|The deadline for the discussion was August 30th, 2016. According to timeline and quarterly planning, the team will move enabling Wikidata descriptions on mobile to 130 Wikipedia that include least article count. Detailed discussion with each top Wikipedia will take place separately a few weeks after August 30th, 2016.|
The reading team would like to add Wikidata descriptions to the mobile web view of Wikipedia. These descriptions would display under each article title.
We are helping give mobile readers as much information as possible, in as little time as possible. In order to learn more, mobile readers must scroll past the mobile-unfriendly info box to know if the article is relevant. Often this can be an entire mobile screen. With this proposed change they would only need to read a single sentence.
Here is a sample showing the difference between how an article looks on mobile now and the proposed change. Notice how adding the Wikidata descriptions clear any confusion immediately.
Adding the Wikidata descriptions as a subtitle provides a quick description of what this page is about. This is a common practice on the web which has been long researched. Wikipedia mobile apps already use Wikidata descriptions underneath article names - for over a year now. They have also been showing in search results on mobile and on the Wikipedia.org portal since late 2015.
Wikidata descriptions are very short descriptive phrases, used to give context about the item. They are used for a disambiguation purpose. They are not a short version of the article introduction. They can be edited by users on Wikidata, following some guidelines.
The Reading team already enabled this feature on the Catalan and Polish Wikipedia a few weeks ago. There have been no inconveniences expressed so far. We would like to move forward on three phases. The idea is planned to be deployed gradually as follows:
- Leave top 6 Wikis (in terms of articles count) by traffic, from initial phase, divide the rest into two groups, and enable one group at a time.
- Which means nearly 130 Wikis every 2 weeks, then the top Wikis two at a time.
- Get back to top 6 Wikis and enable descriptions gradually. If a community among the top 6 is willing to allow adding the descriptions at an earlier phase, we can discuss planning this earlier.
- If there are any problems with the feature, we have a configuration switch built as part of the feature so that we can turn it off very quickly if there are any problems, at any phase.
- If a community has comments on the suggestion, or there are options around enhancing the feature. We would like to discuss it in the talk page in any language).
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