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If you have any questions feel free to ask. -- Sapphire 06:47, 22 November 2006 (EST)
Hey! Thanks for adding discoveries to the Discover page, but would you mind trying to post a greater variety of discovery types? What I mean is, the page currently has way too many discoveries about the first or X-est (tallest, oldest, largest, etc.) and the featured 3 should preferably not have more than one of these types featured at the same time. Because there are SO many, though, it is becoming very difficult to update accordingly, especially with all of the other criteria (geographical diversity, images, and making sure the discoveries are not too close (or from the same country as) the DotM/OtBP.
Here are some examples of discoveries that do NOT highlight the first or X-est:
- The beautiful frescoes in Istanbul's Chora Church were lost under plaster for over 500 years before being uncovered.
- Legend has it that the legendary Ark of the Covenant is held inside the Church of St. Mary of Zion in Axum, Ethiopia.
- Lake Retba near Dakar is a famous naturally pink lake, gaining its color from the algae that live in it.
- The Sacred Garbage Pile, Aitan Ola, in Kétou came into existence when locals were asked to place objects atop the sacred site, and they gathered whatever they could find; Namely garbage.
- China's Leaning Tower, Huqiu Tower in Suzhou predates Pisa's Leaning Tower by over 200 years.
- For spiritual travelers, you'll find the Gateway to God in Haridwar, India, while the Gateway to Hell is on Mount Osore in Japan.
- Legend has it, Suyumbike Tower in Kazan is name after a Tatar Princess who committed suicide by jumping off it in order to avoid marriage to Ivan the Terrible.
If you find things like these that would make good discoveries, please disperse them between the other Discoveries to keep them fresh and diverse. ChubbyWimbus 12:25, 7 March 2011 (EST)
- Hello! Yes, it would look strange to have just one superlative after another in the Discover section. I haven't actually thought about that before, seriously, and when I'm browsing the articles for something to add I somehow manage to find something that is older, bigger, deeper etc. than anything else in the world or country. And, the people who have added the items in the middle of the current list also seem to have found similar stuff (largest tree, stone arch, first capitol). It looks like your Discoveries are from the archive, for now I'll add those that are from 2009 plus some other interesting facts that I have found in the articles.
Ypsilon 03:46, 16 March 2011 (EDT)
I saw you placed a picture of Amsterdam in the Wikitravel:Discover section. It looks good, but as the "fun fact" is about bicycles, you might want to consider this image  that shows a bicycle in Amsterdam :) --globe-trotter 20:59, 5 September 2011 (EDT)
- Looks excellent, and it seems like somebody already changed it. Ypsilon 07:39, 12 September 2011 (EDT)
Please see http://wikitravel.org/en/Wikitravel:Travellers%27_pub#Cache_rebuilding_today at the bottom, where a user named Vietnam visum is identifying him/herself as you. Is this you?--IBobi talk email 15:01, 16 August 2012 (EDT)
- Yes. Ypsilon 05:05, 19 August 2012 (EDT)
Just wanted to let you know that there is not much point in patrolling edits any more, wikitravel has already disintegrated into a spam machine, and the latest backup was from mid august - you are wasting good time on nothing. Better save your energy until the mirror comes online
Oh, and as an admin i'm sure you are watching IB, save your energy with the legal threats, I'm from a country with a sensible justice system, and since I had corporate law in university, nothing you can say will have me loose my sleep :) --Stefan (sertmann) talk 08:27, 23 August 2012 (EDT)
- I have been patrolling edits, and I can assure you that spam is being remediated as fast as it is being posted, just as always. I hope that you'll continue to help out, as it's a big effort with so many visitors to the site. But we'll keep getting it done. Thank you for your help and contributions, Stefan.--IBobi talk email 15:15, 30 August 2012 (EDT)