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Thanks for your contributions to Sweden! -- Fastestdogever 22:09, 7 May 2007 (EDT)

Risk evaluation box[edit]

Nice idea! Please chip in on the discussion at Talk:Stay safe#Risk evaluation box before adding that to more articles though — we need to agree on what goes in it, and the template should be rewritten to make it easier to use/change and more consistent across articles. Jpatokal 00:23, 11 August 2009 (EDT)


Hi Blist, I was wondering if you had contributed to any other language versions of Wikitravel (such as Swedish?) Or had you ever been approached to become an administrator? Your contributions since 2007 would certainly seem to warrant it. Let me know! Thanks,--IBobi talk email 19:35, 10 September 2012 (EDT)

Good to hear. I'll consider that. /Blist 04:37, 11 September 2012 (EDT)

Hej från Finland[edit]

Hello there Blist! I just wanted to state that I support your effort into applying as an administrator a 100%! I'm myself administering the Finnish and Swedish local language versions and I would be honored to have you there as well! (no pressure) Cheers! --OVK 04:23, 31 December 2012 (EST)

Thanks for your support. /Blist 10:30, 31 December 2012 (EST)

Nomination for Administrator[edit]

Hello Blist! I have just supported your nomination. I looked through your recent activities and I see lots of great contributions from you. I like the fact that you are one of our most active members who writes frequently on the pub and starts new conversations. It's highly appreciated! I see that you are also familiar with wiki markup which is important for the administrators. Please let me know if you need any help with the process of becoming an admin. Should I explain something? Let me know also if you are active on any other version of WT? How often are you on WT Shared? Thank you! Warm regards, IBAlex 19:36, 7 January 2013 (EST)

Thanks for the confidence. I am an admin on another wiki, so there should be no trouble. /Blist 07:02, 8 January 2013 (EST)
With a great pleasure I have just given you administrator's rights. Best! IBAlex 13:49, 10 January 2013 (EST)
Congratulations and welcome aboard! Great to have another experienced admin working in this growing group :) --IBobi 13:52, 10 January 2013 (EST)
Thanks. But for the moment, I would appreciate some more information on the future of the community. /Blist 09:17, 11 January 2013 (EST)
Well, the community continues to grow, as it always has. The admin community is rounding out nicely both in EN and non-EN language versions, and we are enjoying a great deal of communication with them now that we've started pointing them all to the Shared Pub for questions, concerns and tech issues (which we've had virtually none of for quite some time -- WT is running stronger and faster than it has in... ever, probably!). Most importantly, the travelers we serve are being given the best information, and in the biggest helpings since this site was founded. Glad you are here to help, and we look forward to your continued contributions.--IBobi 13:41, 11 January 2013 (EST)

With regard to recent comments about the "future of the community": promotion of competing travel sites and attempts to discourage Wikitravelers from editing this valuable travel resource are counter-policy and normally are reverted. This site is used by 250,000 travelers per day, and there is no reason to try to draw out a conversation that concluded over six months ago, meanwhile trying to deprive WT's travelers of experienced and valued contributors. Ex administrators continue to loiter here and attempt to subvert this community through vandalism. The WT community consists of far more than 40 administrators. We are 85,000 users and 250,000 visitors per day, and getting better by the minute.

Admins who do not use their privileges for a long while are retired (or they simply announced that they were no longer contributing here). That's perfectly reasonable. But for them to come here and try to spoil the site for everyone else really speaks volumes about how little they ever cared about The Traveller. Any site is far better off without those with that attitude.--IBobi 16:22, 21 January 2013 (EST)

If the discussion is concluded, Wikitravel should provide a transcript of the different points of view, and the current status. Discouraging contributions in favour to a competing service is one thing, but not even being allowed to mention the competing service in plain text, seems a bit harsh. Wiki (pause) voyage will not go away just because of automated censorship on Wikitravel. /Blist 19:37, 21 January 2013 (EST)
Nobody's asking for them to go away. This misses the point. The point of the constant dredging of this dead issue by ex admins editing from IPs is to undermine Wikitravel. We're not allowing that any longer. The discussion is over. Those who moved on, best of luck. Those who want to contribute to a much more widely read and used wiki remain at Wikitravel. That's the long ansd the short of it. Anyone who says differently is being highly disingenuous. We're looking forward, not back :) --IBobi 19:48, 21 January 2013 (EST)
Leave it be. IBobi (talk) 22:03, 28 April 2015 (EDT)

Policy on free-riding tips[edit]

swept in from the Pub

I got some second thoughts about deleting tips on how to evade a station entrance fee in Stockholm-Arlanda Airport: Link to change log What is Wikitravel's policy for riding transports, or entering venues, without a proper ticket? Is it a no-no, or are there circumstances when such information is allowed? /Blist 19:12, 23 December 2012 (EST)

There is an Wikitravel:Illegal_activities_policy. AlasdairW 19:14, 26 December 2012 (EST)
Based on the above policy I'd say it's clear that info should be deleted. It could be argued as acceptable e.g. if there's an official requirement to pay for a ticket but everybody ignores it and it isn't controlled or sanctioned - falling somewhat loosely under "Where police or public corruption mean that the written law of the land differs substantially from the practise of law enforcement." Maaaybe applicable in this case if all local U-30 people do it. Berserk 23:36, 26 December 2012 (EST)
Related is Gävle, where I saw the need to point out that burning the Gävle Goat is illegal, since the goats have been burnt down by foreign travellers, who were deceived by locals to commit the act, with legal consequences. /Blist 15:50, 27 December 2012 (EST)