Hello! Welcome to Wikitravel. Thanks for your work on Malta-- it's on my list of places to visit (actually I've always wanted to live there for a few weeks/months). You might want to take a sec to look at our Manual of style, especially the article templates and Wikitravel:Restaurant listings to get 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. -- Majnoona 10:33, 25 Jan 2006 (EST)
Hi Peter - I posted a reply to your question on my Comino map (on my user talk page). Not sure if you got it, so here is a reminder! Rgds, Stuart [ StuartEdwards 08:11, 16 Feb 2006 (EST) ]
Some research guidelines
Peter: I understand your need to process the information about Wikitravel, World66, and Internet Brands. I have a couple of reading suggestions if you're interested.
First, our original announcement of Wikitravel:20 April 2006 is our initial note to the community on the subject. Well, not entirely: I also have IRC logs from our discussions earlier in that week with admins and longtime users.
There is a further discussion on Wikitravel:Internet Brands and some questions and andwers on Wikitravel talk:Internet Brands. Maj and I got into some discussions about our motivations and processes in the Wikitravel:Travellers' pub; see here for particulars, starting with "Do you mean, ...".
If you don't want to share knowledge with other travellers if someone could profit financially, then Wikitravel is not the project for you. Commercial use and re-use of Wikitravel content have been part of our Wikitravel:Copyleft since the start. It's also a major part of Open Source and Free Software culture. People have been making mirrors of Wikitravel, with advertisements, for a very long time. And, of course, travel-related companies (like tour guides, restaurants, and hotels) benefit from their exposure in our guides. If one company contributes money to the maintenance and growth of Wikitravel, well, I see that as a good thing, not a bad thing.
As to why we didn't start a new business ourselves: I appreciate your vote of confidence, but I don't think getting into a new Web business is very easy. I'd rather concentrate on what I like doing best: using technology and discussion to help people do their best work here.