Also, thanks for improving the Gunbarrel Highway article. I have one question, though. I see that you converted some numbers to words (e.g. "16" -> "sixteen"). Is there an accepted rule for this in English? (Like, say, from 0 to 20 and then 30, 40, etc... are written as words, and everything else as numbers.) DhDh 15:13, 28 Nov 2003 (PST)
Yes, the rule is that if a sentence begins with a number it should be spelt out. The exception to this is years. It is ok for a sentence to begin:
2001 was the dawn of a new millennium.
The rule applies even to long numbers, but there is another rule that says you should try to reword the sentence so that it does not start with a long number.
838 Wikitravel articles have been written. - Wrong.
Eight hundred and thirty-eight Wikitravel articles have been written. - Better but still not good.
There have been 838 Wikitravel articles written. - Best.
As to when you should spell out numbers that are not at the start of the sentence, this varies from one style manual to another. Some say spell out one to nine. Others one to ten. Some say one to ninety-nine. Some say to do it differently depending on the context. I think ten should be spelt as ten is only one more character than 10. I have my own idiosyncratic view that we should spell out one to twelve. Why? Because they are unique words. After twelve the numbers are -teen, -ty and combination numbers (except for the round ones like hundred, thousand etc.) Nurg.
If a sentence begins with two numbers connected by a conjunction (or "to", as in "Eight to 12"), and one is written in digits and the other is spelled out, it looks weird. Spell both out or write both as digits. -phma 11:16, 9 Dec 2003 (PST)
Hi, I've noticed you've been editing Leeds a lot. I have placed a listing in the sleep section - we have a number of locations in the city though so couldn't 'fit' the site into budget, mid-range or splurge - so created a different listing under Self Catering. I noticed there is another serviced apartment in splurge and was thinking should I move this into self catering to or leave it where it was?
You've been around even longer than me; where can I find and edit our customised listings engine, please?
You know, the one that, if one wants to add a new listing, one clicks on the blue [add listing] part next to the appropriate section header of See, Do, Buy, Eat, Drink or Sleep and a box pops up where one can easily enter the listing details. --118dot93dot73dot30 22:49, 13 April 2013 (EDT)
I have no idea, sorry. Nurg (talk) 05:38, 14 April 2013 (EDT)
Thanks for the prompt reply - it's often almost as useful to have a fast negative response. Did you never think of being an admin here? --118dot93dot73dot30 07:48, 14 April 2013 (EDT)
I have thought about being an admin but have never bothered to apply because:
There seemed to be plenty of active admins (not so much now).
I don't want to be under an obligation to use the admin tools. Wikitravel:Administrators refers to "the job of administration". While I would be happy to have the admin tools, I don't want the burden of a job. Nurg (talk) 05:25, 15 April 2013 (EDT)
I've changed "job" to "rôle" now (the job part was Inas's edit and kind of crept in accidentally a couple of years back without discussion or notice), so may I nominate you? Because of your time zone you may be able to catch stuff that folks based in the US and Europe may miss for several hours... --118dot93dot73dot30 06:48, 15 April 2013 (EDT)
I am happy to be nominated. Nurg (talk) 07:46, 15 April 2013 (EDT)
Hi Nurg! I was happy to see your nomination as an admin!  Congratulations! I am happy to support your nomination. Thank you for all the time you have been with us and all your edits! Let me ask you, how familiar are you with administrating the site? Would you need some help? Warm regards, IBAlex (talk) 16:54, 18 April 2013 (EDT)
Hi Alex. I am an admin on two other wikis that use MediaWiki software. One is a small wiki that I use in my professional life and where I have mainly been deleting spam pages & blocking spammers for several years. So I think I can do the basics, or figure out how to do things. Otherwise I will proceed cautiously and just ask for help if I need it. Nurg (talk) 21:09, 18 April 2013 (EDT)
Thank you, Nurg! Great to hear that. All the best, IBAlex (talk) 14:05, 19 April 2013 (EDT)
Nurg, your admin rights were just granted! Congratulations! We are happy to welcome you in the administrator's team. One big request to you- when you delete spam pages, please always remember to block the user who created them (block user accounts indefinitely and IP addresses for 3 months). Please let me know if you need some assistance. I am here to help. Happy patrolling! Warm regards, IBAlex (talk) 14:48, 30 April 2013 (EDT)
Odd as it may seem, Bouvet Island is the current target for IP (and new account) vandalism. Would you protect this version for 10 days from edits by folks who are not Autoconfirmed users please? --W. Franke-mailtalk 09:47, 17 May 2013 (EDT)
Hi Frank! Thanks for reporting that! I have blocked all the vandals and I'm watching this page now. I will put the protection on this page if the vandalism attack happens again. Thanks! IBAlex (talk) 13:29, 17 May 2013 (EDT)