Wikimedia Discovery/Meetings/Checkin/2017-03-29

Topics from the pastEdit

  • Book your offsite/hackathon travel (see email)
  • Reminder: Daylight Saving Time (aka “summer time”) is in effect for 98% of the US, and now also Europe
  • FYI: Movement strategy conversations (cycle 1) are running until April 15
  • Question: Any updates from management about future of maps or potential Product re-org?
    • Re-org ideas are planned to be posted tomorrow
    • Maps future has not yet been decided (as far as I know)
  • Question: Status of design position hiring?
    • Still in progress

Announcements, Information, QuestionsEdit

  • Should we clean up who is “voiced” in the discovery IRC channel?
    • E.g. tfinc is, but ebernhardson isn’t
    • Erik will do a bit of cleanup
  • Do we all need loaner laptops for Vienna?

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.)

  • None

Discovery NewsEdit

Quick Quarterly Goals/KPI Update (if needed)Edit

Discovery Roadmap FY2016/17:

This status was last updated 2017-03-14. Completed/dropped goals are not shown.

Preview of FY 2016-17 Q4 (Apr-Jun) goals:

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

  • Upgrading to Elasticsearch 5
    • Upgrade search cluster to Elasticsearch 5
      • In progress:
      • Done
    • Add real-time index updates to completion suggester
      • In progress:
      • Won’t happen this quarter; under discussion
  • Researching and deploying new language analysers
    • Perform research spikes to find new analysers for different languages
      • Polish, Chinese, Ukrainian are done
    • Test new analysers to see if they are improvements
      • Polish is done; Chinese & Ukrainian underway
    • Deploy new analysers that are found to be an improvement
      • Polish has been deployed!
  • Cross-wiki searching
    • Run at least 2 A/B tests on Persian, Italian, Catalan and Polish Wikipedias
      • A/B/C test ended:
      • A/B test ended; analysis underway
  • Stabilize maps and graphs code base
    • Won’t end at the quarter boundary; major progress has been made


  • March 29: Next work-centric unmeeting
  • 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)
  • July 18: Next All-Discovery retro
  • July 24-August 4: WMF staff encouraged to work remotely