Warning This is a disorganized work in progress.
Paraphrasing Wikitravel Goals
Wikitravel:Goals_and_non-goals The Wikitravel goals are actually about who the readers are. Wikitravel is a project to create a free, complete, up-to-date and reliable world-wide travel guide. Wikitravel should not only be these things, but it should be interesting to read as well. The word useful is rather vague, but it implies that a poorly written guide won't attract many readers.
It seems like some important points about Wikitravel are buried in the pages.
A few more points for readers and writers Wikitravel:Copyleft
Wikitravel is authorative. This is manifestied in policies which limit adding links to external secondary sources. It also gives writers license to be authoratative; terms such as well-known or referring to what is stated in other guide books is inappropriate.
Manual of Style Beefs
As a writer, I would find it far more useful if there were language/country specific pages for romanization Wikitravel_talk:Romanization. Also, a country-specific page could include address/phone number formatting guides.
On Travel Prose
I enjoy writing, this is one of the major reasons that I contribute to Wikitravel. An effective piece of travel prose gives the reader useful information. It should be factually correct, and if possible be interesting to read, particularly if there is something to exciting to share.
The safest way to avoid problem with copyright is to create all content yourself. This article contains suggestions for people writing such content.
Good writing is an excellent defense to protect your work. "If you don't want your writing to be edited mercilessly, then don't submit here." There will be little reason for someone to re-write your work if it is well written from the start. Writing good prose is not easy, and a rare talent can do it in one pass. A newspaper writer once told me that he spent about half of his time writing the first paragraph of an article. Of course, the first paragraph is important to draw in the reader, but the point here is that good prose is the product of writing and re-writing.
Respect the reader's intellegence, and the reader's ability to make thier own decisions. Consider this:
Some shops take credit cards, but it's not recommended to use them since a small percentage is added to the transaction (usually 2%).
Of course credit cards have a few advantages that the shopper may be willing to pay for. An improvement:
Some shops take credit cards, but a small percentage, around 2%, may be added to the transaction.
Lake Victoria is one of the biggest lakes in the world
Actually, it is the third largest, for surface area.
Heaven for the hardcore do-it-yourself electronics geek.
If you have a spiritual nature and think that watching the sun rise from the top of a 10,000 foot mountain will be a memorable experience for you, do the sunrise trip. If you're the practical type and feel like you've seen enough sunrises, get a good night's sleep and take the later trip. Maui
The traveller can make her own decisions about her waking time:
If you are willing to get up at 2 am, the sunrise from the top of a 10,000-foot mountain is spectacular.
Exported ambiance (referring to Irish pubs not in Ireland).