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Welcome and thanks![edit]

Hi, James. It looks like no-one gave you an official welcome yet. So, welcome and thanks for the great work you're putting up! And here are some useful links for you, in case you haven't already checked them out:

First, there is the Wikitravel:Manual of style, which has links to all kinds of other useful pages.

Secondly, there is the Wikitravel:Travellers' Pub, where I would like to buy you a virtual drink of your choice for all your efforts. But seriously, that's where you can discuss anything that goes beyond what is relevant to - or getting response on - a talk page for a particular article.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask them here or in the pub, but for now, it looks like you've jumped in with both feet and done a lot of good already in a short time. I hope you keep it up.

All the best,

Ikan Kekek 04:44, 14 May 2012 (EDT)


Based on your new page you might be interested in Wikitravel:World Heritage Expedition. -- Ryan • (talk) • 00:28, 29 May 2012 (EDT)

Dhaka map[edit]

Wow, sorry to be so slow in responding! I would be more than happy to take a look at your map, and should have some time this coming week. I will let you know when I'm ready ;) --Peter Talk 20:26, 2 June 2012 (EDT)


James its a bit rich you guys deleting my edits when none of you apparently have travelled to Jerusalem, nor are you an experienced traveller. A city is what it is, lets not try to paint it through rose lense glasses. BTW I have been to both Togo and Kyrgyzstan. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Rosenthalm‎ (talkcontribs)

Hi James,

I have travelled to Jerusalem 3 times. I have a particular interest in travelling Islamic countries and have covered almost all of central asia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Qatar, Jordan. Whilst travelling in Jerusalem last week I noticed a significant increase in tension and segregation. The only place that I have every witnessed greater tension and segregation is in Osh (Kygyzstan, on the Uzbek border), which was a few months after riots and fighting between the Kygrgs and Uzbeks resulted in the city being burned down. Whilst walking in the old city, the Islamic section was far from welcoming, and in fact I was encouraged on several occassions to walk elsewhere. Whilst my experience can be considered an individual circumstance - I would suspect that this is common but not written.

Marc —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Rosenthalm‎ (talkcontribs)

Still a docent?[edit]

G' Day, James!

Just checking that you still wish to remain a docent for some destinations (now that e-mail has been globally disabled here) - eg for Dhaka? --W. Franke-mailtalk 08:52, 19 October 2012 (EDT)

As he has announced his departure from WT, I'd guess not.--IBobi talk email 15:32, 19 October 2012 (EDT)
I am happy to assist with any WT viewers request for assistance, as a docent. Becoming inactive as a contributor doesn't necessarily mean my departure as a helpful hand and source of knowledge. I am unaware that email had been disabled, but I guess is to be expected considering the circumstances. If that is the case, IB better start fixing their policies so that users know they're not welcome to send people emails. Also note, I am still notified of edits to my user talk page. JamesA 01:50, 20 October 2012 (EDT)
You didn't log on and sign your name, James!
While I can see that you posted from an expected IP address in Melbourne, for the avoidance of any doubt, it might be best if you returned, logged on and signed your contribution, eh?
I know you as an outstandingly talented and helpful guy, so it would also be good if you clarified your stance on your User page.
I do absolutely agree that it would reduce the workload of those that remain active here if ALL the new (or implicit) policies were crystallised and clarified. However, I do strongly suspect that IBadmins have not all yet appreciated that this may turn out not to be "a short-term adjustment period" and that business may never return to "as usual."
Thanks for your clarification and good to know that the Traveller still comes first for you, James! --W. Franke-mailtalk 04:40, 20 October 2012 (EDT)
Thanks for your message. I've logged in, as you requested, and have also changed my password to "secure" my account(s). I don't think it is possible the workload of those that remain to ever be reduced, and I do hope that everyone is beginning to recognise that. JamesA >talk 04:49, 20 October 2012 (EDT)
No reason to suspect that over time things here at the world's preeminent free travel guide will not far exceed any previous incarnations, since this is an entirely new situation. Lets just leave each other to tend to our own briar patch, and leave the predictions of gloom and doom at the door. This site is better than it's been in years! Good luck to you :) --IBobi talk email 07:28, 20 October 2012 (EDT)
It depends how we define "better". More articles? more contributors? More views? Good luck to you too anyway, IBobi. And was there any reason to duplicate my userpage? JamesA >talk 07:36, 20 October 2012 (EDT)
Has your user page been duplicated? If so I'm guessing an error...--IBobi talk email 07:59, 20 October 2012 (EDT)
Nice to see you're adopting IBobi's motto of "move-on",James - wicked grin... --W. Franke-mailtalk 14:58, 13 November 2012 (EST)
I thought you and Alice were about to "move on" after years of mismanagement and decision-overruling. JamesA >talk 19:33, 13 November 2012 (EST)
I know from e-mails (and edits) that Alice and many others are pretty pissed off with the crude and fruitless censorship efforts of IBobi but you'll need to e-mail directly to get their plans. As for myself, I'll stick around for the reason I made clear at (4) here
It's pretty depressing that a nominally intelligent man like IBobi seems so incapable of learning from his past mistakes and prioritising his workload and tactics that he let's this happen, though. --W. Franke-mailtalk 18:17, 14 November 2012 (EST)
The traveller no longer comes first here, Frank. Money makes the world go round, and it's the only reason Wikitravel still exists. The reason everyone left was to create a place where the traveller could come first. There are no ulterior motives (how could there be if no ones getting paid?) You're welcome to stay here if you think you're serving the greater good. IBobi is just a pawn in IB's larger chess game. He does what his bosses say; he doesn't make any decisions himself. JamesA >talk 18:30, 14 November 2012 (EST)

Isn't there a nice "new" traveler-free wiki where you two could have this conversation in front of a couple dozen like-minded individuals? Move on, indeed. Yeesh.--IBobi talk email 19:33, 14 November 2012 (EST)

I'd love to have this conversation there, but it's Frank that's keeping it here ;) By the way, I wouldn't be so critical of the new wiki, considering the primary editors on this wiki sit in their El Segundo office weekdays from 9 to 5. JamesA >talk 19:38, 14 November 2012 (EST)
Not that I need to remind anyone, but the editors of Wikitravel number hundreds/thousands per day. I think we'll be fine.--IBobi talk email 19:53, 14 November 2012 (EST)
FYI, using the compare tool, the new site gets far more entries in the Recent Changes and article edits on average. Regardless, I'd prefer if we didn't have to have this conversation. We all know it'll end in stalemate. Could you please both refrain from editing my talk page again and spamming my email with notifications. JamesA >talk 20:04, 14 November 2012 (EST)
Edit conflict:
Your inactivity (in a constructive sense) and inertia are germane to this website, IBobi. You only had two experienced editors willing to help out and now you've lost one of them. "Moving on", in my terms, means improving this site as a travel resource - not, as you seem to use the phrase, to re-write reality/history by engaging in childish censorship and mendacious sloganeering to preserve your job prospects. Now you have the chance to prove James wrong (that you are incapable of any productive decisions). Take it while you still can! --W. Franke-mailtalk 19:46, 14 November 2012 (EST)