Wikitravel:Liaisonrapporter/Jul 31, 2008
[Redigera] Progress in general
The progress is slow but steady, and we try to focus on providing new guides and to improve the already exisiting guides.
[Redigera] New contributors
Currently, we have 476 registered users. At the time for our last report, we had 425 users, which means an increase of 51 users, which is really good. We estimate that about 30 registered accounts are spam accounts, which have been blocked.
[Redigera] Focus since last report
We continue our idea of working on a travel destination of the month. This can be done by translating guides on other language versions or by personal visit to the location.
[Redigera] Focus during the next month
We think it is a good way to keep focusing on the destination of the month issue. This usually brings out good articles which can catch a user's eyes and hopefully result in more contributors.
[Redigera] Special issues
- A finnish secondary school project, regarding the Holocaust and involving a trip to Poland, resulted in contributions to some of our guides. Apparently, the teacher requested the students to add information to Wikitravel - and we were really happy to receive their contributions! They did not tell us first, but we discovered the project only recently. The project page can be found here . We plan to contact the project and thank them for their effort.
- On the negative side: due to the ad issue launched by IB during the spring, one of our long-time contributors and administrators left the project, stating that he did not want to work for free for a commercial company. We miss him greatly and can only hope that he comes back... but this does show the real downside of the commercial aspect of Wikitravel. If too many contributors leave... the site dies.
- Why is it so difficult for the liaisons on several of the other language versions to provide a liaison report every now and then? We should not need special audits like the Janitorial audit in June 2008, even if I applaud the initiative in that case. We believe that all liaisons should be contacted and urged to leave a liaison report or step down and hand over the responsibility to someone else.
Things are looking OK, but we need more PR to become bigger. There is, however, a steady flow of new contributors - we just want to make them stay!
For your comments!