I don't believe that Toady's original intent is to make things impenetrably complicated, it just turns out that way since he's more likely to forge on if he's interested in something, and he's obviously not interested in UI. So if other people handle UI for him, it solves the problem, and I don't consider it "cheating." It prevents me from wondering which of my 87 dwarves has some obscure skill and cycling through a list every 5 minutes to find out.
And with splinterz' mod I can do a little extra cool managing.
I think it would be cool if the amount of information and the managing of it could somehow become dependent on one's manager, but that might be needlessly complicated and that's not how the base game is so whatev.