I started learning the ropes of Wikia about a day ago. In that time, I got to see firsthand the drama roll out for the new Wikia skin. Quite a few things shocked me.
- I can't believe users are getting upset and disgusted at a site appearance change.
- It looks like the new Oasis skin was nicked right off of Twitter's new interface. o.O
- I was shocked at how nonchalant the Wikia staff have been with the users exclaiming their disgust. From some of the comments I have read, it seemed almost as if they didn't care about the stakeholders who view the ads that make money for Wikia. If there's no dedicated userbase, what's the point of Wikia?
- To add to that, some of the major communities that were basically the backbone of operations are leaving, along with the majority of the userbase.
I'd like to be able to give Wikia a chance, and if their track record proves anything, then they will learn and improve over time, until it comes time to test a new interface. That doesn't mean I'm happy with the new skin. One major flaw is lack of article space, which was what Monaco was supposed to fix. Another (and, for an administator to a wiki, this is huge) is lack of SiteNotice support. lolwut?
Wikia is far from perfect, and this skin, at the moment, is the opposite of good for the community. But I'd love to give it a try anyway.