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You can make a valuable contribution to Wikitravel in just five minutes.  However, before you start, be aware that the Wikitravel [[copyleft]] allows your contributions to be used elsewhere, edited by others, and even copied or sold as long as you are given proper attribution.
  
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# '''What to add'''.  Choose any attraction, park, view, bar, pub or restaurant that you are enthusiastic about and would like to share information about.  It should be somewhere you know and have visited, but it really doesn't matter if you have been there while travelling, or if it is in your local area.  You don't have to be an expert.  Your experience and perspective is valuable to others like you.
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# '''How to describe it'''.  Decide what type of person would like to visit, and what are the features that would make them want to visit.  Everybody has different interests, from birdwatching to adventure sports, from quiet country pub to the latest urban beats.  Help travellers find what they like.  If you like it, what are your interests that make you like it?  If you know the best way to get there, or the best time to experience it, add that too.  Don't use ''I'', ''me'',, ''us'', or ''we'' in the description.  Don't hesitate to use ''you'', though, when addressing the reader.
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# '''Find the right article'''.  Wikitravel articles are named after the geographical location.  Select the best article based on where the attraction is.  If it is outside of a town, you might have to place it where travellers would normally stay when visiting it.
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# '''Find the right section'''.  ''See'' for sights.  ''Do'' for activities.  ''Drink'' for nightlife, pubs and bars, ''Eat'' for restaurants, cafes, and fast food. More in [[wtsi|Where you can stick it]].
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# '''Add your entry'''.  If you aren't familiar with editing a wiki, you can just click ''add listing'' next to the section you are adding to, enter the information in the correct boxes, and you are finished.  If you want to edit using the Wiki syntax instead, try to put the name in bold, prefixed with a asterisk (*), followed by your description all on one line, or click on one of the standard templates at the bottom of the edit page.
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# '''All done'''.  That's it for now.  Your information is now in the guide for all to see, in less than five minutes.
  
Stony Brook is a hamlet bordering the Long Island Sound located in the Town of Brookhaven in Suffolk County, NY. This historic town is home to The State University of New York at Stony Brook, The Stony Brook School, Three Village School District, and the “Stony Brook Village.”
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West Meadow Beach Historic District- West Meadow Beach Road, Stony Brook, NY 11790 | This peninsula of park land is approximately 1.5 miles long and was added to the National Register of Historic Places as a National Historic District on October 28, 2004. Come here to enjoy their long and rocky beaches, or spend your time jogging, hiking, or cycling on the beautiful trails this district has to offer. West Meadow offers public parking near the Town Beach and is open free of charge to Town of Brookhaven ResidentsNon-residents can pay a daily fee during the beach season (Memorial day weekend- Labor day weekend) in order to enter. For More information, please visit: http://www.nwpli.com/photo/locations/location.php?data%5Blocation%5D=westmeadow.php
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* '''Changing section headings''' - even if you don't like them.  Wikitravel uses a standard template for each article.  You are welcome to suggest changes, but count on spending more than five minutes to do the convincing.
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* '''Creating a new article'''  If you only have five minutes use it wisely by adding content and not creating new articles--it's because our regional structure can take a little more than five minutes to come to terms with.  So just find the closest or best fit, and add your content there.
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* '''Writing about culture'''.  Wikitravel articles often have ''Respect'' or ''Understand'' sections, which attract extensive contributions on culture.  However, your five minutes is best spent adding practical advice and suggestions, and letting the traveller discover the culture for themselves when they get there.
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* '''Writing about things you don't like'''.  Don't waste your five minutes on Wikitravel telling travellers about places they don't want to go, sharing your insight into somewhere travellers would want to go is infinitely more valuable!
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* '''Encyclopaedic or promotional language'''.  Writing that something is ''fantastic'' or ''the best'' can be meaningless to a reader who may have different interests to you. Remember to think of why ''you'' like something, and say it in the normal words you would useDon't adopt the tone of a tourism board, or a neutral point of view just because you are writing in a guide. Your natural conversational tone, and your genuine interest in what you are describing is what we are hoping to capture!
  
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==Moving forward==
The Long Island Museum of American Art, History, and Carriages- 1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook, NY | (631) 751-0066 | Originally named the Museums at Stony Brook when founded in 1939, this nine acre, open air museum is a perfect place to spend the day with the family. It is known for its large collection of work by William Sidney Mount, as well as its collection of over 200 carriages.  Your time spent there can be occupied within the museums located in 7 different buildings and multiple barns that include a schoolhouse and historic blacksmith shop. There are also several gardens, outhouses, fountains and a burial ground to explore. For more information, please visit: http://www.longislandmuseum.org/
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If you want to get more involved, or learn more about Wikitravel you could start by reading the [[Wikitravel:manual of style|manual of style]], and [[Wikitravel:Help|the help files]] which will give you an in-depth description, or by looking at some of our '''[[Wikitravel:star articles|star articles]]'''.
  
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Wish- 141 Main Street  Stony Brook, NY | (631)-941-2719 | Located in the Stony Brook Village Center, this boutique sells handbags, jewelry, along with junior & women's clothing. Brands offered include DKNY, Juicy, Lucky Brand Jeans, Michael Stars, Bulldog & Free People. Product pricing is moderate to high end.
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* [[Wikitravel:Welcome, newcomers]]
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* [[Wikitravel:Manual of style]]
  
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Bayles Estate Bed and Breakfast- 1249 North Country Road, Stony Brook, NY | (631)-689-5865 | ½ mile walking distance from The Stony Brook Village Center, The Long Island Museum of American Art, History, and Carriages, Duck Pond and Gristmill, and the Avon Park Nature Preserve. This historic bed and breakfast is quite the relaxing place to stay while in the area. Each guest room is decorated with fresh flowers and has views of the breathtaking gardens. Every morning a breakfast table is set up in the formal dining room, with antique china, crystal and silver. During the late Spring and Summer seasons,  guests may enjoy fresh eggs from local hens, home-baked bread, and fruits and vegetables from the gardens. Here for business purposes? Don’t worry, all rooms are air-conditioned and equipped with free high-speed wireless internet access! For more information, check out : http://www.baylesestate.com/
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You can make a valuable contribution to Wikitravel in just five minutes. However, before you start, be aware that the Wikitravel copyleft allows your contributions to be used elsewhere, edited by others, and even copied or sold as long as you are given proper attribution.

Plunge forward

  1. What to add. Choose any attraction, park, view, bar, pub or restaurant that you are enthusiastic about and would like to share information about. It should be somewhere you know and have visited, but it really doesn't matter if you have been there while travelling, or if it is in your local area. You don't have to be an expert. Your experience and perspective is valuable to others like you.
  2. How to describe it. Decide what type of person would like to visit, and what are the features that would make them want to visit. Everybody has different interests, from birdwatching to adventure sports, from quiet country pub to the latest urban beats. Help travellers find what they like. If you like it, what are your interests that make you like it? If you know the best way to get there, or the best time to experience it, add that too. Don't use I, me,, us, or we in the description. Don't hesitate to use you, though, when addressing the reader.
  3. Find the right article. Wikitravel articles are named after the geographical location. Select the best article based on where the attraction is. If it is outside of a town, you might have to place it where travellers would normally stay when visiting it.
  4. Find the right section. See for sights. Do for activities. Drink for nightlife, pubs and bars, Eat for restaurants, cafes, and fast food. More in Where you can stick it.
  5. Add your entry. If you aren't familiar with editing a wiki, you can just click add listing next to the section you are adding to, enter the information in the correct boxes, and you are finished. If you want to edit using the Wiki syntax instead, try to put the name in bold, prefixed with a asterisk (*), followed by your description all on one line, or click on one of the standard templates at the bottom of the edit page.
  6. All done. That's it for now. Your information is now in the guide for all to see, in less than five minutes.

Avoid

If you only have five minutes try to avoid:

  • Changing section headings - even if you don't like them. Wikitravel uses a standard template for each article. You are welcome to suggest changes, but count on spending more than five minutes to do the convincing.
  • Creating a new article If you only have five minutes use it wisely by adding content and not creating new articles--it's because our regional structure can take a little more than five minutes to come to terms with. So just find the closest or best fit, and add your content there.
  • Writing about culture. Wikitravel articles often have Respect or Understand sections, which attract extensive contributions on culture. However, your five minutes is best spent adding practical advice and suggestions, and letting the traveller discover the culture for themselves when they get there.
  • Writing about things you don't like. Don't waste your five minutes on Wikitravel telling travellers about places they don't want to go, sharing your insight into somewhere travellers would want to go is infinitely more valuable!
  • Encyclopaedic or promotional language. Writing that something is fantastic or the best can be meaningless to a reader who may have different interests to you. Remember to think of why you like something, and say it in the normal words you would use. Don't adopt the tone of a tourism board, or a neutral point of view just because you are writing in a guide. Your natural conversational tone, and your genuine interest in what you are describing is what we are hoping to capture!

Moving forward

If you want to get more involved, or learn more about Wikitravel you could start by reading the manual of style, and the help files which will give you an in-depth description, or by looking at some of our star articles.

See also

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