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Bug 12354 - Default search results to include namespace "Author"
Default search results to include namespace "Author"
Product: Wikimedia
Classification: Unclassified
Site requests (Other open bugs)
All All
: Normal enhancement with 1 vote (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
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Reported: 2007-12-19 17:00 UTC by John Mark Vandenberg
Modified: 2011-03-12 13:14 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Description John Mark Vandenberg 2007-12-19 17:00:01 UTC
[[s:Special:Search/all:Shakespeare]] and [[s:Special:Search/all:John Milton]] produce the right fuzzy results, however [[s:Special:Search/Shakespeare]] and [[s:Special:Search/John Milton]] return undesirable results.

The search box should include at least the Author namespace in order to return suitable author pages, and should possibly include all namespaces in order to increase the relevance of author pages in the search results.

The user should be able to enter Shakespeare in the search field, press Go, and be taken to the first result of [[s:Special:Search/all:Shakespeare]], which is [[s:Author:William Shakespeare]].

Apparently this defined by $wgNamespacesToBeSearchedDefault .
Comment 1 John Mark Vandenberg 2007-12-19 17:09:10 UTC
Discussion of this has stemmed out of [[s:WS:S#Abatement of the 'Author' Code]] and this change has been proposed at [[s:WS:S#Default search to include Authors]].
Comment 2 JeLuF 2007-12-20 20:27:17 UTC
Please decide within your community whether you want to have just the author namespace added to wgNamespacesToBeSearchedDefault  or wether you want to add all (including talk??) namespaces. 
Comment 3 John Mark Vandenberg 2007-12-21 00:59:12 UTC
The community wants the default search results to include Author pages.

I mentioned "all" as a possible technical detail to ensure the desired results appear at the top, however I have done some further testing, and including other namespaces doesnt appear to improve the ranking of Author pages, so please consider that option discarded.
Comment 4 JeLuF 2007-12-26 19:05:07 UTC

Changed to:

'enwikisource' => array( 
-1 => 0, 
0 => 1, 1 => 0,  
2 => 0, 3 => 0, 
4 => 0, 5 => 0, 
6 => 0, 7 => 0, 
8 => 0, 9 => 0, 
10 => 0, 11 => 0, 
12 => 0, 13 => 0, 
102 => 1 ),
Comment 5 Antoine "hashar" Musso (WMF) 2011-03-12 13:14:45 UTC
Marking old verified bugs as closed

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