If you are logged in, you can click preferences and choose the skin to use for this wiki site.
Setting a different skin has the advantage that it's obvious when you are logged in. This makes sure you don't miss a "new messages" notification on your screen, and that you don't accidentally edit anonymously. This is particularly valuable for users who find themselves frequently logged out unexpectedly (as I've been experiencing lately - could be the dialup connection I'm on at the moment. --Chriswaterguy · talk 17:00, 19 February 2007 (PST))
Recommended alternative skins:
- MySkin - many of the links are moved to a list below the article.
- Simple - very bare looking, and no editing toolbar above the edit box. Perhaps suitable to users with poor internet connections and who are experienced with manual wiki editing.
Other skins are less suitable for Appropedia, as they won't show the customized sidebar, or the bookmarking, hugg and digg links.
Hopefully more options will become available in MediaWiki soon, such as being able to change colors, or more the sidebar to the right side of the screen, to achieve the same effect more easily.