish is done; Chinese underway
    • Deploy new analysers that are found to be an improvement
      • Deployment of Polish is expected after ES 5 release
  • cross-wiki searching
    • Run at least 2 A/B tests on Persian, Italian, Catalan and Polish Wikipedias
      • A/B/C test ended:
  • Interactive
    • Stabilize the code...won’t necessarily end at the quarter boundary


  • Mar 12: US Daylight Saving Time starts
  • Mar 13: WMF Holiday(!)
  • Mar 16 Next All-Discovery retro
  • April 5: CREDIT showcase
    • Signup:
  • April 14: WMF Holiday(!)
  • May 14-18: Discovery offsite in Vienna (right before the hackathon)
  • May 19-21: Hackathon in Vienna (right after the offsite)