User:Ravikiran r/Wikitravel:Help build Wikitravel
Wikitravel's success depends on the active participation of Wikitravellers like you. Wikitravellers contribute content, organize the articles and also decide policy, all through consensus. This page aims to be a useful list of the ways in which you can help Wikitravel achieve its goal of being a free, complete, up-to-date and reliable world-wide travel guide.
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While this list aims to be exhaustive, a couple of items may have been missed out. If you find such items, please add them — this is a Wiki, after all!
You will find that some of the items in this list have a * against them, which means that only an administrator can do them. Those restrictions exist only because some actions are difficult to reverse and only experienced users can be trusted with them. However, such items are few and far between and are not special privileges granted to administrators. Admins exercise those powers only with the approval of the community and in accordance with policy.
Community and Policies
On many kinds of community Web sites, most participants have a very limited set of tasks they can accomplish. On those sites, special participants called administrators do most of the rest of the jobs to keep the site going. Although this keeps "normal" users from maliciously or inadvertantly messing up the site, it also makes a bottleneck where important jobs aren't done until an overworked administrator finds the time to do them.
Wikitravel, like most other WikiWiki sites, is not like that. We have administrators, but the list of things they can do that other contributors can't is really really short; mostly they're things that can't be easily undone. But most jobs that would traditionally be done by "admins" or "sysops" on other sites are done by regular contributors here. Wikitravel works better if every Wikitraveller participates in the "janitorial" jobs that need to get done to keep the site going.
This page lists some important jobs that need to get done that new Wikitravellers may think they're not allowed or not supposed to do. Probably the fact that a lot of administrators are also "old hands" who know what jobs need being done, so they get them done, makes it seem like only administrators should do them. Not true at all! Please feel free to plunge forward and make these things happen: Wikitravel needs all the help we can get!