Here are archived discussions on my Talk Page.
 Namibia Page
Hi, I saw your message regarding changes to the regions of Namibia. It sounds fair enough, but with whom are we seeking consensus and how do we get it? It seems that arbitrary 'northern', 'southern', 'central', and the now-obsolete 'Caprivi' labels are better replaced by administrative regions as defined by the government. Or are regions more like 'areas', and not official administrative regions? - Vsnnamibia
- Hi Vsnnamibia, thank you for your message! Yes, regions are somewhat nebulous organizational groupings and don't have to be official administrative regions. Region articles tend to be more "soft", discussing the people, culture, climate, and cuisine in the region, rather than the legalistic or administrative groupings. Regions can have sub-regions, and those can have further sub-regions, and so on and so forth. Please have a look at the United States of America article. The country is divided into 13 regions that don't represent administrative groupings. Within those regions, ex. New England, you have individual states. I would suggest doing the same on the Namibia page.
- You asked me about where to discuss changes to the articles. Please know that every article has an associated discussion page for discussing that article. This includes coordinating editorial decisions, suggesting new material that should be considered, and generally collaborating on making a great article. Here is a discussion page for Namibia article.
- Keep in mind that we don't use copied content on Wikitravel (this includes content from Wikipedia). Our goal is to create a travel guide with an original content.
- Last thing, if you want to sign your post, please use ~~~~ which will create your wiki signature for you.
- Please let me know if you have any more questions. I'm here to help and I would gladly answer all of them. Thanks! IBAlex (talk) 18:05, 12 February 2014 (EST)
Happy that you liked the pictures and that you featured one as picture of the day! The page of Kep looks like this much nicer, doesn't it!? cheers —The preceding comment was added by User:Blackduck (talk • contribs)
- Yes, it looks great now! Thank you for all the pictures! We appreciate your contributions here. Please keep it up! Warm regards, IBAlex (talk) 13:18, 18 February 2014 (EST)
In reference to your text, I would like to ask that if a particular travel blog has got authentic information on a particular place to travel why can't we place a link to that blog. External links are used for that purpose only. No one has got that much time to write paragraphs here on Wiki travel. As because we are passionate travelers, we don't want any communication gap or lack of information on Wiki travel article pages so we come here and write a few lines to make the articles read for travelers. All details can not be put here all the time so we link to the pages which have got good information on this particular topic.
Please let me know if placing this kind of link is beyond guidelines. As far as my knowledge goes I know that any informative page can be linked from here if that is not a business page and if this activity is not promotional. In such a case no external links should be allowed to place on any page on Wiki travel.
I have explored some offbeat destinations and I would surely cover that on my Bl*g with all required and helpful information. I don't find any harm placing a link to my page.
Now if this is not okay, then I will surely not link back to my bl*g pages. Looking forward to your feedback.
- Abhijit, thank you for your message. Let me explain a few things. We allow External links to primary sources of information (official tourist office website, official website for a hotel , etc), however we are very strict about not linking to secondary sources of information (blogs, forums, etc). We want our guides to be complete therefore we avoid links to other travel websites, to ensure we have travel information in Wikitravel, not linked from Wikitravel. This is an incentive issue; if we have lots of links to other travel guides, we lose the impetus to create our own. In addition, one of our goals is to produce a guide useful for printing or off-line use, and therefore we need information to be within the article rather than linked to at another site. I hope that this all makes sense to you. Warm regards, IBAlex (talk) 15:23, 20 February 2014 (EST)
Having heard Lech Wałęsa speak as a youngster in Gdańsk. I'm always interested in the Polish perspective, so I was rather intrigued by this edit of yours to our Matsumoto article. I only know the city because of its Saito Kinen Festival and black Crow Castle (Karasu Jō) and all the hot springs round and about. Is there a Matsumoto brand of noodles imported into Poland? --Ttcf (talk) 15:43, 18 February 2014 (EST)
 US spelling
Do you realise that if you question the ten year old tradition of using the traveller and travelling spelling variants then you also risk re-opening the decision made at the same time to default to US spelling where the topic has no strong connection to another variant of English?
Is there a reason you have not yet contributed your viewpoint at Wikitravel talk:Spelling - The traveller came first, not the spellchecker? --Ttcf (talk) 21:58, 24 February 2014 (EST)
If it was by mistake you changed my words here (rather than adding your own comment, please just correct it.
- Since you seem to be ignoring my attempts at communication, I've gone ahead and made the necessary changes to make it clear what I originally wrote (and what you wrote, later). --Ttcf (talk) 18:09, 26 February 2014 (EST)
Hi IBAlex :)
Please bear with me as I am new to this :) I have added a few lines to the Eat section for Leuven (http://wikitravel.org/wiki/en/index.php?title=Leuven&oldid=2166046), a few weeks ago (Feb 8/2014), and you have edited it but I am not sure where I went wrong in what I said, or what I could do in the future to improve things :) I would like to ask for your expert advice as reading through the provided links helped but did not really answer my question. Perhaps I am interpreting something wrong.
- Hi Andre25 85! I'm very happy you asked and actually want to understand better how WT works. I appreciate that! I just formatted your listing, keeping it shorter, and still including all the necessary info. In section "Eat" of the article we normally just put Listings of different restaurants, without describing districts where they are(districts should be described earlier on in the article). Therefore I just removed the info about Vismarkt district. I hope that you understand my rationale. Now, however, I realized that the entire section "Eat" should actually be formatted, following a more standard formatting. Look at Ulrecht Eat section. We can follow this format OR divide section Eat on Leuven article into districts, write a short description about the district and then add individual listings. Let me know what you think. Also, how familiar are you with Leuven? Would be great if you could help us expand this article. Thanks a lot! Looking forward to your answer. IBAlex (talk) 13:54, 25 February 2014 (EST)
- Nevermind. Misread the edit history, thought his edits were far more substantial then they were. 18.104.22.168 00:33, 26 February 2014 (EST)
- Hi! No worries! Feel free to ask questions anytime something is not clear. I'm sure you looked at 22.214.171.124 contributions. It's clear 126.96.36.199 is a marketer who spams our guide with generic Listings on multiple pages. We don't want this kind of contributions here. Warm regards, IBAlex (talk) 13:26, 26 February 2014 (EST)
 External Links on Guam page
hey Alex, Thanks for your email re: the Guam page. Just curious, though.
I had listed my tourguide service as a "To Do" listing to the page as I've seen done on many pages on the Wikitrave.org sitel. I can totally understand the hotel listings, as this is a vital part of travel.
My question is: If bars and restaurants (not a vital part of travel :-) or primary sources of information) can have a phone number and link on a page (see below from Guam page), why not a tour guide service or (the only) booking agent for a newly developing region ?
Talofofo Island Sunrise Cafe, 286 Chalan Canton Ladera, Talofofo Guam 96915 (Traversed the island down Rte 4 to the three-way intersection above Talofofo Bay. Turn right and go up the hill past Notre Dame High School and drive past two bus-stops (both on the right), then turn right at the Island Sunrise Cafe sign (you'll see signs guiding you along the way). You'll find this lovely hideaway perched up on the cliff line offering one of the island's most breath-taking coastal vistas.), ☎ 989-5071, . 8am-8pm closed on Wednesday. Local cuisine and BBQ. As an added bonus breakfast is served from 8am-8pm. $5-$10.. edit Tumon Buddies Billiards and Brew, (Behind Tick Tock), ☎ 649-CUES (2837). edit Bully’s Bar & Grill, (1F of The Plaza), ☎ 649-2389. edit Cafe Havana, (Hyatt Regency Guam Resort), ☎ 64SALSA (647-2572). edit Casa Nami, San Vitores Rd (Across from Pacific Islands Club, 2F), ☎ 646-NAMI. edit [add listing]Sleep —The preceding comment was added by Jamaicaninchina (talk • contribs)
- Hi Jamaicaninchina! I'm glad you asked about that. Please know that in general we do not list tours in our articles. We only make exceptions for tours that constitute a value-added activity or if they are essential to visit a certain area. So for example we would list a helicopter tour of NYC, or in Panmunjeom where they are required by law. The policy disallows listings for most audio tours, walking tours, and guided tours since the substance of such tours can generally be fulfilled by an independent traveller, and the information provided on such tours should ideally be included in the appropriate Wikitravel article. Please see more info here.
- Listings for restaurants or bars are essential parts of our guides. And then when you create a listing for a particular restaurant we advise users to add an official website of the restaurant as well which becomes a primary source of information. This is all written in our policy pages.
- Also, small hint- when you leave a message on the talk page, please know that you should sign your posts by using ~~~~. This will help us keep the conversation organized. Let me know if you have any more questions. If not, happy editing! Warm regards, IBAlex (talk) 20:14, 7 March 2014 (EST)