I propose to consolidate and replace a variety of items on the sidebar, notably the "print/export" section, which will help with the sharability/discoverability of articles and also help solve the emotive issue of 'social media' in Wikipedia: It could be called "Share | Cite | Export" tool. When the button is clicked, it would open a clean/simple dialogue box on top of the page that would provide 3 clear groups/tabs of options. The local community on each wiki could determine which elements they wished to have included in each group.
Group 1 would be Cite and this would have little dropdown boxes for any format desired - Harvard, BibTeX, MLA, Zotero... This would also have a clear link to a documentation page such as w:Wikipedia:The_Wikipedia_Library/Research_help
Group 2 would be Share. This would have:
- stable link to current version
- short URL
- QR code (ideally QRpedia code)
- Share-links for whatever common social media platforms are relevant. On English Wikipedia this would certainly include Twitter and Facebook, but on Chinese Wikipedia this would definitely include Weibo, etc.
Group 3 would be Export and would include the options currently in the 'print/export' section of the sidebar:
- Printable version
- Download as PDF
- Create book
- The 'gather' tool might go here too [I'm not sure how it is supposed to interact with either 'watchlist' or 'create book' function to be honest...]
The visual design of this system, the order of the groups, and the order of items within the groups would all need to have some serious UX research because the point is both to be a 'one stop shop for sharing' but ALSO to be intuitive and not overwhelm the user with documentation.
Wittylama (talk) 10:44, 21 November 2015 (UTC)
This card tracks a proposal from the 2015 Community Wishlist Survey: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/2015_Community_Wishlist_Survey
This proposal received 6 support votes, and was ranked #80 out of 107 proposals. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/2015_Community_Wishlist_Survey/Miscellaneous#Cite_:_Share_:_Export