OK, I didn't realize there were "standard headers" -- I see I have had my wrists slapped already...
Those headers are so tacky, though, that I think it highly unlikely I'll be contributing to WikiTravel again. A shame, say I, if I may be so immodest, since there are factual errors on almost every page I have looked at so far (the triumph of form over substance?) which I'd love to correct... (yes, I'm a Wikiholic, self-employed pedant, and travel writer <<-- whoops, shouldn't have mentioned that [see below]: "travel experts not wanted here").
Quote: To provide for a more consistent layout for readers of Wikitravel, we use article templates
Do "we"? Who are "we"? So this is a members only club, is it? They're templates, Jim, but not as we (Wikipedians) know them.
Quote: People should see a guide and say, "Hey! See, Do, Eat -- this came from Wikitravel! Those guys rock!"
Yukh. I am not a "guy" and I don't rock.
Quote: The other [reason for "templates"] is to discourage wholesale copyright violation by well-meaning but ill-informed contributors. We don't want folks copying stuff in directly from their tattered 1974 Europe on a Shoestring guidebook.
More dumbing down: "folks", "stuff", "we figured" (that presumptive "we" again!). Is this meant to be a travel guide as written by George Dubya? Not to mention the condescension, and downright insultingness (well-meaning but ill-informed contributors).
It's hard to think of a project beginning with the term "wiki" that is less "wiki" in spirit, if this is the thinking behind WikiTravel.
Quote: We figured that if the formatting and stuff was different enough, that would be too much of a hassle to deal with.
Sorry: you've lost me there.
Are you really saying that you devised "Get out" as a heading so that the tattered-guidebook-owning saps you so despise would take both fright and flight rather than dare to sully WikiTravel with some information that they found under the heading "Excursions" in another source. Facts, by the way, cannot be copyrighted, so I don't know why the possibility of repeating them should cause such anticipatory vapours...
Let's look at one different bit of "formatting and stuff". In my (yes, tattered) book of linguistic experience (I have lived long), "Get out" means "go away (and don't come back)" -- perhaps this is the subliminal message you are attempting to impart. For myself, however, I don't think that the "Get out of jail free" card is all about taking a little day trip from prison and being back by suppertime.
Quote: There are few if any "travel experts" working on Wikitravel.
Is it any wonder? With your contemptuous quotation marks and know-nothing smugness...
There are English-as-a-second-language infelicities, too (like "Plunge forward". Eh? What language was that translated from?) which could benefit from a tidy up -- but I'd probably better not JUMP IN there as it's just occurred to me that perhaps the royal "WE" wrote that phrase, and it might even be perfectly normal American...
Sadly, however, I have to conclude that this site is clearly not really WikiTRAVEL at all, but rather "WikiTOURISM for those unused to thinking".
WikiTravel? Oh, how ironic that you have a page entitled "Where you can stick it"... -- 18.104.22.168 19:05, 23 Jun 2005 (EDT)
The above was by Picapica 19:07, 23 Jun 2005 (EDT)
Colin, thanks for taking the trouble to respond in such detail to my "plunge forward". Will reply in due course and in due place to those points, but for now I'll just steal 10 minutes of my employer's time (<-- only joking, IT department: I've already completed my timesheet and knocked off for the day) to answer your vocabulary doubts:
"condescension", "insultingness"? Are those real words? They surely are. See  for a dictionary definition of the first and here are examples of the second in action:
By the way, I'm sorry if, as seems likely, I misled you when I said that I was not a "guy":
I am indeed a man, but not an informal one. I am not, though, a North American of either sex. And I certainly don't fancy being burnt on a bonfire.
Oh, and the "self-employed pedant" was a brainstorm. I meant "self-confessed". (Call yourself a pedant? Get it RIGHT, Picapica, get it RIGHT...) -- Picapica 12:23, 24 Jun 2005 (EDT)
The extlinks section (including many Categories, a feature we do not use) were copied directly from Wikipedia, which is a copyright violation. I haven't been able to detect additional copyvios, but I'm worried. -- Colin 16:27, 28 Jun 2005 (EDT)
I added the MoS disclaimer at the top because Eat and Sleep sections need to be "Budget," "Mid-range," and "Splurge." Also the listings need to be MoS'd. - Andrew Haggard (Sapphire) 11:01, 28 May 2006 (EDT)
None of the seven apartment rental web sites that were listed in this article had a physical location in Madrid on their site, so I've removed them  in accordance with Wikitravel:Accomodation listings#Apartment listings. -- Ryan • (talk) • 21:28, 26 May 2007 (EDT)
The apartments section is back with several non local apartment aggregation websites. Like Ryan in May of 2007 I believe they should be removed, but I'm not an expert so I'll leave that up to someone else to do. CarsonR 14:56, 14 May 2008 (EDT)
De gepubliceerde foto in het artikel " Madrid" is niet van het stadhuis . Het is het hoofdpostgebouw = Palacio de Comunicaciones ! Het stadhuis (1640) bevindt zich op de Plaza de la Villa in de oude wijk van Madrid, op twee straten van de Plaza Mayor. Het is verbonden d.m.v. een brug met het Casa de Cisneros(1537). Het stadhuis werd ontworpen door dezelfde architect als deze P-M. nl. Juan Gomez de la Mora.
Above comment was left by another user, translated from dutch: The picture on the Madrid Article is not the city hall, but it is the main post office = Palacio de Comunicaciones. The city hall (1640) is located on the plaza de la Villa in the old part of Madrid, two streets away from Plaza Mayor. It is connected to the Casa de Cisneros (1537). The city hall was designed by Juan Gomez de la Mora. As far as I am aware (looking at info on the internet) the former postoffice is now used as city hall, since 2007. If the picture is not correct, can someone who knows Madrid advise and/or edit? Thank you! Adzas (talk) 09:40, 23 July 2013 (EDT)
Vote for deletion
This article was nominated today for deletion — by 22.214.171.124 (talk • contribs) . I know there are certain procedures in place for this, but before nominating an article for deletion it is also necessary to verify if an article is indeed a candidate for deletion. Please specify what your reasons are to start this procedure, as honestly as far as I can see this is a great article with a lot of input from many contributors. Thanks Adzas (talk) 12:06, 21 January 2014 (EST)