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Since I can't edit the MainPage, I communicate here that the dutch Wikitravel has > 1000 articles ! So please update the Mainpage in the section : >1000 articles.

Login user can update the English Main Page. But I don't know the order of there, so I put the dutch Wikitravel to the bottom end of the section. If you don't have an account on en:, you can login with OpenID. -- Tatata 04:20, 4 June 2007 (EDT)

Arabic up and running?[edit]

I just saw it in the Multilingua Statistics. I'd like to confirm and make the announcement over on :pt. Thanks. --Ricardo (Rmx) 19:51, 20 July 2008 (EDT)

Yes, it's up and running, albeit basically empty, here. --Peter 22:52, 20 July 2008 (EDT)

Wikitravel in German & Italian[edit]

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Why we cannot edit any city in German or Italian? Thanks

Anonymous edits have been disabled on the Italian Wikitravel version, because of 1) spam problems and 2) lack of active administrators. The German version should be fully editable by anyone (and I have no trouble doing so). What exactly is preventing you from editing in German? Has your ip been blocked? --Peter Talk 14:51, 25 August 2008 (EDT)

Ar-Wikitravel needs to be closed immediately[edit]

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Please note that the Arabic version of your project has become a target of heavy spam vandalism, as a quick look at the RecentChanges page would reveal. Apparently the vandalism has been continuous for months and there are no active users there to revert it. (The site originally had almost no content articles anyways.) Hem21 00:51, 16 January 2010 (EST)

I browsed through the last 1500 edits and all were bots (judging by the edit summaries like vlRvvODk) except three "de-spam" edits from Tatata back in November. I don't know about closing the site completely (there are only 5-10 spam attacks a day, probably as many as the English version sees), but sadly that seems to be the only practical thing to do with so much spam to undo and an apparent lack of contributors. Does anyone know who is the administrator of Wikitravel/ar? Are there any ways to mass-delete spam? AHeneen 02:57, 16 January 2010 (EST)
No idea who the admins are on Ar (if there are any). It is clearly a very unloved version. There must be a better solution than closing it down. Any ideas? Anyone? --Burmesedays 03:11, 16 January 2010 (EST)
What does "closing" entail? I don't think it would be a good idea to delete the entire language version. It took so long to get the Korean version, and the Turkish version still hasn't come, so I hope it doesn't mean deleting it. Is there a way to make all pages uneditable and to have a disclaimer at the top of the main page that explains that we'd like to continue to have an Arabic version, but until there are those willing to help maintain it, no edits can be made? ChubbyWimbus 03:57, 16 January 2010 (EST)
I'm thinking we need to raise the number of editors active on a language version before granting approval. At any rate, this discussion needs to go to Wikitravel Shared, not here. LtPowers 08:55, 16 January 2010 (EST)
It's possible to simply disable anon editing, or to just take it down altogether (with the intent of bringing it back when people are ready to work on it). But of course, you'd have to contact IB to do that. wikipedia:User:Aude is the bureaucrat there, so if someone wants to clean it up, you could ask her for emergency admin powers—I sincerely doubt anyone would object. --Peter Talk 12:44, 16 January 2010 (EST)

Italian Version[edit]

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What is going on with the Italian Wikitravel? There have been thousands of spam edits to [1]? One of the only other edits was giving a new user a greeting that asks them to go to WikiVoyage instead of Wikitravel... It makes me wonder how many of our other language versions have real active users? ChubbyWimbus 05:00, 5 April 2010 (EDT)

Not very many of them, in my experience. LtPowers 07:12, 5 April 2010 (EDT)
It would seem sensible to me to protect all the language versions of Wikitravel which do not have a user base to look after them. Sadly it seems that (it) has joined the ranks of the other Wikitravel spam magnets.--Burmesedays 10:07, 5 April 2010 (EDT)
I have been trying to add more to the Chinese version in hopes that people will edit if there are pages there to edit. It just strikes me as odd that the spammers actually limited themselves to the Faro Talk page. ChubbyWimbus 02:57, 6 April 2010 (EDT)

IB's anti-spam suggestion would be quite useful on the flailing versions. As far as the Italian version is concerned, I'm more than happy for those contributors to go to WikiVoyage—their Italian fork has preserved our good content (which could have been lost to neglect & spambots) and remains well curated. I'm half tempted to just put up a disclaimer on the sitenotice letting people know about it. --Peter Talk 13:37, 6 April 2010 (EDT)
Incidentally, what is the difference between WikiVoyage and Wikitravel? Is WikiVoyage a European mirror of Wikitravel? (I ask because I think I remember the Germans also going there. I could be wrong...) What is our relationship to WikiVoyage? The Italian version looks basically just like Wikitravel. ChubbyWimbus
Wikivoyage is a fork of Wikitravel's German- and Italian-language sites (which is of course explicitly allowed by our copyleft). You can read about the history at wikipedia:Wikivoyage. LtPowers 16:41, 6 April 2010 (EDT)