[Wikimedia-l] Apparently, Wikipedia is ugly

Andreas Kolbe jayen466 at gmail.com
Sun Jul 15 13:44:48 UTC 2012

The way to solve the design issue is to enable third parties to create
alternative skins that users can install in preference over the default
ones offered by the Foundation. Surely that's the sort of thing open
software is about.

On Sun, Jul 15, 2012 at 1:53 AM, Michel Vuijlsteke <wikipedia at zog.org>wrote:

> On 15 July 2012 02:40, geni <geniice at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On 15 July 2012 00:52, Michel Vuijlsteke <wikipedia at zog.org> wrote:
> > > Maybe if we used some of our millions to pay for a good designer?
> > >
> >
> > Won't work. Aside from the wikipedia forever mess that shows how
> > things can go wrong the En main page is firmly under the control of
> > the en.wikipedia community and it will change it when it is ready and
> > not before. Try the ang.wikipedia.org instead.
> >
> Ah, erm... *interesting* choice of design choices on ang.wikipedia.org. :)
> Of course, design by committee (and a fortiori by community) doesn't really
> work. Would it not be possible for at least a style guide to be agreed
> upon? A couple of good fonts to be licensed? A showcase wiki to be set up?
> Another annoying aspect of the lack of good graphic design / typography, I
> think, is that the presentation side of things is being taken care of by
> third parties (I like http://sophiestication.com/articles/ipad.html,
> http://www.wikiwebapp.com/ was in the news this week) -- and that they''re
> not at all interested in the editing/adding content side of Wikipedia.
> Michel
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