Quoting Ori's commit message:
- Add option for sharing info about this MediaWiki install via pingback When $wgPingback is true, MediaWiki will periodically ping https://www.mediawiki.org/beacon with basic information about the local MediaWiki installation. This data includes, for example, the type of system, PHP version, and chosen database backend.
- The pingback is sent via a deferred (post-send) update whenever $wgVersion changes, using the updatelog table to ensure we don't send duplicate pingbacks. A database lock ensures only one thread attempts to send the pingback, and a cache key throttles attempts to no more than once per hour.
- $wgPingback is false by default. The web installer has a checkbox for controlling this option, and it is checked by default. This nudges new installs to turn on pingbacks, but does not sneak this decision past sysops of existing installs.
Do we need to incorporate this information in the page? How/where do we document the data we plan to collect (other than in the code)?