[Wikimedia-l] Apparently, Wikipedia is ugly

Thomas Morton morton.thomas at googlemail.com
Wed Jul 25 20:04:46 UTC 2012

On 25 July 2012 21:01, David Gerard <dgerard at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 25 July 2012 20:44, Thomas Morton <morton.thomas at googlemail.com> wrote:
> > One of the key problems with the interface is that it doesn't do a lot to
> > seperate editing and reading.
> > I know the point is to make editing easy - and to encourage readers to
> > become editors. But realistically most of them will not - and we could do
> > significantly better in streamlining our anon. front end.
> I would disagree. We need to make it easy for people to hit "edit",
> and we need to make it easy for them to be able to do something
> useful.
> (This is why I'm so disappointed the mobile app doesn't do editing,
> for example. Or, indeed, some way to take a photo and quickly add it
> to an article.)

We also need to be understanding of the "99%" - the ones who just want to

Our interface should suit the reader - with a prominent prompt to edit.
Which once clicked opens things up into the world of editing Wikipedia.

But if you don't click that prompt then you don't get useless fluff to
distract you.

This all ties back to my view that we don't think of the average reader
enough :)


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