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Wikitravel:Country surgeon Expedition

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This Expedition is the Collaboration of the month for September 2011.

The Country surgeon Expedition is a collaborative project designed to "perform See-sections" on our country guides. That is, to craft a high quality "See" section with an overview of sightseeing opportunities for every country on the globe.

Rationale

Oddly enough, Wikitravel for its first several years omitted "See" sections from its country template. Accordingly the section, after being introduced, is in most country articles very underdeveloped compared to the rest of the sections. As this truly is one of the most important sections—this is where travelers can actually find the main sightseeing attractions for the whole country and thus start planning their trip—it is essential that we work to craft high quality See sections throughout all country articles.

Goals

  • Create usable See sections for all countries.
  • Develop standards for high quality See sections.
  • Maintain a list of all countries lacking quality See sections, so we can monitor progress and provide a "sign up sheet" to avoid duplication of work.

Future goals may include ensuring that all country articles also have useful "Do" sections, and perhaps extending our "See" aims to cover country top-level regions (e.g., U.S. states, Japanese prefectures, etc.).

An unrelated goal, but one that will be easy to combine with our work, is to move each country "Understand" section below the "Other destinations" section, and to replace Template:Quickbar with Template:Quickbar/working. Lead images will need to be extracted from the original Quickbar template and added as standalone thumbnails.

Expedition members

Standards

Travelers should quickly be able to scan See sections for information regarding what types of sightseeing possibilities are available, and where to find the most important sights.

Sections should be filled with quality prose, not with lazy bulleted lists.

Longer See sections should be subdivided in a relevant way, for example by type of attractions (e.g., historical, natural, modern, etc.).

High quality examples

High priority See sections

Full list of countries missing useful See sections

Africa

North Africa

Sahel

West Africa

Central Africa

East Africa

Southern Africa


Asia

Central Asia

East Asia

Middle East

Russia and the Caucasus

South Asia

Southeast Asia



Oceania

Melanesia

Micronesia

Polynesia


Europe

Balkans

Baltic States

Britain and Ireland

Central Europe


Iberia

Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine

Scandinavia


Americas

North America

Caribbean

Central America

South America

Variants

Actions

Destination Docents

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