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Unused images[edit]

[Moved from Travellers' pub by Hypatia 17:37, 18 Dec 2004 (EST)]

There are currently 61 unused images. Time for a clean-up ? --Nzpcmad 03:13, 9 Oct 2004 (EDT)

According to Wikitravel:Deletion policy, anything on Special:Unused Images should be added to Wikitravel:Votes for deletion
There seems to be a few bugs on that page though, many of the .wav file uploads listed there are broken links -- Hypatia 05:15, 9 Oct 2004 (EDT)
I get an error on that link. There are some files (such as SVG source files for maps) that aren't used as images but shouldn't be deleted. -phma 18:17, 9 Oct 2004 (EDT)
Sorry, page is at Special:Unusedimages -- Hypatia 09:18, 21 Oct 2004 (EDT)

Restructuring this[edit]

I got interested in this because I wanted to kill the following birds with one stone:

  1. Jonboy suggested at the pub that we should come up with a checklist for travellers on the road.
  2. My own feeling that one of the things Wikitravel needs is groups of dedicated users who will go beyond making casual edits to their own favourite articles and actively build the structure of Wikitravel (isIn, creating region templates and filling them, rating articles, MoS, spelling corrections etc.) To this end, I am planning to propose and make a lot of changes on the site (with the consent of others of course), mainly to help people collaborate better. This is one of them. I wanted a page that I could dump on new users so that they get an idea of how they can help out.

So far, I've merged Wikitravel:Non-administrator tasks into this (simply because "non-administrator tasks" are also ways to help Wikitravel). Now I want to divide this into three groups of tasks:

  • "Content" — stuff that requires actual travelling. This is where Jonboy's checklist comes in. (I don't like the name "content" though. )
  • "Structure" — stuff that you can do from your armchair. This is where my idea comes in. (I don't like the name "Structure" though. "Administrative tasks" or "Janitorial tasks" would have been better, but one is misleading and the other demeaning.)
  • "Community and Policies" — self-explanatory, I hope.

I am okay if this page is split into three. I'd love it if many of the tasks here expanded into full-fledged "expeditions" with active participation of Wikitravellers (An "isIn expedition", for example where people will actively add isIns, bring missing or incorrect isIns to other people's notice, etc.) Comments, criticisms, suggestions and help in doing this gratefully appreciated. — Ravikiran 14:41, 14 May 2006 (EDT)

I think the key to this page is being simple and accessible, and I think a lot of hierarchical division inhibits that. What do you think about this: an "overview" at W:WthW, then some more detailed pages in the three groups you suggest? They may actually replicate some information, but in the interest of having an accessible, understandable new-user version available.
w/r/t non-adminstrator tasks: the point there was that those are tasks that are "normally" done by admins in on-line communities, but on wikis like Wikitravel are done by everyone. I like having them called out separately, if only to remind admins that they don't have to do those tasks, and others that they can. --Evan 08:59, 15 May 2006 (EDT)

Checklist for Wikitravellers on the road?[edit]

Swept in from the Pub:

Is there anywhere a list of suggestions for someone on a trip who wants to maximize the usefulness of their experience to this site? If not, would it be worthwile to create such a list. I'm thinking of something like:

  1. Does the existing description in "Get In" fit with your experience of arriving? If there is no description of your mode of travel, start one. What was unusual about the experience that other people should know?
  2. Did you stay in a hotel or other paid accommodation? If so, would you recommend it to others? If so, please add it to "Sleep". If not, please delete it from "Sleep" if it's there, but explain why in the Talk page.

Etc. Jonboy 09:51, 20 Feb 2006 (EST)

I just saw this for the first time for some reason. Jonboy, this is a great idea. I don't have a good name for it... maybe Wikitravel:Field research checklist? --Evan 11:28, 10 April 2006 (EDT)
I have some ideas here that are related to this. — Ravikiran 14:43, 14 May 2006 (EDT)


I'm guessing the automatic spellchecker is pretty obsolete since it doesn't work and no one has said anything on its talk page for the last year. Can this be removed from the Wikitravel:Ways to help Wikitravel page? Or is it something that is trying to be fixed? -- Fastestdogever 11:56, 19 March 2007 (EDT)

A gentle reminder[edit]

Archived from the Pub:

There are now a lot of new regular users, including new admins. I just thought I'd point out that there is a page called Wikitravel:Ways to help Wikitravel that lists out how you can help Wikitravel. In particular, I'd like to draw your attention to the first item that lists some useful pages like Special:Orphan pages that give you something to do when you are in the mood for boring maintenance work to pass your time. — Ravikiran 06:27, 16 February 2007 (EST)

A question to verify something[edit]

Swept in from the pub:

Hello i would just like to know where i could find info for a town or city on the web? I'am not clear on the copyright regulations so if someone could help me out that would be great. I really love travel guides and this is a free one so i would be more than glad to work on some towns/cities. One more thing i have no books at my apartment where i can find information like sleep, eat, buy? I only have the internet and i would like to know where i can find some free information on another website because i can't tell you like if boston was blank and i started it i would only know sleep the ritz carlton and eat would be like chinatown but if i wanted to start a new town or city i would have to find information from the web due to no experience with traveling to other places unfortunatly i havent been to many places. If anyone could steer me in the direction that would help a bunch otherwise if i can not contribute to wikitravel i guess i will only be able to read but i hope i can create. Thank You --Thehighlands 23:44, 11 February 2008 (EST)

Thehighlands, welcome to Wikitravel. I think I just saw some of your contributions at Leavenworth — thanks! To answer your question, I'd suggest that rather than looking for information about remote places on the Web, you shut down your computer, go outside, and take a walk in the real world. What restaurants, hotels, attractions, can you document? What good pictures can you take? Build up the listings for the places you physically visit. Also, if you haven't read Wikitravel:Welcome, newcomers, you might find it useful to. Cheers! JimDeLaHunt 18:45, 12 February 2008 (EST)

Where is the community?[edit]

Swept in from the Pub:

OK, this maybe be a bit provocative and cocky, for someone who has been here a short time as i have. But hey, bear with me - I'm new :). While I've become absolutely enchanted by the scope of this site, and really impressed by the daily number of contributions. I'm quite disappointed with the community involvement of the place - it seems a bit like a large number of "anonymous" contributors, and very little soul - with the exception of few Sysops, and in particular Peter, whom i think is absolutely amazing, and it was his praise that made me want to do continuous contributions here.

Please note that I'm not targeting anyone (not least the janitors - it's obviously working, since the articles are all nice and clean). And granted, I'm a bit disappointed by the fact that my own star nomination which I worked really hard on, didn't get any more comments after two weeks. But still - the collaboration of the month is not working - which it really should at a place like this. I've been trying to patrol new edits - but can't keep up, because very few users seem to be chipping in doing this, and what about the welcomes? - which i think is one of the best things about this place (I tried doing some myself for the first time today). Did we loose all the fiery souls with the IB take over?

Come on people, you don't need to have sysop rights, to chip in on the janitorial work around here, look around the talk pages, welcome new users, join in on the different expeditions, talk in the pub, contribute with your opinion in the Destination of the month, of the beaten patch and star nominations sections - Make a name for yourself - please help give the place some soul and grow the community :)

- Stefan (Sertmann 20:14, 18 October 2008 (EDT))

AMEN! Edmontonenthusiast 20:05, 24 October 2008 (EDT)