Default simple interface

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Concept: Greatly simplify the interface for new users.
See also Default view of content.

Basic ideas[edit]

Reduce the number of links in the nav-bar, particularly those not useful or comprehensible to non-editors.

Add one or two links suitable only for users who have never interacted with a wiki before (including a single-click "turn on advanced interface" link to restore the current interface).

Make a friendly "comment on this page" link more prominent than the "edit this page" link -- "edit this page" is, surprisingly, intimidating and confusing to some (perhaps many) new users.

(Once we have gotten a user to use an edit form, be it for a talk: page or for an article itself, they may be much more likely to be hooked and to find out about editing in general.)

Target user-groups[edit]

  • The media, coming to find out about our project; stats, About: pages, contacts.
  • One-stop users, visiting a deep-linked specific page. We should encourage them to click on another link before leaving, without overwhelming them.
  • Visitors who have heard there are ways to contribute to Wikipedia, but have a hard time with the "edit" concept -- encourage feedback from them in familiar ways.