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== Wiki Building Help ==
I am making a Wiki for chronic pain, something there is a huge need for, and could help many people, and I was wondering if you had some tips, or could point me to some tips, on achieving critical mass with a new Wiki. As you know 95% of them dont go very far. Wikitravel was one of the few Wikis to ever take off, so I wondered how you got enough motivated editors and contributors to make it successful? Thanks, Andrew Jarvis

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Please direct the following questions to the right spots:

See also User talk:Evan/Archives

can you refer

to here it's so important and no one seems to care. אוראל 03:41, 10 October 2007 (EDT)

TOC with expandable submenus

Are you willing to share the code for the TOC with expandable submenus (as on this page )?

C# Online.NET Editor

Patiently awaiting your response...

C# Online.NET Editor

Images by User:Catchuec

Hiya Evan. I miss your constant input to the site. Would you please comment on the above topic on VFD. Seems to be a conflict in policy. Once again, to you and the wife. GREAT IDEA on Wikitravel. Hopefully, it will be around, long after you and I are gone. Best wishes!!! 2old 14:39, 15 October 2007 (EDT)

Vandalism policy?

I don't know about you folks (I'm sending the same message to several), but I for one am getting sick and tired of the intentional vandalism that's going on here. I am trying to start a discussion on Wikitravel talk:Community policies as to whether something more forceful needs to be in place to deal with it. Historically, we have bent far over backwards to avoid punitive action against vandals and have simply gone in and cleaned up the messes they create. However, the frequency of vandalism is growing, and I am not convinced that we are doing Wikitravel a service by tolerating it. This said, I'm not at all sure what the "right" response is.

I'd appreciate your participation in the discussion on that talk page. Let's see if we can come up with something appropriate. -- Bill-on-the-Hill 11:40, 19 October 2007 (EDT)

Cross-lingual mediawiki typo

Hi Evan, I hope your anniversary went well!

Would you please take a look at shared:Tech:Typo_in_recent_changes_message. It is a very simple bug to fix, but it requires sysop-level access across multiple language versions—for some of which you are the sole admin. Fixing it only requires following the mediawiki links on the bug report page and replacing the existing text with:

Below {{PLURAL:$1|is '''1''' change|are the last '''$1''' changes}} in the {{PLURAL:$2|day|last '''$2''' days}}, as of $3.

Thanks! --Peter Talk 03:00, 25 October 2007 (EDT)


Hi Evan! Would you please take a look at this page. I've been waiting your answer for some months. Can I run my bot? Thanks: Dorgan 06:24, 31 October 2007 (EDT)

wikitravel : United Kingdom - 9 cities list

Hi there Evan, I have recently added to the discussion on the United Kingdom entry, regarding the 9 cities list ( under "the old city problem" headed "new for 2007" ). I have asked for a consensus on a new proposal to make the 9 cities list more accurately represent the previous consensus which was to base the 9 cities on visitor numbers. So far the majority have been For this change. There appears to be lots of people in support of the proposal. I have messaged some of the other users who were vocal in participation before, however for many of them they have not been active since 2006, which means chances are they will not reply. Also, it is worth noteing that for the current list of 9 cities, there was ever any concensus, and ironically, my recent proposal surpasses what was previously proposed in terms of number of people supporting it. Id therefore like to ask you to contribute to the discussion with a view to alter/amend the list using ur experience. --Daniel robinson 15:12, 3 November 2007 (EDT)

MediaWiki OpenID extension

Hi Evan. I have an issue getting the OpenID extension to work on my local wiki. I want to add proper i18n for it (not that difficult), and I need to know if things still work as expected after my code changes :)

Setup (following ./README in the extension directory):

  • OS: Windows Xp with Wampserver
  • Application server:
  • PHP: 5.2.3 (openssl extension added)
  • MySQL: 5.0.41-community
  • MediaWiki: 1.12alpha (r27750) (SVN head)
  • OpenID: SVN (no other extensions installed)
    • ran sql script
    • LocalSettings.php: require_once("$IP/extensions/OpenID/OpenID.php"); (at the bottom)
    • php-openid-2.0.0-rc5 (installed in D:\mediawiki\phase3\extensions\OpenID\)
    • php.ini: include_path = ".;c:\php\includes;D:\mediawiki\phase3\extensions\OpenID" (had to add the second path to make Special:OpenIDLogin display.

Now I get this error after I fill in an OpenID URL in Special:OpenIDLogin and submit it:

Fatal error: Define Auth_OpenID_RAND_SOURCE as null to continue with an insecure random number generator.
in D:\mediawiki\phase3\extensions\OpenID\Auth\OpenID\CryptUtil.php on line 52

I am not an experienced programmer; more like a monkey that learned a small PHP trick ;). I hope you can help with it. Please drop me a line on my Betawiki talk page. Cheers! siebrand 17:50, 22 November 2007 (EST)


You wrote, "The "List of Unions" needs to be broken down into regions/cities like other Wikitravel guides." I am interested to comply. Could you please guide me to a couple of appropriate examples (I have checked a few, but those models would be impossible to be replicated on this article)? You can reply to the artcile talk page, so that other editors get to use the examples as well. Cheers. Aditya Kabir 11:51, 2 December 2007 (EST)


hi, thankyou for everything you've done on wikitravel, it really is brilliant, have used it on my (financially) limited travels many times and edited it to improve the service. Anyway, I've been doing a lot of work on the East Sussex page, and was wondering if you could put me in contact with anyone who wouldn't mind making a map for the area? I've had a go myself but other than looking like a strange post modernist painting I've not come up with much... although the help file on how to make a map was useful... just my skills that aren't. thanks in advance --Prof Jack 20:32, 8 December 2007 (EST)

Geographic Co-ordinates

Evan - has WT settled on a standard way to collect and display geographic co-ordinates? There has been some discussion at about enabling OSM users to link their map data with WikiTravel pages. WP seem to be using Template:Coord and at Yellowikis we haven't got much further than using a simple <geo> tag - any thoughts? --Payo 08:46, 12 December 2007 (EST)

Hi Payo, I'm not sure if Evan is checking this page anymore. You might want to have a look at Wikitravel talk:How to draw a map#OpenStreetMap and perhaps raise your questions there; there is considerable interest here in cooperation between Wikitravel and OpenStreetMap. Sorry I can't personally be of more help in answering your question. --Peter Talk 02:30, 15 December 2007 (EST)


Hi, i would like to ask for your permission to make the phrase books into mobile readable edition. I have emailed you the detailed information. Thanks.

Can we enable $wgAllowUserCss = true;

Could you add $wgAllowUserCss = true; to the main LocalSettings.php file? This setting allows users to create their own CSS files and customise the experience a little. Personally I prefer the body text to be 125% so that's how I use it. Cheers - chmac 01:35, 30 December 2007 (EST)

Evan i have a complaint they keep vfding my articles outlines or deleting them like cjensen and 203 ip user along with oldpine and many others read this Make outlines. Don't be daunted by the task of writing all of the article about Russia -- just get it started with an outline. People are much more likely to change or add to articles than to start them from scratch. We have a bunch of handy templates for destination guides, which you can use. If you only know a teensy bit about a subject, go ahead and add it in. We currently have a huge backlog of stub articles that shouldn't really be there. It is easy to create an outline for most articles and move them to the next level. You can help there. it tells ya right there from now on i will make outlines and people can add on if they want k peace -- 13:16, 27 January 2008 (EST)

Great site

Hey Even,

I really like wikitravel. I am working on a similar site, on a different subject. I was just curious if you'd be willing to give me some pointers like how to add blogs and the voting thing and such. Thanks in advance! Michael

A Question of concern

Evan look ip number for lone.guner can u tell me how long i'am banned for? anyway how are ya i'am fairly new and i love wikitravel and wikimedia so i make outlines in my spare time look at ip numbers 203 58 and so on they don't like me here creating stubs or isin w/p/ or outlines i need your help to convince them that i'am not a troll i'am a human being like everyone on this earth thanks --Lone.guner 17:54, 29 January 2008 (EST)

Buenos Aires

Hi Evan. We'll do a meetup of Wikipedians in Buenos Aires next February 9th. If you want to come, give me a msg at my talk page in Wikipedia or contact me in IRC. Regards, Loco085 10:20, 2 February 2008 (EST)

I notice you are the only sysop listed for this language version. The place is currently a spam heaven, can it be killed off if it is not actually going to be used? --Nick 15:31, 8 May 2008 (EDT)

Form extension patches

Hi Evan,

I emailed you a series of patches for your Form extension recently. I just wanted to make sure you saw these. I can go ahead and commit them to SVN if you'd like. Please let me know one way or the other. You can reach me at [email protected] or on my talk page on Wikipedia, [1].

Yr. Obt. Svt., DavidMcCabe 17:54, 27 May 2008 (EDT)

Hats Off

Evan. Thanks for contributing to a great project. wikitravel is gaining steam. Your choice to remove ALL external links seems to have resolved the issue of "intentional vandalism". Citing sources of information is more journalistic in nature and will continue to enhance wikitravel as a credible travel source.


Please pass this to anyone who may be more appropriate.

In using & contributing to pages for several locations, have often wished there was major section specifically for (links to) photos and maps. Would help everyone focus there when trying to visualize a location, with opportunity to insert or use many more sources.

Section need not be at expense of photos/maps scattered throughout current articles.

Regards, john henne [email protected]


Evan, the Helsinki article seems to have problems. I received the following error message Warning: gzinflate() [function.gzinflate]: buffer error in /var/www/wikitravel/mw-1.11.2/includes/Revision.php on line 595

Regards, Jc8136 09:04, 17 July 2008 (EDT)

Separating interwiki & interlanguage

Hey Evan! On Wikitravel:19_January_2006, you wrote:

I've separated the "other sites" interwiki links from interlanguage links.

May I ask, how you did that? This feature is pretty cool, but I can't find it anywhere in mediawiki. Have you written it yourself? --MrTweek ( 15:49, 25 August 2008 (EDT))

Collapsible TOC Sub-List

Hello. I've been researching a way to make collapsible table of content sub-list with mediawiki. Can you possibly give me some help figuring this out, such as the code you used or a quick tutorial?

I noticed somebody else was looking for the same information in an early post on your talk page. It might be beneficial to the mediawiki community to make a tutorial available for this modification or an extension.

Thanks. Philbar 00:16, 15 November 2008 (EST)

Rogue Bureaucrat

I would like to address some ongoing issues with a particular bureaucrat and one of his admins. The general idea is he follows me around and basically harasses me whenever I make an edit to one of his pages. He seems to need the last word on all the edits. I'm finding this a little perplexing since I thought it was understood that edits can be made and that factual information matter. Frankly, I think it's getting a little personal and the boundaries of fairness and good sense are being breached. I've written the details in a letter I have sent to your Wiki email since I thought it would be too much for this talk page. I am a travel writer and enjoyed working on this site very much initially. However it's become a demoralizing and draining experience lately. It's unfortunate and would hope to return to my original opinion on the task. ThanxPaula 20:02, 22 January 2009 (EST)


how you open romanian language version later archived?

Hasan travel 11:51, 4 August 2009 (EDT)

Wikitravel Content on

Hi Evan and Michele,

Wikitravel is fantastic - not only for the travel information it offers, but for the community that has been built up around it. We are also building a community for travelers ( and so perhaps there are some ways that we could work together.

I'll get in touch directly, but just wanted to send a quick note via your talk page. I'm looking forward to speaking with you and thanks again for all of the time, energy and dedication you have put into Wikitravel!

Jen O'Neal and the Tripping Team

I've screwed up my Open ID and Regular user account merge

Ok...I can't read and follow instructions, I logged in with my OpenID and created a new account, this is not what I wanted to do. I currently have an account that I want to link to my OpenID. Can you please help me merge both accounts?

This one Crazy.ratz with Redbear

Thanks crazy.ratz 12:57, 17 September 2009 (EDT) may now return to your regularly scheduled programming...

Admin rights

Dear Evan,

I am Rokas from Lithuania. I have got experience in Wiki projects. Can you give me admin rights for Lithuanian Wikitravel? Keliauninkas 11:53, 29 November 2009 (EST)

And can you block my clone Rokaszil? Keliauninkas 12:01, 29 November 2009 (EST)

I am Žiedas from Lithuania. I have got experience in Wiki projects. Can you give me admin rights for Lithuanian Wikitravel? Thank you. --Žiedas 13:02, 29 November 2009 (EST)

Please see wts:Language Expeditions --Peter Talk 11:15, 30 November 2009 (EST)

Lithuanian Wikitravel

Hello, can you open Lithuanian Wikitravel? Keliauninkas 10:55, 1 December 2009 (EST)

Please see wts:Language Expeditions --Stefan (sertmann) talk 11:23, 1 December 2009 (EST)


Hello Evan,

We have had no previous contact and I know this is not the way things are normally done, but I would like the request I made off the record. Apologies for my unorthodox behavior. I am hoping you will exectute my request. If not, will you please explain why to me at the email address specified? Thanks in advance, --Faust 07:08, 6 September 2011 (EDT)

Evopedia Offline Reader

We are doing our 2012 wikipedia dump conversion, this year I would also like to have wikitravel available, I would like access to a SQL database dump so we could make a nice cleanly formatted and up to date searchable database for Evopedia a free open source wikimedia reader and browser app for Linux computers, tablets, and smart phones. I have found a 2010 unofficial dump we can try to use but it is obviously two years out of date and lacks formatting for proper display of pictures which Evopedia supports when Internet is available.Biketool 06:24, 24 January 2012 (EST)

Evan: Administrator privileges removed

Although you founded Wikitravel, Evan, your Administrator privileges have now been removed by User:IBobi today at 22:31hrs --W. Frank 19:15, 14 September 2012 (EDT)

I think you can be reasonably sure that Evan was unaware of this, and that it does not impact him at all. Respectfully, Evan founded Wikitravel in 2003, and sold the site 3 years later. The current host, Internet Brands, has run Wikitravel twice as long as the founders did, and Evan has not made a contribution to Wikitravel in four years, which is why his admin privileges have been deactivated. He is welcome back at any time, with full admin privileges, as are any other inactive administrators who begin contributing again.--IBobi talk email 19:34, 14 September 2012 (EDT)
Thank you for the explanation, IBobi. I notice that you have been very active in the last few hours removing active contributor's admin privileges every minute or so; was there a common reason or were each user's privileges revoked for different reasons?
Will there be any admins left to action my suggestions for deletions or am I wasting my time on this site now in that regard?
Thank you for clarifying Internet Brands policy with regard to returning administrators -that was helpful. --W. Frank 20:02, 14 September 2012 (EDT)
IBobi answered my questions on my user talk page --W. Frank 21:15, 14 September 2012 (EDT)

Wiki Building Help


I am making a Wiki for chronic pain, something there is a huge need for, and could help many people, and I was wondering if you had some tips, or could point me to some tips, on achieving critical mass with a new Wiki. As you know 95% of them dont go very far. Wikitravel was one of the few Wikis to ever take off, so I wondered how you got enough motivated editors and contributors to make it successful? Thanks, Andrew Jarvis