Wednesday, November 21, 2012

COinS at Wikipedia

Wikipedia has recently stopped using COinS.
There have been many complaints (e.g. https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=19262) that articles take too long to render. For articles with many citations, the obvious low-hanging fruit is COINS metadata. For example, Muammar Gaddafi takes 28.3 seconds to parse, but with COINS removed, it takes 22.2 seconds.
Nobody ever held a straw poll asking the community "can we please make article parsing 27% slower in order to support a rarely-used metadata feature?" I'm sure that data can be provided in some other way. So I would like to remove it. -- Tim Starling (talk) 06:10, 12 November 2012 (UTC)
Users of Zotero and LibX have raised objections. COinS may be brought back when Wikipedia does some system improvements. If you have any feelings on the matter (COinS are necessary, should be replaced by a better schema, etc.) join the discussion.

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