Extension pages have a link to their issue tracker prominently placed to the right of the page title. How’s that possible? As it turns out it’s a MediaWiki feature called page status indicators that has been there since 2014.
(I have linked these screenshots to the respective wiki pages, so you can click them to see it live.)
The tag icon refers to a tag on this forum, the group icon refers to a category on this forum. The envelope icon refers to a mailing list.
#foobar denotes an IRC channel, while
[m] #foobar:example.org refers to a Matrix room.
Unfortunately page status indicators aren’t displayed in MediaWiki’s mobile view. This has been requested back in 2014 but hasn’t been implemented yet.
But I still really like the new links on Desktop. I think it makes sense for wiki pages to prominently promote the official communication channels, in a consistent place (so that readers know where to look) and with a consistent iconography (so that readers can easily recognize the links once they have familiarized themselves with the icons).
tl;dr You are welcome to add the new template to more wiki pages but don’t remove existing links because the new template isn’t displayed on mobile (yet?).
Who knows I might try to tackle the 8-year-old MediaWiki feature request. Haha but yeah I am getting sidetracked again …
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Ce sujet de discussion accompagne la publication sur https://community.openstreetmap.org/t/introducing-a-new-wiki-template-to-link-communication-channels/4112