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Moved from en:Wikitravel:Feature requests by Evan


For people who move between different Wikitravel versions (and shared:) a lot, it can sometimes be hard to tell which wiki you're using. It would be nice if there were an indicator of the language, either by changing the background or changing the logo or some other way. --Evan 17:42, 6 July 2006 (EDT)

Wild ideas: Put the country flag behind or below the Wikitravel symbol on the various language versions. Or give the logo various colours - red for Shared, for example. Riggwelter 05:30, 10 July 2006 (EDT)
Flags should not be used as language indicators, just imagine the fight that would ensue for eg. Korean or Chinese! For Wikitravel Shared though the solution is pretty obvious: just add the word "Shared" to the logo. Jpatokal 05:34, 10 July 2006 (EDT)
OK on the Shared: idea - yes, just add the word. I still think the flag idea is a rather nice solution though- one could always combine two flags into one - like the north korean and south korean flag? Anyway, perhaps this is mainly a problem for the en: and Shared: users...moving between two different sites but with the same language? The non-english versions do come with a different language altogether so it should hardly be a problem. Riggwelter 05:40, 10 July 2006 (EDT)
Yes, a big Canadian flag behind the logo on Wikitravel en: sounds good to me. And a big Canadian flag behind the logo on Wikitravel fr: sounds good, too. B-)
Seriously, I think the flags-as-indicators thing is a bad idea; we don't have national but language versions of Wikitravel, and it would be a shame to lose users just because they didn't feel represented in the logo. Many of our languages are official in more than a dozen countries, and I think only Japanese is spoken natively in only one country. (I'm counting Swedish speakers in en:Finland, Flemish speakers in en:Belgium, and Romanian speakers in en:Moldova... I should probably stop wondering about this and get to my point.) My point being that flags will be a tangle that might be hard to get out of.
I've done a couple of sample logos with the language code baked in; see http://wikitravel.org/examples/wikitravel-shared.png and http://wikitravel.org/examples/wikitravel-en.png . I'm not sure how much more of a visual clue the path is; to me, it seems like looking at the location bar in your browser is about as good. --Evan 10:48, 10 July 2006 (EDT)
I like those samples... clear and obvious... I'm down on the flag thing too partly because of the national/language issue and partly because I'm real bad at recognizing country flags... Majnoona 11:30, 10 July 2006 (EDT)
How about compressing the word "shared" (remove the / sign) and stretching it a bit, putting it in a different colour and then putting it under the word "Wikitravel"? Riggwelter 13:39, 10 July 2006 (EDT)
OK, so, I've added a little string on the logo. It's not beautiful, but I think it does the job. --Evan 12:17, 26 February 2007 (EST)
Excellent. Thanks! -- 200.130.8.1 08:59, 27 February 2007 (EST)

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