This is a good idea, but surely newer news should come first, and older stuff is then moved into the archives later? Compare WikiPedia:Current events.
Also, should we adopt Wikipedia's style and have daily headings, or keep 'threads' together? The daily heading style has the major advantage of being easier to maintain, but it's a little harder to follow (esp. without links into full articles). Jpatokal 09:18, 3 Jan 2005 (EST)
Is this a slippery slope?
I'm wondering -- is publishing daily travel news really part of our goals? I don't know if it's really helping us create a travel guide. Could someone put me straight? --Evan 18:46, 11 Feb 2005 (EST)
France riots overstated in English Language press
Hey, I see that news of the riots in French public housing have been added to our travel news section, as it should be. I think though that we would be doing a service to travellers to point out that the impact on travellers is pretty much nil, and that the reports on English language media have been vastly overstated. I was in Paris the nights of the very worst riots, and saw nothing. And I was on a terrace in the 11th, which is in the quarter of the city toward the suburbs where the riots were.
I'm having trouble figuring out a tone for expressing this in the necessarily tiny main page blurb though. How's this: "State of Emergency in France over youth riots in remote public housing sites. Eng.-lang press goes berserk." -- Mark 06:46, 9 Nov 2005 (EST)
OK, so let's either do this or not
I've just updated the Travel News with a couple of stories today which were not huge gigantic headline stories and covered ad infinitum everywhere else. I would like to suggest that tomorrow somebody follow in my footsteps. It's easy: use the google news search to find stories of general travel interest. Read some of them. If it seems fairly important put it on the travel page.
I think that this could be an interesting and useful feature, but it absolutely needs to be updated more often.
If in a couple of days the stories I've just posted are still the most recent stories then I will yank the Travel News section off of the main page simply because there is nothing worse for a website than out-of-date "news".
So travel news supporters: get busy. -- Mark 10:35, 1 Dec 2005 (EST)
Templates and one bug
So I've now changed the Main Page to use the templated news item form for consistency, please let me know if you want to change something, find the instructions unclear or difficult, etc.
One odd bug: hitting  for a Template:Newsitem-item results in editing the template, not the section. I'm not sure if this is a bug in MediaWiki or somehow done intentionally. Edit buttons for higher-level headers like "December 2005" still work OK. Jpatokal
Could my Web site qualify as travel news?
Some high school friends and I have created a travel networking site at www.travbuddy.com Could I write a news article about the site, its growth, and our goals? Or would that be considered a form of advertising?
Please advise derek AT travbuddy.com or write back here... if thats how this works :)
Sounds like you and your buddies are future-travel guide writers. That's great. However, I have a suggestion, why don't you all get together and add your insights to the Wikitravel articles directly. I'm sure you have great knowledge about your own area, and then when you guys travel, you could take notes. In this way, you can share your information with a lot of people and see it on print immediately. If you like, you can also set up your own web site, but so that it is a little different from usual travel guides you could possibly approach it from a different angle (for example, make it more personal, like a blog). Anyway, this is just a suggestion. Whatever you decide, I wish you guys good luck with the writing. I'll certainly check out your site. 126.96.36.199 27 Jan 06