[Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia redefined -- typography and UX and such

Magnus Manske magnusmanske at googlemail.com
Fri Aug 17 10:02:29 UTC 2012

On Fri, Aug 17, 2012 at 10:55 AM, Denny Vrandečić
<denny.vrandecic at wikimedia.de> wrote:
> <rant>
> If WMF had a Steve Jobs on staff, everyone would hate him for making
> decisions without properly consulting the community, for destroying
> the community, for reinventing Wikimedia again, for making unpopular
> decisions, for making decisions behind close doors, for being an
> egomaniac, etc.
> Heck, we cannot even get the branding right. We call our project
> Wikimedia Commons, Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikinews... we have a
> software called MediaWiki, and the whole movement is called the
> Wikimedia Movement. No surprise people think Wikileaks is one of ours.
> No surprise people cannot get these words right. There have been
> several suggestions for improving the branding, but every time met
> with strong resistance.
> I think Athena is a much more though-out design step for Wikipedia,
> and I am very much looking forward to it to happen. But as long as
> there is considerable backlash for something like a move from Monobook
> to Vector -- which, it seems, is not even regarded as a design update
> by most critics here -- I am wary about the social costs involved in
> such an update.
> </rant>
> Yes, it would be nice if it was easier to change Wikipedia.


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