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Will the display of the additional search results from other wikis encourage contributions from editors?

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CKoerner (WMF) (talkcontribs)
  1. i.e.: if you search for Piazza del Duomo and don't see a Wikivoyage article about it (while I'm searching on Wikiquote), would that encourage you to start an article for it?
Jeblad (talkcontribs)

I believe so, but this is a research issue. (The problem is formulated as a question about convictions and feelings.)

EncycloPetey (talkcontribs)

If the intention is to replace the existing search function with the proposed new one, then the answer to the question will vary by project. If someone is searching from a Wikipedia, it may encourage work on the other projects. If someone is searching on Wiktionary, it may promote contributions to Wiktionaries in other languages. But a search from projects like Wikisource would pull contributors away from a project that is already struggling to gain new contributors, and would be irritating to users who are trying to search Wikisource itself.

DTankersley (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Hi @EncycloPetey - thanks for the feedback.

We're initially thinking of only putting the additional relevant search results that are gathered from the sister projects on the Wikipedia project itself. We'd like to see how this new feature is used by the broader community before determining if the new search results would work on the other projects (i.e.: searching Wikisource might not need or want results from Wikipedia or Wikivoyage).

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