Wikitravel:Business listings reliability Expedition
The Reliability Expedition is a Wikitravel Expedition to find ways to improve the reliability of information on Wikitravel.
Content on Wikitravel comes from a variety of sources, and it is not always clear in an article where information came from, whether it is up-to-date, or whether the party that added the information did so to share travel information or for promotional purposes. The goal of this expedition is to help develop some additional guidelines, policies, and methods for ensuring quality data on Wikitravel and providing travelers with some information on how reliable data may be.
The reliability expedition has the following goals:
- To improve existing site documentation to make it easier to determine what is appropriate content.
- To improve communication with contributors to make it easier for them to add valuable content to Wikitravel.
- To brainstorm and implement ways to convey a sense of reliability to end users for information being presented in Wikitravel guides.
The status quo
Currently documentation on how to add valuable content is spread amongst many sources and does not necessarily make it easy for new contributors to figure out how to add useful contributions, nor does it make it easy for editors to provide a single reference to send new users. Some of this documentation includes:
- Welcome documentation:
- Wikitravel:Don't tout
It can be head-splittingly difficult to get the attention of new users. Current methods that are used include:
- MediaWiki: namespace messaging such as the ever-so-subtle MediaWiki:Uploadtext.
- Article talk pages.
- User talk pages.
- Edit summaries.
Providing some consistency in how users are contacted and brainstorming improvements should make it easier to help new users make better contributions.
Documentation on this subject includes:
The goal of Wikitravel is to develop useful travel guides. However, when an unscrupulous hotel chain adds descriptions of their properties that helpfully describe the establishments as "a traveler's dream, located next to all major attractions" Wikitravel is doing a disservice to travels by providing misinformation.
There are a number of tools and processes in place currently to help with reliability, including:
- Wikitravel:Article status - A higher status generally indicates better quality information, although not always.
- Wikitravel:Docents - Docents tend to watch over articles and can answer questions.
- Wikitravel:Wikitravel Press - Articles that are used for Wikitravel Press books tend to be frequently reviewed by the book editors.
- Template:Title-icons - Used to display icons for star status, could be used for other reliability-related communication.