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Hello The.Q! Welcome to Wikitravel.

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Ireland - flights[edit]

Greetings. Thanks for your contributions to the Ireland article. Yes, you are right. My edit was incorrect. I thought I was re-adding info mistakenly deleted from the 'Get in' section, but now I realize that it was actually deleted from the 'Get around' section' - so, as you state, the flights listed were not relevant. Tá brón orm. By the way, as you are a native of the Ireland, I wonder if you'd be interested to offer your opinions on these on-going debates: Talk:Ireland and Talk:Republic of Ireland#Ireland vs. Republic of Ireland. Also, I notice that you are a relatively new contributor, so if you have any questions, please feel free to ask me or any of the other regular contributors (though maybe you won't trust me with questions regarding 'Get in' and Get around' Ha Ha) Take it easy, and again apologies for the mistaken edit. WindHorse 12:03, 29 June 2007 (EDT)


Thanks for adding your voice to the Ireland debate. Yes, you were correct that articles on Wikitravel are designated according to travelers needs, not from the prospective of an official position. In this regard, you might find this info of interest: Wikitravel:The traveller comes first. Anyway, slowly you'll learn the differences between Wikitravel and Wikipedia, and if you need any help, please feel free to ask. Take it easy. WindHorse 08:53, 2 July 2007 (EDT)

How are you doing?[edit]

Hey, how are you doing? Are you managing to navigate yourself through the system? Let me know if you need any help. WindHorse 12:22, 3 July 2007 (EDT)

Irish regions[edit]

Hello The.Q. Sorry about the delayed response, I've been on a road trip around the rural South and haven't had any internet access. I'm very glad to see your comments on Talk:Republic of Ireland#Irish hierarchy revisited, as I hadn't been able to provoke any discussion for about a month! I will take your endorsement (and the remaining resounding silence) as license to implement the new scheme. Could you leave me a message detailing which cities you think should be put on the map? I'm very familiar with only the Shannon and Southwest regions (where my family comes from). Lastly, I'm also hard at work on Chicago#Districts right now, so I will be a bit slow about adding content to new Irish regions. In the next few days I will set up a structure and move content from existing regions to the new ones, but I would be quite grateful if you were to flesh out the new region articles, if you are interested. Thanks! --Peter Talk 16:44, 6 July 2007 (EDT)

I also just wanted to add that I was a bit skeptical about splitting the quickbar between countries, but what you have done looks good to me! But I suppose we should update the location:Ireland image at the top. Please keep up the good work on the article to make sure it doesn't simply ignore the national boundary—I would try to do it myself, but I am not that knowledgeable about the differences and am trying to finish a new guidedistrict in Chicago before heading into the mountains this weekend. --Peter Talk 12:59, 12 July 2007 (EDT)

Section headers[edit]

Hello again. I have noticed that pages you edit somehow gain numbered section headers. I'm not even sure what is causing this, but it goes against our Wikitravel:Manual of style and in any rate it looks strange to see ==2 Cities== when there are in fact 9. Just a heads up :) --Peter Talk 12:56, 12 July 2007 (EDT)


Thanks for adding the latest info to the Ireland article, but we've decided to totally split off Northern Ireland onto a separate article, and the Ireland article will be for the republic only. Take a look at the discussion: Talk:Ireland# Going a bit too far?. I hope the decision meets with your approval. Anyway, I'm just letting you know before you add any more info about the north. Take it easy. WindHorse 07:54, 13 July 2007 (EDT)

Had a quick look at the changes you made on the Ireland article, and it looks fine. Thanks for your efforts. I've never made over to Sligo, but it must very beautiful. Who knows, I may turn up on your door step with trowel and grass cutters in hand. Keep the kettle boiling. WindHorse 09:22, 16 July 2007 (EDT)


I've responded to your inquiry on the pub -- after giving the Sligo article Guide status, because there's no doubt in my mind that the tremendous work you've done there justifies it. Thanks! That said, a couple of recommendations for further improvement:

  • It is conventional for the "Eat" listings to be sorted by price range, rather than type of cuisine. Exceptions can be, and are, made in situations where the number of listings is so enormous that sub-divisions are needed, but Sligo doesn't qualify (yet). Suggest you re-group the restaurants by "Budget," "Mid-range" and "Splurge" for compatibility with the Manual of Style.
  • Some of the items are perhaps a bit verbose. Personally, I'd rather err on the side of verbosity and including all the stuff that ought to be there, but I'm verbose myself :-), and some of the more "analytical" members of the community might prefer something more concise. Might look at it to see if there are places where the prose could be tightened.
  • Of course, a map would be a Good Thing.

All of that said, you've done terrific work there, and Star status is not far away. Keep it up! BTW, you might also drop in on a conversation I'm trying to start on Wikitravel talk:Community policies regarding vandalism. More opinions there will help make better policy. -- Bill-on-the-Hill 12:07, 19 October 2007 (EDT)

What is Mark as Patrolled[edit]

I was looking at some diffs today, and noticed a link which read Mark as patrolled. Of course, I clicked it (well, I had to, didn't I? It was there). Now I don't know what, if anything, I've done. What does this mean? Anyone got any idea? --The.Q 12:02, 5 September 2007 (EDT)

Wikitravel:Recent changes patrol Jpatokal 12:17, 5 September 2007 (EDT)

Ireland maps[edit]

No worries, you haven't messed anything up, and I keep backup copies of all my svg files anyway—I'm glad you're experimenting around with the maps! I think two things might have confused you:

1) After uploading a new version, it's necessary to "purge the cache" of both the image page and the article page where it appears. You can do this by going to the page history, and then changing the word "history" in the url to "purge". So for your talk page, you would change to Sometimes you need to refresh the page after purging too—this all really shouldn't be necessary, but there's something wrong with the cache system on the site.

2) Since I created both the road map and the regions map on the same svg, it's necessary to select exactly what you want to export. To do this, click & drag around the road map, using the select tool, to select only that map; then go to File -> Export to export a png version.

I hope that clears things up, and I'll leave it to you to finish the job you started—let me know if you need any more help! --Peter Talk 12:59, 14 March 2008 (EDT)

No, it's definitely not you who made this complicated—it's intrinsically complex. And the whole cache problem is a ridiculous one that we shouldn't have! Anyway, happy St Patrick's Day ;) --Peter Talk 13:22, 18 March 2008 (EDT)
Nice work on the Ballymote map! Might I suggest that you increase the size of each individual icon a bit, so someone could print out the map at a low resolution, but still read the symbols. --Peter Talk 10:57, 27 March 2008 (EDT)

Maps and OSM[edit]

Great too see you working on maps, but could I suggest that you start putting your mapping effort into OpenStreetMap instead? They already cover most of Ireland very well indeed. The Press is starting work on an Ireland guide, specially made for OSM's State of the Map 2008 conference in Limerick, and we're hoping to make it 100% OSM. Jpatokal 12:09, 27 March 2008 (EDT)

You certainly are missing something. Click on "Edit" on the main page and be amazed. Jpatokal 12:27, 27 March 2008 (EDT)