On 2 Jul 2003, at 20:43, The Cunctator wrote:
for this was that Wikipedia has two uses:
- a work of reference
- a collaborative editing system used by us.
We need to find the right balance between making editing easy and making
reading Wikipedia unobtrusive. Some work on this is being done in the
Skin department, for example, where we will probably end up with a Skin
preferred by editors, and one that is more friendly to non-editing
This would be a terrible violation of the basic Wiki-nature of Wikipedia.
A "reader" skin wouldn't make it hard for people to edit; it would
just keep things as simple and uncluttered as possible, with
navigation tools and an "Edit this page" link. The complicated stuff
would be tucked out of sight. If you want to argue wiki-nature, I'd
say this simple skin would be more "wiki" than our current
cluttered, full-featured and somewhat confusing interfaces.
- Stephen G.
Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia