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Community Wishlist Survey 2021/Categories/Display categories before pages

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Display categories before pages

  • Problem: (COMMONS only)
    • At present, where there is a Commons page with the same name as a category, a reader searching on Commons for the term is taken to the page, not the category. Most readers will not realize that there is a category at all. The average Commons page is terrible; most have not been edited for several years. Hardly any relect the choice of images in a category adequately. Johnbod (talk) 19:14, 20 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]
    • When typing to search field in comons, suggester suggest names of files and galleries, but not categories. ALso after search there are in results on the first place galeeries and then files. Categories are on the n-th page, when there are more than 20 results
  • Who would benefit: All Commons readers/users, especially those less used to Commons
  • Proposed solution: Just display the category screen from a search. No idea of the technicalities, but it shouldn't be too difficult.
  • More comments: I think the current situation must be giving inexperienced users of Commons a very misleading impression of our contents.
  • Phabricator tickets:
  • Proposer: Johnbod (talk) 19:13, 20 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]


  • @Tuvalkin: But this wish is about searching results. Searching "foo" should display at first places gallery Foo, image foo.jpg and category:Foo. And then all things containing foo in name and then things containing foo in descriptionn. But now category:Foo is displayed after all files and galleries containig foo in name or description. JAn Dudík (talk) 08:49, 18 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]
  • @JAn Dudík: Okay, so the o.p. is indeed about search results, or at least we both think so. What to say? Raw text search is always a rough tool to locate things and having categories prioritized or not in search hit rankings is eitherway a non-ideal option. As someone who started using computers in the mid-1980s, I always found “fascinating” how subsequent latecomers used search engines, just like in the old 1970s movies about computers — with wholly unrealistic expectations etched even in the way search queries are worded, which would develop in “human interface” monstrosities like modern day’s Alexa. I am no less “fascinated” today by the fact that the very same people who are riding the “structured data” horse — which in itself harks back to Middle Ages’ flawed philosophies about discovering (not creating) a fanciful universal classification of platonic ideals — are also invested in raw text search “optimization” and keep sneering at Commons’ categories — which are human-generated, organically developed, non-teleologic, and ever-improving — in a word, Commons’ categories are wiki, while Wikidata (and its outgrowths in other projects) essentially and fundamentally is not. Tuvalkin (talk) 14:58, 18 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]