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Okay, I have restored the links.
In my part of the world, I find that people are not using the links to develop a page. The most they do is write a line or two, which probably I could do for dozens of pages. However, once there is some text, then people start acting - add information or modify them. In most of the region or district pages I have created I am leaving the cities without links. Anybody interested can always insert a link. Or may be, at a later stage, I will have to develop the outlines before others are drawn to them. Regards. -- P.K.Niyogi 22:00, 1 January 2007 (EST)
I'm sorry but the information I took was from the local tourist information site and I really don't have the time to rewrite it all in my own words. The main reason for my copy paste was to ensure the accuracy of the information.
There also was a lot of my own work in there too. Brad Mclain 16:50, 4 January 2007 (EST)
Ok I understand is what I have redone ok, does it abide by your rules? Brad Mclain 23:08, 4 January 2007 (EST)
I looked at the Sleepy Bear cabins listing for Yosemite and couldn't determine if it was actually in the park or not - out of curiosity, how did you figure out they were outside? -- Ryan 17:53, 9 January 2007 (EST)
Google Earth with the address cut-n-pasted from their website. It looks like a cluster of cabins and stuff just barely beyond the park boundary just off Highway 41. Here's a link to Google Maps. It looks like it would be a good El Portal-like alternative since there is more to it than just this one place, so a Yosemite West article might be worthwhile. What bugged me most was the Website -- check out the Photoshopped image they use on their front page without disclaimer. -- Colin 18:41, 9 January 2007 (EST)
Good catch. Definitely looks shady - the fact that the web site advertises "in Yosemite" has me thinking we probably don't want to list these guys, even if we create a Yosemite West article. -- Ryan 20:43, 9 January 2007 (EST)
sorry for that
i was just concerned that all these Best Western Hotel links are true spam.
Looking at your user page you seem to work for the hotel industry!!!!!
No I do not. You know what they say about assumptions. -- Colin 19:59, 21 January 2007 (EST)
OK, I guess I jumped the gun assuming that the Gulistan-e-jauhar content was OK as someone claimed they had the right to release it to us... I should probably be more suspicious about such things. Thanks. Maj 01:34, 26 January 2007 (EST)
I haven't copied any text from another site.
However, I uploaded a photo nainitalgardens.jpg from the Neemrana Hotels website www.neemrana.com . The photo is not actually Nainital as it says, it is a picture of The Glasshouse on the Ganges, 23 kms north of Rishikesh. I don't know whether it is licensed by cc-sa.
188.8.131.52 04:22, 26 January 2007 (EST)
Hello there. I noticed that you were one of the other people reverting the edits that a certain Joseph Stalin was making. I just wanted to inform you, since it seems you might be in better communication with the Wikitravel superiors (or maybe you're one of them), that I've seen this character before on another wiki. If you read Joseph Stalin's user page, it says simply "Willy on Wheels." Well, over at WikiCars, we had a recurring problem with a user named Willy on Wheels, who kept moving pages to new names and making senseless edits in existing pages. I don't know how the powers that be might want to handle the situation, but I just thought someone should know that he's been a problem elsewhere as well. - Pastrami on Ry 19:56, 5 February 2007 (EST)
This Joseph Stalin (Willy on wheels) is making life hell. Can't you please bump him off the site - you are an administrator. Upamanyuwikitravel 09:35, 6 February 2007 (EST)
Colin: Ah yes, I hadn't read the "How to handle..." page before I posted my message here. I've got a better understanding of the policies now. - Pastrami on Ry 14:18, 6 February 2007 (EST)
I've resolved the issues you pointed out about the climate template. I've also moved the template to Template:ClimateCelsius. I also created a Template:ClimateFahrenheit for use in destinations that use the Fahrenheit system. I haven't yet, as of the writing of this comment, add a optional parameter for mean temperatures, but I will.
Also, all fields are now optional, so if the Water temp field is completely empty it will not display unless a value is entered. However, if you do enter data for any one value, but not for the rest of the values the row will appear. -- Sapphire 00:38, 16 February 2007 (EST)
Hey, if you're going to rerun your hotel bot would you please provide the data on de: too? So far, I put the data in my namespace, but it'd be better if it was in your namespace on de:. -- Sapphire • (Talk) • 00:55, 2 March 2007 (EST)
Researching copyvios beyond Commons
I think I know that guy's story more or less, because myself I have vfd-ed many of his uploads while moving Poland-related stuff to shared:. But for Commons images, I only placed a vfd when there was a discrepancy between what was stated there and here (i.e. a GFDL image re-uploaded here as CC).
What I'm trying to say is that it's practical that there be a point beyond which the copyvio examination stops and, for me, Commons are such a point. In other words, if an image has existed in Commons over a prolonged period of time and the licence information is consistent, there is no point in googling anymore, because why should we trust any other web page more than Commons, where there are people who actively and constantly search for copyvios.
I understand you have a much broader experience with this, so it's only a side-note from me.
I just created a disambig page for Hampton. Your hotelmaker directs there in Virginia and New Hampshire. Should I change the name of the heading from Hampton or Hampton (New Hampshire) to just Hampton (New Hampshire)? Or will that mess something up? -- Fastestdogever 12:08, 14 April 2007 (EDT)
Picture of a Norwegian police officer
Hi, thanks for the heads up. Go ahead and remove the image if you want to. Illustrator
No problemo at all. I really appreciate your style of taking the hard line (or maybe it's just knowing the rules). It's part of my reluctance at being an admin--I'm not at all confrontational, or maybe just don't want to get into it. I miss TVerBeek's patrolling, and I sure love it when you kick some butt. OldPine 10:16, 18 September 2007 (EDT)
I know that wikitravel doesn't accept any urls to vacation rentals that don't have addresses but a lot of rental homes, condos etcetera have deals setup with vacation search engines so you have to sign up through them. What if we linked with general crossroads? or to a search query? Would htat be ok? Danalors 16:44, 10 October 2007 (EDT)
I did make the text right, unfortunately another user repeatedly removed the fact about the city. How do you prove something is fact without citing a link? Jamesbrown 08:20, 24 September 2007 (EDT)
You and I have both reverted this guy, but I'm not sure on what basis. What leg are we standing on? I put his info up in full, so we may need to revert again, but I feel he should get an explanation and I don't find policy on this anywhere. We certainly allow tour operators don't we? Even though he's calling them travel agents, I'm not sure that's exactly what it is. On the other hand it's a slippery slope. -- OldPine 08:01, 1 October 2007 (EDT)
Agree it's no fun. My shiny buttons are all mucked up already. Sheesh. OK, so the Epoquehotels guys are just a booking agency from what I can see. I've found better primary links for a lot of the hotels and left a message on the IP address asking for an explanation, but gone none. At what point can I put these guys on the spam blacklist (or can I?) so I don't have to revert 25 edits every day?
Hey, don't you think there should be a page just for admins to communicate about unwanted edits, who's doing what, etc? There was talk about a manual for admins. I guess I ought to go see if it got done. OldPine 19:06, 1 October 2007 (EDT)
As far as I can tell, that's a valid region in the Oregon hierarchy, so our normal policy should be to de-graffiti it and populate, rather than delete the thing. I've done so over your deletion. Feh ... this vandalism problem is getting worse by the day ... -- Bill-on-the-Hill 23:22, 11 November 2007 (EST)
Hey, are you on? try loading the Greece article. I get:
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