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Congratulations go to Nurg, one of our most senior contributors with ten years under his belt and the first editor community nominated in a long while for admin privileges to meet the criteria! --118dot93dot73dot30 04:56, 30 April 2013 (EDT)
We are planning to revitalize Wikitravel and our community! In 2013 we would like to improve technicality and usability of the site and we are open to any ideas! Please let us know of any new features you would like to have on WT and share with us your suggestions on how to make Wikitravel better. I am not talking about any particular pages, this is an open question for improvement ideas. What are the features and functionalists you would like to see on Wikitravel? Please write them below.
Firstly we will be upgrading the software, afterwards we will work on improving the functionalists, step by step. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. kind regards, IBAlex 16:33, 25 March 2013 (EDT)
Please enable the API. I would love to use Wikitravel with my iPad App (Wikipanion) 184.108.40.206 06:24, 14 January 2013 (EST)
Thank you for your suggestion! We will be working on that! IBAlex 16:33, 25 March 2013 (EDT)
I know this is going to come across as very snippy - but I really think it important that IBadmins should read this page at least at the beginning and end of their working shift and leave some sort of reply - even if it's only a holding reply (so as not to create a bad impression). If you read down, you will see that many topics are still waiting an authoritative reply, and if you are sincere about wanting to "revitalize Wikitravel and our community" this task is probably at least as important as welcoming robot spammers and then deleting their accounts... --118dot93dot73dot30 18:40, 22 March 2013 (EDT)
The topics that are waiting for replay are all suggested by you, dear User:118dot93dot73dot30. Again, we would first do the upgrade and then start working on all the ideas you suggested- Default image sizes in Thumbnails, Template:Panorama, Renovating our Listing format. thank you for your patience and cooperation. Kind regards, IBAlex 16:33, 25 March 2013 (EDT)
We have updated today the Main Page and added a fully new section with Top Destinations. Right now we are featuring Top Destinations 2013 and Top Ski Destination. We would like to change this section frequently and we are open to your ideas for future top places around the world, for example:
Does anyone disagree and, if so, why? --118dot93dot73dot30 01:10, 15 March 2013 (EDT) 19:10, 28 February 2013 (EST)
Grrrrrrreat - it seems everyone is either asleep or in full agreement with the above proposal.
IBadmins: please would you indicate how long it will take to make this change? --118dot93dot73dot30 19:18, 13 March 2013 (EDT)
Currently we are working on upgrading the website and we are using fully our IT resources. The upgrade is the priority. Once we accomplish that I can assure you that we will resolve the issue with "Default image sizes in Thumbnails". Thank you for your understanding! Warm regards, IBAlex 21:08, 13 March 2013 (EDT)
That's terrific news! Can you indicate what sort of "upgrading" we can expect - or is it all top secret?
I'll ask you again in a couple of weeks if you're not able to give an indication now. Thanks! --118dot93dot73dot30 11:20, 13 March 2013 (EDT)
Well, our upgrade was completed several weeks ago and more than 5 weeks have gone by, so I'll ask you again: will you implement this enhancement to our user experience now and, if not, why not, please? --118dot93dot73dot30 20:28, 19 April 2013 (EDT)
- but use it sparingly until we sort out the image defaults above. (There may be a case for having just a tiny thumbnail on the main article pages with a link to a subpage of the main article containing any panorama images to save hassles for roaming mobile users and those on other slow/expensive connections)... --118dot93dot73dot30 19:21, 7 March 2013 (EST)
What image defaults would you suggest? I checked Milford Sound page and the image is too wide. Would love to fix it together with you. Cheers! IBAlex 20:07, 8 March 2013 (EST)
I've suggested them in the section immediately above this one.
When you say "too wide", what do you mean exactly, please? Do you mean that there is no slider visible below the image window or that the image window does not size itself according to the page width or that the image window overflows the left or right hand gutters? If any of these, could you specify your operating system and browser versions and whether you have right hand advertising switched on or off in your user preferences, please? --118dot93dot73dot30 22:13, 8 March 2013 (EST)
Thanks for replying. I meant that the image window does not size itself according to the page width. I tried to edit the Milford Sound page and when I changed the parameters to 900px, it looked better. I understood that above you were suggesting the default image sizes in thumbnails, not panoramic images, is that right?
I am using Windows 7, Mozilla Firefox and I have the ads turned on. Thank you! Warm regards, IBAlex 14:15, 11 March 2013 (EDT)
How bizarre! Can you upload screenshots, please?
What happens with Chrome or IE Explorer?
Yes, the sub-section above is not concerned with Panorama images. However, I may have to stop trying to improve the look and feel of your pages if the spam filters keep obstructing me. It is very important that a look and feel is developed which is attractive and easy to read for unregistered users and that also allows you to keep your current width of adverts (that you depend on for monetising this site) so that your technical support and development can be financed. --118dot93dot73dot30 19:00, 11 March 2013 (EDT)
BUMP: I know there have been some great changes in your life recently, User:IBalex, but please can you favour me with a response to my queries above so I can move on with re-coding if necessary? --118dot93dot73dot30 19:20, 13 March 2013 (EDT)
That's how the page displays on my screen
I have uploaded the picture to show you how the panorama picture displays on my computer. Right now I have to scroll to the right. Yes, I got the same results on the other browsers. I opt that we keep the panorama pic parameters in a way that it sizes itself according to the page width.
If you experience problems with Abuse Filters, please let me know. Thanks! IBAlex 21:04, 13 March 2013 (EDT)
Screenshot of English Wikitravel's Milford Sound page showing the slider of the new Panorama templated view box on a narrow screen (note the usual "enlarge" widget at the lower right hand corner and the fact that the caption text has wrapped to a second line)
Unfortunately you have not taken a screenshot of your whole screen (and, more especially, your screen width), but I have a strong suspicion that you are using a relatively wide screen (or at least one wide enough to display the whole width of the wide panorama and, therefore, you have no slider to pan left or right. What happens when you reduce the width of your tab or window and do you have an "enlarge" widget visible at the bottom right?
Screenshot of same section of our Milford Sound page showing how the whole view box (when using the new Panorama template) expands to fit the whole width of the page on a wider screen (note the usual "enlarge" widget at the lower right hand corner)
I am enclosing two screen-grabs of how things look on typical laptops or notebooks (as opposed to wide, desk-top monitors). Please try reducing your tab/window width to a narrow width and report here what happens.
If you continue to have further problems, I will need full details such as screen size in pixels, and all your preference settings including what skin you are using and whether you have adverts and Orbitz switched on or off... --118dot93dot73dot30 04:09, 14 March 2013 (EDT)
Emergency phone numbers
I have made a start on adding the unified emergency phone number to the quickbar of about a dozen English speaking countries that have a unified common number but there are still a couple of hundred to go... --118dot93dot73dot30 04:59, 12 March 2013 (EDT)
Because we want to develop our own travel related content here (and also because travellers may be reading a printed version or off-line), we do not link to secondary sources here on the web's most read travel guide.
However, we are not (and will never be) an encyclopaedia. We have a different aim and focus and a different tone. Our ability to use primary sources is one of the great strengths of our travel guide - nothing in Wikipedia is going to beat our ability to utilise the insights of people who have visited a destination recently - the conundrum comes in distinguishing which anecdotes we can rely on from those that are self-serving or mendacious and unfair.
I think we should consider giving our readers free access to any of Britannica's 120,000 articles directly from this web site with special types of in-line links.
IBadmins: You might want to ask your IT department to engineer special types of visually distinctive links brief instructions here, or we can just slightly change our policies so that when our readers click through the special type of in-line link to Britannica from our articles, he or she will be able to view the complete article—even those that normally require a subscription to read—as a free sample.
For example, to link to the Britannica Online article on Horatio Nelson, Viscount Nelson from our own Nelson (New Zealand) article, the Britannica article URL is
(I've prepared a normal xl here without the logo in a version of our Nelson (New Zealand) article).
Note: This code will link users to the article on the publicly accessible Britannica site britannica.com. Readers that they recognize as members of a college or library that subscribes to Britannica will have the same experience as a paid subscriber to the public site with full access to the entire site in an advertising-free environment. Readers that are not members of a subscribing institution will still be able to access the full article, however additional content may be restricted and users may be served advertising.
Please note that, for readers that do not have access via a subscription, that the link will be to the full Britannica article only when the page holding the link is hosted on a Web Server. When you test this page on your local machine, it will still lead to the truncated version of the article. This is not an error, and when the same page is put on a Web Server it will still work as intended. --118dot93dot73dot30 17:10, 16 March 2013 (EDT)
Non-clickable black name in bold without arrow symbol, 3 Example St, ☎ +65 1234 5678, . But with footnote style, meaninglessly incrementing number doohickey right at the end.
Please could the IT department make it a top priority to change this style so that the name="?" tag field becomes BLUE anchor text with the clickable arrow symbol directly after it in an identical way to the non-XML style listings?
Please also remind them to implement HTML code similar to <a target="_blank" href="http://example-motel.com">Example Motel</a> in both styles so as to make the hyperlink open in a new window/tab so that a return to our great travel site is as easy and fast as just closing the spawned window or tab.
At the same time, they could activate the geographical co-ordinate information. --118dot93dot73dot30 02:00, 17 March 2013 (EDT)
I'm sorry but there is really no honest way to put this without seeing rather impolite. Do you really expect me to believe that He/she/it never bothers to reply to any query and yet seems to be able Special:Contributions/Tyen) to make 12 boilerplate welcoming edits to 12 separate user pages inside 60 seconds? I really am not that gullible. I would accept that there is a human being that has a limited grasp of English that operates a secret Bot of the same name (contrary to our currently stated policy) in a (normally) very useful manner, but please be honest now! --118dot93dot73dot30 21:44, 19 April 2013 (EDT)
I appear to have been accidentally blocked and can only edit by logging out. Can anyone help? I have edits I need to make to my user page. User:LtPowers
Also, my user page is protected, so I can't edit it. It still states that I'm an administrator. LtPowers 15:26, 22 March 2013 (EDT)
I'm sorry to hear about these difficulties.
I can't think of a better place to publicly leave a message like this. However, you might try leaving a message on their user talk pages to either User:IBobi or User:IBAlex or both; I know they are both active IBadmins here, just in case it's slipped their attention.
Ugh, I forgot what it was I wanted to change! No, actually, I wanted to remove the Docent information on my user page, but with it protected I cannot. I did not resign my adminship, it was removed. Contrary to policy, I believe, but I never did get an answer on that one. LtPowers 16:53, 22 March 2013 (EDT)
Mmmm, looking briefly at some edit histories, I have a strong suspicion that this is something you will need to take up directly with User:IBobi who was the original blocking/protecting IBadmin. For what it's worth, I do agree that it is not appropriate for you to be listed as a Docent when you are unwilling to undertake that job. Looking on the bright side, I see from your User talk page that you have not been troubled with too many requests that you have needed to decline recently.
Since it seems the original problem is now obsolete (and the continuing problem with not being able to edit your own User page is probably better resolved directly with User:IBobi) would you have any objection to my now archiving this topic as having been dealt with? --118dot93dot73dot30 17:09, 22 March 2013 (EDT)
Why wasn't the user simply allowed to edit their own user and user talk page? Doesn't that ever cross your mind as a simple solution? —The preceding comment was added by 220.127.116.11 (talk • contribs) at 02:09, 29 March 2013 (UTC)
Wikitravel upgrade - read-only mode for a few days beginning Tuesday, 26 March 2013
Hello all, We're excited to announce that Wikitravel will be upgrading its software next week. In order to migrate Wikitravel's extraordinary database of travel information, we'll be putting the site into read-only mode starting Tuesday, 26 Mar 2013 (PST) and running for about three days. No edits will be possible at this time. When we come back, we'll be better than ever. Please let us know if there are any questions or concerns, --IBobi 17:36, 22 March 2013 (EDT)
Will you be able to attend to some of the topics that need an answer further up this Pub page, or will they have to wait a while longer, please? --118dot93dot73dot30 17:41, 22 March 2013 (EDT)
Hi, I would like to know which local time you based on. Monday 3/25/2013 of UTC? Or EST or PST? Also, I want to know the approximate starting time.
Since I want to notice ja: wikitravelers the correct information as well as possible, your corporation is very much appreciated.--Shoestring 21:47, 22 March 2013 (EDT)
Perhaps the upgrade would be a suitable time to change the signature timestamps from the historical and East Coast of the US-centric EDT and EST over to UTC so that they match those in the edit summaries, histories, and everywhere else? After all most of the world is probably a bit confused by the East Coast's Summer times, and UTC (or "Zulu" time) is what the US military and scientific community use. (Please note that I have manually edited my timestamp to this message so that it is UTC (known by many Americans as Greenwich Mean Time or GMT) --118dot93dot73dot30 02:25, 23 March 2013 (UTC)
Dear Wikitravelers! The upgrade is planned to start Tuesday afternoon PST. Thank you for your cooperation! IBAlex 23:27, 22 March 2013 (EDT)
Dear community! The upgrade was finished successfully! Please feel free to plunge forward and contribute to the articles! Thank you! IBAlex (talk) 20:39, 28 March 2013 (EDT)
Where can we read about the changes that were made, please? --18.104.22.168 10:11, 29 March 2013 (EDT)
What a pity that the opportunity was not taken to change the signature timestamps over to UTC so that they match those in the edit summaries, histories, and everywhere else! After all most of the world is probably a bit confused by the East Coast's Summer times, and UTC (or "Zulu" time) is what the US military and scientific community use. --118dot93dot73dot30 10:15, 29 March 2013 (EDT)
Earlier today, this guy Gold Membership Only changed the title of my itinerary "Alexandria to Cape Town by train and bus" to "LOL U NOOBS". I saw that he actually did a LOT of vandalism today and that his account got deleted and he is now banned until the year 9999. But, how do I change the title of my itinerary back?Travelgeek (talk) 12:55, 7 April 2013 (EDT)
Incidentally, while trying to counter similar damage to our Rome article I encountered the difficulty that I do not have sufficient privileges to delete a vandal's newly created nonsense page. I think you know me well enough by now to know that I have the traveller's interests at heart, so would you flip the relevant bit for my account, please? --118dot93dot73dot30 20:12, 8 April 2013 (EDT)
118, thanks for moving the page to Alexandria to Cape Town by train and bus. Your help is very appreciated. Thank you! Which newly created vandal pages do you have in mind? I thought I deleted all of them today. Regards, IBAlex (talk) 20:18, 8 April 2013 (EDT)
In case this user continues to be uncommunicative, what is the current procedure for revoking admin privileges, please? --118dot93dot73dot30 21:05, 11 April 2013 (EDT)
Interesting. Not only does this delinquent Sysop refuse to respond or reply to questions or remove blocks made in error but he/she/it has now been promoted to have check user rights. I'm on the verge of reverting this edit (especially as there has been no response to my query at Wikitravel talk:Administrator nominations#Clarification needed) unless someone from the Sysop cadre starts communicating. --118dot93dot73dot30 20:37, 19 April 2013 (EDT)
There are some tasks that ordinary editors, however knowledgeable, cannot accomplish - such as delete pages, restore deleted pages, mark certain pages that vandal targets as protected,block and unblocking IP addresses and problematic users.
IBadmins do a great job of combating vandalism and spam, but even they have to sleep sometime. I think we need a few more active admins!
We are now in the process of categorizing all WikiTravel articles, and a lot has been done already. This is being done enable and provide another method for those traveling to or otherwise reading about a particular destination to be able to access related articles easily.
Anyone can help. If you want to help, start out by working on articles related to places around where you live, have traveled to, or otherwise have interest in.
To add a category to a page, simply add "[[Category: Categoryname]]" at or near the bottom of the page. For those of you familiar with Wikipedia, it is done just the same way as on Wikipedia.
Articles on places should be in categories on the next higher jurisdiction or region. For example, U.S. cities and towns should be in categories bearing the name of the county they are in. Counties should be in the category of the state they are in. For each country, the system of divisions varies, so pay attention to how that country is divided. You can use the Wikipedia article on the same place as a guide to know about the place.
Attractions should be placed in a category called "Attractions in [country].” In large countries, there should be subcategories for attractions in divisions within that county (US states, for example). Ditto for itineraries.
Travel topics should be placed in special categories for that purpose. There are already a lot of categories for travel topics (see Category:Travel topics). More such categories can be created as needed.
Categories should NOT be created if they will in no way aid travelers. Examples are "Incorporated cities" or "Former communist countries."
This is a large job to do. So we can get it accomplished with individuals doing it little by little. Even if you can categorize just a few articles, that is extremely helpful. It'll all add up.
Before we rush pell-mell into the uglification of the foot of all our articles for no good reason, I'd like to see the clear schema that's proposed - otherwise it's going to be a hell of a job to delete all those badly spelled and geographically illiterate and redundant categories that well-meaning people may create. I really don't think you've thought this through or even read Wikitravel_talk:Categories.
Also, technically until Wikitravel:Categories is changed by consensus, what you're doing is flat against our current policies.
Please note that I am not suggesting that we should not consider changing our existing policies - just that I would like to see a considered and patient discussion - although I do appreciate you may not have the time for one at the moment... --118dot93dot73dot30 06:16, 30 April 2013 (EDT)