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There are as many ways to help Wikitravel as there are [[Wikitravel:Wikitravellers|Wikitravellers]]. This article is for those who like the idea of Wikitravel, but are having a hard time getting started with contributing.
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Helen Ga.
  
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This small town just about 1-1/2 hours North of Atlanta Ga. is a perfect Georgia small town getaway.  
** Navigate to the article for your home town, either by going through the directory on the [[Main Page]] or using the [[Wikitravel:Search help|search]] functionality.
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** Take a good look to see that it's correct, if the article is there.
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** Make sure that major attractions are listed.
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** Would you recommend a restaurant or a pub that is currently missing?
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** See if you can fill in any details (hours, prices, phone numbers) for any of the entries there.
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** If there's not an article on your home town, [[Wikitravel:How to start a new page|start one]]!
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** Please, repeat this exercise for your home state or province, region, country, or whatever.
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* '''Find articles to help with.''' There are many ways to do this.
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The entire town is reminiscent of a small German Alpine village with North Ga. Mountain flair. They hold an annual October fest where many of the restaurateurs shop keepers, and their employees dress up like Germans, to add to the occasion.
** [[Special:Newpages]] gives you all the pages that have been created recently. Check that new pages are [[Wikitravel:What is an article?|suitable for articles]].
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** [[Special:Recentchanges]] gives you the pages that have been edited recently. [[Wikitravel:Recent changes patrol|Watch recent changes]] for vandalism and inappropriate editing.
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** [[Special:Lonelypages |Orphaned pages]] gives you articles that do not have links pointing to them. Unless you do something about them, they are most likely to be forgotten about, because contributors will ordinarily never come across them or improve them.
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** [[Special:Deadendpages | Dead-end pages]] are those which do not link to any other. Sometimes this is okay, but often this indicates that the page has been created by a new user who is not yet familiar with inserting wikilinks.
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** [[Special:Randompage]], as the name suggests, will throw up a random page. Usually, you can find something to improve in any page.  
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*'''Proofread'''. This is one of the easiest ways to get started with helping with Wikitravel. While you're reading an article, watch for spelling mistakes, grammatical errors, or other writing gaffes. If you see one, [[Wikitravel:How to edit a page|edit the page]] and correct it. Wikitravel is now ''that much better'' -- thanks to you!
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The entire town also has very much a country mountain taste with mountain cabins, country style stores, country folk art, as well as a touch of southern bang.
  
*'''Reformat articles'''. Wikitravel has a [[Wikitravel:manual of style|manual of style]] for giving a consistent look-and-feel to our content and making it easier for travellers to find and use information. Just as with proofreading, you can do a lot of good just by reformatting or restructuring articles to match the Manual.  Articles that need reformatting are typically [[Wikitravel:Stub articles|stub articles]], which usually lack standard headings and outlines. See also any articles in [[:Category:Articles needing attention]].  The [[Special:Deadendpages|dead end pages]], which list articles without any links on them, are also worth a look, as are the various [[Wikitravel:Syntax checks]].
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You have a dozen or so excellent food choices ranging from German Bavarian style foods, to home cooked country style foods, to pizza, hot dogs, sandwiches galore, Italian, steaks, and even Mexican. The price ranges from a budget friendly pizza enjoyed on a nice wooden deck overlooking the river, to a very budget friendly hot dog and French fries plate for under five bucks.
  
* '''Organize''' the [[Wikitravel:Geographical hierarchy | Geographical hierarchy]]. Work to help organise regions and to make  make it easier to navigate the site.  
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A handful of these restaurants are located overlooking the cascading mountain waters of the Chattahoochee River, which curves through the entire town. This offers up some excellent romantic spots with candlelight dining on patios overlooking the river.
  
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There are over one hundred small specialty, unique gift shops visitors can peruse through offering a exhilarating shopping experience with items ranging from hand carved wooden bowls, to T-shirt shops, to souvenir shops and a entire section on leather goods especially for the traveling biker.
  
*'''Expand listings.''' It can help a lot to take short [[Wikitravel:restaurant listings|restaurant listings]], [[Wikitravel:attraction listings|attraction listings]], or other listings and fill them out. Contributors will often leave out crucial information about an attraction, such as its address, phone number, hours, or price. Often, this information can be found on the World Wide Web.
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At night this little town becomes almost a magical kingdom all lit up with small lights, small walk side pubs and grills, various options of indoor and outdoor live entertainment, and a few really romantic sidewalk style candlelit restaurants.
  
*'''Check for articles for places you've visited.''' As with your home town, find articles for places you've visited. Check them for accuracy, add information, or start them new.
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There is such a huge mix of interest here that one of any taste is sure to find something here of interest and value.
  
*'''Don't limit yourself to things you already know.''' You don't have to have firsthand knowledge of a destination or topic to contribute to the article! Find articles that need work and do some research -- on [http://en.wikipedia.org/ Wikipedia], on the Web, or with other reference media -- to get started on working on that article.
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There are many attractions for both young and old. There is a nice water park to keep visitors cool during the summer, and a huge attraction is tubing on the Chattahoochee River. Trout anglers love the fishing here. The cool mountain waters give way to some excellent fishing for rainbow trout, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources keeps the stream well stocked, and trout fishing is open year round.
  
*'''Make outlines.''' Don't be daunted by the task of writing all of the article about [[Russia]] -- just get it started with an [[Wikitravel:Outline articles|outline]]. People are much more likely to change or add to articles than to start them from scratch. We have a bunch of handy [[Wikitravel:Article templates | templates]] for destination guides, which you can use. If you only know a teensy bit about a subject, go ahead and add it in. We currently have a huge backlog of [[Special:Whatlinkshere/Template:Stub | stub articles]] that shouldn't really be there. It is easy to create an outline for most articles and move them to the next level. You can help there.  
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Helen Ga. is filled with many attractions. There is a bear park where visitors can see live black and grizzly bears playing, and feed and photograph them. Upon your visit, you definitely won’t want to miss out on one of the handful of miniature golf opportunities. There are zip line tours available.  
  
*'''Respond to requests.''' Sometimes people put up requests in the [[Wikitravel:Help wanted]] area for articles, images, or work to be done on articles. Keep an eye on these pages: [[Wikitravel:Requests for articles|Requests for articles]] and [[Wikitravel:Requests for images|Requests for images]].
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There are a handful of camping opportunities available such as the Unicoi Park campgrounds with its pristine mountain lake which offers a astounding view, as well as great fishing, the Mt Yonah campgrounds, and the Sleepy Hollow campgrounds which offers a nice private mountain lake slap full of large mouth bass.
  
*'''Watch for wanted articles.''' The [[Special:Wantedpages]] feature of our software lets you see which articles have been linked to but not yet written. These are '''excellent''' places to get started -- you're filling in what is an obvious need for the travel guide.
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Visitors have many lodging options ranging from budget cabins and hotels in the thirty dollar per night range, up to a choice of higher end luxury hotels and private cabins offering amenities such as large stone fireplaces, excellent mountain views, locations right on the trout streams, outdoor patios with grilling equipment, wi-fi internet access, and large flat panel TV’s.
  
*'''Follow red links.''' While you're reading articles, if you see a link for an article that's Not There Yet, follow the link and add in some information. We're nowhere near close to covering all the info we need to have -- when you [[Wikitravel:how to start a new page|start a new page]], we're that much closer.
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So if your in or around the North Ga. area, do not miss your opportunity to stop in for a few days, and take in the scenery, shopping opportunities, and attractions Helen Ga. has to offer.
  
*'''Take Wikitravel with you.''' Before you go on a trip, try to find articles in Wikitravel about the destinations you're visiting. Print them out -- or download them to your PDA, or whatever -- and take them with you on your trip. Keep notes on what's right, what's wrong, and what's missing. If the destination you're going to isn't in Wikitravel yet, take notes for a new article to start when you get back.
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See high quality pictures, as well as high quality virtual tours shot in HD [http://www.helengeorgia.net Helen Ga]
 
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*'''Join an Expedition'''. There are several tasks for making a real travel guide that require special skills and talents. We've created special subprojects called [[Wikitravel:Expeditions|Expeditions]] to organize the efforts of people who have these talents. Do you know a foreign (non-English) language? Help out with the [[Wikitravel:Phrasebook Expedition|Phrasebook Expedition]]. Can you draw? Try your hand at the [[Wikitravel:Mapmaking Expedition|Mapmaking Expedition]].
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*'''Promote Wikitravel.''' The more people who read and contribute to Wikitravel, the better it becomes, and the closer we get to our [[Wikitravel:goals and non-goals|goal]] of making a free, complete, up-to-date and reliable world-wide travel guide. There are a number of [[Wikitravel:ways to promote Wikitravel|ways to promote Wikitravel]]; check to see if you can do one or more of them.
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*'''Help new contributors.''' New users contributing to Wikitravel can have a lot of questions and problems. Your experience with Wikitravel can make their learning curve a lot easier. Watch for questions in the [[Wikitravel:travellers' pub|travellers' pub]] or on [[Wikitravel:using talk pages|talk pages]] and respond helpfully. If you see the same question over and over, add it to the [[Wikitravel:FAQ|FAQ]]. You can even add to the [[Wikitravel:Help|Help]] index for more complicated questions or issues. If there are help topics already in place that people seem not to see or understand, maybe you can help get that information out by reorganizing the help area.
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*'''Cheerlead.''' Nothing makes people feel better than knowing their work is appreciated. When you see a good piece of writing, or a great picture, or whatever, let the Wikitraveller who made it know that you liked it. Just a bit of encouragement on the article's [[Wikitravel:using talk pages|talk page]], or on the user's [[Wikitravel:user page help|user talk page]], can make a world of difference.
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*'''Shape the community.''' Our project is still young, and much of the way we've decided to work together is still untested. If you have ideas for how to work together better, please suggest them as new [[Wikitravel:policies and guidelines|policies and guidelines]]. It doesn't matter how long you've been a Wikitraveller: you just might have an idea that will make things work smoother. At worst, you'll make explicit some policy that's currently implicit; that's a good thing. If there are policies already in place that people aren't following, maybe you can help get that information out by reorganizing the policies area.
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Revision as of 18:08, 31 January 2011

Helen Ga.

This small town just about 1-1/2 hours North of Atlanta Ga. is a perfect Georgia small town getaway.

The entire town is reminiscent of a small German Alpine village with North Ga. Mountain flair. They hold an annual October fest where many of the restaurateurs shop keepers, and their employees dress up like Germans, to add to the occasion.

The entire town also has very much a country mountain taste with mountain cabins, country style stores, country folk art, as well as a touch of southern bang.

You have a dozen or so excellent food choices ranging from German Bavarian style foods, to home cooked country style foods, to pizza, hot dogs, sandwiches galore, Italian, steaks, and even Mexican. The price ranges from a budget friendly pizza enjoyed on a nice wooden deck overlooking the river, to a very budget friendly hot dog and French fries plate for under five bucks.

A handful of these restaurants are located overlooking the cascading mountain waters of the Chattahoochee River, which curves through the entire town. This offers up some excellent romantic spots with candlelight dining on patios overlooking the river.

There are over one hundred small specialty, unique gift shops visitors can peruse through offering a exhilarating shopping experience with items ranging from hand carved wooden bowls, to T-shirt shops, to souvenir shops and a entire section on leather goods especially for the traveling biker.

At night this little town becomes almost a magical kingdom all lit up with small lights, small walk side pubs and grills, various options of indoor and outdoor live entertainment, and a few really romantic sidewalk style candlelit restaurants.

There is such a huge mix of interest here that one of any taste is sure to find something here of interest and value.

There are many attractions for both young and old. There is a nice water park to keep visitors cool during the summer, and a huge attraction is tubing on the Chattahoochee River. Trout anglers love the fishing here. The cool mountain waters give way to some excellent fishing for rainbow trout, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources keeps the stream well stocked, and trout fishing is open year round.

Helen Ga. is filled with many attractions. There is a bear park where visitors can see live black and grizzly bears playing, and feed and photograph them. Upon your visit, you definitely won’t want to miss out on one of the handful of miniature golf opportunities. There are zip line tours available.

There are a handful of camping opportunities available such as the Unicoi Park campgrounds with its pristine mountain lake which offers a astounding view, as well as great fishing, the Mt Yonah campgrounds, and the Sleepy Hollow campgrounds which offers a nice private mountain lake slap full of large mouth bass.

Visitors have many lodging options ranging from budget cabins and hotels in the thirty dollar per night range, up to a choice of higher end luxury hotels and private cabins offering amenities such as large stone fireplaces, excellent mountain views, locations right on the trout streams, outdoor patios with grilling equipment, wi-fi internet access, and large flat panel TV’s.

So if your in or around the North Ga. area, do not miss your opportunity to stop in for a few days, and take in the scenery, shopping opportunities, and attractions Helen Ga. has to offer.

See high quality pictures, as well as high quality virtual tours shot in HD Helen Ga

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