https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=62811

--- Comment #13 from MZMcBride <b...@mzmcbride.com> ---
(In reply to Jared Zimmerman (WMF) from comment #10)
> We have a reader decline, its backed by hard numbers, any creative solution
> for bringing more readers and contributors into the project should be
> seriously discussed without being dismissed out of hand.

What reader decline are you referring to? Wikimedia wikis get about 21 billion
pageviews per month, according to <http://reportcard.wmflabs.org/>. As I
understand it, the combined traffic of Wikimedia wikis puts us in the top ten
of all Web sites on the Internet. We have no issue reaching hundreds of
millions of readers every month.

> We already do plenty of platform or use case specific code for IE
> compatibility so this is nothing new.

Lack of browser support is considered a bug. Lack of completely optional meta
tags is considered a feature request. Let's be clear here, please.

> I'm having Ori look over Harsh's extension for any performance issues, and
> Dario is taking a look in order to see if there are any changes that can or
> should be made to help us better measure the effects of a change like this
> on traffic from referring sites. 
> 
> If it gets the blessing of Ori, my recommendation is to go forward with
> enabling the extension on WMF sites for now, measure the effect on traffic
> and evaluate in a few months.

This talk of "effect on traffic" is kind of laughable. At twenty-one billion
pageviews a month, I'm not really sure what kind of bump you're hoping for by
adding a few proprietary meta elements to the head of every page.

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