Beta Features/Nearby Pages

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Nearby pages beta feature provides the blue button in the top right of the screen giving you the opportunity to explore nearby articles.

Next Steps[edit | edit source]

See Beta Features/Nearby Pages/Design for ongoing design work. A big overhaul is planned to incorporate maps in the experience. In Zurich a hackathon is planned to try to get maps into Wikipedia. You are most welcomed there to help guide us.

Goals[edit | edit source]

Wiki* projects have a huge amount of geographical data. The (opt in) Nearby Pages allows you to surface related pages to what you are reading based on this information.

Example for the Timbuktu article on English Wikipedia

Key Changes[edit | edit source]

TL;DR: Adds a button to the top right corner of pages that contain geographical information. When clicked you will be able to see what other pages are nearby.

Implementation[edit | edit source]

This beta feature is currently part of the MobileFrontend extension and is also being trialled in the mobile beta. There are various design challenges to still overcome as well as various bugs and there are many ways this feature could be improved (including much design love). It is hoped that with a bit more work like Special:Nearby this can be a useful and enjoyable part of the reading experience.