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Copper Canyon[edit]

Hi there! Thanks for the compliments on Copper Canyon! I felt that it was my duty since it was a place in my country... Yes I did it to Angkor and many many more places . I didnt find the time to update my traveler profile. All the best!—The preceding comment was added by Fabz (talkcontribs)

Hi Fabricio! Thank you for your response! I looked at your user page and I'm happy to see that we have such an experienced contributor in our community! We would love to see more edits from you! All the best to you too! IBAlex (talk) 17:55, 24 June 2014 (EDT)

Kolyma Highway[edit]

Hi IBAlex. I noticed (somewhat late) that you made a few changes to the article on Kolyma Highway. In particular, removed a lot of warnings about the dangers of the region. Have you heard from more recent travelers there or been yourself? --Kcharles (talk) 13:19, 15 June 2014 (EDT) Ed: I found our previous discussion on the archived page!

Hi KCharles! Nice to meet such an experienced Traveler! First of all, thank you for creating Kolyma highway article and for all your contributions so far! Good job! I edited the article based on the email I recently received from one of our Wikitravelers. He asked us to update the article as some of the information was bot accurate anymore according to him. Here is what he wrote: This entry is seriously outdated, although probably correct when written – the decade of the gangs is long over, gold mines are actively opening (so stores are open selling basic food in a number of widely-spaced places), police are in evidence in larger towns and the government is upgrading the highway and bridges on a grand scale along the entire Yakutsk to Magadan stretch...etc. I basically summarized all what he wrote in my edits. The user drove the highway from Yakutsk to Magadan a few weeks ago and that's why I considered his insights valuable. KCharles, if you think something should be added/ edited/ deleted, please Plunge forward! We would be happy to see your additions!
Unfortunately, I don't know the Kolyma highway. Would be great to do it one day, I'm just not sure if I'm brave enough:) I have tried, however, couchsurfing (I saw your intro on the user page) and I had great experience!
KCharles, we are looking forward to seeing your edits here! Share with us your travel experience. Warm regards, IBAlex (talk) 18:09, 5 September 2013 (EDT)"
Thanks for the info. I'm aware of investment in gold extraction, but it really only applies to the last 500 (out of 2000km) of the route. I think I'll update the entry accordingly taking into account the new info, but ensuring it remains balanced with a real appreciation for just how sketchy the place can be. It nearly killed me a couple of times! --Kcharles (talk) 13:25, 15 June 2014 (EDT)
Hello Kcharles! Thank you for your message! Nice to see you on Wikitravel again! Ye, I updated Kolyma Highway article based on my email exchange with one of the users. He gave us lots of details about Kolyma Highway and he was taking from his experience.
Are you planning on working on more pages? If you need any help, don't hesitate to contact me. I'm here to help! Warm regards, IBAlex (talk) 16:32, 16 June 2014 (EDT)

USA - Hungarian wikitravel[edit]

Hello IBAlex,

We've already met earlier on the occasion of the deletion of the Hungarian language article of Egypt. I noticed that you deleted several other - not to mention very important - articles due to spam activity. Meanwhile, just as you said you only should have reestablished the last correct version instead of completely deleting the whole thing. This time I noticed you deleted the US (Amerika Egyesült Államok) which to the best of my knowledge had indeed contained useful information and should definitely not have been deleted as a whole. By this you create a huge blank in the Hungarian version of Wikitravel - no USA, no New York, no Egypt, actually all very touristy spots of the world. I'd like to ask you to check the history of these articles prior to deleting them, as in most of the cases they were correct and complete in the beginning. Unfortunately I don't have enough time to help you as you asked to (also sorry for the belated answer), I'm rather a passive user of Wikitravel but I really appreciate your trust. Also, unfortunately I lost my password, I was User:Ferike333 from the Hungarian Wikitravel.

Hello Ferike333! Thank you for your message! Nice to hear from you again! The Amerikai Egyesült Államok page was deleted in 2012 as it was a pure copy of Wikipedia article. The page had many inactive red links and templates and did not look appealing at all. In the article history I noticed that Amerikai Egyesült Államok was deleted many times in the past by some previous admins. I restored the page but I'm sad to inform you that I will have to remove the whole content again. We would be thankful if you could help us work on Hungarian page for USA. Please feel free to add some basic information and keep in mind not to add copied content. What are some other pages (in Hungarian) that were deleted? I cannot find the page for New York. I just see that.
I have a good news for you- you can reset your password by using this link. It would be great if you could help us improve Hungarian version of Wikitravel! Please let me know if you have more questions. I'm here to help. Warm regards, IBAlex (talk) 14:27, 24 June 2014 (EDT)
Thank you. I'm working on figuring out what email address I originally added to Wikipedia in order to reset my password. As for the US, I reset the latest version that seemed to be good and Wikitravel related. I will try to brush it up once I'm back home. For New York I see the same three lines. I thought there was a somewhat better version earlier but I may be wrong.

All the best, 150.101.211.186 01:24, 1 July 2014 (EDT)

Good external links and some other things[edit]

Hello Aleksandra. Recently user 50.195.72.217 made some useful edits on Vilnius article, just i noticed that he reverted "new good" external link format to a former "footnote style" (here for example, also here etc). Is this a new policy of "good external links? Maybe there will be some improvements of the website or something, so those footnotes are necessary to enable automatic change to the new mode or something? Or are there exceptions, ie in some directories only footnote style external links are allowed?

Also, does external links to official tourism offices (branches of State Department) are not allowed? I somewhere read that only links to other guides or blogs or sites that are similar to WT are not allowed, but state offices are OK? Specifically see this (the very first one) edit. I generally like all the edits of this user but am confused about such small things like mentioned above, user himself seems rather indifferet and quite confident at the same time. I myself am confident about the factual information but not about the styles and formats. --Local (talk) 03:30, 25 June 2014 (EDT)

Hi Local! Thank you for your message! I hope you're doing well. I would gladly answer your questions:
External links style: In general we try to avoid footnote style links, especially when we insert the markup for a listing manually. However, the problem arises when users use the "Add listing" box near the Eat, Sleep, etc sections. The "Add listing" box creates footnote style links. It's a glitch that our IT team cannot resolve. Therefore, when somebody uses "Add listing" box we don't really have time to correct it afterwards. However, we ask users to create the standard hypertext-style of external link (Example) when they add markup manually.
Yes, links to official tourism offices are welcomed. I see that the link to vilnus-tourism is already on the page, in the See section so everything is fine.
Please let me know if you have any other questions. As always thank you for all your contributions! Warm regards, IBAlex (talk) 18:47, 25 June 2014 (EDT)
Thanks. Not exactly what i expected, specifically: i'm aware about a "glitch that your IT team cannot resolve", my question is specific about this situation, ie i previously edited all external links to meet the "good external link" format (bold-blue-clickable), now the user reverted most of them back to "footnote style". For no reason, i mean, he didn't add nothing new. If it's Ok i'll leave it, but if it's not Ok i'd prefer Blue-bold-clickable style and could revert them. Just want to avoid senseless and meaningless job. Therefore i ask you here for guidance how to behave both now and in the future :) .
And few things more - is the "See" section a proper one to add a link to official tourism office or is it better to place it in the very beginning? Is it wrong to add its street address and contacts (they were removed)? If i knew that i could do everything properly myself. Next - in "Get out" section i previously removed remote destinations and added "1 day trip ideas", now same user added same destinations that are 400km away. How to behave in this situation? Next - there were taxi prices previously and my explanation related to them. Now prices are removed, so explanation is unnecessary, but some others may add the prices again - so is it wrong to keep the taxi prices or is it OK? I also see that eg in Old Town description same english language mythology is added again while factual info is removed. Info was selected by me with reference to traveler questions / confusions / problems / misunderstandings that i found on various travel forums, i mean i didn't focus on encyclopedia and i don't need to. In fact now the description is a fantasy (similar to that in other english language guides but more shallow, i think it comes from some early article on Wikipedia which now is long gone because of inaccuracies). I can leave of course all fantasies because they sound usual :) . My idea was to get rid of them, as much as possible, but then it often may sound exotic to some people. So again, i ask you for guidance how to behave? :) --Local (talk) 03:03, 26 June 2014 (EDT)
Local, I know you've been taking good care of our Vilnius page so please feel free to make edits on that article based on my guidance:
  • When user rewrites listings and only changes links to a footnote style, this should be reverted. We aim to create the standard hypertext-style of external links. I'd rather encourage this user to spend his/ her time on adding new content than making changes like that.
  • It's best to put the information about the Tourism Office in the Understand section so please free to make the changes.
  • As per our discussion before, in the "Get out" section we should see nearby destinations for day trips.
  • Yes, we should provide taxi prices as long as they are up-to-date.
  • I know that you're an expert here about Lithuania and Vilnius so please edit the articles as accurate as possible:) We trust your contributions!
Warm regards, IBAlex (talk) 20:30, 26 June 2014 (EDT)
Valuable and matter-of-fact explanation, thank you very much. --Local (talk) 05:41, 27 June 2014 (EDT)

Goes[edit]

Yes I will be trying to maintain the Goes page. I live in Goes so I actually can check things :) I'll probably will be needing some pointers here and there but I hope people here will be good enough to point them out. —The preceding comment was added by Radius (talkcontribs)

Great to hear that, Radius! Of course, you can ask either me, or any other admin on Wikitravel. Also, Traveller's pub is a great place to post questions to our community. Warm regards, IBAlex (talk) 18:51, 13 July 2014 (EDT)

Update[edit]

All good on the West Coast so far. Thanks for the training! IBcaldera (talk) 19:39, 28 July 2014 (EDT)

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