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Hello! Welcome to Wikitravel. Thanks for plunging forward so far. If you're going to continue working on Wikitravel, you may find the tips for new contributors helpful.

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Please discuss on the Talk page before moving major articles! Jpatokal 01:56, 7 August 2006 (EDT)


I noticed you creating a lot of stub articles. Have you noticed the links above the article that say:

City | Major City | City District | Region | National Park | Phrasebook | Disambiguation | Talk Page

If you click on them they will automatically pre-fill the article with the standard sections. People are more likely to add information to an outline because there it is obvious where information goes. -- Fastestdogever 14:54, 26 April 2007 (EDT)


While it's helpful to have redirects for common alternate spellings, and I appreciate your effort to be thorough, I think you may be overdoing it a bit with redirects to El Aaiún. For example, because this is the English-language version of Wikitravel, the spellings used in other languages aren't likely to be used here. Instead we'd rather make sure the name is spelled correctly and consistently in all articles, rather than create redirects for every possible way a city's name can be spelled. And as a general rule, we don't create redirects using alphabets other than the Latin one, because articles on the English-language Wikitravel will never be spelled with it. - Todd VerBeek 22:53, 29 April 2007 (EDT)

The Arabic redirect is definitely not the sort of thing we normally do, but a dozen Latin-alphabet variations for Smara and nearly 30 for El Aaiún seems excessive as well. Generally speaking, all that's needed is to create a redirect for the standard spelling without diacritical marks (in this case El Aaiun), to help people who don't know how to type those characters. For a city that's often referred to in English texts by another version of the name, that can be helpful too. Granted, Arabic names are going to need a few more variations than, say, French names because they aren't transliterated consistently, but it's not our responsibility to think of every possible misspelling with every diacritical mark. - Todd VerBeek 23:30, 29 April 2007 (EDT)
I understand your point about inconsistent latinization of Arabic names. The only disagreement we have is that I'd just stick to the most common variations. It's a judgment call. - Todd VerBeek 20:15, 30 April 2007 (EDT)

Western Sahara

Greetings and also apologies for having deleted much of the information you added to the Western Sahara article. As interesting as it was, it unfortunately was incompatible with Wikitravel's style of listing places, which is aimed solely at providing information that is of benefit to travelers. Therefore, unlike Wikpedia we do not list towns in grid format with estimated populations etc. In addition, an article should avoid contentious political statements. If a region has disputed territory, the situation can be explained briefly in the Understand section, but basically we should not lose site of the ball: to provide info from a traveler's view point. In short, the country that issues the visas is the one under which the territory should be listed. For example, whatever Beijing or the UN says about Taiwan, it is Taipei that issues visas to travelers visiting the island and so Taipei, Kaohsiung and other cities are listed under Taiwan, not China. Anyway, before you proceed with other edits, you might find the information discussd in this articles of interest: Wikitravel:Manual of style, Wikitravel:Article naming conventions and Wikitravel:The traveller comes first. Anyway, thanks for your contributions and apologies for deleting many of them. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. Cheers. WindHorse 01:39, 30 April 2007 (EDT)


We are hoping to break Indianapolis into several smaller district articles to make it easier to read, and seeing as you live in or near Indianapolis, please could you comment here. -- Tim (writeme!) 12:34, 12 August 2007 (EDT)

Ok - do you have any suggestions for what the districts could be? -- Tim (writeme!) 11:48, 14 August 2007 (EDT)

Welcome back

Hello! Thank you for your recent contributions to Wikitravel articles! Please keep it up. Thank you! IBAlex (talk) 15:11, 17 July 2013 (EDT)

Congratulations on being demoted to admin!

I see that you're already in harness and making a great contribution in fighting both spam user pages and deleting some dusty, forgotten corners. Please keep it up! -- 01:11, 3 November 2013 (EST)

Thanks I think you mean promoted... Either way, I'm happy to help this community: this is one of the highest-ranked wikis on Alexa and it's definitely not in anyone's interests for this to be overrun with spam. Koavf (talk) 01:35, 3 November 2013 (EST)
Traditionally, we have not thought of it that way: Administrators were the plumbers and janitors of Wikitravel, and were asked to help perform some mundane tasks - sysop status used to mean, because of our egalitarian ethic, that administrators had no more authority in decision making than other users (obviously now that we also have IB appointed admins that stance may have irrevocably shifted). You may wish to read further some historical background here.
I definitely agree that it's not in the traveller's interests for Wikitravel to be overrun with spam (or outdated and poorly maintained articles) while this site remains the crowd sourced travel guide with most readers. -- 03:31, 3 November 2013 (EST)
True! It's funny you say that because now I remember similar terminology when I started on Wikipedia (about a decade ago!)—admins still have the mop as an icon. Good point. Thanks for saying hi, anon. Koavf (talk) 10:22, 3 November 2013 (EST)
Ah, we're of a similar age then. Incidentally, a lot of Wiki users forget that really most editors are anonymous in the final analysis. You (and IBobo) are exceptions in it being easy to associate your edits with an identifiable single human being. Anyway, I really admire your stamina, Koavf! -- 17:13, 3 November 2013 (EST)
Anonymity To be really anonymous, you would use a login through a VPN through a proxy and change that up every now and again. Leaving us with a bare IP address tells me something about who you are... Koavf (talk) 03:09, 4 November 2013 (EST)

Other destinations on Europe page

Hello Koavf! Do you know Europe well? If yes, I would like to invite you to the discussion about the "Other destinations" in that article. Your knowledge and insights would be very much appreciated here. I would love to see opinions from our users and together decide which destinations we should include in this section. Looking forward to hearing back from you. Warm regards,

Europe I'm far too ignorant to be able to help there but I appreciate the invitation. You're actually from that continent—what do you think? Koavf (talk) 23:47, 4 November 2013 (EST)

checking recent changes

Hi there! Looks like we are both checking recent changes. I was checking the edit of user Brewman for copied content but seems ok. Not sure why he put it on his user page, will you move the article and send him a message, since you already patrolled that page? I will check later to see if I can work on something else. Enjoy your saturday! Adzas (talk) 14:05, 9 November 2013 (EST)

Moving I actually think it's a good thing for users to work on articles in the user namespace if they're so bare that they are stubs. If you want to move it, I certainly wouldn't revert but if he (evidently?) wants it there and if it's not exactly a "live" guide yet, then it seems like a good fit. Koavf (talk) 14:07, 9 November 2013 (EST)

Link format

Hi, thanks for notifying me! I think the issue is settled (I reverted my changes). However, I still find the current (and apparently preferred) treatment of tags very strange. If that 'blue link' appearance is what is wanted, why don't wikitravel make the see/eat/drink/sleep tags look in that way straightaway? A tag with a name field moved to outside (which is what the current approach results in) is just as good as no tags at all; and, in particular, those small 'edit' buttons become less functional when they cover only part of the field (with name and url excluded and formatted manually). Is it not simpler to embed the desired visual behavior right into the tags, and keep tags consistent? AntonBryl (talk) 17:25, 20 November 2013 (EST)

thanks for your welcome message!

Yes, I've already had my Wikishared account and uploaded lots of my pictures (almost all of those are on Japanese version Wikitravel). I really enjoy being a Wiki-traveler. --Aiko99ann 00:20, 24 November 2013 (JST)

Thank you very much for your advice.
Would you tell me also how to make a link to my Japanese Wikitravel account? --Aiko99ann 13:14, 24 November 2013 (JST)
I appreciate your kind assistance. I'll contribute to these websites here! --Aiko99ann 01:54, 25 November 2013 (JST)

spam blacklist

Hey Koavf, I had to undo your recent edit on the Wikitravel:Local spam blacklist as it triggered the spam filter preventing me from editing some pages (undoing tout listings). GiulioC (talk) 08:21, 30 November 2013 (EST)

Thanks It's tricky because there are some terms or string of letters which are conceivably useful. Thanks for your note. Koavf (talk) 13:36, 30 November 2013 (EST)

Gloucester - England

Hi Koavf, I decided to radically amend the Gloucester entry because it was really out of date and not suitable at all.

I didn't mean to amend the sub-headings but the content is much better now. Let me know if I need to change anything else.

Thanks, Binary2014

London Guide

Hi I have no clue how to edit this great site.

Was reading your London section and wondered if your can list this site that was the first ever online London guide started in 1995

Would this be possible? , we are already on page 1 of google for London Guide we just like this listing as we think our site can be useful.

Thank you so much

have a great day

Other guides See alog: we don't link to other travel guides here. Yours may be the best but the preference here would be to simply make ours better. Let me know if you want more help with Wikitravel. Koavf (talk) 01:56, 8 February 2014 (EST)

Template talk:IATA

Since you are probably very busy fighting spam and you recently edited that template, you may like to be made aware that I left a comment on its discussion page... -- 18:21, 16 February 2014 (EST)