Wikitravel:Previous collaborations

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This page lists previous collaborations for the current year.

Previous years

High profile Collaborations

Collaborations that later became destination of the month

List: article name, date it was CotW, number of edits during CotW week, article status at the start of the collaboration; and article status at the end of the collaboration, month it was DotM.

  • Cambridge: 18 March - 24 March 2007: 10 edits by 4 authors, Guide to Guide: DOTM May 2007

Collaborations that later became Off the beaten path

List: article name, date it was CotW, number of edits during CotW week, article status at the start of the collaboration; and article status at the end of the collaboration, month it was OtBP.

  • Hoi An: CotW 19 December 2006 - 25 December 2006: 11 edits by 2 authors, Guide to Guide : OtBP February 2007

Collaborations that later became Star articles

2009 Collaborations

March 2009 - Rome

  • Creating a district map
  • Use the district map and Google Maps/ to sort entries into the correct districts
  • Get basic information for major attractions (this is another serious area of embarrassment)
  • Writeup of See sections
  • listingify listings throughout district articles
  • Manual of Style proofreading.
  • Root out any remaining spammy hotel listings (I nuked this big time a while ago). We have way too many hotels listed for the central districts. This isn't something we've really had to deal with anywhere, and it's going to take some discussion to figure out how best to do it, but it needs to be done if our Rome guide is ever going to be readable.

I know this can get a bit city specific, but this city needs a major dose of love, since leaving it unattended have proved disastrous, for one of the worlds top tourism draws - it gives WT a bad name, since it's a very likely entry point for many guests here. Hope we can gather a team of 5 or 6 users to root this out over the course of a month, and maybe check the history logs for some good contributors and mail them for help. --Stefan (sertmann) Talk 14:53, 5 February 2009 (EST)

  • Support. Good nomination. I think our Rome article may be Wikitravel's greatest shame. It's one of the world's greatest and most popular destinations, and it's one of our messiest and least useful city articles. I've got a districts map of the city center, and will upload it soon.

--Peter Talk 18:30, 5 February 2009 (EST)

  • Comment. Before district borders are clearly defined, it's quite difficult for an average contributor to help with anything in the list. And I think we have only 2 or 3 people here able to create maps--which also help a bit in districtifying. This is why I started with listing street-by-street borders for Barcelona (but admittedly never finished yet). --DenisYurkin 18:20, 4 March 2009 (EST)
Don't worry, I'll be adding a districts map, with districts defined by street, in the next couple days. --Peter Talk 23:01, 4 March 2009 (EST)
What about giving lat-long coordinates to listings: (a) is that important within COTM; (b) is it legal to use them from Google Maps? --DenisYurkin 14:02, 5 March 2009 (EST)

This post was re-edited by User:Sertmann to create a coherent list


536 edits, 215 to the main article, 63 was the next highest number for Rome/South, not all of them relevant (naturally). This was a wildly successful collaboration—I would venture the most successful collaboration in Wikitravel history. Interest in the collaboration was sustained throughout the entire month, and enough momentum has been built up that valuable new contributions (and contributors) are continuing over into April. Virtually all tasks were completed (with the notable exception of writing a good prose section for "See" in the main article—a task unsuited for contributors with limited knowledge of the area). Districting and "listingification" proved to be tasks well-suited to collaboration. Surprisingly, so was the creation of overview regions/districts-style maps.

A special thanks to registered users who worked on this collaboration: User:ClausHansen, User:DenisYurkin, User:Dguillaime, User:Inas, User:Kristinsinreise, User:PerryPlanet, User:Peterfitzgerald, User:Roundtheworld, User:Sertmann, User:Superflush, and User:Vidimian. --Peter Talk 08:10, 1 April 2009 (EDT)

February 2009 - Mexico City

There is loads of great content in this huge city compilation, and (unlike most half-finished huge city articles) has an excellent district structure, but the districting job was left only half done. A CotM might be able to get the articles into DotM shape. Additionally, Wikitravel's Latin America coverage is pretty shoddy (especially outside Brazil), so it would be good to make this a flagship of sorts. Since the content is mostly there, it would be an ideal CotM—one for which contributors could mos one subsection of an article on any given day.

  • Finish moving listings to districts — there aren't actually that many to do, and some basic google maps reference should allow anyone to do five or so per day in about 15 minutes
  • Listingify all the listings — another task that anyone can do in small quantities spread out over the month. There are a ton of listings that need this, but doing so will make it more obvious which fields are missing.
  • Fill in basic details for listings (addresses, addresses, addresses) — another simple task when done in small doses by many contributors, but difficult for one person to tackle throughout so many articles
  • Replace moved listings from the main article with prose — here's the difficult part; I'll volunteer to do the heavy lifting
  • Scour flickr for more photos — another basic task made much easier when many people each do a small amount of work. Just take a glance over articles for interesting things, then search flickr for them.

--Peter Talk 14:54, 18 December 2008 (EST)

I'd support it, looks like a solid Cotm. I don't know if I can help much, but I'd try. What month were you thinking Peter, Jan? Feb? Keep smilin,edmontonenthusiast [ee] .T.A.L.K. 18:55, 22 December 2008 (EST).


56 edits in February, not all of them relevant (i.e., some vandalism & reversions). All said, though, that's a tolerable number compared to most previous collaborations (remembering that most previous collaborations lasted only one week). The majority of the edits came within the first week, while interest seemed to falter pretty quickly after that. The front page link appeared to attract a trickle of anonymous contributions throughout the month. Progress was made, but none of the listed tasks were completed. A special thanks to registered users who worked on this collaboration: User:2old, User:Fabz, User:PerryPlanet, User:Peterfitzgerald, and User:Vidimian. --Peter Talk 15:49, 4 March 2009 (EST)

As a follow up, I tried looking into this one night, but the district map was too inaccurate to use it to move the listings (atleast for someone who doesn't know the city), which is something we should have in mind - --Stefan (sertmann) Talk 16:18, 4 March 2009 (EST)