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Wikitravel:Administrator_nominations cardboardbird

Hi Peter,

I hope you are fine. The nomination for user cardboardbird is running for a month and i think he is ripe for the mob ;-) Would you give him the tools? I'm very busy in my real life at the moment, so it would be handy to have additional hands... Thanks and best regards, jan 10:28, 5 January 2011 (EST)

Hmm, actually I already have a week ago! --Peter Talk 11:39, 5 January 2011 (EST)
Oh, sorry! Only saw the admin nomination side and thought it was forgotten. jan 11:41, 5 January 2011 (EST)

server error

Could you - or someone administering mediawiki - look into this error? It seems the software have some serious problems with accents in filenames.

Hiba az indexkép létrehozásakor: convert: unable to open image `/var/www/html/': No such file or directory.
convert: missing an image filename `/var/www/html/'.

Thanks. --grin 17:46, 9 January 2011 (EST)

Yes, the software does have serious problems with such characters. Please avoid them; there's nothing we, as admins, can do about it. See, for example, shared:Tech:Image thumbnail not shown if filename contains special characters. LtPowers 11:38, 12 January 2011 (EST)

This is not the mediawiki, this is the local filesystem on the server. And yes, not wikiadmins but serveradmins can and should fix that. But I don't know them, maybe you do. --grin 18:52, 20 January 2011 (EST)

Corrections to Far Southeast Side Travel Guide & Map.

Hello! A very good guide! However, in the drink section you refer to the "Frank Loyd Wright-style golf course club house off of 111th street just before Route 57" and I assume you mean 94, not 57.

The map makes a similar error, where, in the Pullman Historic District inset map, 94 is labeled as 57. It is correctly labeled 94 on the outset map.

Sincerely, Ben from Hammond

p.s. Just noticed, also on the map, the South Shore station is misspelled Hegewische instead of Hegewisch. Oh and in the Sleep Legend, there are two #2, instead of #3. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs)

Whoops! Yes, those are all silly goofs on my part, that went unnoticed for far too long. I'll fix these up. --Peter Talk 13:19, 12 January 2011 (EST)
Great work on Hammond, by the way. I always had a good time, usually driving through and making a quick stop at a good eatery. It's just a shame that we can't put Phil Schmidt's in there! --Peter Talk 13:45, 12 January 2011 (EST)

policy on tours

Hi Peter. Happy New Year! User:Scagnoz has just uploaded plugs for Chianti Tours on about ten pages in the Chianti area Siena deleted by me, Florence, Radda, Greve, Panzano, etc. etc.. I don't find the Policy on Tours clear enough to really delete all of these; in theory you could do it yourself assuming Chianti Tours does not have access to vineyards that are not open to the general public. Please advise. And if I delete Chianti Tours listing there are other listings that will have to be deleted, too. In some cases leaving nothing on the pages! Thanks Shep 12:57, 18 January 2011 (EST)

Wrh2 has now deleted them all but there are about 20 such companies listed under Cape Winelands so should we not be consistent? Shep 14:47, 19 January 2011 (EST)
See User talk:Scagnoz. The user copied the same text to 11 different articles. Wine tours are not necessarily a violation of the Tour policy if they offer a value-add (generally, safe transportation for drunks), but copying the same text to multiple articles is a blatant abuse of Wikitravel. -- Ryan • (talk) • 15:07, 19 January 2011 (EST)
Point taken. Perhaps we could move all the wine tour listings to Chianti? Shep 15:18, 19 January 2011 (EST)

Russian pictures

Mind taking a look at this: this? I'm not familiar with this Yandex thing, and Google translate isn't helping. --Stefan (sertmann) talk 11:06, 29 January 2011 (EST)

Yandex is just Google for the Runet. So the search engine has no bearing on the licensing of the photos—if they're not explicitly PD or CC, we can't use them. --Peter Talk 18:59, 30 January 2011 (EST)


Thanks!! glad someone likes my work!! —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Pinetreejungle (talkcontribs)

Thanks from me too

Thanks for the welcome. It is fun colouring in the BVI stuff, but I also travel to some reasonably obscure places (like Chuuk, so hoping to fill in the details from some of those locations too. Just bear with me whilst I learn the ropes...!</br> Legis 09:33, 18 February 2011 (EST)

jan 10:51, 22 February 2011 (EST)== DotM/OtbP ==

Hi Peter,

we are a bit short of nominees for DotM/OtbP. I have started to improve Frankfurt as the reasons for the slush pile have been mainly xl and formatting. I already asked G-T if he would do a map for Frankfurt but if you have any other contestants, then they would be more than welcome. Thank you and have a nice weekend, jan 10:45, 18 February 2011 (EST)

Hi Peter, I worked on Frankfurt to get it ready for DotM. Globe-trotter is at the moment AWOL so would you mind to have a look what's missing. I kick in a quick and dirty map for downtown but feel free if you have a better map to simply ignore it. Regards,

Hi, I don't know why you edit everytime my contribute about Turin. It's more correct than others in the same session (my link is on the english page of the site, others no) and absolutely appropriate,

Thanks for your answer. Roberto


Hello! I have read some of your contributions to the wiki travel page regarding Yakutsk, which is a very well done page and thank you for helping, and had a couple questions for you. I am interested in potentially living in Yakutsk and am the beginning stages of figuring out how to find work before I arrive. I was just wondering if you saw any places offering to teach English there? Is there much, if any, potential for work as an ex-pat there? How many international folks were there in Yakutsk during the summer? I lived through a Mongolian winter, so I am familiar with the cold, though obviously Yakutsk is colder than almost anywhere in the world. According to Lonely Planet finding work in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia is nearly impossible, but I found multiple job offers as an English teacher in just two weeks. I wonder if Yakutsk is of a potentially similar situation. I'm looking to move there as soon as this fall, but probably later, the summer of 2012.

I thought you might have some information and anything, however small, would be of a great help to me. I'm a qualified English teacher with experience looking to live in the winter northlands for a while. I've been dog sledding a number of times, love it, and want more of it. Thanks again for the contributions online and thanks for any potential help!

Best regards, Alex Miller

Deletion on "Eat" section of "Siberia" page

Hi, Peter. I realize the deletion wasn't explained, but the passage that was deleted was a joke. Bak Kut Teh, Garlic Naan, and Hainanese Chicken Rice are common Malaysian foodstuffs, not Siberian dishes. Therefore, I patrolled the redeletion of that joke.

All the best,

Ikan Kekek 23:12, 8 April 2011 (EDT)

Unused template

Hey there! Can Template:Accent be deleted? texugo 09:36, 17 April 2011 (EDT)

It's actually of use, despite appearing to not be in use, since it is only used via the {{subst:accent}} formula. This is useful for adding accent marks to characters in non-Latin alphabets (Russian is what it's most often used for). --Peter Talk 18:54, 1 June 2011 (EDT)
Just out of curiosity, what does substituting a blank template do for us? texugo 02:00, 2 June 2011 (EDT)
While the content is extremely small, the template isn't blank. It adds an accent to anything: @́ %́ ฿́ ы́ --Peter Talk 06:11, 2 June 2011 (EDT)
I gotta admit, I thought it was empty, too, but now I see the single character within. I'm not sure how it works, but I guess it does! LtPowers 19:28, 2 June 2011 (EDT)
As far as I'm concerned it works via "copying from Wikipedia." But template magic is far beyond my realm of understanding! --Peter Talk 19:40, 2 June 2011 (EDT)

What's up?

Say, no contributions since February 25? Have you abandoned us for good?? texugo 07:16, 20 May 2011 (EDT)

Nope, I just had a New Orleans-inspired falling-off-the-grid. I've probably put too much work into this site to ever truly move off. I'm back and feeling a big new wave of productivity coming on. --Peter Talk 18:56, 1 June 2011 (EDT)
Glad to see you are back. I was starting to get kind of worried that something had happened to you! texugo 20:38, 1 June 2011 (EDT)
Trumpets Blaring. :) --Burmesedays 22:25, 1 June 2011 (EDT)


A couple of recent discussions where I was hoping to get your input, if you have time:

Looking forward to hearing your take on these. texugo 20:59, 1 June 2011 (EDT)

I've responded. I'm hoping to be a little quieter on discussions in the future, though. Sometimes I worry that it takes me away from working on improving/writing guides, which is an area where I think I'm of better use! --Peter Talk 20:15, 2 June 2011 (EDT)


Thanks for the feedback Peter. I have a little more to put into the article for it to be as complete as possible for its likely OtBP feature. It would be nice if it when star when it gets on the front page too. I hope to get it finished this weekend so I will starnom it after that. Cheers, Cardboardbird 09:38, 16 June 2011 (EDT)


Why in the world did you slush Staraya's starnom? Only Claus expressed any significant objection, and promotion certainly doesn't require unanimity. LtPowers 16:18, 20 June 2011 (EDT)

That was some ill-advised foul-mood editing. If, hypothetically speaking, someone were to remove my last comment and undo my slushing, I would not object ;) --Peter Talk 12:40, 21 June 2011 (EDT)
Well, I guess I'll excise the silly bit myself. To explain, though, I have a tendency to get bogged down and sidetracked by the endless, intractable debates over trifles here, and I've made it a goal not to from here on out. (I actually think we'd benefit for a mechanism such as that goofy rock, paper, scissors method to resolve unimportant disputes where people have staked out conflicting positions.) I'm trying to focus on a) creating more original content and b) helping new users figure out how to do the same. Star nominations are something I enjoy, because they feel like a satisfying reward for hard work, but if they devolve into what I am trying to avoid, then I think I probably should leave them alone. --Peter Talk 14:18, 22 June 2011 (EDT)
Yeah, sorry about that; I wasn't sure how much to excise, and our talk page policy specifically advises against it. I should have let you know, though. LtPowers 17:07, 22 June 2011 (EDT)
Actually, our talk page policy encourages it. --Peter Talk 17:22, 22 June 2011 (EDT)
"it's considered bad form to change someone else's posts on a talk page" -- I didn't want to remove too much or too little. LtPowers 18:42, 22 June 2011 (EDT)
Ah, gotcha. --Peter Talk 18:53, 22 June 2011 (EDT)

Talon or прикуп

Peter, прикуп word came from Preference card game (преферанс in Russian). These are two cards which are hidden from players and which go to the whisting player finally. Often the success of his game directly depends on those two cards. That is why this saying appeared in Russia - living in Sochi is associated with luck, but with mostly accidential luck. My translator offers 3 options for прикуп: talon, widow, and widdie. Talon seems to me the most monosemantic word of those 3. Do you know other options? Rgds, Andrey

time formats revisited

Given your interest in the time formats discussion and/or the star nomination that was almost sidelined over this matter, I thought I should let you know I've reopened the discussion. Hopefully (unlikely perhaps, but hopefully) we can reach a more definitive conclusion on this matter. PerryPlanet Talk 00:44, 23 June 2011 (EDT)

New Orleans districts

Hi. Thanks very much for all your work. I was about to make some detailed suggestions and request for comment here on your talk page, but on consideration I decided to put it on the New Orleans talk page in case anyone else cares to chime in; Talk:New_Orleans#Districts_yet_again. Best wishes, Infrogmation 01:16, 27 June 2011 (EDT)

I wanted to give you some more feed back on my perspective on useful New Orleans districts boundaries, since you've been doing great work. I especially appreciate the maps, since that's something I've felt was needed, but didn't know how to do myself.

I would have been much more aggressive in creating district articles if I'd known you'd be creating maps to include every bit of the city with no "grey areas" not included. Since that's what we're doing, I wish to make suggestions:

1) The split off of a Gentilly article I've already mentioned. Again, I think extending it to the lake is best, everything between Bayou St. John and the Industrial Canal. I've resisted moving the UNO etc to the Gentilly article until a new map is ready, but can do so before if you prefer.

2) Having the Bienville Projects on Basin Street as part of "Mid-City" is one of the more obviously absurd things in the present configuration. I suggest adding the square between Canal, I-10, the French Quarter, and Treme to Treme. I'll mention it is not technically Treme, but it is much closer than Mid-City. The one thing of interest to some I can think of off hand is the three remaining buildings from Storyville. Since they're in a dangerous area next to a housing project I'll advise an abundance of caution, but since they're something the hearty few history buffs/urban explorers insist on seeing if they can, IMO better to list them.

3) Split off an "Audubon and University District" article from Uptown, including Audubon Zoo & Park, Tulane & Loyola Universities, and the area right around them. This is something I had in mind doing eventually way back before Katrina. Since we're about to "redraw the map", how about we do this too at the same time? I can knock out the "Audubon and University District" article pretty quickly any time I have a couple hours of free time. In addition to the material now in "Uptown", there are a number of restaurants and shops around the park and universities to add. I'd extend the area back to include the cluster of businesses around Calhoun & Miro, just across Claiborne from the back side of Tulane. (I see you've already discovered one of them, "Naked Pizza". One of a couple there worth mentioning, but don't belong in "Mid-City".) I'd suggest the boundaries include the Park & Universities and area around them with the following boundaries: From the Mississippi River to Lowerline Street (BTW, I applaud your awareness of subtleties in putting the border of Carrollton there rather than on Broadway!), back on Lowerline to Claiborne Avenue; continuing back on Broadway to Fontainebleau. Fontainebleau to State, then riverwards to Claiborne. Claiborne to the River along Calhoun Street.

I think that will result in a good solid districts division that should hold us for some time. (I don't think there's anywhere near enough reason to create a Broadmoor and Gert Town district, nor to subdivide Eastern New Orleans-- though several years from now hey, one never knows.) Red beans & ricely, Infrogmation 16:44, 2 July 2011 (EDT)

Ah, one more thing: The order of the districts. I think it makes sense to have the French Quarter first and the CBD second as we do, since they're the two most important for visitors. I propose after that first going upriver, then downriver, then progressively "back of town" something like this: 1) French Quarter. 2) Central Business District. 3) Central City. 4) Uptown. 5) Audubon and University. 6) Carrollton. 7) Marigny. 8) Bywater. 9) Treme. 10) 7th, 8th, and Upper 9th Wards. 11) Lower 9th Ward. 12) Mid-City. 13) Lakeview and Lakeside. 14) Gentilly. 15) Eastern New Orleans. What do you think? -- Infrogmation 17:00, 2 July 2011 (EDT)

Source for Russian region maps

Hi Peter,
Could I recommend a better source for creating Russian region maps: Russian Wikipedia. Most articles for Административное деление региона already contain a fine vector map. I don't mean to criticize your current maps but they can be made with far less effort if not based on OSM :)
- ru:User:GMM

Less effort yes, but to me it's important to include the roads, rail lines, etc. --Peter Talk 20:25, 29 June 2011 (EDT)

Regional structure of Russia


I'm thinking of modifying the regional structure of Russia to make it more consistant and similar to official one. By the moment I have several ideas I'd like to share with you to get some advise:

  • Kaliningrad Oblast according to most regional studies is included into Northwestern Russia, but is shown as a separate exclave by Wikitravel. I propose to add Kaliningrad Oblast to Northwestern Russia;
  • After adding Kaliningrad Oblast, Northwestern Russia reasonably should include 3 sub-regions: 1) Core Northwest of Russia (Leningrad Oblast, Novgorod Oblast, Pskov Oblast), 2) European North of Russia, and 3) Kaliningrad Oblast;
  • Sakhalin and Kuril Islands belong to the same region, Sakhalin Oblast. To me, it makes sense to structurally join these two articles;
  • I seriously doubt it makes sense to split Vladimir Oblast into 3 sub-regions. This is a small region with limited number of attractions, and we will hardly develop an appropriate guide for each sub-region.
  • The same for Moscow Oblast, despite it has more attractions. Better one good article than 4 poor ones. So I propose to refuse from subregional classification of Moscow Oblast and Vladimir Oblast.
  • I definetily agree with Volga Region division into Upper, Middle and Lower Volga, but none of subregional pages has a map of oblasts inside. How to create them?
  • The same for Western and Eastern Siberia.

Thank you for your advise,

Regards, Andrey Selskiy 09:13, 5 July 2011 (EDT)

Please also see Talk:Southern Russia for a regional anomaly which I raised about 2 weeks ago.--Burmesedays 10:54, 5 July 2011 (EDT)
Commented about Adygea at Talk:Southern Russia. Andrey Selskiy 12:05, 5 July 2011 (EDT)
I haven't forgotten this discussion, and will get to it as soon as I find time (busy busy!). --Peter Talk 17:53, 7 July 2011 (EDT)

Russian maps

Питер, если не сложно, сообщайте о созданных картах по России мне, или в раздел Картографии в Википутешествии. Digr 08:01, 8 July 2011 (EDT)