Help Wikitravel grow by contributing to an article! Learn how.

Difference between revisions of "Wikitravel:Ways to help Wikitravel"

From Wikitravel
Jump to: navigation, search
(removed requests for articles)
 
(22 intermediate revisions by 14 users not shown)
Line 1: Line 1:
 
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.
 
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.
 +
 +
*'''Update the article for the town/region you live in.'''
 +
** 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.
 +
** Take a good look to see that it's correct, if the article is there.
 +
** Make sure that major attractions are listed.
 +
** Would you recommend a restaurant or a pub that is currently missing?
 +
** See if you can fill in any details (hours, prices, phone numbers) for any of the entries there.
 +
** If there's not an article on your home town, [[Wikitravel:How to start a new page|start one]]!
 +
** Please, repeat this exercise for your home state or province, region, country, or whatever.
  
 
* '''Find articles to help with.''' There are many ways to do this.
 
* '''Find articles to help with.''' There are many ways to do this.
** [[Special:Newpages]] gives you all the pages that have been created recently.  
+
** [[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]].
** [[Special:Recentchanges]] gives you the pages that have been edited recently.  
+
** [[Special:Recentchanges]] gives you the pages that have been edited recently. [[Wikitravel:Recent changes patrol|Watch recent changes]] for vandalism and inappropriate editing.
 
** [[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.  
 
** [[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.  
 
** [[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.  
 
** [[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.  
 
** [[Special:Randompage]], as the name suggests, will throw up a random page. Usually, you can find something to improve in any page.  
 
** [[Special:Randompage]], as the name suggests, will throw up a random page. Usually, you can find something to improve in any page.  
  
*'''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! You can use the [http://www.wikitravel.org/wiki/wiki.phtml?title=Special:Maintenance&subfunction=mispeelings automatic spellchecker] to find articles that have common spelling errors in them. We have a [[Wikitravel:list of common misspellings|list of common misspellings]]; you can add to that list, and the words will automatically be searched.
+
*'''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!
  
*'''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. The [[Special:Deadendpages|dead end pages]], which list articles without any links on them, are also worth a look.
+
*'''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]].
  
* '''Organize''' the [[Wikitravel:Geographical hierarchy | Geographical hierarchy]]. Wikitravel has a way to insert a code, called [[Template:IsIn|isIn]] to show [[Wikitravel:Breadcrumb navigation | breadcrumb navigation]] on top of the page. This will make it easier to navigate the site.  
+
* '''Organize''' the [[Wikitravel:Geographical hierarchy | Geographical hierarchy]]. Work to help organise regions and to make  make it easier to navigate the site.  
  
 
* '''Rate articles'''. Wikitravel has a system to indicate the [[Wikitravel:Article status |maturity status]] of articles. This helps keep track of what stage an article is in and how many articles are at what level of maturity.  
 
* '''Rate articles'''. Wikitravel has a system to indicate the [[Wikitravel:Article status |maturity status]] of articles. This helps keep track of what stage an article is in and how many articles are at what level of maturity.  
  
*'''Check the article for your home town.''' 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. If the article is there, take a good look to see that it's correct. Make sure that major attractions are listed, and see if you can fill in any details (hours, prices, phone numbers) for any of the entries there. If there's not an article on your home town, [[Wikitravel:How to start a new page|start one]]! You can repeat this exercise for your home state or province, region, country, or whatever.
+
*'''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.
 
+
*'''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 (see [[Wikitravel:contributor research links|contributor research links]] for some starting points).
+
  
 
*'''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.
 
*'''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.
Line 24: Line 31:
 
*'''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.
 
*'''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.
  
*'''Make outlines.''' Don't be daunted by the task of writing all of the article about [[Russia]] -- just get it started with a [[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.  
+
*'''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.  
  
*'''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]].
+
*'''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 images|Requests for images]].
  
 
*'''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.
 
*'''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.
 
*'''Add links to the [[Main Page]]'''. The Main Page is the entryway for most new readers to Wikitravel, so we like to have it look great and have great articles on the page. We have a [[Wikitravel:Main Page guidelines|set of guidelines]] for what should and shouldn't go on the Main Page. But if you know something that should be there, and fits the guidelines, please do add it!
 
  
 
*'''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.
 
*'''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.
Line 50: Line 55:
 
*'''Clean up the travellers' pub.''' The [[Wikitravel:travellers' pub|travellers' pub]], as the default place to put discussions about Wikitravel, tends to get a little crowded at times. For this reason people take turns moving discussions out of the pub and into the archives or to more specific talk pages. It only takes a few minutes, it helps make discussions more clear, and it's easy to do.
 
*'''Clean up the travellers' pub.''' The [[Wikitravel:travellers' pub|travellers' pub]], as the default place to put discussions about Wikitravel, tends to get a little crowded at times. For this reason people take turns moving discussions out of the pub and into the archives or to more specific talk pages. It only takes a few minutes, it helps make discussions more clear, and it's easy to do.
 
*'''Make or edit policy and style guidelines.''' The [[Wikitravel:policies and guidelines|policies]] and [[Wikitravel:manual of style|manual of style]] define how we work together to make a great travel guide. If you're working on Wikitravel and think there's ways we can make a better guide, or we can work together better to achieve our [[Wikitravel:goals and non-goals|goals]], by all means start a new policy or guideline page! We try to make decisions by [[Wikitravel:consensus|consensus]], so there's no guarantee that your idea will be accepted, but it definitely won't be if you don't suggest it in the first place!
 
*'''Make or edit policy and style guidelines.''' The [[Wikitravel:policies and guidelines|policies]] and [[Wikitravel:manual of style|manual of style]] define how we work together to make a great travel guide. If you're working on Wikitravel and think there's ways we can make a better guide, or we can work together better to achieve our [[Wikitravel:goals and non-goals|goals]], by all means start a new policy or guideline page! We try to make decisions by [[Wikitravel:consensus|consensus]], so there's no guarantee that your idea will be accepted, but it definitely won't be if you don't suggest it in the first place!
 
*'''Add logbook entries.''' The [[Wikitravel:logbook|logbook]] is for keeping track of new news about Wikitravel. If you know of something that's going on inside Wikitravel, or someone who's talking about Wikitravel, feel free to add a logbook entry. The latest three logbook entries also go on the Main Page.
 
*'''Archive the logbook.''' Each month we move old logbook entries to a new page. Make sure the logbook entries on the Main Page are copied to the logbook first.
 
  
 
*'''Work on MediaWiki'''. The software we use for Wikitravel is called [http://wikipedia.sourceforge.net/ MediaWiki]. If you know the [http://www.php.net/ PHP] programming language, contributing to MediaWiki really helps Wikitravel. Fixing bugs or adding features makes it easier for other Wikitravellers to add great content.
 
*'''Work on MediaWiki'''. The software we use for Wikitravel is called [http://wikipedia.sourceforge.net/ MediaWiki]. If you know the [http://www.php.net/ PHP] programming language, contributing to MediaWiki really helps Wikitravel. Fixing bugs or adding features makes it easier for other Wikitravellers to add great content.
  
  
 +
 +
{{WikitravelDoc|help}}
 +
 +
 +
[[ca:Wikitravel:Com ajudar]]
 
[[de:Wikitravel:Wie du Wikitravel helfen kannst]]
 
[[de:Wikitravel:Wie du Wikitravel helfen kannst]]
 
[[es:Wikitravel:Cómo ayudar]]
 
[[es:Wikitravel:Cómo ayudar]]
 
[[fr:Wikitravel:Comment contribuer avec un minimum d'effort]]
 
[[fr:Wikitravel:Comment contribuer avec un minimum d'effort]]
 +
[[it:Wikitravel:Modi per aiutare Wikitravel]]
 
[[ja:Wikitravel:ウィキトラベルに貢献する方法]]
 
[[ja:Wikitravel:ウィキトラベルに貢献する方法]]
 +
[[ko:Wikitravel:Wikitravel에 도움 주기]]
 +
[[nl:Wikitravel:Manieren om Wikitravel te helpen]]
 
[[pt:Wikitravel:Como ajudar]]
 
[[pt:Wikitravel:Como ajudar]]
 +
[[ru:Wikitravel:Как помогать Википутешествию]]
 +
[[sv:Wikitravel:Hur kan jag hjälpa Wikitravel?]]
 +
[[zh:Wikitravel:如何幫助維客旅行]]

Latest revision as of 05:29, 1 May 2012

There are as many ways to help Wikitravel as there are Wikitravellers. This article is for those who like the idea of Wikitravel, but are having a hard time getting started with contributing.

  • Update the article for the town/region you live in.
    • Navigate to the article for your home town, either by going through the directory on the Main Page or using the search functionality.
    • Take a good look to see that it's correct, if the article is there.
    • Make sure that major attractions are listed.
    • Would you recommend a restaurant or a pub that is currently missing?
    • See if you can fill in any details (hours, prices, phone numbers) for any of the entries there.
    • If there's not an article on your home town, start one!
    • Please, repeat this exercise for your home state or province, region, country, or whatever.
  • Find articles to help with. There are many ways to do this.
    • Special:Newpages gives you all the pages that have been created recently. Check that new pages are suitable for articles.
    • Special:Recentchanges gives you the pages that have been edited recently. Watch recent changes for vandalism and inappropriate editing.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Special:Randompage, as the name suggests, will throw up a random page. Usually, you can find something to improve in any page.
  • 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, edit the page and correct it. Wikitravel is now that much better -- thanks to you!
  • Reformat articles. Wikitravel has a 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 stub articles, which usually lack standard headings and outlines. See also any articles in Category:Articles needing attention. The dead end pages, which list articles without any links on them, are also worth a look, as are the various Wikitravel:Syntax checks.
  • Organize the Geographical hierarchy. Work to help organise regions and to make make it easier to navigate the site.
  • Rate articles. Wikitravel has a system to indicate the maturity status of articles. This helps keep track of what stage an article is in and how many articles are at what level of maturity.
  • Expand listings. It can help a lot to take short restaurant 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Wikipedia, on the Web, or with other reference media -- to get started on working on that article.
  • Make outlines. Don't be daunted by the task of writing all of the article about Russia -- just get it started with an outline. People are much more likely to change or add to articles than to start them from scratch. We have a bunch of handy 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 start a new page, we're that much closer.
  • 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.
  • 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 Expeditions to organize the efforts of people who have these talents. Do you know a foreign (non-English) language? Help out with the Phrasebook Expedition. Can you draw? Try your hand at the Mapmaking Expedition.
  • Promote Wikitravel. The more people who read and contribute to Wikitravel, the better it becomes, and the closer we get to our goal of making a free, complete, up-to-date and reliable world-wide travel guide. There are a number of ways to promote Wikitravel; check to see if you can do one or more of them.
  • 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 travellers' pub or on talk pages and respond helpfully. If you see the same question over and over, add it to the FAQ. You can even add to the 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.
  • 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 talk page, or on the user's user talk page, can make a world of difference.
  • 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 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.
  • Welcome new users. When new users come onto Wikitravel, it's nice to leave them a brief welcome message pointing them to important parts of the site. We normally wait until folks have created a user account and possibly set up their own user page. Welcome messages let new contributors know that they're part of a community, and also make sure they have pointers to important tools for contributing.
  • Clean up the travellers' pub. The travellers' pub, as the default place to put discussions about Wikitravel, tends to get a little crowded at times. For this reason people take turns moving discussions out of the pub and into the archives or to more specific talk pages. It only takes a few minutes, it helps make discussions more clear, and it's easy to do.
  • Make or edit policy and style guidelines. The policies and manual of style define how we work together to make a great travel guide. If you're working on Wikitravel and think there's ways we can make a better guide, or we can work together better to achieve our goals, by all means start a new policy or guideline page! We try to make decisions by consensus, so there's no guarantee that your idea will be accepted, but it definitely won't be if you don't suggest it in the first place!
  • Work on MediaWiki. The software we use for Wikitravel is called MediaWiki. If you know the PHP programming language, contributing to MediaWiki really helps Wikitravel. Fixing bugs or adding features makes it easier for other Wikitravellers to add great content.

Variants

Actions

Destination Docents

In other languages