I wondering if Google would be willing to share that sort of data with us?
That would be useful for certain languages definitely.
On Thu, Aug 4, 2016 at 12:48 PM, WereSpielChequers <
> At Wikimania in Gdansk someone from Google gave an interesting if somewhat
> controversial presentation on search improvements this way.
> From my memory of the presentation - it was a few years ago; For several
> languages including some Indic ones, I think Bangla and Telegu, Google had
> listed the 500 most common search terms that didn't have a Wikipedia
> They had then paid some translators to translate articles from English into
> those languages.
> This had become controversial because it resulted in a number of articles
> on Hollywood film stars, and at least one of the editors in those wikis
> didn't think that people who spoke his language were interested in
> Hollywood filmstars. Also the people writing those articles didn't behave
> as if cooperating with the community was part of their remit. One language,
> it may have been Bangla, actually blocked the translators.
> But logically the less complete a Wikipedia the more likely it is to have
> search terms that we could create articles for.
> I could even buy the idea that few of the unsuccessful searches on English
> have an obvious article.
> But for smaller Wikipedias this would be a useful tool to promote growth
> and to be more reader focussed.
> If the list was only made available as a deleted list so only admins could
> read it then that should resolve the issues of some searches being terms we
> wouldn't want to publicly list.
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