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Finnish Wikitravel Expedition

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The Finnish Wikitravel Expedition is an expedition to create a Finnish version of en:Wikitravel.


The primary goal is to provide travel guides in the Finnish language, since many Finns are more comfortable with their own language. It's a small country, but Finns are a well-traveled bunch and there are quite a few Finnish contributors already. In addition, the Swedes have one too so, in the spirit of friendly Nordic competition, the Finns must have a bigger and better one.


This Expedition has the following goals:

  • To collect a good base of Finnish-speaking users willing to take this project further.
  • To choose a go-between who can keep users on the English-language site up-to-date on developments on Finnish Wikitravel, and vice-versa
  • To translate the interface files for Wikitravel into Finnish
  • To launch the new Finnish-language Wikitravel.
  • To translate the pages and create the infrastructure necessary to make Finnish Wikitravel useful and friendly for new Finnish-speaking contributors.
  • To make Finnish Wikitravel an integrated part of the Wikitravel family.

The Team[edit]

If you speak Finnish and feel like a Finnish Wikitravel is something you will contribute to, please log in (it's really easy to open a user account) and then add your name below, by choosing edit this page. We need at least three contributors to set up a site.

I agree to forming the Finnish Wikitravel and am willing to contribute: (to sign just type 4 time ~ below)

  1. Jpatokal 05:20, 16 August 2006 (EDT)
  2. I don't speak Finnish, but I'm willing to learn or at least do the stupid stuff that helps keep language versions running. -- Andrew Haggard (Sapphire) 05:26, 16 August 2006 (EDT)
  3. JPG 17:53, 20 August 2006 (EDT)
  4. Digikim 7th December 2006
  5. ...

Choosing a go-between[edit]

In order to make a successful, integrated Finnish Wikitravel, we need to choose one of the three users who put their names down, and make them a go-between. The role of the go-between will be to act as a liaison between English and Finnish Wikitravel, and therefore, he must be able to:

  • Write Finnish and English well
  • Understand Wikitravel ideals, guidelines, goals and policies
  • Make monthly reports about Finnish Wikitravel to English Wikitravel
  • Make monthly reports about English Wikitravel to Finnish Wikitravel
  • Contribute actively in Finnish Wikitravel

The go-between will be chosen by voting.

The candidates for go-between will be the users willing to contribute. To win, a go-between must have two votes for them, and no votes against them. Only people who nominated themselves under the "Gathering a team" section can vote. And remember, you cannot vote for yourself.

Interface files[edit]

The language interface file for Finnish is at en:Wikitravel:LanguageFi.php. It's started with the Wikipedia Finnish language file; it needs to be customized to work for Wikitravel. Compare en:Wikitravel:Language.php for the changes needed for English Wikitravel.

The main changes needed are the name of the site (Wikipedia -> Wikitravel), the name and link to the license, and the names of some important pages.