I'm fully aware he's arguing AGAINST a large number of choices which is why I linked it.
I'm quite happy with there being 3-4 great views (but only if they include one that I will be completely happy with
). I would have thought that the sort of people who switch skins looking for what they want will have a generally good idea of which of the views they would prefer. I agree however that more views increases the burden on the developers and potentially may reduce quality. Judging by what they've done so far I don't think that will have a problem managing to find a balance so it's probably a little early for us to be debating this.
I understand completely your example with image formats however I don't think it's a good comparison. It's much easier to objectively assess the pro's and cons of image formats and decide which are best than it is to do with skins which are much more subjective. As has already been demonstrated in this thread there are diametrically opposed views as to whether the background images should take centre stage or the foreground information, not to mention those who think there should be a balance (though I acknowledge this skin favours the foreground info).
I think most people will immediately rule out a few of the views based on their taste and only really be choosing between the remainder of views. I'd rather have a view added and then removed than to never have the opportunity to try it due to arbitrary limits.
I MOSTLY agree with what you have said, but ultimately it will be up to the developers.
P.S. I should disclose that my opinions are due to being the sort of person who is not completely happy with anything. It's a debilitating condition