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Wikitravel:Ways to help Wikitravel

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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.
 
*'''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.
** [[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. [[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: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.
*'''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.
*'''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 Work to insert a code, called [[Template:IsIn|isIn]] help organise regions and to show [[Wikitravel:Breadcrumb navigation | breadcrumb navigation]] on top of the page. This will 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.
*'''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 (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.
*'''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]].
*'''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.
*'''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.Work on MediaWiki''' . The software we use for Wikitravel is called [[Specialhttp:Todayslog|logbook//wikipedia.sourceforge.net/ MediaWiki]] is for keeping track of new news about Wikitravel. If you know of something that's going on inside the [http://www.php.net/ PHP] programming language, contributing to MediaWiki really helps Wikitravel, . Fixing bugs or someone who's talking about Wikitravel, feel free adding features makes it easier for other Wikitravellers to add a logbook entry. The latest three logbook entries also go on the Main Pagegreat content.
* '''Archive the logbook.''' Each month we move old logbook entries to a new page, and add a link to the new page from the [[Wikitravel:Logbook archives|logbook archives]]. 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.{{WikitravelDoc|help}}
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