Search

  1. Gnomes and trolls and hobgoblins (oh my!)—Failed queries and the vicarious fear of missing out

    Many experienced Wikipedians have hit on the same clever idea to help less sophisticated users more easily find what they are looking for: take note of what they failed to find and leave a trail of breadcrumbs for the next newbie who comes along. But is there actually anything there? (Hint: Read about Betteridge’s law.)... Read more

  2. So -happy to meet you: Advanced searching techniques on Wikimedia sites

    Search engines repurpose certain symbols—like the hyphen and exclamation point—which sometimes leads to unresolvable ambiguity. Nonetheless, advanced searching techniques can help you find what you are looking for!... Read more

  3. Admittedly loopy but not entirely absurd—Understanding our Search Relevance Survey

    We’re experimenting with machine learning as part of our work to improve search on Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects. This can sometimes lead to amusing or even strange queries for users—but they’re not errors.... Read more

  4. Wikipedia, search, and the “Цкщтп” keyboard

    People sometimes search for things on Wikipedia that look like gibberish. Unlocking that mystery was up to Trey Jones, a senior software engineer who spends a lot of time uncovering the secrets of search on Wikipedia. ... Read more

  5. Search: all of the new bright and shiny objects

    We’re starting to test out some really cool features that will enable some fun and fascinating clicking—down the rabbit hole of Wikipedia.... Read more

  6. Helping you find that needle in the haystack: Building Wikipedia’s search functions

    On a daily basis, millions of terms are entered into the Wikipedia search engine. What comes back when people search for those terms is largely due to the work of the Wikimedia Foundation’s Discovery team.... Read more

  7. Opening the door to a new look: improving Wikipedia.org

    We’ve improved the discoverability of information within the main wikipedia.org portal to make it more contemporary and easier to use. ... Read more

  8. Stripping question marks from Wikimedia searches

    Do you ask questions on Wikipedia? Would you like better results?... Read more