June 13 2006
I am not a huge contributor but I will cease all actvities on this site until I have processed all the information about Wikitravel having been sold to a company (!), and then I will decide whether I continue.
What information I have contributed, specifically on Malta is stuff that I'm convinced has real value above what is already out there and readily available. I have been in an unusual position to get to know about Malta which few other tourists visiting the island have had; the Maltese ofcourse also will have some of the same info but not the objective attitude and comparative knowledge of other Mediterrannean holiday destinations. I have voluntarily contributed this info thinking that I was giving it to a community of travellers rather than a commercial venture.
I have still a lot which I could add, but the idea that any additions now contribute to the value of a product that some anonymous bunch of businessmen will be getting richer off really puts me off. This is why I also decided in the beginning not to contribute to World66, and I'm convinced that this is the same for many others. This is what made wikitravel grow and get a lot of people wanting to cooperate and put energy into it.
Regardless of what I think of going commercial I as of yet also don't understand why the founders didn't go commercial on their own, I'm certain that the contributors would've had more faith with them at the helm of a small company with a single core activity, namely this site.
Date of Birth: 8.7.1978
Occupation: IT, part time student political science
Profile Summary: I grew up all over the place (see below) and am in that sense a real TCK (I sometimes need subtitles when I think..), and as such what better place than Amsterdam to live in, this relatively tiny place (800,000 people) is as cosmopolitan as many places many times larger.
Languages spoken: English, Dutch, German, some French
Planned trips: Nothing outside Europe for the moment due to lack of time and funds.