Liaison reports/Portuguese/December 2006
This is the liaison report for Portuguese Wikitravel covering the period from Sep-Dec 2006.
Progress in general
Our second wave of growth seems to have endured my initial (pessimistic) forecasts and for the last 3 months the number of articles has remained firmly on the rise. It's amazing to note how one or two very committed collaborators can make such a significant difference in the development of a young language version of Wikitravel and we are glad we can now count on the help of a couple of those users.
We have reached our 1000th article this week, i.e. in less than one year. The growth in the article count during the last 3 months was above 50% and the best thing is that those articles are not only bare outlines - many contain some useful info and some are even usable. Most articles refer to destinations in Brazil. Argentina and Spain are also being covered, but curiously, articles about destinations in other Portuguese-speaking countries never seem to really take off.
The collaboration of the month unfortunately hasn't produced any significant outcomes yet. It is still hard to find really complete articles that can become destination of the month. Hence, we're possibly becoming more flexible about which articles to feature on the main page and admitting partially incomplete but attractive destinations to become DotM too.
The Portuguese language portal to Wikitravel Shared will be operational soon and we hope this will increase the use of Shared by pt: users.
We have edited the MediaWiki messages so that it is now possible to log in using OpenId from the regular log in page. We also have included the simplified generation of outlines in pt:MediaWiki:Newarticletext, and I guess it made easier to create new articles.
During the last three months the number of registered users has increased by 37% (there are 217 now) but few (2-5) have actually become regular contributors. The community taking part on policy and organization discussions is still limited to about three users and some issues raised still lack a significant feedback.
So far, so good.