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Should we attempt to work out some sort of formal algorithm for choosing destinations? Wikipedia's style is that anything uncontested for a week passes, with the caveat that any objections given must be fixable (ie. "need more info on X" and not "j00 are teh sux0r"). Jpatokal 10:11, 18 Jul 2004 (EDT)

That would work. How to decide "ties"? Add them to The Queue and do them in chronologic order? I would also propose that no country shall have a DoM twice in a row. If the DoM is a country, then this rule applies to continents. This should spread the love around a bit. Do we allow for a special rule for really huge events? For example it would have made some sense to put Portugal up as DoM during that soccer championship (that is assuming the article is "fairly complete" and again nobody objects). I think this makes sense for truly global events (large soccer championships and olympics are the two that come to mind, there may be others). -- Nils 11:00, 18 Jul 2004 (EDT)

Just wanted to say this page is a good idea... and I like the idea of "constructive criticism." Events should be taken into consideration, but it's hard to say what's "global" and there are plenty of places that would come up for the same month-- I'm just thinking of Aug as an example... I wish there were more months in the year! Majnoona 19:06, 18 Jul 2004 (EDT)

This is all cool, but I have another suggestion... what if we just take all the suggested featured destinations and use them? I mean, a month is a long time... we could use one for a few days, and one for another few days. --Evan 20:04, 18 Jul 2004 (EDT)
Having a "Destination of the Week" was already suggested on Talk:Main Page, but I'm not sure Wikitravel has all that many "showcasable" articles yet... especially since thumbnails still aren't working, making the picture requirement tough. Jpatokal 23:42, 18 Jul 2004 (EDT)
Destination of the week is not feasible yet simply because of the lack of really good articles. It's also a lot of overhead.... also I wager the average visitor does not show up weekly. We can always switch to a weekly schedule later, but for now I'd say monthly is definitely the way to go. -- Nils 01:30, 19 Jul 2004 (EDT)
About events: Could be done with a simple "no objections" rule again. But I do think that the number of events of global scope is limited. We only want events that many people travel to, and events that are not repeated at the same location every year (because, frankly, we can really expect people interested in say the carnival in Rio to look up Rio directly). I already mentioned soccer championships and olympics, I haven't yet come up with a third example. -- Nils 01:30, 19 Jul 2004 (EDT)

Special Nomination - Athens?

What would people think about putting Athens up as a special DoM, considering that it is the host of the Summer Olympics and lots of people will be looking at it, hopefully? The article currently doesn't meet the exacting standards for DoM proposed elsewhere BUT we could add a caveat that people should "plunge forward" and add information where they see gaps. This would be somewhat closer to Wikipedia's Feature Article of the Week..... so maybe we could introduce this initiative under a slightly different guise? Opinions / suggestions? Pjamescowie 07:26, 19 Jul 2004 (EDT)

I wonder if we could instead make some kind of "Stuck in the mud" featured category, for articles that really need a lot of hands pushing on them to get them rolling. Athens is a great example. Like, it should be featured, but it's just not in good shape right now. I should probably move this to Wikitravel talk:Main Page policy... --Evan 10:16, 19 Jul 2004 (EDT)
Unfortunately, having such a feature would make every wiki writer want their choice to show up in that list. The list for that would be far longer than the list for destination of the month. That will become a political nightmare... Chip 11:48, 19 Jul 2004 (EDT)