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I note that you've been pretty active so far; thanks for your interesting questions. --Evan 10:18, 22 Sep 2005 (EDT)

Russian Wikitravel Expedition

Oh, another question: are you a native Russian speaker? Would you be interested in helping start a Wikitravel:Russian Wikitravel Expedition? --Evan 10:19, 22 Sep 2005 (EDT)

Thanks for encourangement. Not ready so far, for three reasons: (1) need some experience contributing to Wikitravel before creating something really new; (2) not sure it's many Russians enough for keeping it in a good shape; (3) judging by few days here, Wikitravel community itself is too young to spread its efforts into several versions--let's make good coverage in English first. Something like that... --DenisYurkin 16:36, 25 Sep 2005 (EDT)
Evan, I have two things that I'm not sure where to stick. Does it have anything to do with Russian Expedition? If so, what is the minimum overhead we can invest into Expedition to bring the ideas to live?
  1. Russian people in specific countries / regions: how many of them can be found as residents, and where? Many Russian travellers prefer to NOT see anyone from their country when they travel abroad (either among tourists or local residents) -- so this info does make practical sense.
  2. Less bulletproof: 'Country through eyes of Russians': many countries are richer, some are wilder or more poor than Russia -- and the way it seems by Russian is different from the way it seems by, let say, American or Australian. Not that bulletproof because views are still quite similar for Russians, Chinese, Eastern Europeans etc. Can think of examples, if the idea is not expressed well so far.

--DenisYurkin 17:59, 4 Oct 2005 (EDT)

Creating New articles

Hi Denis - regarding your comments on Wikitravel:Votes for deletion and Wikitravel:Travellers' pub, just to clarify, it's not that the additional information isn't wanted here, but we do need to stike a balance to ensure that the site's organization is consistent and useful. In general the existing Wikitravel:What is an article? and Wikitravel:Where you can stick it guides have proven good tools for keeping the site organized. One of the goals of the site is that each article be a self-contained travel guide that a traveler can print and carry with them.

That said, occasionally a section of an article can become unwieldy, and thus warrant its own article. As an example, any info on Greek wines should go into the article on Greece. However, if so much info about Greek wines was added to the Greece article that it overwhelmed the article (and if that info was relevant for travelers) then it might make sense to talk about splitting the info out into a separate article (similar to Electronics and entertainment shopping in Thailand). Similarly with hotels, if for example there is a resort somewhere that simply has so much to do that it cannot possibly be described in a few paragraphs, that might be a candidate for a new article (see Disneyland).

A good rule is to always start out with info in the parent article, and to only discuss splitting that info out once it becomes unwieldy, provided the information is something useful and relevant for travelers. -- Wrh2 15:48, 27 Sep 2005 (EDT)

I think I've got it. I was also thinking about creating a precedent of giving much info, and then proceeding to discussion on organizing it the best way. The only thing that stopped me is that noone before stated this principle: "it's not that the additional information isn't wanted here". Thanks for clarifying this first -- maybe it's worth considering to mention in the Goals. Meanwhile, I'll try with adding info, and seeing how we go. --DenisYurkin 16:38, 27 Sep 2005 (EDT)
Just to be clear, an important caveat of the "add all you want" bit is that the information should be relevant for a travel guide, and other editors can always trim what you've written (just as you can always add things back). Be aware that just because there is a lot to say about a place doesn't mean it is important to say it all in a travel guide. That said, go ahead and update a few articles and let's see how it turns out. -- Wrh2 17:05, 27 Sep 2005 (EDT)
One of the first steps is Amymone in Nafplion#Sleep. Does it look like copmplying with the policies? Few more examples will follow. --DenisYurkin 05:30, 1 Oct 2005 (EDT)
Looks fine to me. The only change is that according to the Wikitravel:Manual of style, the URL should look like [1]. -- Wrh2 14:40, 1 Oct 2005 (EDT)

Please contact me

I'd like to send you some private email, but you don't allow email through the Wikitravel interface. Could you send me an email at evan@wikitravel.org? --Evan 11:57, 7 November 2006 (EST)

yurkennis@gmail.com. --DenisYurkin 15:47, 7 November 2006 (EST)
> but you don't allow email through the Wikitravel interface.
How can I enable this? In preferences, I already have "Enable e-mail from other users" turned on. --DenisYurkin 17:03, 7 November 2006 (EST)
It seems to be enabled now. --Evan 19:18, 9 November 2006 (EST)

Re: paper travel guides

Let me answer your questions:

  • what do you think of adding a section to the end of Wikitravel:Requests for comment with a title like "Guilty-until-proven-innocent", where we can attrach more enthusiasts to the topic?
    • I wouldn't. The pub is the best place for this, so:
  • will it comply to Wikitravel rules if I invite people in the Wikitravel:Travellers' pub to join the discussion taking place in User talk subpage?
    • This seems like exactly the right approach.
      • I seem to have been misunderstood on all counts here. I am recommending use of the pub to notify people to discuss whether an article can be formed that meets the conflicting goals. The pub is the conventional place for initiating the inquiry, which should be moved elsewhere ("swept in") as soon as feasible. -- Bill-on-the-Hill 12:44, 21 December 2006 (EST)
        • Bill, I apologize for any misunderstanding that could be in place. How do you recommend to change notification/invitation in the Pub from the current edition? I'm afraid the difference between IsNow and ShouldBe is too subtle for me now. --DenisYurkin 17:30, 21 December 2006 (EST)
  • overall, is it "legal" to keep and develop an article that does not comply to official rules? Do we have any similar precedents?
    • Yes, things like this have been done before, and user sub-pages have been used to develop articles that started with controversy but became acceptable. That's why I suggested addressing this topic this way. -- Bill-on-the-Hill 22:17, 20 December 2006 (EST)
After an article has gone through VfD, there is one way to re-instate it: Wikitravel:votes for undeletion. --Evan 12:22, 21 December 2006 (EST)
More for Evan than for Denis: do remember that this user page was created before the article was deleted. This isn't about reinstating an article. It's about turning the idea Denis had, and saved here, into something that will pass muster. -- Bill-on-the-Hill 14:29, 21 December 2006 (EST)

HTML in listings

I notice you're putting HTML in the listings on pages like Eger. I don't think this fit with our Wikitravel:Manual of style or usual attempt to avoid HTML in pages. I've started a discussion at Wikitravel_talk:Listings#HTML_in_listings.3F, but please let me know if I missed a previous conversation elsewhere. Thanks. Maj 23:06, 20 January 2007 (EST)

Do you mean <span> tag which I use merely for giving an anchor? No, there's no previous discussion on it; I'll comment on it in Wikitravel_talk:Listings#HTML_in_listings.3F. --DenisYurkin 01:44, 21 January 2007 (EST)

Altai

You are always bursting over with ideas. I can't say that I always agree with them, but anyway I think it's great that you have so much enthusiasm. However, I have a question regarding a different matter - your docent location. A few months ago, I cleaned up the Western Siberia page and Altai - the republic, and Altai - the krai were separated. According to the way it was set up, you are currently docent for the republic. If that is not correct, you might like to change it. Also, I started pages for the major cities of those areas, which are currently looking a little bare. So if you get the chance, maybe you could add some info. Thanks. WindHorse 21:50, 11 February 2007 (EST)

That was a very quick response. Thank you. WindHorse 22:00, 11 February 2007 (EST)
I like your idea to drive my energy to something more useful than debates :-)
For now, I signed up as a docent for both Krai and Republic (although I seem to know more on krai), and for Barnaul city--let's see if I can help with any specifics. I've listed some cities (actually, most are the towns); I've created a personal todo for someday to help these articles with more content. Feel free to ask if you need something specific on these regions. --DenisYurkin 22:13, 11 February 2007 (EST)

Docent for Budapest

Dear DenisYurkin, thank you for considering me as a docent. Nowadays I am extremely busy with my graduation project, but if it doesn't take much effort I can become one. I can give it a try. - bujatt 06:19, 21 February 2007 (EST)

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