Proposal talk:Searching for articles by typing a question

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Proposal:Wikipedia questions will give answers. For example: "Why is the sky blue? To give an answer you need a lot of knowledge. My proposal will give no answer, but will show on which page the answer might be. Therefore it is enough to find the noun in the sentence - en:Sky. The program for my proposal is a small program (Brockhaus Enzyklopädie digital is a DVD that runs on a PC), the program that could give answers needs a lot of computer power. en:Wolfram Alpha is able to give answers and it runs on 10,000 CPUs. That means, the foundation will never build something that give answers. --Goldzahn 21:29, 31 August 2009 (UTC)[reply]

One more question: How old is George Bush? The answer should be: There are several George Bushs. Look at en:George Bush. The program knows that there are several George Bushs because of the category of the page. If the question is: How old is George Bush, the 43rd President? A litle bit pattern matching gives the answer- en:George W. Bush. If that won´t help, the program just say: I don´t know. You see, it´s a program that runs easily on the tool servers. --Goldzahn 21:56, 31 August 2009 (UTC)[reply]


Some proposals will have massive impact on end-users, including non-editors. Some will have minimal impact. What will be the impact of this proposal on our end-users? -- Philippe 00:16, 3 September 2009 (UTC)[reply]

Since this is a tool-server proposal, I see only minimal impact. --Goldzahn 08:23, 3 September 2009 (UTC)[reply]
I just feel that most people now know how to use search boxes: I think the days of people typing in questions are largely over. People understand that it is the search term that is important, not typing a whole sentence. So, for me, I would say this is low impact. --Bodnotbod 10:28, 3 September 2009 (UTC)[reply]