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Thanks for your contributions to those articles about New Zealand, but I'm afraid at least some of them don't fit with our policy about links to other web sites. The short version is that we only link to the sites of: specific hotels and restaurants, and official tourism offices. Links to booking services and such got to be such a problem with people adding way too many of them – and not adding hotel listings to the guide itself! – that we decided not to accept them at all. - Todd VerBeek 23:56, 13 July 2006 (EDT)

relevant information[edit]

Hi Todd. I am linking pages that are relevent to each specific region which contains a range of accommodation for that area. I believe that the link is a relevant link to the individual region as it portrays a selection for those viewing the site. I hope that this is acceptable. If this is not accepatble could I link to our regional pages such as [1] K/r, Gareth Pearce.

The policy is spelled out on Wikitravel:External links. The key point isn't whether they're relevant or not, but whether they contribute to Wikitravel's goal of creating a self-contained travel guide that can be used both online and offline. That's why we want hotel listings, complete with addresses and phone numbers, included in the pages of our guides, rather than links to booking services. If you disagree strongly with the policy, I'd encourage you to make your case on Wikitravel talk:External links. - Todd VerBeek 00:26, 14 July 2006 (EDT)

This is from our policy Wikitravel:External links:

Avoid linking to secondary sources. For example, avoid using links to:

  • Newspaper, magazine, or blog articles
  • Reviews in restaurant guides
  • Hotel booking services
  • Restaurant guides
  • Nightlife guides
  • Personal travelogues
  • Personal image galleries
  • Search engine results (http://www.google.com/search?q=Montreal )
  • Map services

Phrasing the link as "If you are stuck for accommodation" doesn't change the fact that we don't want our articles to have links to hotel booking services; we want our articles to have lists of hotels (and links to their sites for more info). - Todd VerBeek 07:50, 15 July 2006 (EDT)