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Revision as of 00:18, 22 October 2005

The Main Page is the entryway for most casual readers into Wikitravel. It should show us in our best light. This policy describes how to keep the links on the Main Page

First, some don'ts.

  • Don't add articles that are really incomplete to the Guide section. For example, phrasebooks that don't have all the phrases translated, or articles with stub disclaimers. Articles don't have to be 100% perfect to be featured, but they should be at least 70-80% there. Half-baked articles are not what we want to show to first-time readers.
  • Don't add articles just to get more people to come help on a page. Articles that are messy, unfinished, or don't even come close to the guidelines in the manual of style are not good examples of our work. Use the listings on Help wanted if you need some help.
  • Don't add an article you are the sole or even principal author of. Adding your own articles makes other people suspicious of your motives. There are (now) plenty of people reading Wikitravel, and lots of us are reloading the recent changes page all the time. If your article is really good, someone else will see it and add it. Don't pat yourself on the back; we'll do that for you!
  • Don't add articles to the Guide section solely because of the subject of the article. A good article treats an important subject with good style; remember both when adding them to the list. In other words, don't add Rome just because it's an important destination; it should also be a good article. Similarly, don't add Tips for vegetarians to "Travel Topics" just because you think people should be vegetarians; the article should also be well-written and give good tips.

Now, some do's.

  • Do add articles that are well-written and have lots of information. They make Wikitravel look good.
  • Do check the article for spelling, grammar, formatting, and other mistakes before putting it in the Guide.
  • Do add articles that follow the manual of style.
  • Do keep each line of the Guide section down to about 7-8 entries. Too many entries makes it too busy. Nothing is featured if everything is featured, after all.
  • Do try to keep Guide links in order from newest to oldest, with newest first. Here, "oldest" means "in the Guide section longest".
  • Do remove the oldest entry from the end of the line, and add your new entry on the beginning of the line.
  • Do shorten titles of articles in the Guide section if necessary to keep the lines manageable.
  • Do add a note on the Talk page for Main Page telling why you added the article.
  • Do try to favor variety. Prefer new subjects of discussion, and destinations in parts of the world that we haven't featured recently. Having four destinations in France under "Europe", even if those are the newest best articles, makes the Main Page look weird.