I'm curious as to why only XKCD comics are eligible for oneboxing in chat. XKCD is not the only webcomic out there, but as far as I know no other comics onebox by default.

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    Why is this question so heavily downvoted? Mar 25, 2019 at 17:36
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    XKCD supplies the relevant OpenGraph meta data, as you can see when you use e.g. the Facebook sharing debugger. Mar 25, 2019 at 18:03
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    I don't understand why this question was downvoted. It would be nice to know why the SE team originally decided to special-case XKCD. Mar 25, 2019 at 18:16
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    @Randal'Thor "Non-significant" questions seem to get more hate on Meta for some reason. It's frustrating. Mar 25, 2019 at 18:16
  • @Randal'Thor It was a VERY controversial question, it seems. When I checked the question when I got home after work, it had a score of -5. Right now I got 26 rep from it, which means at least 3 upvotes and 2 downvotes. I just thought it was an interesting question to ask.
    – Nzall
    Mar 25, 2019 at 18:39
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    "Why?" questions tend to get downvoted because "Why not?" Mar 25, 2019 at 22:21
  • @Nzall I think it was on -7 when I saw it, meaning that I was the first upvote. Currently +17 / -10. Mar 26, 2019 at 9:29

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There's not much to it. :) XKCD provides comic data in JSON that we can easily consume, it's a comic that gets quoted a bunch in chat, and at one point a developer cared enough to write-up the parser for the onebox.

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