German Wikitravel Liaison Report for December 2006
Progress in general
Basically we've seen the same progress as we have in the past. We're up 24 new articles for a grand total of 2,807 articles. At this rate DE should hit the milestone of 3,000 articles by June - September 2007, if you figure in there might be a slight increase or decrease of articles created during some months.
A few users have mutinied against Wikitravel, but oh well. As for figures DE has seen an increase of 22 users, but if you subtract the number of users that have left we've actually only seen an increase of ten or so.
Focus since last report
My focus is to work on implementing and preparing new features to help strengthen the community. Small things like adding the "Tagebuch", or daily log book, to the navigation bar. I've also have several plans that are still being worked on in my desktop. I'm hoping those get that rolled out and proposed in the near future.
The real goal of my focus is to use this past month as a stepping stone for the next several months.
Focus during the next month
As I noted above Wikitravel has seen users leave and I know what their objections and concerns are and I plan to address them with an DE community attitude change that I've been planning for about the past month/ month-and-a-half. The real problem DE has is not with some past events, but is a lack of initiative for users to discuss community problems and how to address those problems within the community. If the concerns transcend the international community, then ask the international community to help address those concerns instead of letting discontent simmer. (Evan doesn't count as the international community) One major aspect will be redefining what "community" means. Please check back on DE to see the initial step toward this redefining of community. I hope with an attitude change DE will seize its own destiny.
I asked Evan to de-sysop de:Benutzer:LimboDancer and de:Benutzer:EBB. He did this on December 28, 2006. Both had been logged out for at least six months and in one case hadn't edited for well over a year.
I've also nominated de:Benutzer:Flip666 to become a sysop, because he's easily engaged in discussions to help better the project, he's active in both the German and English Wikitravel versions, but more importantly: he's promised to fix my German grammatical errors.
Evan rolled out "Überwachung der letzten Änderungen" for DE, which is very similar to "Recent changes patrol". The only difference is that was feature name was translated to German. A special thanks goes out to Phil (Flip666) for the translation.
One thing that I'm still confused about is the localizing the listing tags and attributes. Please see Tech:Localizing listing tags and attributes. Evan assures me it's kosher to localize these tags, but Jani screams something about black magic and parsers. Half of it was in Japanese, with which I have no familiarity, but even if was in English it wouldn't have made any sense to me.
Since this is fairly important I wanted to include this on this report. I've borrowed from EN to create a new Hauptseite (main page). You can see my product at here. If you feel like commenting please do so here.
I've also nominated myself to become a bureaucrat.
I don't think Wikitravel's problems are as bad as I once thought they were, nor as bad as some people made them out to be. With a little bit of tinkering we can get things back on track. I'm not going to say how far along Wikitravel has come along in the past month, because the changes this month have been small, but these changes will also help us in the coming months. I'm hoping early '07 will bring a better outlook.
Nice report, Andrew. I also think that Phil has been doing a great job, and I'm excited to see some development and changes on Wikitravel de:. --Evan 13:18, 4 January 2007 (EST)