[Foundation-l] Adding a comment section under every Wikipedia article

Gerard Meijssen gerard.meijssen at gmail.com
Mon Jan 23 16:15:03 UTC 2012

A comment section under every Wikipedia article seems to be a very bad
idea. You read a Wikipedia article to learn about the subject at hand, you
can read comments on the talk page. Reading the talk page only makes sense
when you are interested in learning more about what people have to say
about the article or the subject. Typically I am not and I am sure that
most of our readers could not care less.

Having comments in your face at the bottom to me is not only something I
would resent, it would also add more clutter that I have to download every
time I read an article. Given that more and more people read Wikipedia on a
mobile, it is added real cost with debatable benefit.

Interesting idea, sure. Strategic hell no.

On 22 January 2012 22:43, Yao Ziyuan <yaoziyuan at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello All,
> I just filed a feature request which I think is of strategic interest
> to Wikipedia:
> https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=33889
> Bug 33889 - Request to add a comment section under every Wikipedia article
> By providing a comment section under every Wikipedia article, we can enable
> people interested in that topic to talk with each other, make friends and
> exchange external resources pertaining to that topic (e.g. books, products,
> jobs, external references, etc.).
> Wikipedia is not just an encyclopedia; it is also a very valuable "topic
> navigation and positioning service" that navigates you to any conceivable
> topic
> in your mind, and once you're at that topic's Wikipedia article, the
> article's
> URL becomes a unique address that "positions" that topic. With this
> position,
> we can do many useful things (such as the ones mentioned in the previous
> paragraph), just like we can do many useful things with a geographic
> information system (GIS) such as Google Earth.
> There are many MediaWiki extensions that can add a comment section to every
> Wikipedia article. Just go to
> http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension_Matrix/AllExtensions and search
> for
> "comment" or "discussion".
> Best Regards,
> Ziyuan Yao
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