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[MediaWiki-l] Discovery Weekly Update for the week starting 2017-02-27

Chris Koerner-2
Hello,
This is the weekly update for the week starting 2017-02-27 and includes
work up till 2017-03-13 due to a scheduling error. Apologies for the
confusion.


== Highlights ==

*Jan demo'd a new "explore similar" widget during this month's CREDIT
showcase [0]

== Discussions ==
* Posted on French, Arabic, German and Russian Wikipedia Village Pumps to
ask if there are any issues with A/B testing the sister project search
results on them. [1]

=== Search ===
* Finished analysis of potential new Chinese-language analyzers. See
T158203. We expect improved word segmentation accuracy, which should lead
to better search results, as well as support for searching across
Traditional/Simplified character sets. A test index in labs will be
available soon. [2]
* Elasticsearch 5 upgrade in progress: the beta cluster is now running the
new version. Upgrade of production clusters will start next week.

=== Analysis ===
* Recap of the migration to ReportUpdater and more! [3]
* Analysis of the A/B test for displaying sister projects in search results
is ongoing [4]

===Portal ===
* Portal statistics were updated. [5]
* Fix released for bad caching of error page on portal - to be released
next week. [6]
* Worked on a few small fixes for the portal to include a few edits on RTL
language display on the portal - to be released next week.


[0] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEGlXIKUXD8
[1] https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T154525#3091063
[2] https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T158203
[3] https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/discovery/2017-March/001454.html
[4] https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T156300
[5] https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T128546
[6] https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T158782#3064105
[7] https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T129771
[8] https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T154349
[9] https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T158809
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The archive of all past updates can be found on MediaWiki.org:

https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Discovery/Status_updates

Interested in getting involved? See tasks marked as "Easy" or "Volunteer
needed" in Phabricator.

[1] https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/maniphest/query/qW51XhCCd8.7/#R
[2] https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/maniphest/query/5KEPuEJh9TPS/#R

Yours,
Chris Koerner
Community Liaison - Discovery
Wikimedia Foundation
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