User:CKoerner (WMF)/Work/How should search handle question marks

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The Wikimedia Foundation search team recently discovered that search queries that end with a question mark (i.e “How old is Tom Cruise?”) can some times lead to zero results being shown. This ‘zero result rate’ is one of the primary ways we determine how people are satisfied with search results. The team proposes changing the behavior of the Wikimedia search, but would like feedback from the communities to help make a smart decision. If you are interested in how search works, or see this as a possible disruption for your work, please learn more about this potential change and let the engineers know your thoughts. Thank you.