Thanks for your comments, I agree with your reasoning here. I shall carry on editting and adding for the time being, and if such a time comes, I will protest a bit more loudly if IB does start messing things up. I guess I'm rather wary of a corporate entity being in ownership of such a community driven site like this - can't quite see how it will work beneficially for them without some serious changes to the site. But, as I said, I shall continue until these changes come! Tsandell 12:57, 26 July 2006 (EDT)
of course you are entitled to believe that a warningbox is not required, however there was significant uproar over the allegedly unjust arrest of a British Citizen, many British people are unaware of the US procedure, and it would be much better for all concerned if our citizens weren't being arrested for having slightly odd senses of humour! Dan, 30 July 2006, 19:34GMT
Although I am not normally the type to disagree, it irritates me that you have written derogatory information regarding political freedoms in Iran, but refuse to allow any information about the immoral practices of your own government, perhaps this is right-wing totalitarianism, perhaps this website is not neutral after all and is controlled by Americans? dan
I know you generally dislike the idea of using counties in Wikitravel, so if you have any opinion on the matter could you add your comments to the region discussion on Talk:Ohio? In the case of Ohio, which is a big and mostly flat state where the license plates display county and, in the opinion of this former resident of Northeast Ohio, counties are fairly well known, they seem to be an easy way to determine regional boundaries, but you've made strong arguments against them in the past that should probably be considered. Thanks! -- Ryan 18:01, 1 August 2006 (EDT)
Polish pronunciation and its perceived difficulty
By paroxytonic I meant that in Polish the accent is always on the penultimate syllable. My point is that the perceived difficulty may be different than the real difficulty. If you think Polish pronunciation is difficult, try for example Danish. And then try a tonal language, like Mandarin. Now this is difficult. Not mentioning clicks, which are not just difficult but impossible to master for an adult person.
Of course, there are no easy natural languages. There always is some challenge, but
Polish has its difficulties but they are in the grammar, not in pronunciation. In Polish you can actually read the pronunciation from the spelling. You are correct that you need to know the letters and digraphs first, but that's the case with every language. However, in Polish it ends here because knowing how the letters and the digraphs are pronounced plus a few rules you can pronounce almost every word.
Believe me or not, you would be able to pronounce perfectly intelligible Polish instantly if I transcribed a word or phrase into English for you. Of course, you wouldn't be able to reproduce certain phonemes, but it wouldn't matter, as it would not introduce any lexical difference (like sh*t/sheet, sorry for the example). And it can be like that because Polish only has 6 vowels: a e i o u y as compared to twentysomething in RP English and the vowels are not reduced (they sound the same whether accented or not).
It's not trivial, but it's easy. Sorry for such a long tirade but I know that I'm right, It's just that I can't pronounce it :)
Edit: I've forgotten the signature. Here it is: CandleWithHare 19:48, 1 August 2006 (EDT)
Another edit: fixing my typos
This is why I love reading your comments on various posts - "...a certain class of Chinese masseuses will go the extra five-and-a-half inches..." - Andrew Haggard
Greetings. I notice that you dismantled the list of nine places I listed under 'Other destinations' on the UK article. I couldn't find a policy that states that there should only be one list of nine, and I orginally began this list in order to take the pressure off the 'list of nine' cites, where there seems to be a continuous battle for places. However, I can understand your concern that the establishment of a second list of nine may be stepping on a slippery slope. Still, though, I believe that some of the places listed are of sufficient interest to the traveler to merit a front page listing. So, taking into consideration your comments and with the view to saving the traveler time in locating these famous landmarks, I have re-written the list. I hope it is agreeable to you. I don't need a reply. If you agree, leave it. If not, then hit the edit button. Cheers. WindHorse 3 Aug 06
Hello from wikia
I have moved the discussion as suggested below. - Todd VerBeek 15:51, 4 August 2006 (EDT)
Deleting my work??
Even though, it would be utmost polite not to delete my work on Lower-Saxony, but move it to where you think it belonged. Aside Grafschaft is the German word for County or Duchy, and some regions are counties, i.e. Grafschaft Bentheim, an Lower Saxon enclave in the Netherlands. This was just deleted as well. Although the dukes have -as in the UK nothing to say in the political affairs, the regions are still historically named after them. Then you might also find a way to have the Canadian Lunenburg distiguished from the German one and to have Nienburg removed for it is really not a great tourist attraction. Last, but not least, there are just 8 cities in Lower Saxony, most of which is rural, but has with 8.5 million inhabitants the same population as Sweden. Of the 8 cities there are maximally 5 tourist attractions (or do you like box like housing estates and shopping centres?), but towns like Hamelin (the pied piper) would not feature at all, if we would go by the city notation.
Russian region names
You can be a crusty pain in the butt sometimes, but I miss ya. I believe you would be the litmus test for my idea to break Bermuda into parish articles and am holding off pending your return. There was a report of a VerBeek sighting in Montana, but later it was corrected to be Elvis. I'm sure you're "enjoying the journey"(tm) wherever you are. OldPine 11:40, 2 September 2006 (EDT)
When you get a second
Could you send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org? I'd like to add you to the admins mailing list, but I can't do that because you gave a fake email address when registering for Wikitravel (shock!). --Evan 10:07, 12 September 2006 (EDT)
Hi Todd. While fixing up a disambiguation of Bay City (Michigan), I noticed Bay City and Saginaw are linked to both from Central Michigan and Southeast Michigan, which doesn't seem right. I'm not much up on Michigan nomenclature, so I was wondering if you might be able to sort this out. Thanks! -- Colin 02:12, 28 October 2006 (EDT)
Todd, when you get a second, could you share your opinion on Wikitravel:Cooperating with WikiOutdoors? I think there's some possible (dare I say it) synergy here, but I'd love to see your opinion. --Evan 20:02, 4 December 2006 (EST)
Good to see you... hope things are going well. --evanp 22:36, 11 January 2007 (EST)
Hi Todd! If you go to Special:Preferences and "Editing", you can check "Mark edits I make as patrolled", so we can concentrate on patrolling the real troublemakers! -- Jonboy 19:47, 25 January 2007 (EST)
Would you please read my comments here, think about the issue, then comment? It's fairly important and I'd like to get as many comments as possible. I'm quite worried about the compatibility of CC-by-SA 2.5 (or other non CC-by-SA 1.0) images in a CC-by-SA 1.0 guide. Thanks! -- Andrew H. (Sapphire) 16:52, 5 February 2007 (EST)
How's the weather up there in the frozen tundra? Cincinnati has seen its first serious snowfall and we were hit by a whopping (according to Cincinnati standards) six inches in five hours. My brother moved up to Detroit a month ago and I bet he's missing the tropics of Cincinnati. How do you Michiganders survive? -- Andrew H. (Sapphire) 19:04, 6 February 2007 (EST)
I reverted your revert of the deletion of the quickbar image. I finally discovered it as a copyvio from our dear friend, Shalom Alechem. It's currently awaiting deletion on Shared. -- Sapphire 21:26, 11 February 2007 (EST)
Hope you have a great one! — Ravikiran 11:11, 11 March 2007 (EDT)
Sorry about creating the sub header, but the endless opportunities was just far too appealing. I figured out last five Republican presidents three are prime candidates to be the Anti-Christ and I wanted to give the Dems a chance at something greater than mediocrity. BTW, I'm actually a member of the Our Ukraine Party so I think it's fair for me to rip on both of them (hence the Ashcroft reference). :-) Keep up the fight! -- Sapphire • (Talk) • 10:58, 1 April 2007 (EDT)
Hi, TVerBeek. Thanks for your message. I apologize for the confusion. I did it was by mistake. I intended to inform that I had obtained the Forte Brum pictures from the Cultural Foundation of the Brazilian Army (FUNCEB) website. In this site, there is a note in Portuguese saying that (1) the pictures are public, (2) they can be used by others (respectfully), and (3) the foundation would appreciate it if the source was cited. Thus, I have cited the source of the picture in the Recife Wikitravel page.
but the topimage is till giving probs, a small place for a heading comes above the quickbar. see the article on india for eg (hi:भारत )
The barnstar's from me -- Upamanyu
Greetings. Final Licence determination for Citizendium content has not been decided. Articles incorporating Wikipedia content are under GFDL. If you would like to discuss interlinks further, jpotkanski @ cz.org and/or sanger @ cz.org. Replace CZ with citizendium. --Jason Potkanski, Citizendium
Thanks Todd, am I right in assuming that you are only referring to the Arabic redirect I made? Thanks for your heads-up. Koavf 23:09, 29 April 2007 (EDT)
After about one day of contributing here, I can see that this project is not going anywhere. The number of contributors is very small, and their concept of the scope of the project is in some ways bizarre. There appear to be very few talented contributors working on the site. It has huge gaps. It doesn't at all cover what a normal guidebook covers. Sadly, it is proof that not every effort to produce a wiki produces a successful wiki.
You seem like a sincere and dedicated writer with a few strange obsessions about what you want the site to be. Doesn't everybody have a few of those? I hope you are not offended by me saying this, but I wonder why you are spending so much of your time working on this. I can't see that wikitravel is ever going to produce a useful travel guide.
I did look at your profile and I read your article about Isle Royale National Park. It seemed like a very good article. I've backpacked from one end of the island to the other myself.
I hope you'll find some other on-line project that makes better use of your time and skills. Good luck.
HLM HLM 15:02, 30 April 2007 (EDT)
I came across this page today, and, according to Wikipedia, it looks like it should be moved to Marquesas Islands. Since you created it, I was just wondering if you know something that WP doesn't. -- Fastestdogever 00:40, 1 May 2007 (EDT)