I attended the recent 10th anniversary celebrations of Wikipedia in Bangalore. In the public event we had a discussion regarding giving socialization look to Wikipedia. On the contrary we had a view that it will dilute the very purpose of Wikipedia. Of course I agree that Wikipedia should not be used as a scratch pad to scribble something. It is a repository of authentic and informative knowledge. But that information should be sharable with others. It is the fact that user can reach to that information only if he is interested to know it. There is no chance that if one user finds one information very useful wants to share with others. Can we have popular SHARE button in Wikipedia? By this Wikipedia articles will have more number of visitors and possibly more contributors.
The extension is available, but has to be completed and is not in use anywhere: https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:WikiShare
- T42456: Add social sharing feature after upload
- T89850: "Email this page" feature
- T120487: Cite : Share : Export (Consolidate and replace a variety of items on the sidebar)
- https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Social_media_plugins - the main link-hub for related info, existing implementations/extensions, prior discussions, and pros/cons