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

--- Comment #19 from Quiddity <pandiculat...@gmail.com> ---
(In reply to Jared Zimmerman (WMF) from comment #17)
> I ask again, what is the argument against this in your mind, "social issue"
> is too vague for me to understand.

I believe MZ is suggesting that this is the kind of change that ought to be
'floated' onwiki first. It has a very good chance of being supported - we'd all
like the world to see more content from wikimedia - especially if a trial-run
convinces more people to click-through to our sites. However, changing our html
output for the benefit of a single site is not a common occurance (afaik),
especially for a commercial site (no matter how unbelievable it is that anyone
ever clicks ads!). As Jon notes in #c5, these are somewhat ungood proprietary
meta tags...
Editors would worry about:
A) a well-defined endpoint to the trial-run, if it isn't a fairly clear
"success" (metrics need to be defined, and whether we can measure the
difference quantitatively needs to be verified), 
B) slippery slope outcomes - eg would we also then consider metadata output
especially for Indenti.ca and Google+ and Facebook and IMDB and etc. (or
conversely, do we already do this for some sites, and this would fill a gap?
Extension:OpenGraphMeta exists, but isn't installed on Enwiki. I'm not sure
what we already do.)
C) technical reversability and criteria for removal - it's nice to have
assurances that if/when Twitter enters its Myspace decline, we can cleanly
remove this extension, and that it will be done willingly.

Further notes are in
https://wikimania2013.wikimedia.org/wiki/Submissions/How_sitewide_preferences_get_changed
HTH.

(In reply to Kunal Mehta (Legoktm) from comment #18)
> Adding meta tags specific for Twitter would anger many Wiki(p|m)edians
> because it would be seen as favoring Twitter over [insert favorite social
> network here].
> 
> [[Wikipedia:PERENNIAL#Share_pages_on_Facebook.2C_Twitter_etc.]] is the basic
> argument against any form of catering to specifically one site.


Indeed. Although, if approached in the right way, and *oh dear god* without
those site's icons being thrust in our faces constantly (either well hidden, or
plaintext only), then it might be nice to re-address this one some day. Getting
more eyeballs on our brilliant prose and fabulous images, might be worth a
single "share" link. (But that's a separate discussion)

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