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Wikitravel:Jargon

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Wikitravellers sometimes use their own brand of jargon which can be confusing for new users. This glossary attempts to explain some of the words and phrases used in discussions, edit summaries, or on IRC.

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Any two-letter code followed by ":", such as fr: for French or ja: for Japanese, means another language version of Wikitravel. In edit summaries, this usually means that an inter-language link to the version has been added.
article 
A page on the wiki; typically only pages in the main namespace.
bump 
Bring up my post — a request for more comments on an unanswered question or issue.
copyvio 
Any content which is a copyright violation, usually stuff copied from other Web sites without permission.
cotm, Cotm, CotM 
Collaboration of the month.
dab, disamb, disambig 
To disambiguate two or more destinations which share the same name.
dmoz, +dmoz 
For links to Open Directory. From "Dmoz:", the Interwiki prefix for such links.
dotm, DotM 
Destination of the Month. The current DotM is the showcase article on the Main Page, while DotM candidates are being considered for displaying in the future.
ext, extguide, extlinks
Removing external links or the now outdated "External links" sections (see Where did the "External links" sections go?) from articles. Extguide means removing a link to an external travel guide. Often used as -ext.
fmt, format 
Content reformatted to follow Wikitravel conventions, usually meaning the article templates and the Manual of Style.
guide 
An article status rating higher than "usable" but lower than "star". Typically, a "guide" article has a lot of things to see and do and lots of places to eat and sleep, so that someone who wanted to visit the destination could use the article as their guide. A guide lacks the "finishing touches" (maps, formatting, editorial, writing, photos) that make a real star.
isIn, isin, IsIn 
A reference to Template:IsIn, a tool to add breadcrumb navigation for a destination. Sometimes used to say "I added the isIn template here." Short for "is in", like "Siberia is in Russia".
MoS 
Wikitravel's Manual of Style, which defines how Wikitravel articles should be formatted. "MoSing" means converting ad-hoc formatting to follow the Manual of Style.
namespace 
Every Wikitravel page belongs to one of the Namespaces; which one depends on what the page is for and where it fits in the site.
NPOV 
Neutral point of view. The idea that all content should be presented fairly and without bias, and a philosophical cornerstone on Wikipedia. Wikitravel does not subscribe to this strictly, because the traveller's view comes first: instead, a "Be fair" policy is applied.
outline, +outline 
Adding an article template (sometimes by means of a mediawiki template). Also, an article that has only this framework content, or little else. See also Outline articles and Article status.
otbp, OtBP 
Off the Beaten Path. A showcase article for a smaller, less well-known destination than the Destination of the Month.
pcotw, Pcotw, PCotW 
Previous collaboration(s) of the week.
pcotm, Pcotm, PCotM 
Previous collaboration(s) of the month.
plunge forward 
From Wikitravel:plunge forward. As a response to requests for permission, means "Go ahead and do it!" As a response to criticisms, means "Do it yourself!"
POV 
Point of view; content (allegedly) written from a biased perspective. Unlike Wikipedia, this is not banned on Wikitravel, as long as you stay fair. The opposite of NPOV.
ppf 
Please plunge forward. See above.
pub 
The Travellers' pub is the place to ask questions when you're confused, lost, afraid, tired, annoyed, thoughtful, or helpful.
RDF 
Resource Description Framework. Machine-readable descriptions used to generate, among other things, the breadcrumb navigation menus for articles.
redirect 
A redirection page is a page that automatically links to another page - see How to redirect a page for details.
revert, rv, rvt, rollback 
Restoring an article to a previous version. Used for unwanted edits like graffiti, vandalism, spam or whenever the reverting Wikitraveller feels that previous edit(s) worsened the quality of an article. Reverting hard means reverting more than one user's edits.
shared 
Wikitravel Shared, the "shared" site for all the different language versions of Wikitravel. Images should be uploaded to this site, as well as news or discussions that affect all Wikitravellers (not just English-speaking ones).
sleep test 
Whether an article passes the "Can you sleep there?" criterion in Wikitravel:What is an article? guideline that defines whether places should have their own articles.
sp 
Spelling correction(s).
star 
An outstanding article that has all the right content formatted and presented in exactly the right way. Star articles, in our opinion, are in coverage and usability comparable to or better than equivalent articles in commercial guidebooks. See also Star articles and Article status.
stub 
An article without much content, or without the headers used by article templates. See also Stub articles and Article status.
TMI 
Too Much Information. Usually refers to content that goes on at length describing a specific attraction, information that's not really relevant to the traveler, or which will be very difficult to keep current because it changes too often.
usable 
An article status rating higher than "outline" but lower than "guide".
vfd 
Listing an article or upload on the votes for deletion page for discussion prior to deletion, as per the Wikitravel deletion policy.
wp 
Short for Wikipedia. Usually used to mean that a link to Wikipedia has been added.
wt 
Short for WikiTravel.
w66 
Short for World66. Usually used to mean that a link to World66 has been added.
up 
Means a user's user page.

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