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Hello Jim,

Thank you for your comment and for reading my post; I enjoyed reading yours as well.

A site with two interfaces, "young" and "old" would certainly be helpful. Some current examples of a simple, static, binary(ish) interface would be Microsoft Word and Google docs: "Show me fewer things." 

But big data and careful UX research should allow us to move beyond something binary into something far more useful and personalized. Forget about young and old, this should ultimately be about the fact that a wide user base has a wide array of needs.

Let's imagine an interface that has the same starting point for all but modifies itself the more you use it. Similar to a video game that learns from your shooting acumen and progresses per your evolving skill level, an interface could adapt accordingly as well.

One potential problem would be with the power user who already knows that s/he needs to see more of the tools than are shown by default.

The company that gets this model (let's say Smart Interface) right would have a very successful product indeed: fast adoption, easy onboarding and great retention.

Just some thoughts...

Take care,