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Hello Chris j wood! Welcome to Wikitravel. Please take a sec to look at our copyleft and policies and guidelines, but feel free to plunge forward and edit some pages. Scanning the Manual of style, especially the article templates, can give you a good idea of how we like articles formatted. If you need help, check out Wikitravel:Help, and if you need some info not on there, post a message in the travellers' pub.

Thanks for your contribution to the British Isles. -- Huttite 09:39, 13 Apr 2004 (EDT)

Map Grid References[edit]

I think the title of your National Grid (Britain) article is wrong. Please discuss at Talk:National Grid (Britain). -- Huttite 08:18, 11 Jun 2004 (EDT)

Walpurgis Night[edit]

Hi Chris,

Walpurgis Night is always the night before May 1st, it does not depend on the year. I forgot to remove the "2004", thanks for pointing this out. --zeno 09:28, Jul 8, 2004 (EDT)

btw, in Berlin it is usually the start of the traditional May 1st riots ;-). Maybe we should add a warning to the Berlin article... --zeno 09:31, Jul 8, 2004 (EDT)


Hi Chris,

Since the database is borked right now, I thought I'd add a note to tell you I responded to you in Talk:Glasgow -- Colin 22:37, 13 Jul 2004 (EDT)


I don't normally correct this. Most references I looked at allow both "busses" and "buses". --Nzpcmad 21:00, 22 Jul 2004 (EDT)

No, just leave it. I used to try and apply American spelling (although its not how I spell!) but I had a number of complaints so I pretty much gave up - which is why the spelling page has so many entries for "centre", "metre" etc.

The consensus seemed to be that contributors in Commenwealth countries should use English spelling although this is contrary to the official policy. WikiPedia has pretty much the same problem. The other problem is that English countries use English spelling for place names. There is a place in Australia called "Red Centre". When I changed it to "Red Center", it was changed back because that is not the proper name. --Nzpcmad 04:14, 24 Jul 2004 (EDT)~

I don't think that's the consensus at all. I'd like to participate in the conversation where that was decided. I also think we need to stick to Wikitravel:spelling. It's a clear guideline that makes sense. Having the spelling on Wikitravel pages dependent on who's making the changes is just crazy. --Evan 00:38, 6 Aug 2004 (EDT)
Personally, I think that there is scope for a more relaxed approach to spelling viz a viz 'American' vs 'British Commonwealth' - this is a travel website after all and getting steamed up over spelling differences seems a bit OTT..... I believe the important thing is to get the content happening - should discomfort over spelling rules put even one person off, then that would be a real shame.... (We'll be debating punctuation schemes next before we know it.....) Wikipedia seems to have the best approach IMHO: use whatever spelling regime you're used to, but be aware that other editors may change your orthography consciously / unconsciously..... A far more functional approach to spelling and travel writing. Obviously, this doesn't apply to proper names in the respective regions.... the "Red Centre" in Australia should be "centre", not "center"..... Pjamescowie 04:59, 6 Aug 2004 (EDT)
I disagree about being relaxed. I don't think it's really that big a deal, and I think that consistency across the entire guide makes it more useful and more reasonable. I don't really think "do whatever you want" is a good policy -- it's not really part of a collaborative mindset.
Let's move this discussion to Wikitravel talk:spelling -- no fair hogging up Chris's talk page with spelling discussions --Evan 10:41, 6 Aug 2004 (EDT)

Caps in titles[edit]

Chris: I just wanted to point out that we don't capitalize titles for articles or article sections. You might want to check Wikitravel:article naming conventions for some justification. I've noticed you've been capping a lot of stuff, wanted to make sure you knew. --Evan 00:38, 6 Aug 2004 (EDT)