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You asked on my Talk page How can I help?
- Hey, thanks for proofreading the St Helens (England) article. That's the first guide I've made.. and that's my hometown I chose to write it on, so I guess I know what I'm talking about! Thing is, being new, I didn't really know what I was doing, so if you could let me know how I can improve the page further than "usable" I'll see what I can do. My digital camera's bust at the moment or else I'd have been happy to add photos. I'm lost without it! Thanks BarrY 20:18, 11 Jan 2006 (EST)
- My reply
- Normally I try and give a welcome message to people when they make their first edit of an article, or create a new page. You were so quick off the mark and the St Helens (England) article was so good, I thought you were an old hand. I only left the article as usable because the listings were brief and did not have all the contact details, such as telephone numbers, only external links. I asked myself, could I use this article as my only source of information about St Helens? The answer was no because I would need to go look up the websites to make a reservation - or knock on the door and ask - if I was on the road and did not have on-line access. -- Huttite 20:53, 11 Jan 2006 (EST)
 Maps / one last note on Paris
Hi Barry, I use Inkscape to make my maps, usually starting from a satellite photo. There's a description of the process here if you'd like to have a go at it.
One more thing: If your friend is still concerned about Parisians accepting him show him the Wikipedia article on Bertrand Delanoe. -- Mark 16:47, 12 Jan 2006 (EST)
 Open directory
On my talk page you asked
Hi, sorry about this, but you added a link to Greater Manchester to an open directory. Sorry to be a pain in the neck but what's this? I couldn't find anything on it in the help files and I'm curious. I'm just willing to learn! Cheers BarrY 07:13, 12 Jan 2006 (EST)
- My reply
- See Wikitravel:Links to Open Directory. The Open Directory Project (ODP) is a website with the sublime mission of categorising all websites using human editors. Because Humans do it better. It was founded by the good people at Netscape and is called DMOZ after Mozilla, an early web-browser. If you have ever used Google and wanted to submit a URL it directs you to submit the URL to ODP, along with pretty much every other search engine on earth.
- Search engines use ODP as a base for categorising websites. If your website is not in the Open Directory Project, search engines will have a hard time finding it. Which is why spammers want to put links on any wiki they find, because google loves wikis and ODP hates spammers and only gives them one link per website.
- Wikitravel links to ODP appear in the box called Other languages/sites in the left hand sidebar, below the Navigation, Search and Toolbox boxes. Wikitravel links to ODP help people find the related websites to a place and help search engines correctly categorise and rank ODP pages. -- Huttite 04:59, 13 Jan 2006 (EST)