Bryan Derksen wrote:
Arg. This solution is exactly what I've been
arguing _against_. :) I
like the idea of stable versions but I hate the idea of stable versions
being shown by default. I think showing stable versions by default will
cut off much of the influx of new editors since the "working" Wikipedia
will be hidden from view, and it's something that is better done by our
multitudinous mirrors anyway.
That's *not* done better by mirrors. It's not done *at all* by mirrors. Mirrors
are totally irrelevant; what we need is to keep the random penises, libel, etc
off of the front page.
The front page, for the most part, is going to be whatever article people
arrived at from a search engine, as visible on http://*.wikipedia.org.
Mirrors are their own affair; we've got our own butts to cover. Unless you want
us to take *.wikipedia.org out of the web's search engines (a simple change to
robots.txt can do this), we need to recognize that we serve the public and
provide an appropriate initial view for random visitors.
-- brion vibber (brion @ pobox.com