Wikitravel talk:Welcome, newcomers
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encourage em to start with domestic region
I think that one of the first things we need to ask a newcomer is to verify an article for the countries, areas and cities he lives in / knows most of all. With the current state of our User retain ratio (which is pretty low), most contributions we have right now are from people who had a single (and pretty short) visit to some place, got much pieces of practical info, generalized them a bit (I saw that myself/heard about one case => it should be so usually so)--and never coming back to discuss/revise/argument/specify. This is where we need locals of that country: they rarely know what travellers to their country should be informed of (unless they're professionally in tourism industry)--but they can easily verify and fix what other people say about their country. Even before something like "verify" marks will be implemented on Wikitravel, just reading few content pages from beginning to end is a good start.
This doesn't necessarily apply to US and UK (there's enough recurring users from that countries to discuss every piece of info), but I would definitely vote for that for other countries.
Personally I'm about 1.5 years with Wikitravel contributing bits and pieces on countries I visit for a week or two, but only recently I red carefully Russia and Moscow, and it needs major revision in non-sightseeing stuff like Money, StaySafe etc--not to mention all the listings. I could started much earlier if someone suggest that in the beginning--let's start doing so for every newcomer?
What do you think? --DenisYurkin 16:34, 25 November 2006 (EST)
Thank you for your cordial and helpful welcome
Archived from the Pub:
on my user talk page! I realise it was probably a bot, but nevertheless I wish to thank and congratulate you for taking the time and care to create it.
I shall now wizz off (as you suggested) to the pub to ask for assistance on changing the position of the ToC on pages. [Drop me a line if you ever think you'll be in Glasgow...]W. Frank 08:38, 7 March 2007 (EST)
Archived from the Pub:
So I was browsing YouTube this evening and for some, unwieldy reason, I decided to search for "Wikitravel". I stumbled across one video (I know there's a page somewhere on WT which lists media mentions), and got an idea...since new users have such a hard time figuring out the proper way of adding, what to add, etc. even with all the pages about this, should we make a video? How about an "Introduction to Wikitravel" no more than 2 minutes long which just goes over the basics like how to edit, MoS, don't tout, goals and non-goals, etc? I know we've got a lot of things going on with the new routeboxes and making a video would take someone a bit of time, but would it be worth it? This is just a thought...I'm not intent that we do this, it's just a thought. AHeneen 20:05, 16 December 2008 (EST)