User talk:Maj

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What is an article?

So as the grand champion defender of Wikitravel:What is an article? and inventor of the "can I sleep there" rule of thumb for deciding if an article topic is valid, can I get you to comment on Manzanar (See also Talk:Manzanar). I'm defintely pushing the bounds of "what is an article?" pretty hard. - Colin 18:32, 8 Oct 2004 (EDT)


Congratulations to you both! -- Colin 03:26, 19 Oct 2004 (EDT)

Kathmandu map

Hey, so I've uploaded a first draft in both vector and raster form. I've got the roads, parks, woods and rivers on there, but we still need to add a lot of stuff. Particularly if you could label some stuff that would be great. I guess Evan has a copy of sodipodi -- Mark 11:58, 28 Oct 2004 (EDT)

Script nominations

Hey, so, we're getting stuck in a rut on the Wikitravel:script nominations page. Can you give your yea or nay on the latest scripts nominated? --Evan 17:06, 28 Oct 2004 (EDT)

Delete procedure

I think I misunderstood what I'm doing a bit. When we have a vfd for a page, is the talk page automatically up for deletion too? -- Colin 01:53, 30 Oct 2004 (EDT)

  • I dunno, but I don't think it hurts... usually there isn't a talk page for a snafu like the BRC ones, so it hasn't come up much. Thanks for following up on that, I'd rather have a vfd msg than some childish crapola. Majnoona 01:56, 30 Oct 2004 (EDT)
    • Thanks! -- Colin 15:20, 30 Oct 2004 (EDT)


Thanks for your edits to Independence (California). Sometimes I have a tough time writing text and I appreciate the editing. I noticed you changed US 395 to US highway 395. I tried to initiate a discussion of this topic at Talk:United States of America#Road Nomenclature. Perhaps you could throw in a couple of comments?


I reverted out some IP user's alterations of your user page. -- Colin 20:30, 3 Nov 2004 (EST)

New admin nominees

So, I just nominated three new people for admin status. Since it takes the approval of two other admins to get one of these nominations approved, I'd appreciate it if you could drop in to Wikitravel:administrator nominations and show your support (or lack thereof). --Evan 17:16, 9 Nov 2004 (EST) P.S. Grease the pan.


Hi MAJ, I just wanted to extend a heartfelt thanks for your help in getting the site back up. I know that this must be costing you guys real CAD, so I'm super impressed that you are making the sacrifice. Let us know when we can share the burdon. -- Mark 23:48, 25 Nov 2004 (EST)

Hospitality Exchange

Hi Maj, I don't want to be as much of a pain in the arse as Veit sometimes manages to be, but I didn't find your contribution to the talkpage debate about which order (alphabetic or by size) is the more objective/practical/interesting very enlightning... --Valmi 00:01, 5 Dec 2004 (EST)

Sorry that sounded aggressive, et merci pour ta réponse. I'm taking a wikibreak ahead of planned time now, just got too seriously fed with this ridiculous war. ;-) Eager to meet Evan and you (someday), I'm curious to hear your views about the future of WT–I'm afraid it's not working as well as it could have... Take care. --Valmi 15:33, 7 Dec 2004 (EST)

Wikitravel kudos

What a great idea this project is! Thanks to you and all of the Wikitravel contributors. I'll be traveling and working in West Africa in the spring, and will be sure to contribute articles on some of the nations not yet covered in depth.

Trekking regions

Hi Maj, first apologies for impulsively adding the three places to the main page without due consideration of the rules, and giving you the trouble of having to delete them. However, I have one point I'd like to raise: I wonder whether a new format should be designed for regions like Everest, possibly based on the 'small city' format. Although the centers of population along the trek are listed as 'cities' in Wikitravel, in reality they are generally no more than a few houses - the biggest village being about 50 houses, but with many consisting of no more than two or three dwellings. If each or these villages are designated their own page, as in say the listings for cities in a country, I wonder what information could be used to complete the pages. At a stretch, all the lodges could be listed under the 'sleep' section, though as they are all of similar design and cost and there are no street names or telephones, this would only be a list of names. Possibly the 'see' section could have information about which mountains are visible from a particular village. Otherwise, every village is pretty much the same. Also, I wonder of the benefit for the traveler to have this information spread out over 10 or 12 pages. In the 'small city' format, all information is convenietly included on the one page, irrespective of its location within the city - for example the western part of town may have beaches, while to the north there might be a castle. However, as neither of these districts have enough attractions to constitute being individual pages within themselves, they are included under the general heading of the city in which they are located. Anyway, just throwing out some ideas that would benefit from the imput of your (and Evan's) wisdom. I've raised the same point on the discussion page for templates.

Please talk about new format at What is an article? (not to start discussion in two places...). --JanSlupski 04:49, 11 Apr 2005 (EDT)

Back after too long

I moved, and after two stressful weeks of packing and moving, followed by unexpectedly being cut off from the Net for six days, I'm having more time for wikifying. -phma 01:35, 11 Apr 2005 (EDT)

Encyclopaedic Listings

Maj, Getting back on my hobby horse, I wondered what your views were on the Medora and Mandan articles. To me, the unqualified long list of shops and restaurants don't tell a traveller much that they couldn't look up in a telephone directory. DanielC 06:22, 15 May 2005 (EDT)

Huxley quote

I saw this Quote by Aldous Huxley about travel and thought you'd like it. --Evan 13:31, 29 Jun 2005 (EDT)

Admin nomination

I've added an nomination for User:Pjamescowie to become an admin. Please stop by and give your opinion. --Evan 19:44, 2 Jul 2005 (EDT)

Labour Day

Good luck and be well! -- Colin 20:06, 5 Sep 2005 (EDT)

Admin nomination

User:Elgaard and User:Ilkirk have been nominated to become admins. Please stop by and give your opinion. -- Colin 14:40, 4 Nov 2005 (EST)

Welcome back!

I think I dropped into the mix after you had gone MIA, so I haven't really seen your work first hand, but I thought I'd welcome you back into the mix anyway - and from what I've seen you do the last few days, I'm sure we've suffered some without you! -- Ilkirk 00:13, 6 Nov 2005 (EST)


I've got a proposal for a bot to do the cleanup work on breadcrumb navigation here: Wikitravel:Script nominations#YggdrasilBot. Your comment welcome, please. --Evan 00:07, 11 Dec 2005 (EST)

Where in Pennsylvania is Chadds Ford?

Where in Pennsylvania is Chadds Ford? There is a whole state to choose from, and I do not know if it is a tiny village or a huge megamopolis. The IsIn link does not go down to the county or sub-state region level and Chadds Ford is not linked from the Pennsylvania article, so I have no reference point for it. Currently it is an orphan article as it does not link from anywhere. -- Huttite 19:10, 18 Jan 2006 (EST)

I dunno either! It was listed as an attraction in the Philadelphia article, along with Washington Crosssing. I'll try and googlemap it and get an idea but I really don't know that part of the US at all! Majnoona 19:58, 18 Jan 2006 (EST)

Welcome note

Thanks for the personalised welcome note :) Yzerfontein 11:39, 27 Jan 2006 (EST)

Let me know if you get this message

I'm testing out the new message indicator. --Evan 15:50, 5 March 2006 (EST)

Possible new section for Main Page

(Copied from Talk:Main Page)

There is currently (2 April 06) a discussion going on at the talk page for Wikitravel:Destination of the Month candidates, about possibly adding an "Off The Beaten Path" box to the Main Page. Todd VerBeek has genned up a sample of what this might look like, appearing on the Wikitravel:Graffiti wall. The idea is to accommodate a wider range of DotMs than can currently be done, since there's beginning to be a substantial backlog of attractive candidates. This idea seems to have legs; if interested, drop by the talk page ahd join the discussion. -- Bill-on-the-Hill 00:08, 3 April 2006 (EDT)


I'd be grateful if you could offer some words of wisdom on the subject of offering independent articles for large monasteries - see Wikitravel:What is an article? discussion page. Thanks. WindHorse 4 April 06

Main page revert

Wow! You're quick! I was attempting to revert it too, but you beat me to the punch! Sapphire 18:00, 6 April 2006 (EDT)


Hi Maj - you added a vfd notice to Cherry but didn't add it to Wikitravel:Votes for deletion. According to Wikipedia WikiPedia:Cherry, Illinois is a town of about 500 people, so I'm not sure if you want to put this article up for a vote since it's such a small place, or else remove the vfd notice. -- Ryan 21:27, 9 April 2006 (EDT)

I vote you just use your majikal powers :-) and get rid of the thing. The content was garbage, and I really don't think the page was created with the little town in Illinois in mind... -- Bill-on-the-Hill 21:44, 9 April 2006 (EDT)
My bad: I was in the middle of checking google for Cherries when the wee one woke up... I'm glad you found Cherry Illinois! I'll remove the vfd. BotH, just cause it wasn't created on purpose doesn't mean we can't harness it and use it for the forces of good! Think of it as recycling ;-) Majnoona 22:20, 9 April 2006 (EDT)


Hi Maj - earlier today you created Cjm with the only content being {{vfd}}. Was there a purpose for that or can it simply be deleted? If the latter, I'll leave it to you to do the honors :) -- Ryan 16:40, 11 April 2006 (EDT)

Bump. -- Ryan 14:58, 13 April 2006 (EDT)
Opps, I meant to get back to you on this-- AFAIK I didn't actual create it, it showed up in a database dump of article titles... so no purpose... go ahead and kill it! Majnoona 15:08, 13 April 2006 (EDT)

some spam

just b/c i am to lazy, and maybe you like to do some rollbacks: check on --Raffael 18:19, 16 April 2006 (EDT)

i guess Evan took care of it... --Raffael 18:40, 16 April 2006 (EDT)


Hi Maj - I've changed Donetsk back to an outline since it has a template, and according to Wikitravel:Article status is therefore no longer a stub. Hopefully that's OK! -- Ryan 15:14, 18 April 2006 (EDT)


Thanks for the message. I'm not around as constantly now as I was in late 2004 as I was actually travelling then. Now that I'm just periodically poking around in Australia, I don't have as much to write up. Hope to do more travelling soon of course ;) Hypatia 03:22, 23 April 2006 (EDT)

My changes

Hi maj! I made a lot of changes (see e.g. talk Berlin, Chernobyl). Some were against your prior statements. Concerning Chernobyl i discussed some stuff this morning with Shappire and he agreed with me (see my talk page). I'm the newbie here so I would like to avoid being a pain in the ass... I read about wikitravels aims and agree with them. Before i plunge forward and afterwards you revert my changes please give a go to me. Nothing is more disappointing than deleted work! jan 11:07 (EST) 26 April 2006

Kaliningrad - External Links removed

Hello Maj

I noticed that you removed the external links section back on 19 April 2006 - any particular reason why? You didn't place them in Russia's external links section (hasn't got one anyway), so the info was lost. I've put them back in case it was a mistake.

I'm still getting to grips with Wikitravel and would like to know some reasoning behind what more experienced users do.

Thanks Howard