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Removal of short term rental listsings for Bucharest
Please do not remove anymore the short term rental listings, because this is not fair to either the players in this industry in Bucharest, neither to the tourists and business men that travel to Bucharest and would like to combine the advantages of cost and comfort of a short term rental apartment instead of a hotel.
Wikitravel should be a free site, that exposes all the posibilities to the tourists that visit the capital city of Romania. By the way, have you tried to stay in a short term rental apartment in Bucharest ? Do you know that some of the companies involved really provide luxury conditions and very good prices ?
Thanks for your edits to Manali, but I noticed that you removed a few hotel extlinks that (at least to me) appears to be the hotel's own site -- was this intentional, or am I missing something? Jpatokal 06:43, 11 May 2008 (EDT)
Thanks for reverting the vandalism on my user page. JYolkowski 10:09, 30 November 2008 (EST)
We would like to know why you removed the links for the Las Vegs MealTicket and Las Vegas Power Pass? They are both popular products that include admission to many local attractions and meals at restuarants. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by VISITicket (talk • contribs)
Please respond to these last comments. Specifically, why do you think there should be similar product listings in some cities but not others and why do you think travellers who want to visit many of the highlighted attractions shouldn't be made aware of products that include admission to many locations at a discount? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by VISITicket (talk • contribs)
Hi! Anyways, about deleting listings, the reasons why I deleted ones in Seattle were because:
"Brevity is a virtue. "Don't make fun of Canada in Canada", very sensible; hundred-word highly subjective diatribe on top of that, better suited for a personal blog."
What does that mean? What are you meaning? Do you live in Canada? If you don't, then I would rather you not keep reverting my edit in Canada because clearly you don't seem to realise we are brutly made fun of by Americans - and, now, how does that relate to a traveler? Well, if an American goes to Toronto and starts making fun of Canadians with his Swedish buddy who just moved to Canada - well, wouldn't the American be in trouble. That's why it is basically saying, don't make fun of Canadians and explaining why Canadians don't like being made fun of. I know there are other examples already there, but I thought I'd share 1 more as it is big. Anyways, if you are Canadian, explain to me why you don't think that's an issue that travelers should know. Thanks. edmontonenthusiast [ee] .T.A.L.K. 19:01, 30 December 2008 (EST).
Related project removed
Can you please let me know why you removed the Ruba addition on the List of Related Projects page? I read the guidelines and didn't think I had violated any. I also noticed that TripAdvisor is on the page which, like Ruba, features travelers' reviews, so I'm a little confused.
Thank you for your feedback! ErinK09 15:24, 16 March 2009 (EDT)
Great work, keep it up! It's great to see that article finally being whipped into shape. Jpatokal 00:09, 25 April 2009 (EDT)
After realizing with some surprise that you aren't an admin, I've nominated you to be one — please let us know on the nominations page whether you'd be willing to accept. Gorilla Jones 01:18, 29 April 2009 (EDT)
Maybe I jumped the gun — I'll unblock and we'll see if they've changed the pattern. Gorilla Jones 21:55, 22 May 2009 (EDT)
Thanks — hopefully the article & map are clearer on that point now. Gorilla Jones 01:24, 15 June 2009 (EDT)
Request to block vandal
Hi, Dguillaime. I've edited for years as an unregistered user, signing myself as "Michael." I appreciate the good work you've done on the New York City pages and see you have the power to block users. I didn't see in the FAQs how one could request for a vandal's account to be blocked, so I registered and am posting my request here. 18.104.22.168 has done nothing but vandalize: See http://wikitravel.org/en/Special:Contributions/22.214.171.124 I've felt for a while that administrators should permanently block vandals' accounts more quickly, when it's obvious that their sole intent is to vandalize and waste the time of good-faith volunteers. Feel free to reply here or on a user page for my new account, if you like, and thanks for all you do. Ikan Kekek 23:00, 18 June 2009 (EDT)
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Message For Dguillame
I wanted to speak to you directly before placing a link on this or any other city page, as I want to abide by the Wikipedia rules. I work for an apartment rental site - citybaseapartments dot com, and would like to know if we can place our link in the Sleep / Apartments section?
I've read the External Links policy and believe we qualify as we actually own the lease on a a few apartments in each city (more in the UK) - so we're not a secondary source - whereas I know at least one of the links on the page currently are just an agency.
Thank you for responding. I've just looked in the guidelines and they state as the first point:
"1. The agency must have a 'real world' office with a phone number and physical address (not a PO box) where the keys will be picked up, and that information must be included in the Wikitravel listing and on the agency website"
We have a physical office in the UK, with phone numbers and a customer service team of over 20 staff (just trying here to emphasise that we are a 'physical' company, not just an affiliate). We have long term leases on apartments in pretty much every one of our European cities (barring Russia), and the keys are picked up there in reception - would this mean we would be 'allowed' to add our listings?
I wasn't thinking of adding a listing to lots of different articles, just one link in the Sleep section of the cities that we effectively 'own' apartments in...
Apologies for the long missive, I would imagine your time is valuable - I just don't want to go adding my link to the cities and then found out I broke the rules —The preceding unsigned comment was added by CityBaseApartments (talk • contribs)
Hello, I am new to Wikitravel and I don't understand why you undid my postings. I have a website that promotes the magnificent Mornington Peninsula and I don't see why I can't link to it from a travel page that is supposed to be providing information on the Mornington Peninsula. I am not selling anything - all I am doing is promoting the Mornington Peninsula. Please advise. Thanks —The preceding unsigned comment was added by DiscoverMorningtonPeninsula (talk • contribs)
NSW is hardly a relative comparison. NSW is the most populated State in Australia, the Mornington Peninsula is a small province in the State of Victoria. Regardless, I will use alternate methods to promote the Mornington Peninsula, as I am sure a lot of others do. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by DiscoverMorningtonPeninsula (talk • contribs)
This is not a Joke
Great! rather than addressing the issue you delete it so no one can comment or even research the facts. It makes you look like you are hiding something. Please address the following:
(bunch of text copied from Talk:Qingdao)
I unprotected the article we both protected simultaneously, as the abuser is now using an unlocked registered account. By stopping anons we block others without blocking him. Of course, if the user was blocked, then an anon block as well would work, but at the moment, it is a little pointless. Will keep on monitoring.. --inas 05:16, 1 October 2009 (EDT)
Muang Ngoi Neua
I undid your edit on the MNN page, as it is the official name for the town. Muang Ngoi Kao is an informal name meaning old muang ngoi which is less correct, as the town is still part of muang ngoi. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 126.96.36.199 (talk • contribs)
Our North Korea vandal
Well done for picking up yet another tricky, destructive edit by 188.8.131.52 at North Korea. This user has persistently vandalised competitor information in this article and does not respond to anything on his talk page. The history is here. I think the time has come to give a final warning and to consider outright ban of the IP. I know Wikitravel does not like doing this but a user like this is surely a candidate for an outright ban? Touting is much easier to deal with and spot than these devious edits. --Burmesedays 21:34, 9 December 2009 (EST)
Yes, I would agree with you about the article descriptions and the need to abbreviate not being dire. Of course, I haven't read anything that says it's against the MoS but I may have missed it. I, personally, would use a "." when writing in prose, but this seems to confuse folks when it comes time for listing. In general, however, I think when people are reading an article in the language they prefer, they won't have too big of a problem with "Ave" popping out all of a sudden, or "Rd" or "St". Sometimes seeing "Avenue" or "Road" spelled out 20x in a small paragraph seems over-the-top-lengthy for a travel guide that prides itself on creativity (maintained by standards and group consensus) and a KISS approach. For listings, abbreviations are bit more than encouraged--it's one of the things that should is to be reviewed before an article wins Star status. When road names are bolded in large portions of text, I tend not to mess with them. Feel free to revert my changes to any articles you've viewed--it wouldn't dampen my parade. If there's anything in the MoS about not abbreviating in prose then feel free to let me know--I'll check after I send this to you. I'd say on the whole, WT suffers more from the MoS being a little too standard-free than vice versa. Have you seen how much debate there was on AM/PM vs. am/pm vs. a.m./p.m? It is laughable to read.Zepppep 17:12, 23 December 2009 (EST)
Thank u. i wrote Porto-Nova? Big mistake sorry. --Nik2wa 19:59, 3 January 2010 (EST)
I feel like i'am not wanted here. --FourGreenLights 03:11, 8 January 2010 (EST)
Deletion of The Carlton Hotel
I am the creator of The Carlton Hotel posting you deleted today. I am new to WikiTravel and was wondering if you could give me some insight as to why you deleted my contribution and how I could make it better. I would appreciate any assistance you can give me so that I may post our hotels correctly on the website.Tara12 tmq 17:00, 21 January 2010 (EST)
While I'm sorry that it is necessary in the first place, thanks a bunch for proofreading those guides along the Russia to Japan via Sakhalin itinerary. --Stefan (sertmann) talk 08:44, 23 January 2010 (EST)
Dguillaime, I think it's important for travellers anywhere to stay safe and know how to avoid offending the locals. My edits re Santa Cruz are all about that. Aggressive panhandlers, surfers and skaters can be a problem and the locals there do tend to be suspicious of outsiders and not too tolerant of opposing political views.
I also want to ask you, if I was editing the page on, say, Utah, or any other politically RIGHT-leaning area would you consider those edits inappropriate? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 184.108.40.206 (talk • contribs)
please keep an eye on 220.127.116.11
Vandalised Colombia yesterday and the United States today, including use of word "niggers". Thanks Shep 14:48, 16 February 2010 (EST)
I'm trying to coordinate the building of a letter to IB from WT admins, but want to do so off-site, since it's a sensitive issue. I'd really appreciate your input—could you perhaps create a dummy gmail account to preserve your anonymity and then email it to me (or just post it on my talk page, since it would be a dummy account), so I can invite you to the Wave? --Peter Talk 13:57, 24 February 2010 (EST)
Please do not insert incorrect information as you have done in the Cambodia article. Your insistence on reverting a flawed and bigoted claim is rather concerning.
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Blue Mountains Link
Interested in why you deleted a link I put on the Blue Mountains page - The external guidelines say links are OK if "they are truly exceptional". Did you look the page I linked to? It is a non commercial site with fantastic aerial video of the Blue Mountains. I can't believe that any one interested in visiting the area wouldn't be want to have a look. Particularly interesting that you leave in a link for a hire car company. If you have looked at the link and don't think it is "exceptional" what about opening it up for a discussion on the page? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 18.104.22.168 (talk • contribs)
The external link guide says to "avoid" (not prohibit) ... "Personal image galleries and photo/video sharing websites (Flickr, Webshots, YouTube, etc)" The site I linked to is nothing like Flickr, Webshots, YouTube. It is not a video sharing web site and not a personal gallery.
My question again - Did you look at the linked site and decide whether or not it is a valuable resource for this page? Or do you make your deletions purely based on your own interpretation of the wording in the "External Links" section. I've put this up for discussion on the Blue Mountains page as my interpretation of the wording is different to yours.
Hello Dguillaime, I am interested in why you keep deleting my posts. I have read and reread the policies. My address is a boat and we stand at the pier. I pay agents on the island commission, so i am providing income to locals by advertising here. (I have deleted that contribution already according to your policies) I do not even sell tickets on my website. I see many other links and ads to resorts and dive shops on Phi Phi island without the proper 'formula' that you are requiring of me. I have had the same information on other wikitravel sites and never had a problem. I have many links on other websites directed to various wikitravel sites. I would appreciate a little more explanation why I am being deleted other than just having to continually check to see who is monitoring the page. Thanks
turkish wikitravel page
stop removing entries!
Tour listing removed?
Hello, I just noticed you have reverted a tour listing for La Paz Walking Tours at the La_Paz_(Bolivia) guide. On what basis? The listing constitutes a value-added activity. Thanks. --Skykid123 ve 16:06, 25 August 2010 (EDT)
Shinagawa, Gotanda, and Tokyo districts in general
Thanks for keeping an eye on Tokyo. I see why you put the Merge on the Talk:Tokyo/Gotanda page I had started. I just got online today to get back to work on it and Shinagawa. But, I left an extraordinarily long (but I hope constructive) reply. Looking forward to what people think and on really improving Tokyo content on Wikitravel.
Ted 21:39, 25 August 2010 (EDT)
PS Sorry about the dupe post. Have no idea how I managed to do that. Thanks to Peterfitzgerald for removing it.
Isla Palenque vandal
Hi, Dguillaime. Thank you for your help on the Isla Palenque page. I am not very familiar with the wiki and am battling a vandal here and on Wikipedia. If you have any advice for me, please let me know. I'd like to know how to stop vandalism and/or get a user blocked and/or have an arbitration on the issue. I read that the first step is to warn the user - do I do that on the talk page? I welcome your advice.
Also, the vandal has posted more content on the page. They are getting a little smarter and slightly less offensive so as to not be removed, but we, the owners of the island, know who this person is, and that they are venting here because the court just threw their case out as frivolous. I'm afraid to keep undoing their contributions - please help.
flimoncelli 19:33, 12 September 2010 (EDT)
Why do you removed my edits of the Kanchanaburi page 2 times ? I respected the rules. Please explain. Do not link to a rule page. Explain with your own words. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Gabsoftware (talk • contribs)
I understand very well the rules, I know how to read, thank you. What I don't understand is that I respected them all and that deleting without any explanation something that respect rules kinda break the rules. So please do a little effort and tell me what makes you delete the link instead of pointing me to some links that I already read. Thank you.
Since you are an admin, can you evaluate my article East Brunswick or tell me how that process works? It had a tag originally for outline, but I looked back in history and realized that I put that there by accident when I copied another page as a template. Also, if you do evaluate it, can you say what else it needs? Thanks :) --TrekkingTurtle 19:40, 9 October 2010 (EDT)
Removal Reference Link
Indonesia.travel is representatieve Account of Indonesia's Ministry of Culture and Tourism, according to external links policy, it allowed to put external link that reference to official government website. Please consider —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Indonesia.travel (talk • contribs)
www.my-indonesia.info is now redirected to www.indonesia.travel and will no longer use as an official website of Indonesia Tourism Website. Some of tourism destinations dont have official website, any suggestion how to keep reference links without use Reference sectios?
Thanks for re-instating http://www.indonesia.travel/. Good work noticing it was the official website as I misread it as a travel service link. Normally I open a link and look at it before I delete, I obviously should have on that occasion and I would not have made the mistake. cheers. felix 11:24, 22 November 2010 (EST)
tour operator policy, especially the first point -- tour operators must have a local office at that destination.
Hi Dguillaime, ok I understand your point but my posts where for special local tour guides. Like discussed here http://wikitravel.org/en/Wikitravel_talk:Activity_listings "Tour listings in cities only I'd like to add a clause that tour listings may not be listed outside city articles, and must be tied to a real world office in that city. This would be an extension of the basic policy that a tour must exist to provide a specific activity, and nothing related to general travel planning. Having a quick, easy way to get rid of rubbish like this is the motivation. --Peter Talk 15:53, 10 August 2009 (EDT)" you see that my listings comply with the aim of this policy point. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Gonz (talk • contribs)
Images for deletion in the wrong place
Thanks for your comments..I must have been dreaming. I have moved them to where they should be. cheers. felix 07:06, 5 February 2011 (EST)
My bad, I will do what you wrote, paying more attention where i write INtraveler1990 18 February 2011
I noticed that you remove the car rental list from Guilin page. It was discussed in Yangshuo page and proved to be qualified to list already. If you don't agree please join the discussion before you remove it. Thanks.
I'am not here to spam, what i'am i doing wrong that my edits are being reverted just curious. --Kcv5 00:11, 21 November 2011 (EST)
Hello Sir; I am just giving users a car service option beside taxi and shuttle service (which are already listed) for transportation to/from OHare Airport. Please let me know the reason for removal. thanks Amer —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Docamer99 (talk • contribs)
Your edits to New York City
For your information, bicycles are totally illegal in all of New York City. You can not ride a bicycle on either the street, sidewalk, or in the alley, and you can not even have posession of a bicycle in New York City. Posession of a bicycle in New York City is punishable by up to 5 years in prison (Rikers Island). It has also even been rumored before that bicycles are also totally illegal on Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk Counties) as well. Broker 01:59, 14 March 2012 (EDT)
Per policy, when a spambot creates a user account it should be blocked indefinitely rather than just for three months, otherwise the account will be able to return and edit as an autopatrolled user. Wikitravel:How to handle unwanted edits: Blocks of user accounts created by spambots. Some of the more advanced spambots are actually capable of creating user accounts. These accounts should be permanently blocked as soon as they are identified as being spambot accounts.. -- Ryan • (talk) • 02:32, 17 March 2012 (EDT)