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Wikitravel:Esperanto Wikitravel Expedition

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The Esperanto Wikitravel Expedition is an expedition to create a Esperanto-language version of Wikitravel.

For more information on multilingual Wikitravel policy, please see Wikitravel:Language version policy.


Esperanto is an international auxiliary language (IAL) spoken by proponents around the world. There are few "native" speakers, but estimates of second-language speakers range from 1-10 million. These travelers would be well-served by a Wikitravel travel guide in their language.

Esperanto's international focus means that Esperanto-speakers are also frequent travelers and would have a lot to contribute on other destinations and topics. There are also international hospitality exchange networks, like the Pasporta Servo, that use Esperanto exclusively for interactions between members.

Contributions in Esperanto would help the other Wikitravel language versions. Many Esperanto-speaking areas are major travel destinations; having locals update information in their preferred second language (which could then be translated to other languages) would make for better information in all the Wikitravel guides.


This Expedition has the following goals:

  • To collect a good base of Esperanto-speaking users willing to take this project further.
  • To choose a go-between who can keep users on the English-language site up-to-date on developments on Esperanto Wikitravel, and vice-versa
  • To translate the interface files for Wikitravel into Esperanto
  • To launch the new Esperanto-language Wikitravel.
  • To translate the pages and create the infrastructure necessary to make Esperanto Wikitravel useful and friendly for new Esperanto-speaking contributors.
  • To make Esperanto Wikitravel an integrated part of the Wikitravel family.


The Language version policy lists the steps necessary to get a Esperanto-language Wikitravel in place.

Gathering a team of users

To get this project started, we need at least 3 Esperanto-speaking users willing to help start the Esperanto Wikitravel. This means helping to translate the interface files, create content on the new Wikitravel, and to create the necessary infrastructure to make Wikitravel welcoming and useful for the next wave of contributors.

If you're interested, please create a user account on this (English) Wikitravel, and sign the list below. To sign, edit this page and just type ~ 4 times, like "~~~~".

More than 3 users are welcome to sign up, but we need at least 3 to get started.


The Esperanto version of Wikitravel will need a go-between who can keep the Esperanto wt: community up-to-date on activity on the other language versions, and conversely report on developments on the new wiki for everyone else.

Language interface file

MediaWiki, the software that runs Wikitravel, uses a language interface file to make the links and names and prompts and stuff readable in other languages. We need to customize a new version to work for Esperanto Wikitravel.

We can collaboratively do this at Wikitravel:MessagesEo.php. It's started off with the Wikipedia language file, and we can use the English Wikitravel:Language.php file as a reference for things that need to be changed. It's mostly just changing the name of the site (Wikipedia -> Wikitravel), the name of the license, and the names of some important pages.


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