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This policy is still a work in progress. Fixes, clarifications, or modifications are especially welcome. --Evan 13:05, 19 Dec 2003 (PST)

What's special about English? I think the rule about go-betweens should be: For every two languages, there should be a go-between between them, or a third language which has a go-between to each of them.

Well, the main reason English is special is that there's already an English Wikitravel.
Once there's a French Wikitravel, and an Arabic Wikitravel, what if some Wikitravellers want to start a Berber Wikitravel? They might find a go-between to French and Arabic, but none to English. -phma

We'll need phrasebooks for the other languages. Inverting a phrasebook is trivial, except for the pronunciation. Writing English pronunciation in French is as difficult as the reverse. Here's a 3-D minimal set: sin, thin, tin, seen, teen, sing, thing. Can you write their sounds in French, or any language other than English, so that they are all distinct?

No. I can't! I can't I can't I can't! I am completely helpless in the face of this daunting task. Don't even ask me how to do pseudo-phonetic pronunciation guides for Cantonese, because I will be at a 100% loss.
I can'tonese either :) Try Bopomofo. I could do one in Greek, but it wouldn't be as elegant as the Greek pronunciation guide in English will be once UTF-8 is up. -phma 17:55, 19 Dec 2003 (PST)

Also someone will have to translate additions to one language into others. That way, if a Pelonian visits Bertcad and writes about the zoo, the Almonians will know about the zoo, too. -phma 16:08, 19 Dec 2003 (PST)

Yes. I think that'd be more of a decentralized task, though. --Evan 16:50, 19 Dec 2003 (PST)

Romanian Wikitravel Expedition

As Romanian is the most advanced in progress of becoming a foreign-language Wikipedia, there is already a Wikitravel:Romanian Wikitravel Expedition. Hope to see more languages soon! Ronline 04:18, 20 Dec 2003 (PST)