It's been considered. I've never really got the reasons for it though. Who
determines whether the stable version is the default or not? I don't like it
being sysops, and if is 'sighters'/whatever, then what would that really
accomplish? If the issue is that is would get outdated, then people
shouldn't review things no one will follow up on enough.
It also requires another table just to store whether to make the stable
version the default. Plus, it makes the interface more complicated and what
version is the default seems more random and confusing to readers.
Also, please use wikiquality-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org for stable versions stuff
From: Jimmy Wales <jwales(a)wikia.com>
Subject: stable versions... a few thoughts
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2007 21:50:49 -0400
I think it is absolutely (absolutely!) imperative that stable versions has
to be enabled and disabled per-page, like protection or semi-protection.
If it is not, then there is just absolutely no way it will ever go on
English Wikipedia - and not likely anywhere else either.
Is that contemplated? Can we make sure it does that?
Now you can see trouble
before he arrives