For the Durango, Colo., Chamber of Commerce, Blizzard made a list of five things visitors could do there on Wikitravel.org, an outgrowth of Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia that's written by the general public.
Nice. A whole article legitimizing being an SEO-scumming jackass.
Yeah, blizzard (User:DrakesTravels, but sometimes logged out and contributing anonymously) is one of our regular travel-industry-shill contributors. They do ok work, but they often need to be de-SEOed. Interesting that they actually advertise that they contribute to us. Maybe it would be a good thing if more travel-industry companies did the same. Or maybe the deSEOing would annoy me. I liked the felcor corporate shills (User:Redbug) better because they didn't SEO, they properly added new articles as needed, and they tried to format stuff right. -- Colin 18:48, 14 June 2006 (EDT)
Looking at DT's contributions, I don't really see a big problem. Yes, the tourist office reference is unnecessary, but more experienced Wikitravelers than DT have done things like that. The other additions appear to be normal. Durango has tons of stuff to see/do/eat/sleep in, little of it represented in the article. Give thanks for those who help, even if they come with wrinkles or even warts... -- Bill-on-the-Hill 20:01, 14 June 2006 (EDT)
Yup, it's worthwhile despite the need to de-SEO. Some of the more annoying edits were done as anon User:184.108.40.206 (see this history which shows they are the same, and my favorite editing accident by this user ). Consider this listing for a place called "Woodlands Trails B&B" : . Notice that the link is named with something they'd like to be indexed by with Google, rather than anything resembling the actual name. It's not consistently SEO, which is a relief. And they are actual locations volunteering to be listed, so we just have to futz with it a bit and MoS it and we're there. -- Colin 20:49, 14 June 2006 (EDT)