If you took a big sip of coffee on Wednesday and tried to dive down a Wikipedia rabbit hole, you may now have a wet screen, because get this: Wikipedia looks different.
Perhaps your brain rejected all the new white space, or the way the “sticky” new table of contents hovers while you scroll. But also maybe you just hate change.
There’s no right way to react to a thing happening on the internet, so whining and nitpicking, along with
However, according to Annie Rauwerda, the Wikipedia editor and superfan behind the Twitter account Depths of Wikipedia, the update, called “Vector 2022,” was in the works for a long time, and had been discussed nearly to death before the changes were rolled out. “Wikipedians have spilled more than 200,000 words on the page for Vector 2022 feedback,” Rauwerda
But nothing has fundamentally changed. The links you’re used to seeing in a long, exhaustive sidebar on the left — y’know, “Main page,” “Contents” “Current events” “Random article,” and the rest — are still there. You just have to click the little double carrot icon in the top left corner to bring them back.
And once you get used to the new maximum line width, users of monitors with high resolutions might appreciate not having to read single lines of text as long as the entire Gettysburg Address.
But according to Rauwerda, the new design has already seen a substantial backlash, and it’s only been one day. Swahili-language Wikipedians held a unanimous vote, according to her Slate article, and
So if this gets you fired up, and you just need the old Wikipedia back, well,