Oh brother. This is really a matter of interpretation like is the glass half empty or half full? Answer: both.

I see now what they mean by the indicator affects the equiv wt. You can apply that logic and get the right answer.

I can also apply the logic that it does not affect and get the same answer because I compensate by understanding the extent of the reaction.

I'll give a simple example.

Just Na2CO3 in 25 ml solution titrated with .1N HCl. What is the moles Na2CO3?

The above can be titrated 2 different ways.

method 1: It takes 20 ml to titrate using phenolthalein.

method 2: It takes 40 ml to titrate using methyl orange.

In method 1, the endpoint is reached when all Na2Co3 turns to NaHCO3. (we end the analysis at this point).

In this case, their claim is Na2CO3 is 1 equiv/1 mole because it only consumes 1 H.

equiv Na2CO3 = (0.1N)(20/1000 L) = .002

moles Na2CO3 = 0.002 equiv(1 mole/1 equiv) = .002 moles

In method 2, the endpoint is reached when all Na2Co3 turns to H2CO3.

In this case, they would now claim that Na2CO3 is 2 equiv/1 mole because it consumes 2 H.

equiv Na2CO3 = (0.1N)(40/1000 L) = .004

moles Na2CO3 = .004 equiv(1 mole/2 equiv) = .002 moles

Obviously, the same result by two methods because the volumes and equiv wts were different. So you can say the indicator plays a role.

However, the way I was interpreting it was that the equiv wt was the same (MW/2) in both cases and that in method 1, the reaction goes to HALF completion at the phenol endpoint, While in method 2 it goes to full completion. It's a different interpretation that leads to the same result.

For method 1 my calc:

equiv Na2CO3 = (0.1N)(2)(20/1000 L) = .004

Note the factor 2 above in recognition that the volume would be double for a complete reaction.

moles Na2CO3 = 0.004 equiv(1 mole/2 equiv) = .002 moles

(the same result as the other calc for method 1)

So When one simply asks, what is the equiv wt of Na2CO3, how to reply? If no further info is given, then apply the rules (for basic salts) and you get MW/2. This assumes a complete reaction using the full capacity of Na2CO3 as per definition of equivalent wt.

The problem is some people take a definition and "bend" it resulting in confusion.