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Hello all, We're excited to announce that Wikitravel will be upgrading its software! In order to migrate Wikitravel's extraordinary database of travel information, we'll be putting the site into read-only mode starting Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 at 5pm PST and running it for about 3-4 days. No edits will be possible at this time. When we come back, we'll be better than ever.
We’re moving to 1.22.2 version of MediaWiki. Here is a page that lists the changes. I also put together my own list with the changes that are visible to regular users. I believe this list is more easy to grasp.
Changes between 1.20 and 1.22.2 Media Wiki Software
IPs, Registered users, Admins:
Create an account page has new look and feel (more colors and shows on the right side stats for the # of edits, pages and recent contributors on Wikitravel)
Simplified search bar with vector skin only as an option, instead of “Go” and “Search” buttons.
Add Listing and Edit show on the top left side of the sections (previously at the top right corner)
Pop-up message “Your edit was saved” after making an edit and clicking “Save”.
When comparing revisions in the article history where noting was changed in the article, you notice a message "(No difference)" at the top middle part of the screen.
Left navigation bar subsections are now collapsible.
A pop up message is now displayed when the user attempts to leave the edit page with unsaved changes, on browsers supporting dialogs. Message says: This page is asking you to confirm that you want to leave - data you have entered may not be saved.”
Registered users and Admins:
Log in page is more new look and feel (colorful and neat).
Watch pages just by clicking on the star icon in the top right menu. Now you are not redirected to a different page and you don’t have to go back to the article after clicking “Watch”; you stay all the time on the same page. If the star icon is blue it means you’re watching the page.
New option in Account Preferences- User profile- Internationalization: “How do you prefer to be described?”
Mark as patrolled" link available on any patrollable page or revision, without having to go to Special:RecentChanges or Special:NewPages. You stay all the time on the same page.
Cascading page protection levels other than "Allow only administrators". New option: “Autoconfirmed users”.
Please let us know if you have any questions. Warm regards, IBAlex (talk) 18:39, 20 March 2014 (EDT)
Dear community! Wikitravel was upgraded successfully! Now you can edit the site again. If you see any bugs or issues, please report them below and I will be checking them and reporting to our tech team. Thank you for your cooperation! Warm regards, IBAlex (talk) 14:00, 25 March 2014 (EDT)
I think Wikitravel is a great thing, especially in view of the "sell-hotel-rooms, get kickback" commercialisation of publications like Lonely Planet. This one, on the other hand, has the potential to become ever more useful to all of us as users contribute their knowledge and experience. People will do that more readily if the whole thing is in the spirit of open collaboration -- the operative word being open.
I would therefore like to know why a Google Analytics tracker is issued by Wikitravel pages without informing the reader. That looks like secretive un-Wiki-spirited behaviour. But if it is beneficial for the users that you analyse what people read about, where will you publish the results of your researches?
Analytics are a standard tool for almost all websites. They do not track users, they allow us to see where users are coming to the site from and tailor Wikitravel to everyone's needs. --IBobitalkemail 16:35, 16 April 2014 (EDT)
DMOZ Links in the sidebar include collaborating with the Open Directory Project. E.g. the English guide to Indianapolis guides users to the link directory from ODP. This project has recently made a push to be branded as "DMOZ" which is an older and more popular name for the site. I'd like to request that this be changed to reflect that community's branding. Koavf (talk) 16:06, 16 April 2014 (EDT)
Hi Justin! DMOZ has been dead for over 6 years now. There is no value for the traveler to keep their links in the sidebar. Therefore, we're in the process of removing them from the site. Warm regards, IBAlex (talk) 20:04, 16 April 2014 (EDT)
Dead For what it's worth, I edit there some. It's hard to track their metrics, as they are not as open a project as MediaWiki-based ones are. Should I remove links to DMOZ? Koavf (talk) 20:40, 16 April 2014 (EDT)
That would be great! How to do it? I would be happy to help. Thanks! IBAlex (talk) 21:11, 16 April 2014 (EDT)
Linking There is just little code at the end of articles which reads "[[Dmoz:North_America/United_States/Indiana/Localities/I/Indianapolis/]]" you just remove it (as I did on en) and it's gone. So the only external link we're keeping is Wikipedia? Koavf (talk) 21:42, 16 April 2014 (EDT)
Right, we only want to keep Wikipedia. With the removal of DMOZ I was wondering if there is a way to remove all the links at once instead of doing it manually? The problem is we have many references to DMOZ on various language versions of WT and it would be very time consuming to do it manually. Warm regards, IBAlex (talk) 12:10, 17 April 2014 (EDT)
DMOZ removal For what it's worth, DMOZ is not dead and there is discussion there about keeping links on Wikitravel (requires a login). I'm sure a bot can be written to remove dmoz: links but even if you don't, you can just disable them and they will immediately stop displaying. Was there any discussion about removing DMOZ and World66 links anywhere? Koavf (talk) 20:48, 17 April 2014 (EDT)
We still have links to World66 in our articles. What we removed are links to Wikitravel Extra because the site is inactive now and users could read Site is under construction. The discussion about DMOZ was held long time ago (in 2006). Lots of users in the community did not want to keep links to DMOZ but nothing was done at the end. Now, as I see DMOZ is "dead" and not really updated for many of the pages. Also, many link over there are not active anymore. Warm regards, IBAlex (talk) 14:42, 18 April 2014 (EDT)
en Main Page At en's Main Page, there is a link to Wikitravel Extra. I've tried to remove all references to Extra and Wikitravel Press throughout the language editions but there's some trickery going on there which makes it have a different sidebar. I can't figure out how to remove the link to Extra. Can someone help? Koavf (talk) 23:24, 16 April 2014 (EDT)
Yes, en Main Page is an html (not a wiki page) and tech team would have to remove it. I will ask them for that. Best, IBAlex (talk) 12:11, 17 April 2014 (EDT)