Germans, Austrians, some Swiss, and others in Europe speak German. About 130 million people world-wide have German as their mother tongue, which means that a German version of Wikitravel would serve a wide audience.
In addition, contributions in German would help the other Wikitravel language versions. Many German-speaking parts of Europe are major travel destinations; having locals update information in their native tongue (which could then be translated to other languages) would make for better information in all the Wikitravel guides. German-speakers are also frequent travelers and would have a lot to contribute on other destinations and topics.
This Expedition has the following goals:
To collect a good base of German-speaking users willing to take this project further.
To choose a go-between who can keep users on the English-language site up-to-date on developments on German Wikitravel, and vice-versa
To translate the interface files for Wikitravel into German
To launch the new German-language Wikitravel.
To translate the pages and create the infrastructure necessary to make German Wikitravel useful and friendly for new German-speaking contributors.
To make German Wikitravel an integrated part of the Wikitravel family.
To get this project started, we need at least 5 German-speaking users willing to help start the German Wikitravel. This means helping to translate the interface files, create content on the new Wikitravel, and to create the necessary infrastructure to make Wikitravel welcoming and useful for the next wave of contributors.
If you're interested, please create a user account on this (English) Wikitravel, and sign the list below. To sign, edit this page and just type ~ 4 times, like "~~~~".
More than 5 users are welcome to sign up, but we need at least 5 to get started.
There's already a German-language travel wiki available. http://www.travelopedia.de/ has the beginnings of a good site, but seems to be moving sort of slowly. It's questionable whether we should start a competing site, offer to join forces, or not create a German-language Wikitravel, instead defering to them per the Fellow Traveller Expedition.
I wouldn't defer to them; they don't seem to have the same aims we do. Among the first articles are Lachs and Forellenfische, which are fishes, not destinations. -phma 00:24, 11 Mar 2004 (EST)
What word can we use to indicate that this is a German-language, and not German-national, travel guide?