Hi, Colin! Welcome to Wikitravel. Please take a sec to look at our copyleft and policies and guidelines, but feel free to plunge forward and edit some pages. Scanning the Manual of style, especially the article templates, can give you a good idea of how we like articles formatted. If you need help, check out Wikitravel:Help, and if you need some info not on there, post a message in the travellers' pub.
I've heard of it. I've been there! -phma 07:30, 7 Mar 2004 (EST)
Most useful thing to do
Hi, Colin. Thank you for the two statistics links you gave me at Talk:United States of America. I assumed more people died in traffic in higher-income nations -- in the extreme case, if no one can afford a car, there are zero traffic accidents. I am surprised to see exactly the opposite happen in Africa and the Americas. I'm glad I learned something new today. -- DavidCary 20:24, 2 Apr 2004 (EST)
Hi Colin - thanks for the warm welcome, I've just come from Wikipedia, so please call me on anything I'm doing that's out of sorts around here - so refreshing to find a place without all of the politicing and wierdness of WP! Have read some of the guides, look forward to working with you, Mark Richards 13:31, 5 May 2004 (EDT)
Thanks for the idea for a discussion period. I think it's a good idea and I will certainly include it in my "proposal". Cheers! Akubra 15:32, 11 May 2004 (EDT)
I reverted an anonymous change to your user page. --Evan 17:34, 26 May 2004 (EDT)
Everyone was putting new delenda at the bottom until yesterday when Huttite put one at the top. -phma 14:46, 13 Jun 2004 (EDT)
Belated congrats on the birth of your third! --Evan 13:23, 2 Jul 2004 (EDT)
Thank you for your warm welcome! (I've been adding things to both the Fremont and the San Jose sites. I'm also trying to advertise this site in general.) I hope that you like the Copper Chimney -- it's a little spicy. I chose it as an Indian restaurant because of the ambiance, not the food.
Glasgow & DB Problems
Thanks for the ping on this. Actually I'd already updated Glasgow to act on your suggestions, and I've now updated Talk:Glasgow with a description of what done. With our current db problems, I'm not sure whether these changes are going to stick, so I've stashed local copies.
Chris. -- Chris j wood 08:03, 14 Jul 2004 (EDT)
The Wikipedia link appears above and below the article, as do foreign-language links. -phma 23:50, 15 Jul 2004 (EDT)
Thanks for helping to rollback those external links... guess not everyone reads the Wikitravel:Goals and non-goals page ;-).
hm, i thought the two (wikipedia and wikitravel) would be more closely connected... in this case, i will probably have to remove the images, or ask for a permission from whoever put the images there...
You removed a link to southwest airlines because it is not a wikitravel article, and rightly so, as it is not. However, interwiki linking is enabled here, and adding wikipedia: before the title will correctly send it to wikipedia's page. Please use this whenever possible. Thanks, anon.
Thanks! Paris in the spring
Thanks for catching that spelling error. Arrondissement has a double s. I guess the page with just one s was created while Evan and I were discussing it way back when.
Thanks for the kudos too! I think the best months to target for a DOM for Paris would be April or May. There's still quite a lot to do; I'd like to have a full set of maps, and quite a few more sleep listings first. -- Mark 01:06, 27 Sep 2004 (EDT)
You keep getting the satisfaction of reverting the chinese spammer before I can. ;) -- Mark 22:03, 28 Sep 2004 (EDT)
Thanks - Copyvio
Thanks! I wonder how long I can keep it up. Soon I need to get a job again ;) -- Hypatia 12:59, 6 Nov 2004 (EST)
Thanks, done my homework and hope this time it's better. Ralfi 7 Nov 2004 (EST)
I've just nominated you for admin status on Wikitravel. It'd be great if you could let us know if you're interested in the responsibility and if you'd like to take it on. You can check out the current discussion on Wikitravel:Administrator nominations. --Evan 17:06, 9 Nov 2004 (EST)
So, your admin status has been updated. It happens to coincide with a period in which I've managed to remove all the special admin buttons from the interface... hopefully they'll be back in action over the weekend. Then, you can delete and protect things as needed (per vote, of course). Welcome aboard and thanks for everything, --Evan 23:16, 18 Nov 2004 (EST)
Thanks for the encouragement to the Uraguay user
Hey, just wanted to say that the way you handled the Uraguay issue from the front page seemed like really great diplomacy. Thanks! -- Mark 16:42, 21 Nov 2004 (EST)
Just wanted to give you another kudos for dealing with new contributors-- you have a very nice wiki-side manner! Keep it up and thanks Majnoona 18:48, 6 Dec 2004 (EST)
There are serious plans afoot to make the CC-by-sa and GNU FDL compatible. So this is not a long term concern. Since the format and content goals of Wikitravel and Wikipedia are so different, the ability to copy to and from is not that important anyway. What is important is making sure Wikimedia projects and Wikitravel all get the resources they need to flourish. --Maveric149 20:38, 13 Dec 2004 (EST)
It looks OK. I get the impression that Mediawiki is not so good with conflicts when people are doing section level edits. Hypatia 18:52, 16 Dec 2004 (EST)
reverting from otherguides
Apologies for adding a link to an external guide; I didn't realize there was a special policy on the subject. Thanks for all your good work! Lectiodifficilior
idiot editing template:smallcity
Some days are tough for me, since I'm a big dummy. I was working quickly, trying to write without being spotted by The Boss, and that's why I accidentally edited the template instead of the page. Sorry; I'll try not to do it again. Willy
Thanks for the kind words. Great site, i hope i can contribute a lot.
all the best,
Hi. Thanks for writing to me about an "other guide" revert. I didn't see your comments until just now. Is it possible for you to consider the site I posted again ()? It isn't really a guide; it's a web directory, designed to capture every useful page on Petra. My main interest is actually historical and archaeological, not tourist related. Indeed, only one section is on tourism per se, and the largest section is of travelogues.
Anyway, I have that site, one on Alanya, Turkey, one on Machu Picchu and I'm working on one about Sintra in Portugal. They all follow the same principle.
Anyway, I don't want to press, and I don't want to seem to worry just about external links. (I think, perhaps, I owe some non-link editorial work.) Lastly, is it possible that WikiTravel's objections might be better expressed as against other "general" resources, which my pages certainly are, not just guides.
Warsaw Tourist Information phone and email
Information you have removed is actually official Tourist Information contacts . I believe it's not against WT policy to include them. And they can be helpful. If you still disagree, just remove them again...
-- JanSlupski 14:42, 26 Jan 2005 (EST)
Rollback a user script
Actually it's really simple and all flows from
basically all that's necessary is to load the user's contributions page at a given interval and then load any "rollback" links found. Easy-peasy. I'll post code after I've cleaned it up.
It should go without saying that this sort of thing is for emergencies only, as I think it probably violates the script policy in a couple of different ways. -- Mark 16:06, 4 Feb 2005 (EST)
Hi, I'm the other Colin Jensen.
When you google "colin jensen" you get listings for both yourself and me. So hi, I'm the other Colin Jensen. I'm also from the Bay Area (Marin, Novato), and am http://www.colinandbethany.com. Anyway, just saying Hi. We should trade business cards or something...
Sorry it took me so long, but I finally figured out how to re-enable the spam filter that we had going a while ago. The (very frustrating) 50-fold edits to the Main Page should be a lot less frequent. --Evan 22:07, 7 Mar 2005 (EST)
Sorry for missing the rules on templates; I had seen the mediocre (and I now know disallowed) previous Ontario template and wanted to improve it. Thanks for still using polite language when correcting me! Padraic 10:06, 13 Apr 2005 (EDT)
Anonymous User Messages
I have noticed that you have a page for Anonymous User Messages. I wonder if it would be more useful to write a little policy about this and explain your practice of deleting messages after a while. I think your deletion activity is probably a good idea but I think it needs to be documented too, so we can all partake and think about this activity. -- Huttite 23:59, 15 Apr 2005 (EDT)
CJensen: You insist on a definition of Silicon Valley that equates it to Santa Clara County, and you dismiss cities like Menlo Park and Fremont as SV-wannabe's. Last week, the San Jose Mercury News published its annual Silicon Valley 150, the top companies in Silicon Valley. See:
"The Silicon Valley 150 ranks public companies headquartered in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, southern San Mateo and southern Alameda counties on the basis of worldwide revenues ("Sales) for the most recent available four quarters. Most results are for the four quarters ended on or near Dec. 31, 2004, except where noted."
Included in the list are companies headquartered in Foster City in San Mateo County, Santa Cruz, Fremont in Alameda County, etc. In the print edition, I found an interesting explanation of a company that is no longer in the SV150 because it moved its headquarters from Fremont (in SV) to Pleasanton (not in SV). -StavP
Well, Colin. If you want to rely on a twenty year old unpublished paper, that is your prerogative. However, you should be consistent. In the Tajnai paper, she includes Redwood City, Menlo Park and San Carlos within the definition of Silicon Valley, you chose to exclude these cities. So I would suggest you are imposing the arbitrary CJensen definiton of Silicon Valley on WikiTravel readers.
I would offer the view that many more people accept the San Jose Mercury News as authority on this subject than either Carolyn Tajnai or you. - StavP
Hey have you already been to Death Valley? If you are still coming send me a email, I work at the Furnace Creek Ranch and can give you a 50% Discount. --Texas Web Scout 03:34, 26 May 2005 (EDT)
In my view Yebisu Garden Place is not a single attraction, it's an entire area. So the area's home page in the intro paragraph gets the inline link and the individual attractions within the area are listings. Does this make any sense? Jpatokal 22:32, 6 Jun 2005 (EDT)
I guess you forgot about San Francisco, which has about twice as many people!
vandal is starting to bore me
Hey, I'm taking off, would appreciate if you can track the vandal for a bit. -- Mark 20:29, 7 Jul 2005 (EDT)
I guess if we're going to have those areticles on the front page we'd best try to flesh them out, though I know nothing about the Caribbean.. -- Mark 05:54, 27 Jul 2005 (EDT)
I saw that string of extlinks come in for US destinations and totally quailed at dealing with it. Nice work! --Evan 07:57, 28 Jul 2005 (EDT)
Nearby Yosemite Towns
Nice job on getting all of the towns around Yosemite started. I will admit to not knowing them very well (I always camp) but if there is anything you think particularly needs work let me know and I'll see what I can fill out. I may be starting up working again shortly, so time may get short, but I'd be glad to do what I can. -- Ryan 21:49, 1 Aug 2005 (EDT)
Stephen here, owner of the site Luxury New Zealand.
You've removed my link from External links, the reason for which I now understand. Thanks for the explanation... :-)
But I don't understand why you've removed it from the context of the content I added in the "Sleep" section. LNZ is not a web directory, certainly no more so than yha.org.nz which is linked in the paragraph that follows. :?
Luxury New Zealand is a full content site pitched to the luxury traveller. As such it contains not only lists of lodges that are members of different marketing organisations but also individual pages for those lodges. These individual pages contain enquiry forms or online booking forms. There's more as well, and it's being added to at the rate of about a page a week.
Trust this helps to explain why I've created the links.
I've responded to your response in my Talk section. Don't know if that's the right way to do it (posting here to tell you about a message there) but I'd appreciate your thoughts.
Hi Colin. You seem to be the master of hotel additions for new articles, and I was just curious if they are coming from the script mentioned on your user page, or if you're just looking them up like the rest of us poor schmoes? If you've got a giant list somewhere that needs to be fed into the appropriate articles then I (and probably others) would be glad to help out. As a side note, nice job with the latest batch of Bay Area cities -- at the rate you're going it might be the first complete region around here before long. -- Ryan 02:48, 21 Aug 2005 (EDT)
If you look back through my recent changes, you'll find that I've fixed the dead-ends on a lot of those tower articles... they make for pretty wimpy stuff, but I can't decide if they should be deleted or not. -- Ilkirk 21:07, 25 Aug 2005 (EDT)
I know the links were out of the formatting protocals, but my arguement was more toward the fact that they are almost all subdomains of Felcor.com - part of the Felcor Lodging Trust. Seems to me that the links should be to the hotel's webpages, not a third-party. Don't you figure Felcor is making money off of the clicktroughs?
Oh wait... Felcor Lodging Trust owns those hotels. Hmmm... what do you think? While you were reverting the changes, I added a ton of information in an odd format. So I don't end up losing it, I'm putting it on my talk page temporarily and you can take a look at it there.
Thanks! -- Ilkirk 17:46, 14 Sep 2005 (EDT)
Nevermind my talk page - I accidently copied something else to the clipboard in the mean time. :( -- Ilkirk 17:48, 14 Sep 2005 (EDT)
Link on Salzburg
Why did you remove the link to [www.visit-salzburg.net/] from the Salzburg article? I work on this website for free, there is (at least by now) no advertisements on it, no commercial interest and the page is intended to provide independent informaiton for international visitors - especially as it will grow in the next weeks, it will be a valuable source for independent travellers. Please answer here. Thanks.
Hey, thanks for following up on the "selected trains" issue on all those articles! Majnoona 15:35, 5 Nov 2005 (EST)
For sorting out the mess I made on the template Hkpatv 21:34, 9 Nov 2005 (EST)
I think the ~62 articles added by User:Kitsap are copied from http://visitkitsap.com/. Well the first 3 I looked at were word for word afre the first line. While removing the extlinks is probably a good idea, leaving them in means that the copyright violation page can be identified. -- Huttite 00:10, 19 Nov 2005 (EST)
Wanna play art critic? :-)
Hey Colin, thanks for putting the IsIn links on my various New Mexico pages -- saves me a lot of editing. While you're at it, if you wouldn't mind, could you pass through my Santa Fe photo page and critique the other photos beyond the St. Francis Cathedral one? I'd like to add one or two more to the Santa Fe (New Mexico) page, which has been nominated (by Ryan) as a DotM candidate and therefore needs some more photos, but would value the opinions of you and a few other WT old hands as to which ones to include. -- Bill-on-the-Hill 18:45, 10 Dec 2005 (EST)
For all the deletions! Wish I'd thought of that. --Evan 01:21, 12 Dec 2005 (EST)
Okay, someone should put a search box for the Help pages. Only after posting nearly 80 external links and information under the "Buy" heading did I discover everything was reversed. Before I started, I went from page to page looking for an external links policy. Since I couldn't find it, I just used one of the other pages as an example of what is acceptable. Anyway, I understand removing my external links, but you've also reversed all the information I put under the Buy headings for most of the cities I posted external links. That information was correct and according to policy guidelines. I'm sure visitors would have benefited from the things I wrote for Richmond CA, Pleasanton CA, and others. Bigmallrat
Discussion about Cuba
Hello. I've seen we had some disput about Cuba. As it was just 1 year before, it was quite difficult to get some fuel in Kuba, when moving around yourself, that's why I thought I could add this. But if this is not welcomed here, well, I can live with that. Just returned yesterday from Cuba, and the country is really changing quite quickly. Not as fast as China for example, but still with a speed faster than usually in the caribean, that's why I added such informations about stuff that changed in like last 1-2years there..
I certainly don't search any "fight" about any articel with you, but like to work to further improve this really good project.
Thanks for fixing the broken IsIn links after my page moves. Are you running an automated process or can you just type very fast? The speed at which you made the changes was amazing. -- Huttite 20:17, 27 Dec 2005 (EST)