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

I'm going to try this taking notes thing for my next trip. Like you say, handy for writing down little facts pertaining to a specific place or property and will make updating the wiki travel guide much more fun. I make no promises on how this is going to end up, but I'll give it a shot!!

12. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y

I'll join you in solidarity Sam

Watch out Lonely Planet, here comes the next wave of travel writers!

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

This is the thing - I think this board has SO MUCH KNOWLEDGE we'd have a a rocking travel guide. We just need to ensure that everyone on the board puts that knowledge into the the travel guide.

Given all the bitchin' and moanin' recently about member titles, maybe we should give more "points" for travel guide entries.

Greg

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

Quoting GregW

This is the thing - I think this board has SO MUCH KNOWLEDGE we'd have a a rocking travel guide. We just need to ensure that everyone on the board puts that knowledge into the the travel guide.

Given all the bitchin' and moanin' recently about member titles, maybe we should give more "points" for travel guide entries.

Greg

I think we can safely say that the travel guide is going to be given the most weight in any weight based system centered around usage of different areas of the site. The reason is quite obvious too since if someone adds useless info, it's just removed by the next person.

Back on the travel writing front, I've started to try and commit to adding at least one thing to the guide each day. It can be a region or a list of cities or more, but I try to at least add one paragraph or so. Sometimes I get carried away and will write an entire guide to travelling to Svalbard ;) It's really fun and for places one hasn't been but is thinking of going to, it's a GREAT way to prepare for the trip! I know more about Svalbard right now than any Norwegian I've ever met

15. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4809 posts) 9y

Quoting GregW

This is the thing - I think this board has SO MUCH KNOWLEDGE we'd have a a rocking travel guide. We just need to ensure that everyone on the board puts that knowledge into the the travel guide.

I know this might sound heretic, but personally I'm no fan of the travel guide, and am not planning on contributing anytime soon.
I like the feeling of "connecting" with individual people here on the board. Answering very specific questions, tailoring my advice to the specific person (insofar as that's possible; often the questions are very generic, and the available information is very low, but it does happens that the person asking gives enough hints of what he or she likes that I can).
With the guide, I'd just be blathering into the void, with no feedback on how helpful I'm being, and no sense of "reward" from people PMing me a "thank you". (Which is worth infinitely more than these member titles.)

Quoting Sam I Am

The reason is quite obvious too since if someone adds useless info, it's just removed by the next person.

I wonder about that. I think if you write something even moderately plausible sounding - but completely wrong or useless - for a destination not many people have gone to, it'll live on for a very, very long time. You can just pick a few dozen tiny villages in a country in its least popular province, only link to them from the page of that province, and expect the number of visitors to those pages to remain very low, let alone the number of visitors who'd go and remove the majority of it as "useless drivel".
The popularity of the guide would need to pick up a lot, with a lot of knowledgeable contributors keeping an eye on all edits, before it'd become even moderately hard to game a system such as you propose.

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

Quoting Sander

The popularity of the guide would need to pick up a lot, with a lot of knowledgeable contributors keeping an eye on all edits, before it'd become even moderately hard to game a system such as you propose.

Well, most systems can be gamed, so it's not about making it entirely game proof. I still think it's much harder than making a few hundred posts in the forum - those could also be wrong or useless. Traffic is naturally the key to running a successful wiki, but it's also the key to running a successful forum, and we seem to have done relatively okay there Especially when you consider there were just two or three of us posting on this forum back in the day I'm not too afraid of that challenge now that the site as a whole has more members and a bigger name.

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

Quoting Sander

I like the feeling of "connecting" with individual people here on the board. Answering very specific questions, tailoring my advice to the specific person (insofar as that's possible; often the questions are very generic, and the available information is very low, but it does happens that the person asking gives enough hints of what he or she likes that I can).

Agreed. Contributing knowledge to the forums to answer a specific question is more rewarding than typing in the guide. However, I am trying now when I contribute something that is valuable, to make sure that information is insitutionalized in the Travel Guide as well. Otherwise, it's just a bunch of disconnected threads, potentially lost behind pages of search results.

I think the forums can be used to feed the guide.

18. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 9y

i'm not clear on the idea that the guide can be edited after someone has written their bit - does that mean that I could potentially spend a lot of time writing something, only to have someone come and delete what I have put later?

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

Technically, yes, that can happen, though everything you'd have written would be saved in the history and could be restored. However, in practice in these wikithings, stuff only gets deleted if it's out of date.

20. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 8y

ah that's good - thanks Greg :)