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Wiki competition: February's winner and ideas for next time

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1. Posted by dr.pepper (Travel Guru 316 posts) 7y

Hello there,

OK, well the first wiki competition ticked over and we had twenty entries all up:

Great stuff from everyone! I'm really pleased to see so many new articles started on key topics. But there can only be one winner...

...and the winner, picked completely randomly, is soliqa!

Steffi's just won herself a $100 accommodation voucher for use on Travellerspoint. Nice one:)

Anyway, I know a few of you have ideas of how the wiki competitions could be done better, so I'd love to open up a discussion about that. Do you think we should ditch the Suggest Article format, and just make it that anyone can enter when they've contributed 2500 characters to an article? Should it only be for people who have started an article, or should it also be for people who have contributed to an exiiting article? Also, does the prize give enough incentive?

It's been cool over the last couple months to see quite a few new faces getting in there and contributing some really great stuff. Seems like every couple of days I'm seeing someone new:) And of course you old faithfuls are always very much appreciated!

Cheers,
Eric

2. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 7y

I have an upcoming trip to Turkey in May 2009, i was hoping to book a room for a couple of nights with the prize money but somehow i never get lucky in such random number selection...

Anyway my Congratulations to Steffi :)

I believe the prize money is fine and is enough incentive to display ur writing skills and also being part of a grand project.

Anyone contributing in the article to the threshold limit should get a chance to enter in the competition, it should not be limited to the one starting the article.

There are many topics on which articles can be written and i believe the competition can be split into two.... one on suggested articles and one on any other topics.... !!

3. Posted by Lavafalls (Travel Guru 155 posts) 7y

I like the idea of anyone starting any new article, even on random neighborhoods on cities. I see the point in adding to major articles, many major locations barely have any information. I think the character limit is good 2500 is a good amount of information. Although i think maybe an exception should be made for the character limit for writing about lodging and places to eat in major articles, lots of articles need info in those areas.

Michael

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 7y

Congrats Steffi
100 dollar wouldn't have been enough for San Francisco anyway

So, regarding the competition:
1. Yes, ditch the suggested articles, personally I couldn't understand some of them, especially about themes like eating out. I guess those can easily fall under the respective countries, or even better: cities.
2. 100 dollar is perfect, not to much, not just enough for a beer. I like to see it the same amount anytime though. For example, at the photo competition there has been 500 dollar prices...which is nice for the one who wins, but is 450 dollar more than regular. So keep things in general not for the money, but for the fun and the fact that I/we want to add info to basically help people and because you really like it yourself. I have the idea that some people really only contribute for the price.
3. Starting an article is fine, but not the only one. Lots of countries should have total information regarding the all things that fall under the template.

Cheers!
Michael

5. Posted by Lavafalls (Travel Guru 155 posts) 7y

What about something along the lines of "putting something in every field" under certain articles that are lacking lots of information but get lots of traffic? It doesn't have to be complete but just get something started.

6. Posted by dr.pepper (Travel Guru 316 posts) 7y

Hello all,

Great feedback, thanks! I see that everyone's agreed it should be for any article you've contributed to, so I'm happy to change it to that.

What I think might work is to have a list of suggested topics for people who just don't know what to write about. Part of the reason to do this is to get more and more people involved with the projects. But interesting to see Utrecht mention that some of those themes didn't make much sense. Did you mean you didn't understand what was needed for them?

I agree we need to encourage people to jump in and fill in the blanks in some of the major country and city articles. I'm not sure about making an exception on the minimum character count - I'd say it should always be a minimum of 2500 characters. That makes the competition a lot simpler as well.

Eric

7. Posted by soliqa (Respected Member 284 posts) 7y

Well I just wanted to say thank-you very much! I've been away for work for the last couple of weeks (and mostly out of internet connection, which has been a challenge!) and it was a lovely surprise to get home and find out that I had won the competition. So once again thank-you very much, I very much appreciate it (also, I never win anything!).

In terms of next time I agree with the others that it should be any contribution of say 2,500 characters, rather than you having to start the article. Some articles just have the headings set up, or a really brief introduction, so if you contribute to that article you are essentially starting it, just your name doesn't appear as the one doing so.

I also think having a list of some suggested topics is a good idea, because it will attract people in, particularly those who haven't contributed before, but might know a lot about one of the topics.

8. Posted by dr.pepper (Travel Guru 316 posts) 7y

OK, just launched a new wiki competition for April yesterday. Check out the details here. Hope to see some more great additions to the guide this month!

Cheers,
Eric

9. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 7y

Quoting dr.pepper

But interesting to see Utrecht mention that some of those themes didn't make much sense. Did you mean you didn't understand what was needed for them?
Eric

Hey Eric,
Sorry for the misinterpretation that caused. I understand what was needed and the aspect of eating or family travel etc is a good thing.
I just don't think we should have rather long separate articles about it. Of course, if one would like to make (a good!) one, no problem. But for example eating out could be a good part in the respective country or city as well.
It's like all the other aspects of the template of countries and cities: why bother to start another article about geography, sights and activities, eating, sleeping etc. etc. all over again while it is more handy (to me at least) to have a long and well written article like China where most things fit under.
Just my 2 cents on the thing.
Cheers for the good work!
Michael

10. Posted by dr.pepper (Travel Guru 316 posts) 7y

Quoting Utrecht

Quoting dr.pepper

But interesting to see Utrecht mention that some of those themes didn't make much sense. Did you mean you didn't understand what was needed for them?
Eric

Hey Eric,
Sorry for the misinterpretation that caused. I understand what was needed and the aspect of eating or family travel etc is a good thing.
I just don't think we should have rather long separate articles about it. Of course, if one would like to make (a good!) one, no problem. But for example eating out could be a good part in the respective country or city as well.
It's like all the other aspects of the template of countries and cities: why bother to start another article about geography, sights and activities, eating, sleeping etc. etc. all over again while it is more handy (to me at least) to have a long and well written article like China where most things fit under.
Just my 2 cents on the thing.
Cheers for the good work!
Michael

I agree that the first priority should be filling in the country/city articles. No argument there. But sometimes, some sections have scope to be quite large, in which case I think it's better to offload the full version into an article of its own while leaving a smaller version in the primary country/city article. For example, I could start writing a guide to eating out in Melbourne, which would be pretty handy seeing as there's tons of restaurants and caf├ęs in Melbourne. A topic like that is pretty huge, and I think you could easily write 10,000+ characters about it. If you were to stick all of that in the Melbourne article, that would be too much. In any case like that, I think it's better to have the big 10,000+ char article separate, while a smaller, more sensible overview should be in the city page.

The other reason why this is worth doing is because it helps people find relevant stuff when they're searching through Google or another search engine. The more specific your article, the more likely it is to show up when people search for stuff. With the Melbourne example again, if someone was searching for stuff about eating out in Melbourne, it's pretty unlikely they'd end up on the TP Melbourne guide. If we had one written called Eating Out in Melbourne, now that would stand a bit more of a chance.

Cheers,
Eric