Here are some Frequently Asked Questions that Wikitravellers have heard, or think they may hear, or wonder about themselves.
If you don't see your question answered here, ask it at the Travellers' pub, and someone will answer it as soon as possible (probably).
What is Wikitravel?
Wikitravel is a project to create a free, complete, up-to-date and reliable world-wide travel guide. It is built in collaboration by Wikitravellers from around the globe. You can read more about Wikitravel on the About page, and get answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Wikitravel in general from the Wikitravel FAQ page. The rest of this FAQ is specifically about Wikitravel Shared.
OK, we lied. Wikitravel is actually a project to create multiple travel guides, in languages used world-wide. Wikitravel Shared is a place to put the resources that can be shared between them: pictures!
Can I contribute anything here?
Unfortunately, we have some fairly strict rules about what images Wikitravel can use. First, it has to be the kind of images we're looking for. Second, we need to be able to use the image legally.
OK, what kinds of images can I contribute?
In a nutshell, we can pictures of places. We want to show travelers what they'll see if they go to one of the places we're writing about. We generally don't want photos of people, such as your boyfriend standing in front of the Parthenon or the helpful man who gave you directions to the train station. See image policy page for more detail about the kinds of pictures we can/can't use.
And what are the legal requirements for pictures?
The bottom line is that we need a legal license to use the picture in any of the ways that our goals call for. We need explicit permission from the creator of the image. If that's you, all you need to do is pick a compatible licence for it. If it's not you, you need to make sure that the creator gives permission, and that the permission he gives is compatible with what Wikitravel intended to do. Either public domain or images under a Creative Commons ShareAlike license are the main things we're looking for. See our copyleft for the nitty-gritty details.
Questions about uploading
How do I upload an image to use in an article?
You should follow the instructions on how to upload files.
How do I put an image I uploaded into an article?
You should follow the instructions on Wikitravel Shared:How to add an image.
How do I delete an image?
You can't delete an image directly. The procedure is somewhat more complicated: Go to Wikitravel Shared:Votes for deletion and add a link to the image, with the reason you hink it should be deleted. After fourteen days of discussion the image will be deleted unless there is a consensus to keep it.
What language should I use to describe the photos I upload?
We don't have a policy for that. Use whatever language you're comfortable with. Although descriptions can be helpful, they aren't usually critical for the people who'll be using the pictures in the various Wikitravel guides, so it's probably OK if someone can't read your Portuguese or Arabic description of the Sydney Opera House. The tags used to organize images generally use the common English-language names of places (e.g. "Tokyo", "Germany"). Sorry, but we had to standardize on something and Wikitravel was founded by people who speak English.