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Moved from en:Wikitravel:Bug reports by Evan

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en:Special:Lonelypages list the page Nl:Wikitravel:Welkom as being an orphan. However this link goes to the Dutch Wikitravel Welcome page. The English version of the page Nl:Wikitravel:Welkom cannot be accessed as it shows up as a Bad Title. -- Huttite 19:07, 28 Dec 2005 (EST)

Hurgh. Yes, that's kind of a funky problem. Before the launch of the Dutch-language Wikitravel, "nl:" had no meaning and articles that started with "nl" were just regular articles in the "main" namespace. I thought I had caught them all before the launch, but I guess I missed a couple. Now, they're links to the Dutch-language version.
I'm not sure what to do about this. Those pre-launch article names aren't part of the process for getting a new language version started, so I don't think it's a problem with changing our processes. Maybe there's a technical fix here, like setting up fake prefixes for those languages that don't yet have a Wikitravel version? That way, attempt to make things like nl:Wikitravel:Welkom in the regular namespace would instead redirect to a page explaining why such pages can't be created an how to start a new language version. --21:02, 28 Dec 2005 (EST)
Perhaps we should specify that when creating and translating the initial Wikitravel help and welcome pages for a new language version these pages are part of the language expedition and should be created as a sub page. When the language version is up and running the translated content is able to be copied to the new language version and the English version pages are redirected. This would also mean that there is a clear breadcrumb relationship to the language version for foreign lanuage content. -- Huttite 21:49, 28 Dec 2005 (EST)
For the record the following inaccessible and potentially inaccessible pages exist in the main namespace.
-- Huttite 02:30, 29 Dec 2005 (EST)

en:Talk:Finding_accommodation - cyclic redirect

en:Talk:Ko_Pha_Ngan - cyclic redirect

Mexico_City/Coyoacán (4899 bytes)

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I've deleted these articles directly from the database. --Evan 11:47, 26 February 2007 (EST)