Proposal:Using a comments namespace on Wikipedia
- Start using a comments namespace on Wikipedia, similar to the one used on Wikinews.
Enable the use of a comments namespace on Wikipedia, the tab next to the "talk" tab, possibly using the liquid threads extension and add a link at the bottom of the page to the comment page, similar to Wikinews' template.
- A comments namespace creates a forum for anons and uses to discuss the article with opinions and gives another possible medium for anons/new users to point out errors in the articles.
- The namespace could also increase readership because many users would be excited to discuss articles with the many others readers.
- Will this generate more enthusiasm for readers to continue reading Wikipedia content?
- Will potential commentators use the namespace?
- Will administrators be willing to moderate these comments and remove libelous content and possible legal issues?
- Will this become more of a problem than a benefit to the project?
- Are there readers who would like the idea of a comments namespace?
- Is the comments namespace just a new breeding ground for trolls?
- Developers' time.
- Server management costs (database, computation, bandwidth).
- Increased difficulties in explaining that Wikipedia is not a forum
- Legal problems for allegedly libelous/defaming comments and similar things; administrative work to maintain comments pages.
- Decrease in use of talk pages for actually in-topic and useful comment on the article.
- Decrease in useful edits as people may just comment instead of actually contributing.
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