Wikivoyage:About
Wikivoyage (wikivoyage.org) is a multilingual, web-based project to create a free, complete, up-to-date, and reliable worldwide travel guide. Wikivoyage is hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit organization that also hosts a range of other project such as Wikipedia.
It was originally a fork of Wikitravel that started in 2006. In 2013 it became a project of Wikimedia Foundation, the same non-profit organisation that owns and operates the popular online encyclopedia Wikipedia.
Wikivoyage is built in collaboration by volunteer authors from around the globe who write without pay, with the spirit of sharing knowledge that makes travel so enjoyable. Whenever travellers meet each other on the road, they swap info about the places they came from and ask questions about places they're going. We want to make it easy to share that knowledge and let others share it; our copyleft license means that the facts you know can spread far and wide. Anyone with Internet access can write and make changes to Wikivoyage articles and editors can contribute anonymously, under a pseudonym, or, if they choose to, with their real identity.
To create Wikivoyage we use a tool (or a process, or a technology) called a wiki which lets any Internet reader create, update, edit, and illustrate any article on the website. We all share our pieces of knowledge, edit them, distill them, and assemble them into a pleasing and cohesive whole. The more people that use the Edit link, the better Wikivoyage becomes.
Wikivoyage is a live collaboration differing from paper-based traditional guide books in important ways. Unlike traditional guide books, Wikivoyage is continually edited and updated; unlike traditional travel guides, which are revised monthly or annually, Wikivoyage's guides are edited and updated continuously, as information changes rapidly. Vandalism is usually reverted within minutes.
We've achieved some milestones, but we still have a long way to go. If you're new to Wikivoyage, feel free to plunge forward and help us!
Why Wikivoyage
At some point you may ask yourself: "Why edit and use Wikivoyage when there are already well-developed travel guides such as Lonely Planet?". Here are some good reasons.
Wikivoyagers
"[Crew] wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages. Bitter cold. Long months of complete darkness. Constant danger. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success." – Apocryphal recruitment poster for 1914 Antarctic expedition of the Endurance
Wikivoyagers are travel writers and members of a world-wide community of contributors to Wikivoyage. Wikivoyagers are not a special secret organization or a limited group. We are people just like you. Some of us are interested in travelling, some are interested in their local communities, and others are interested in wiki-housekeeping and organisation. What all of us have in common is that we want to share what we know with travellers everywhere. You can become a Wikivoyager right now! We need your help to make this project a success. We have a long way to go – and anything you can do to contribute gets us that much closer.
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Last edited on 12 February 2019, at 06:49
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