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Recently, while writing about Ethiopia, I came across their national dish injera. I found an image on Wikimedia Commons and to my surprise, I noticed a free software license called CeCill. According to the article on Wikipedia, it is compatible with copyleft. So, my question is of course if it would be OK to upload such images to Shared? Riggwelter 12:10, 28 December 2008 (EST)

I'm going to say no, unfortunately. CeCILL is a copyleft license, but it's not compatible with ours, which is from Creative Commons. As far as I can tell, works that are derivative of CeCILL-licensed items must be likewise released as CeCILL (or as GFDL, if it includes GFDL content as well). I believe we can only upload items that are licensed CC-BY-SA 1.0 or above, or are in the public domain. LtPowers 17:21, 16 January 2009 (EST)
You can always request the copyright holder of the work to relicense it under CC-BY-SA 1.0 or a newer version. ksd5 12:01, 18 January 2009 (EST)


I would like all of my photos deleted completely except for these ones:


Skyline wintaa.JPG




Etown yeah.jpg








Edmontonenthusiast 22:55, 16 January 2009 (EST).

Please, check the file list at Votes for deletion ("Edmontonenthusiast's request" section) and give yours confirmation to delete. -- Sergey kudryavtsev 17:08, 17 January 2009 (EST)

Need for some more speed

Can we get more speed please? In the en:Pub is this again a topic. --Rein N. 12:40, 10 February 2009 (EST)

Problem should be resolved KevinSours 15:47, 10 February 2009 (EST)

Scheduled down time for maintenance

Tonight, 2/11, the site will be down for scheduled maintenance for about 3 hours beginning at 10PM PST. Visitors who come to the site during that time will see a "Down for Maintenance" page. Please do help spread the word to other language versions. I apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your help! JuCo 16:05, 11 February 2009 (EST)

Categories for food and maps

I've plunged forward and created a Category:Cuisine of Singapore, under Category:Cuisine and Category:Singapore, to file away the increasingly large pile of food-related pictures for the country. I would suggest replicating this for all countries, and also creating "Maps of X" categories. Jpatokal 03:30, 19 February 2009 (EST)

Support. At least 4 categories to rename: Category:Maps - Africa, Category:Maps - Russia, Category:Maps - South Africa and Category:Maps - USA. Are there a bot for automated moving images? -- Sergey kudryavtsev 16:47, 21 February 2009 (EST)
I've started working on this, see Category:Cuisine. There's now a {{cuisine|X}} template that adds a picture to the Cuisine of X category. Jpatokal 08:43, 27 March 2009 (EDT)
How should we categorize images of "ethnic food"—non-native food. E.g., Image:VietnameseFood.jpg is not exactly "United States cuisine," but the photo was taken in the United States. --Peter Talk 22:40, 28 March 2009 (EDT)
I think the style of the food is more important than where it was taken, so it should go under Category:Cuisine of Vietnam -- with a note that it's actually taken in the US and of dubious authenticity. (They've got beef stew and pho in Vietnam, but I'm not sure about the two combined...!) Jpatokal 22:43, 1 April 2009 (EDT)
So Image:Profiterolles au Chocolat by meshmar2.jpg should be in Cuisine of France, not Cuisine of the United States? LtPowers 17:07, 23 July 2009 (EDT)

Advertising on Wikitravel

What is the rate to have an add on the right hand side of the page? —The preceding comment was added by (talkcontribs) .

Ask Google AdWords. Jpatokal 13:05, 17 March 2009 (EDT)

How do I remove my photo?

I want to delete one of my photos from Wikitravel Shared. What is the procedure for doing that? thanks. Stephen sommerhalter 14:08, 1 April 2009 (EDT)

I think that I figured this out. I posted a speedy delete request on the Votes page, indicating that it is my photo. If that is not the proper procedure please let me know. thanks Stephen sommerhalter 15:50, 1 April 2009 (EDT)

Wikitravel down?

It seems as though Wikitravel (especially :en) has basically been down all day. Without notice. And on the same week that Wikitravel was named Voice of America's website of the week—the egg's on them for every hapless reader they send here only to find out that the relationship between the wiki and the server owners is completely dysfunctional, and that our website is unreliable from a technical standpoint.

Given that Brent was the guy interviewed in that article, I'd figure IB would at least be aware of the fact that this is a bad time to let the site languish like this, but I have no idea how things are run at that company. --Peter

Site will be down tonight, 4/15 for maintenance

We will be down for scheduled maintenance Wednesday April 15th @ 10pm PST for approximately 4 hours. We thank you for your patience. JuCo 20:10, 15 April 2009 (EDT)

Admin action needed on en:

Somebody is having fun on our expense moving lots pages there. please stop this vandal. --Rein N. 09:14, 2 May 2009 (EDT)

Is taken care off. --Rein N. 10:05, 2 May 2009 (EDT)


Time to change POTM. No way to edit page???????????? 2old 13:44, 13 May 2009 (EDT)

It's only locked for unregistered users, if you're logged in you can edit main page – cacahuate talk 14:38, 13 May 2009 (EDT)
Nope. Logged in, no edit tab on Main Page, but others do have edit tab. ? 2old 15:57, 13 May 2009 (EDT)
The tab is labeled "View source", but I can open the edit screen of Main Page. -- Tatata 20:15, 13 May 2009 (EDT)
Sorry, yes, even when it's semi-protected it just says "view source", but you should still be able to edit  :) – cacahuate talk 20:58, 13 May 2009 (EDT)
Click on "View source", then it shoot chance into "Edit", Click ones more to edit. --Rein N. 09:27, 14 May 2009 (EDT)
I see. That last photo is going to be hard to beat, but, time to move on. Thanks. 2old 11:24, 14 May 2009 (EDT)

I changed Main Page and POTM. To update POTM, please click "+/-" button in the "Picture of the Moment" box on Main Page. -- Tatata 03:39, 16 June 2009 (EDT)


I hadn't heard of this site [1] until just recently, and thought I'd post it here for anyone else who hand't yet stumbled across it. It's a great resource for tracking down image copyright violations. --Peter Talk 20:35, 16 May 2009 (EDT)

Pages for non-English version users

Since I noticed that en:MediaWiki:Upload was changed to "Don't upload file", I proposed to ja: in Travellers' pub that we should hide the link of Spcial:Upload in toolbox by using CSS[2] and change the link text of the link to shared in navigation box from "Wikitravel Shared" to "アップロード" ("Upload" in Japanese). In the discussion, it is pointed out that we need consideration for users who are unfamiliar with English. So now, I'm thinking to create new pages in Japanese on share; "メインページ" or "Main Page/ja" corresponding to "Main Page", and/or, "ファイルをアップロードするには" or "How to upload files/ja" corresponding to "How to upload files". Is it OK to create non-English pages on shared? Comments, welcome. -- Tatata 01:10, 22 May 2009 (EDT)

I would be very happy to do this. Is it necessary, though, to have the multilingual information directly on shared? I'm a big fan of Ricardo's Shared portal in Portuguese. But then again, there is detailed information here, like how to upload files, that would be good to have available in other languages. /ja format might work pretty well. And with regards to changing the style sheets, that would entail help from the tech team, right? --Peter 01:26, 22 May 2009 (EDT)
Yeah, I know Ricardo's too, I created the same one on ja: when I found it. :-)
Ah, I didn't think about linkage between languages in the same wiki. Though I don't know it should be call as the multilingual information directly, OpenStreeMap have multilingual information in the same wiki and they put a template[3] at the top of Main Pages like this[4]. How about that way?
As for CSS, we don't need IB's help now, because MediaWiki:Common.css is already enabled. I added "wikitable" class into ja:MediaWiki:Common.css for table format. -- Tatata 02:18, 22 May 2009 (EDT)
Thanks for that tip! We've been trying to get rid of that upload link for a long time now. --Peter Talk 12:36, 22 May 2009 (EDT)

Before creating Main Page written in Japanese, I created Welcome, newcomers/ja and How to upload files/ja first. Also I created Template:Language-wn and Template:Language-up to provide language links for the same pages written in other languages.

As for Main Page, may I rip off "Picture of the Moment" thing from Main Page? I'd like to make it into a template, since I think it's nice if the Main Page written in Japanese have it jointly with the current Main Page. -- Tatata 05:01, 4 June 2009 (EDT)

I've created Main Page/ja. And now, "Main Page" has "Picture of the Moment" jointly with "Main Page/ja".
To update "Picture of the Moment", please click "+/-" button in the "Picture of the Moment" box on Main Page. -- Tatata 06:46, 6 June 2009 (EDT)
All fantastic, nice work! – cacahuate talk 00:05, 7 June 2009 (EDT)
Nice work, I wonder how the select language, under preferences work. On wikimedia commons i get to my language version of the main page as default, is it the same for you if you choose language->ja ? By the way, on commons they give the "main page"-article corresponding translated name that would be like:メインページ /Johan Jönsson 13:40, 14 July 2009 (EDT)

Main namespace

At some point we decided to move our Shared policy articles into the main namespace, since, unlike with the language versions, we don't have any articles here, only categories, images, templates, and tech requests (each of which have their own namespace). But it turns out there are a bunch of non-policy pages that have been created in the main namespace, most of them redirects to categories. One has also come up as a vfd in the past month. This strikes me as undesirable—we should be able to use that special page to find all policy articles in one place.

So I see basically two options: 1) Allow pages for geographical locations and move all policy articles back into the "Wikitravel Shared" namespace, or 2) Delete all pages in the main namespace that have been created for geographical locations.

Thoughts? --Peter Talk 17:41, 3 June 2009 (EDT)

I'd like to, 3) Move all policy articles back into the "Wikitravel Shared" namespace and delete all pages in the main namespace that have been created for geographical locations. :-)
It seems to me that Evan created those pages in main namespace like Wikimedia Commons while he was irresolute about them. Also, it seems to me that he created them for the purpose of testing. -- Tatata 21:54, 3 June 2009 (EDT)
I don't really see what the real-world problem is. Annotated galleries of pictures are nice, and not having to type "Wikitravel Shared:" every time you want to link to a policy is also nice. Does either option actually make using the site better?
I'm OK with setting a policy that annotations, galleries etc should always be done on the Category page, but I don't think redirects to that category from the main namespace do any harm. Jpatokal 13:20, 9 June 2009 (EDT)
The real world problem is that lumping the policy articles in the main namespace with endless redirects will make Special:Allpages useless to find policy articles. It would be nice, though, if we could use a shorter namespace than "Wikitravel Shared"—is there any way to do this? --Peter Talk 20:46, 9 June 2009 (EDT)
I'm sure it wouldn't be too difficult to change it to "Shared:", or even "WTS:", but would involve IB's help – cacahuate talk 21:07, 9 June 2009 (EDT)
And just how often do you need to find a list of all policy articles by looking at Special:Allpages? The set of policies here is much shorter and virtually static compared to the main WT; bring Category:Wikitravel Shared meta pages and/or Wikitravel Shared:Namespace index up to date once and we're done. IMHO, renaming everything would be an incredible amount of totally unproductive work to correct a truly minor problem. Jpatokal 10:16, 10 June 2009 (EDT)

Enforcement a license selection

I modified current upload.js to force a license selection by disabling "Upload file" button until a license selected, and test it as a local file with Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari on my Windows pc.[5]

Before I file a tech request, I'd like to ask advice here.

  1. Since this script force uploaders to select a license, I think it's better add an option to select a licence after upload with Template:Dont know or something like that, in order to avoid an inaccurate license selection. When uploader select this option, license tag must be corrected within 24 hours. If there is no correction by the uploader, we send that file to vfd and wait 2 weeks. How about this?
  2. I guess this script will affect whole site; all language version and shared. The trouble is that it has a side effect; "Upload file" button will always be disabled on language versions which don't have MediaWiki:Licenses.
  3. After I file a tech request, should I add it to Roadmap, or just send an email to tech team? Roadmap#Nominations seems too complex to add/update, and recently the page itself seems to be paid no attention.

Comments, welcome. -- Tatata 06:51, 9 June 2009 (EDT)

Nice work, this is a good step forward. [Template:Dont know] is irrelevant now.... we already have a policy that uploads without license selected are automatically ccbysa 1.0, and always have been. The point of forcing a license selection at time of upload is to make it even more clear, and move us forward.... adding an option to select a license later would be a step backward, and we definitely don't want that.... it would defeat the whole purpose of forcing a license selection at upload in the first place – cacahuate talk 12:27, 9 June 2009 (EDT)
Looks good to me. Creating MediaWiki:Licenses on the versions missing that should not be difficult. Jpatokal 07:53, 11 June 2009 (EDT)
Re #2, we could do two things.... remove special:upload from the side menu, as we did on :en.... or create mediawiki:licenses on each version that wants a local upload area (which should be the case anyway) – cacahuate talk 11:12, 11 June 2009 (EDT)

Thank you all for your comments. I filed a feature request and sent an email to tech team. -- Tatata 03:51, 16 June 2009 (EDT)

Better formatting on language-specific sites?

When looking at the image page of a shared-sourced image on any of the language-specific sites (as you would by clicking on an image in any article), it doesn't format the templated information at all. Although you can click through to shared to read the image information and licensing, it would be nicer to have it display the same way on both sites -- which is already how it operates between Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons (examples: Commons-sourced image on WP, same image on Commons itself). Can we go about this without tech team involvement? I tried copying over Template:Information directly, but without success. - Dguillaime 20:31, 25 June 2009 (EDT)

Google launches Creative Commons Image Search

Another way to find content for Wikitravel: (direct link) Jpatokal 22:29, 9 July 2009 (EDT)

That's fabulous. LtPowers 19:38, 10 July 2009 (EDT)

Attribution when translating

I wonder how to get the attribution right when translating a english wikitravel article to swedish? /Johan Jönsson 14:03, 14 July 2009 (EDT)

It's not in very wide use, but en:Template:AttributionAlt has been used on the English, Spanish, and Russian versions (example). --Peter Talk 00:23, 16 July 2009 (EDT)
Nice, it doesnt show the other language versions contributors when printing the page though. I don´t rember if the printed page is supposed to hold all info or if it is supposed to be accompanied by some other texts, like in wikipedia. One solution maybe is to paste in the credits-page from the other language version? /Johan Jönsson 16:19, 17 July 2009 (EDT)
Yeah, there isn't a great solution, as regular users (including admins) can't edit the names displayed at the bottom of the page. Pasting the credits-page from the original version into the article itself is really a non-starter, since previous discussions have shown Wikitravelers to be pretty adamant about keeping travel content and meta content separate.
On the upside, Wikitravel is in no way liable for printed versions—re-use is the responsibility of the re-user. The sorts of users that this could make trouble for would, I'm guessing, be re-users like hostels that print and distribute articles to their guests. Given the obscure translation process, obscure difference in print & web display, and then obscure usage, I doubt anyone in that model would ever run into trouble with the law. --Peter Talk 23:36, 17 July 2009 (EDT)
Thanks for the help, I guess I´ll just translate small portions and stick to the way they do in wikipedia, only attributing the source article on the "history"-page. If I happen to translate a full article I´ll use en:Template:AttributionAlt and make a note on it on the "talk"-page as said on Copyleft./Johan Jönsson 06:14, 19 July 2009 (EDT)

Bot vandalism on hebrew

Does anyone have admin rights on hebrew? I think we need to clean up there, page up and page down of the annoying "nice site" crap topped of with a nice seasoning of link spam. It may be why the bot keeps probing us, so I think we have better give it clean up. And maybe close it down for anonymous contributions, or altogether. Sertmann 14:16, 23 July 2009 (EDT)

Shutting down anon contributions would be the best tack. Zvika & Orel are the only admins, neither of whom is active. There are no active bureaucrats, and Zvika declined on the basis that the site is basically dead. (Wish she had accepted anyway, since we would in this case be able to get a hold of her via email...)
Cleaning up the mess would probably either require doing it by hand w/o admin rights, or a motivated admin here requesting sysop privileges from IB. --Peter Talk 18:52, 23 July 2009 (EDT)
I checked around a bit more—there are a bunch of language versions where the spambots are more or less running free: in addition to :he, there are :it, :fr, :hu, and :pl. :pl at least has one active contributor, who is catching some of the bots.  :it & :fr have been basket cases for some time. Despite being some of our most developed language versions, they have virtually no moderation to speak of, which just lets them slide further and further away from usefulness. That was happening to :es for quite a while too...
It might be a good idea for us to come up with a strategy to help revive some of these language versions. To start up a new version, or to resuscitate a dead one, requires we have at least one dedicated user who is working on the site near-daily, and who does the necessary janitorial work, as well as some high quality content generation work, and who welcomes new users and answers their questions. Without a "leader" like that, wikis will not gain regular contributors, and will remain wild. Both :it & especially :fr would be top priorities to get restarted, IMO.  :es would be good too—I don't have the time (or the language skills, really) to do much beyond keeping a lid on spam/vandalism. --Peter Talk 00:09, 24 July 2009 (EDT)
For each language versions which don't have active bureaucrat, how about to recruit 2 or more new bureaucrats from users who already have sysop on other language versions? Of course a "leader" like that is the best, but I think that a bureaucrat whom we can get in touch with is better than no bureaucrat at all as a first step to revive those language versions, if the bureaucrat can't speak that language or can't work on that language version daily. If an active bureaucrat is there, we can consider to recruit temporary admins from other language versions in case of emergency. -- Tatata 03:24, 24 July 2009 (EDT)
I feel like this problem has lingered for too long, so I've nominated myself to fill the remaining gaps in our interwiki bureaucrat coverage. --Peter Talk 04:08, 24 July 2009 (EDT)
Thank you for your volunteering! -- Tatata 04:43, 24 July 2009 (EDT)
Bureaucrats, are only useful if there are people who wants to be promoted to admin or if the admin rights are to be redrawn. Active adnins and active users can take care of Spam as well. on fr: the problem is that there no active admins at all. I patrol as user some Wikitravels, and yes, sometimes I mis the extra buttons. Rein N. 04:51, 24 July 2009 (EDT)
Right, the point of the bureaucrat nominations is so that we have someone who can make other users admins on language versions like :he—if an admin from Shared wants to join in the effort to clean up a dead language version, then that's something we should try to make possible. Right now we still have to go through IB to do this for 5 language versions, and that's not ideal. --Peter Talk 05:50, 24 July 2009 (EDT)
The switches have finally been flipped, and I've cleaned up the flailing versions, more or less (after some 500 mind-numbing ip blocks...). --Peter Talk 22:58, 19 August 2009 (EDT)

Searching through namespaces

Currently, images on Shared are tied to a location only through the Category system. This makes searching for a location from the "Search" box on the left pointless, because it only checks the main namespace by default. Either we should change the default search behavior to search the Category namespace as well, or we should begin widespread implementation of mainspace articles named after locations (e.g., Portugal, which is currently up for vfd). LtPowers 11:15, 30 July 2009 (EDT)

I guess you know you can change your search preferences to do this for your account, and you are talking about making it the default search for everyone? I think this is a mediawiki config change, albeit a simple one. --Inas 21:25, 30 July 2009 (EDT)
I forgot the former, but the latter is still true. LtPowers 10:19, 31 July 2009 (EDT)

Anyone else have an opinion here? My preference would be allowing articles in some form that can annotate the available images, but if no one else wants to go that far, we should at least set the search bar to search the category namespace by default. LtPowers 21:53, 18 August 2009 (EDT)

Changing the search bar to search categories by default would be useful. I'd recommend creating a feature request, with the knowledge that it won't be fulfilled under present realities. Shouldn't be too big a deal, though, since Shared seems to be visited only by uploaders or experienced users looking for images. --Peter Talk 23:06, 18 August 2009 (EDT)
Feature request to add cats by default to search sounds like they best to me – cacahuate talk 05:33, 19 August 2009 (EDT)

50k articles

FYI, we're about to hit 50,000 articles across all language versions in the next two–three weeks or so! Sounds to me like a good time for a press release, preferably in multiple languages. --Peter Talk 16:50, 17 August 2009 (EDT)

Well, my comment looks a little silly now! I think we actually hit 50,000 articles at 06:44, 17 August 2009 GMT. And the 50,000th article was en:Charlotte Pass. (If I haven't made any accounting errors.) --Peter Talk 18:45, 21 August 2009 (EDT)


I've overhauled Roadmap's voting format to make it more readable & user-friendly. Please stop by to cast your votes for the most important & urgent feature requests. --Peter Talk 17:52, 23 September 2009 (EDT)

Updating thumbnails

I have uploaded a new version of a map, which does not appear in the thumbnail in its new form. The new image is there if you click on the enlarge button, and purging the page cache does nothing. Changing the thumbnail size brings in the new image, going back to the original size brings back the old thumbnail. How do I get the right image to display on the thumbnail at the size I want? 02:57, 15 October 2009 (EDT)

Please provide some links so we can see exactly what you mean. LtPowers 09:21, 15 October 2009 (EDT)
With 99.99% probability, the image has been replaced fine, there's just a cache in your browser/ISP/Wikitravel that's showing you the old image. Ctrl-Reload may (or may not) help, but rest assured, within a day or so everybody will see the new version. Jpatokal 09:31, 15 October 2009 (EDT)

WT articles in the Japanese book

I read the Japanese book titled 「サバイバル時代の海外旅行術」("How to information for overseas travelling at the age of survival" (well…, sort of…), written by Tsuyoshi Takashiro, ISBN978-4-334-03518-1) and find that it briefly introduces the English Wikitravel as "a useful information next to CIA World Fact Book, and the informative Dominican article is an example" (this one also says that still blanky Japanese page(s) as something of challenge…).

The author severely criticizing the too-commercialized Japanese travel guide books as "books not for travelers but for Airlines and other sponsors of those travel guide books".

This book may be the first commercial based Japanese paper publication which introduces Wikitravel. The page extracts the WT articles is here. --Shoestring 05:44, 17 October 2009 (EDT)

Very nice! LtPowers 10:51, 17 October 2009 (EDT)

Starting Persian Language Wikitravel

I am an active member of English and Persian Wikipedia. I have already added few entries about Iranian cities to Wikitravel and I just joined Wikitravel in order to start Persian Wikitravel. Now I am leaving this message here for the moderators to help me with starting Wikipedia in Persian language.

Cheers, Asadi 07:21, 20 October 2009 (EDT)

Wrong translations vandalism in Korean from many IPs with Mkpaulo

(sorry, I can't speak english very well.) Since korean wikitravel was launched, He made wrong/machine translations on korean wt. He got many trouble with MetaWiki, translatewiki, and korean wikipedia. (See [6][7]) Even He not reaction our message, but strange answer. (see [8]) He keep going to machine translations with IP. (202.30.9.*, see [9]) So I request to against these abuses. More investigation is here [10]. Please stop him. --FriedC 02:27, 22 October 2009 (EDT)

This is a tricky issue. I read his responses via a machine translation from Korean, and they did indeed appear nonsensical. (Also see his anon talk page.)
Keeping in mind our liberal policies on how to handle unwanted edits, perhaps the future :ko administrators could come to a consensus on how best to deal with this problem? --Peter Talk 03:26, 22 October 2009 (EDT)

My Proposal.

i have discussed the idea of a simple english wikitravel over at en wikitravel doesnt look good right now that its going to pass but my offer is here to start a new simple expedition in english.

Support I deffitly support this idea. Seabanks 19:58, 23 October 2009 (EDT)

Hmmm, forgive me my bluntness for a minute here, but are you MKPaulo looking for another way to get adminship? sertmann 20:09, 23 October 2009 (EDT)
User:MKPaulo I have no idea who this user is or what he did or anything about him/her? And i deffinitly are not looking for an adminship. Seabanks 20:36, 23 October 2009 (EDT)
I don't think he is Mkpaulo according to his recent activities on Wikimedia Commons. Kwj2772 22:44, 23 October 2009 (EDT)

Top bugs

Isn't it about time we get to see some progress on the issues brought to attention on the top bugs page? The top bugs are now old bugs, and I cannot see that Internet Brands are working on it. So, are you? Riggwelter 16:44, 31 October 2009 (EDT)

Pictures only allowed for non-profit use

I have a question regarding the Wikitravel Press books in regards to image usage: I assume that there are pictures from Wikitravel in the books (if I'm wrong, then this doesn't even apply). How do you deal with pictures taken under the agreement that they will not be used in any sort of profit-making whatever? Should it just be mentioned on the talk page of the image? ChubbyWimbus 00:51, 2 November 2009 (EST)

Those pictures are not permitted on Wikitravel altogether. That's why CC Noncommercial licenses are not an option on the upload form. It's a founding goal of Wikitravel to be reusable by commercial enterprises—from printed guides to print outs to hand out at hostels and B&Bs. We don't want to limit the potential positive impact that our work here can have. --Peter Talk 03:47, 2 November 2009 (EST)

"Article" or "Gallery"-type pages on Shared

What is the final verdict on pages like User:Tiagox2/Portugal (formerly at Portugal)? I see some value in having a well-annotated gallery of images separate from the category tree (which is organized primarily by city), at least for countries. I'd like to see them kept, but we'd have to determine whether they'll conflict with the policy documents we normally put in the main namespace. LtPowers 19:37, 2 November 2009 (EST)

Spambot on ar:

Currently, Arabic version suffers from spambot attacks. If there is a person who has a will to take care of that version and has sysop on other language versions, I'd like to nominate him/her for bureaucrat of ar:. Is there anyone? Or, I have to nominate myself... -- Tatata 11:51, 3 November 2009 (EST)

wikipedia:User:Aude is currently the only bureaucrat for the language version. She's very active on Wikipedia (as an admin), so she should be very easy to contact to give a motivated user sysop status. --Peter 17:11, 3 November 2009 (EST)
I know well since I checked bureaucrats on all language versions when I set up inter-wiki bot. But I think, it's not a bad thing that ar: has another bureaucrat who can be in touch at Wikitravel and can keep an eye out for that version. If you or anyone could undertake bureaucrat, I would self-nominate for sysop to help janitorial work. -- Tatata 22:36, 3 November 2009 (EST)

iTravelFree - a free Wikitravel-gateway iPhone app

(Cutting and pasting from the same topic on the 'en' pub - hope that's not considered rude)

I'm happy to report that my pet-project Wikitravel-gateway iPhone app, iTravelFree, has passed the stern inspection of Apple's App Store and is now available for download worldwide. It lets you easily browse all Wikitravel content from your phone (or iPod Touch), and displays listings on a map, too.

For app links, a screenshot-laden tutorial, and help and FAQ files, see here: As per the name, it is absolutely free. (There is a paid version, but it is functionally identical; I'm hoping that the guiltware model will offset some of my server and development costs.)

It's still sort of in beta test - the app itself seems pretty robust, but the server it connects to (a Google App Engine service that fetches, caches, and parses Wikitravel for the app, converts addresses to lat/long coordinates, etc.) could do more in terms of cleaning up the data. So please be gentle with it. :)

Let me know if you have any problems with it, and I welcome any advice/comments - here, on my talk page, or by email at [email protected]

Enjoy! Rezendi 20:06, 4 November 2009 (EST)


This is to inform everyone that we will be conducting Network maintenance on Tuesday 11/10/2009. The maintenance will start at 10pm PST and is expected to be over by 2am PST on 11/11/09 The entire site may experience downtime during this time.

Thank you for your understanding.

--Steph 5:08 pm, 9 November 2009 (EDT)

Thanks! Such announcements should be posted in the pub of each language version - not all users check the pub here at Shared. Riggwelter 09:51, 22 December 2009 (EST)

Announcement number 2

We are now running a beta mobile version of You can check it out at This is a read only version and is based on Wikipedia’s mobile site . It’s only viewable from non-wap mobile devices, IPhones and Blackberries that contain Opera browsers. Users can sill opt to use the standard web version if they prefer to do so.

We’d love to hear your feedback and you can do so by posting here.

--IBSteph 5:08 pm, 12 November 2009 (PST)

No response at all when I try to access it...? Jpatokal 23:16, 13 November 2009 (EST)
Are you still having the same issue?--IBSteph 9:58 am , 20 November 2009 (PST)

Redirect to user page on en: does not stay

I have made a redirect from my user page on shared to my user page on en:, which works fine if you edit/save the page, but next time I click on it in shared the redirect link is gone. If I edit it is there again, so seems to evaporate between uses. Any suggestions? Is it a bug or am I doing something wrong? Cheers -- Pbsouthwood 02:08, 14 November 2009 (EST)

I found wikipedia:meta:Help:Redirect#Interwiki redirects and redirects to special pages. Maybe, it won't work on Wikitravel too. -- Tatata 02:24, 14 November 2009 (EST)
In general, I'd say that interwiki redirects are a bad idea, even if they did work. A simple link will be fine. LtPowers 10:55, 14 November 2009 (EST)

ja doesn’t perform well

Wikitravel ja does not perform now. I can not display any pages except for main page, and it causes serious challenge when I want to edit them. I tried another language for the reference and they seem to perform well. Is there any technical problem today, too?--Shoestring 16:01, 17 November 2009 (EST)

Both nl and fr are not reliable for a few days. I have trouble opening pages. --Rein N. 16:26, 17 November 2009 (EST)
IB is not very good at communicating, give this a read to get slightly more up to date - Sertmann 17:11, 17 November 2009 (EST)
I am sorry for the late reply, this seems to be fixed now. Please let me know if you are still having problems. Thanks! Ibsteph, 4:24 PM , 9th Feb, 2010 ( PST)