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In order to keep Wikitravel organized and consistent there are guidelines about when a subject gets its own article. In this area there are two competing principles:

  1. Articles should be relatively self-sufficient so that travellers can print them out, put in their back pocket, and use for travelling around.
  2. At the same time, articles should not be so long that they're impossible to read, print, or use.

So, here are some rough guidelines for what topics should have their own articles, and what shouldn't. Nothing here is set in stone, but exceptions to these guidelines should have good justifications.

What DOES get its own article?

Geographical units on the geographical hierarchy should have their own articles. There should be articles about:

A common test to determine whether a subject gets its own article is the "can you sleep there?" test. While there are numerous hotels and other lodging options in a city like London, you can't sleep in a museum or park within that city; parks and museums should thus be listed as attractions within an article about the city.

What DOES NOT get its own article?

Individual attractions should not have their own articles (in general). Their information should be listed in the city or possibly district that they're in. So there should not be articles about individual:

  • Restaurants.
  • Museums.
  • Hotels.
  • Bars.
  • City parks.
  • Statues.
  • Town squares.
  • Department stores.
  • Night clubs.
  • Festivals.
  • Events.
  • Transport systems.
  • Bodies of water (see Wikitravel:Bodies of water).

We prefer that attractions, sites, and events be included in the article for the place they're located (see where you can stick it for details). For example, a lake might be listed under the "See" section of the closest town, and a bar would be listed under the "Drink" section of the town in which it is located.

Exceptions

There are exceptions to every rule, and Wikitravel is no different. Be aware, however, that if you think something deserves an exception you should be ready to defend your position. Cases where (rare) exceptions are made include attractions, sites or events that are far away (too far for a day trip) from any city and would require an overnight stay, or so large and complex that the information about them would overload the city article. Some examples of possible exceptions include:

In general, a good rule of thumb is that information about attractions, sites, and events should always be initially placed into the article for the place they're located in, and only when that information becomes large and complex should a new article be considered. As with most decisions on Wikitravel, consensus drives the process, but we try to err on the side of consistency and not make these exceptions unless we absolutely have to.

Other types of articles

In addition, the following categories of articles are given their own articles:

When in doubt

When in doubt, leave a message in the travelers' pub or simply plunge forward and create the article. Someone else will always be around to answer your question or to edit any mistakes.

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