On Wed, Oct 1, 2014 at 1:37 AM, Gnangarra <gnangarra@gmail.com> wrote:
ok I'm a little late to the party but why doesnt media viewer just use the same very effective layout of the category slide show thats currently operating on Commons given it has already solved all these issues

I am even more late but just wanted to point out that the problems in MediaViewer were identified by click tracking and user tests; before performing those, the interface did not seem problematic. Given that no such analysis has been done on the category viewer gadget, I would be skeptical towards claims that it performs any better.

(More generally, I think there is a tendency in the community to be overconfident in the effectiveness of the current interface, and a tendency in WMF to dismiss it off-hand. More curiosity as to what works well and what not would be a welcome change on both sides.)