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Wiki Travel Guide.. how to tackle things

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1. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 9y

Looking for some feedback on good ways to boost content in the travel guide. I've been chatting here with Eric (aka dr.pepper) about some ideas on how to tackle projects. Here's some ideas which I'd like to just throw out and see if anyone likes them or alternatively, has any other suggestions..

1. A "Project of the Week". In particular, I'm thinking we need some work on the world's major cities (Rome, Paris, London, etc..) and these could easily be worked on by any number of people on here. A lot of the information can be gathered from online sources even if you haven't been. In fact, after editing quite a few articles like this, I'm finding it really quite enlightening to say the least. For instance, did you know that the world's second largest hydroelectric dam is in Ciudad Guayana. Great info for Trivial Pursuit ;)

2. Random tasks. Kind of like Mechanical Turk, it could be an option to just hit a button that says "Suggest Something", which might highlight a task that needs work. Tasks could be things like "Describe the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York" or stuff like that.

3. Regular Forum Posts. Wiki discussions are currently somewhat hidden from the general populous, meaning they don't generate much interest. But we could consider opening up discussions on the forum more about this, perhaps in a dedicated Travel Guide forum?

4. Anything else ??

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

I like both 1 and 2 (especially 2 I'm likely to use - something about it just seems to work :) ). Option 3 seems to be primarily to make sure that people know about the area, which although useful seems like something which doesn't warrant it's own forum. I think a better way to let people know about the area would be to create one or two more taglets for the home page, including one that shows for non logged in users and shows for example snippets from the last edit or featured articles. Having something like option 2 showing there would also be a good idea I think!

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

Just a quick follow up. I find that when I'm reading and especially answering someone's posts in the forum, like the one on how to travel from Oslo to Hemsedal, I dig up a lot of information that could be useful to others. So I often end up either starting a guide (like this one now created for Hemsedal ;) ) or refining one based on my forum posts and other internet browsing.

It's been said before that there are a lot of questions that keep popping up in the forums (travel insurance, backpacks etc.) and one way to minimize this would be to pool together some of the replies from those threads into relevant articles. That way if someone asks about travel insurance you could say; check out this guide based on the thousands of answers that have been given here before :)

4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

Of the options in Peter's original message, I like # 2. It'd be a good way to get people looking at key areas. A lot of information is available online if you search for it - heck, I didn't take a single bus or train when I was in Austin, but that didn't stop me from finding out what Amtrak trains come through town and providing a link to the bus schedules (plus, at $0.50 a ride, quite a deal!).

I agree with Sam about making sure that we capture information in the forums posts and get it into the travel guides.

I think one of the big problems is that there are still a LOT of pages with no information. I think it's very daunting for most people to start out with just a blank page and figure out how to fill it all in. I think that if more cities and places had at least some basic information filled in, it would be a lot less daunting for someone to add the little bits of information they might know about a place.

I especially think there is a big fear of the INTRODUCTION section, as it requires a little more creative writing skills than just a basic "Hotel Crappola charges $35 a night for a basic room with no running water. All rooms come with hard floors. There is an additional $20 charge for a mattress."

5. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 9y

Yeah, I know what you're saying about the introduction section. It scares me off even ;)

That said, it is a nice entry into the article and, particularly if a lot of the article isn't yet written, it ensures the article is a somewhat worthwhile read. But it sure is difficult to be creative and genuine enough with those introductions, especially if they're places you're only half familiar with.

6. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

Quoting Sam I Am

It's been said before that there are a lot of questions that keep popping up in the forums (travel insurance, backpacks etc.) and one way to minimize this would be to pool together some of the replies from those threads into relevant articles.

We still don't have a link from the front page or the side menu to the "general" travel articles like health and money, which really should be added for these types of items.

7. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

Quoting GregW

Quoting Sam I Am

It's been said before that there are a lot of questions that keep popping up in the forums (travel insurance, backpacks etc.) and one way to minimize this would be to pool together some of the replies from those threads into relevant articles.

We still don't have a link from the front page or the side menu to the "general" travel articles like health and money, which really should be added for these types of items.

Partly inspired by this, I've added a link to the Travel Health section from the Tools page, but this is not sufficient, because of course they should be plugged from within the wiki. I even know about those pages and can't for the life of me figure out where to find them (kind of like the Orphaned pages page - that's harder to find than white on rice)... anyway, your reminder also made it to Peter I know, so a front page restructuring is probably in the works for the next day or so :)

8. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

I quit looking for links to the Travel Health pages and just follow my own links. Basically, go to North America, then United States and scroll down to the Health section. Not that I'm complaining... If I were - you would have heard from me earlier.

Isa now leaves to go catch up on all the pages she hasn't done yet... Hey, it's been a busy summer!

9. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 9y

Quoting GregW

We still don't have a link from the front page or the side menu to the "general" travel articles like health and money, which really should be added for these types of items.

We do now :)

Take a peek. I've added links to those sections as well as lists of current projects and recent discussions - both areas that also warrant more attention.