How to get along in the Wikivoyage community:
Keep Wikivoyage fun
Nutshell: Writing about travel should be almost as fun as visiting the destinations themselves, so behavior that makes it less fun for others to contribute to Wikivoyage should be avoided. If someone else is making it less fun for you to contribute here, assume good faith, but if problems persist discuss the issue with that user and solicit feedback from others in extreme cases.
How to handle unwanted edits
Nutshell: Unwanted edits are contributions that do not agree with our policies and guidelines or Manual of Style. Any contributor may revert an unwanted edit.
Note: This is the policy on dealing with vandalism.
Nutshell: Do not wage edit war. If involved in one, step back and use the article’s talk page to come to a consensus.
Being here to build a travel guide
Nutshell: Wikivoyagers are here to build a global travel guide. Users whose behaviour suggests they are here for some other purpose risk being blocked or banned.
Nutshell: External links should be kept to a minimum, and only links to primary sources should be used. There should not be an external links section in any article.
Sister project links (Draft) - (links to articles within the Wikimedia projects group)
Note: New policy needed as there will be more than just Wikipedia to consider, though that is the most likely to be linked.
Nutshell: Many Wikivoyage articles can benefit from links to Wikipedia articles on the same subject. A travel article focuses on the issues facing travelers for a destination, but Wikipedia articles can have deeper or broader information on a topic or attraction.
Nutshell: Make links to other Wikivoyage pages, but generally only link the first instance of an article name. These should be incorporated into the text of an article if practical, otherwise use a "See also" section at the end of the page.
Note: More of a how-to page than policy.
Nutshell: We use Wikidata to make links between articles that cover the same subject in the different language versions of Wikivoyage. The MediaWiki software has a feature we can use on discussion pages, not articles, for making links between articles that cover different subjects.
Specific community policies Deletion policy
Nutshell: Articles and images can be deleted if certain criteria are met. If you feel an article or image should be deleted, nominate it for deletion. Some items, such as spam or blatant copyright violations, can be speedy deleted.
Protected page policy
Nutshell: Administrators may protect a page when necessary, but it is preferable that abusive edits are effectively counteracted without protecting a page.
Nutshell: Images must be compatible with our copyleft licence. The image page must contain a summary with the appropriate attribution information and licence information. Photos generally should not contain people unless it is a public space and the people are peripheral to the picture content.
Site notice policy
Nutshell: The site notice is a feature which can be used to alert the community about important developments. Site notices should be discussed on the talk page and published by consensus
Child protection policy
Nutshell: Wikivoyage is a safe environment for people of all ages, and as such does not allow inappropriate relationships between adults and minors. There is zero tolerance of child pornography or the advocacy thereof.
Nutshell: The creation of sockpuppets, i.e., multiple accounts per user, is discouraged, but they are usually just ignored.
Nutshell: Real world threats—essentially threats of physical or legal harm—are strictly prohibited on Wikivoyage. They are never necessary, and can have a chilling effect on public participation. If you do post a threat of a lawsuit or physical harm, even an ambiguous or vague one, you will likely be banned from further editing here with prejudice.
It's not carved in stone
Nutshell: Most of our detail policies and guidelines, and the manual of style can be changed if there is a need and the community can come to a consensus on the change. Any proposed change must be compatible with our guiding principles
Nutshell: A glossary of terms used in discussions, edit summaries, or on IRC.
Nutshell: Checkuser can be used to examine user IP address information and other server log data. It is to be used sparingly and only to protect Wikivoyage against vandalism, disruption and/or bad faith.
Note: Under discussion.
Nutshell: The Collaboration of the month is a way to get many contributors working on one article at once, often to get it ready for an upcoming event or a nomination for destination of the month. While anyone can edit any article at any time, this provides a way to highlight specific articles allowing many contributors to help improve them together.
Nutshell: An Expedition is a special project for articles or images. (Sure, we could just call it a "project", but what fun is that?) Expeditions help us collaborate and organize around certain subjects, be they based on shared interests, geography, or shared skills.
Roles within the community Hierarchy
Nutshell: Wikivoyage has a hierarchy of people involved in the community, with varying levels of responsibility in the project. People burdened with more responsibility are expected to serve those above them, and make life easier for them.
Nutshell: Users who have been registered for longer than 4 days are autoconfirmed. In addition to this allowing them to mark anonymous users' edits as reviewed, it also means that their own edits are marked as reviewed automatically.
Nutshell: Administrators are registered users who have shown a good appreciation of the policies and guidelines and made significant contributions, have been nominated by the community and have been granted some additional functions. They are the plumbers and janitors of the travel guide and perform mostly mundane tasks, but also those few tasks which could do permanent damage if done wrongly.
Nutshell: Bureaucrats are administrators with a few extra, rarely needed, but essential functions, who are trusted by the community to do things like switch on administrator functions.
Nutshell: Docents are registered users who know a lot about a particular destination or topic and volunteer their time and knowledge to help travellers who have questions about that destination or topic.
Nutshell: When new Wikivoyagers set up a user account and make a new user page, we usually welcome them to the site with a brief message. We want every contributor's first contact with Wikivoyage to be a positive experience. A friendly welcome and an explanation of any reversion can save a contributor who may otherwise just turn away from the site.
Cooperating with other websites
The Wikimedia Foundation believes there is enough room for multiple travel sites to co-exist, and for community members to contribute to multiple sites in this area.
All of the various "cooperating with..." policy pages
Other language Wikivoyage projects
Wikivoyage projects have many common goals, and content that is acceptable on English Wikivoyage will usually be welcome on other languages, suitably translated.
If you are registered on the English Wikivoyage project, you are automatically registered on all other Wikimedia Foundation projects, and can edit any of them under your user name following the local policies and guidelines, many of which may be similar to those of English Wikivoyage. Be careful if your command of the local language is poor, and look out for the differences. Our policies are not enforceable on other languages and trying to enforce them will offend. Similarly, their policies are not enforceable here. If you think they are better or should be harmonized, start a discussion about it. The Travellers' pub
is a good place to start such a discussion if a better place is not obvious.
Infrastructure and software
HTML should be avoided in marking up articles. Use Wikimarkup for formatting when possible. If Wikimarkup is not possible, and the formatting will be generally useful, consider a MediaWiki template
Nutshell: You as a traveller should be able to take your tour guide with you on the road. An internet café is not always just around the corner. But maybe you have a laptop or palm with the content of Wikivoyage on it. Our offline version is (will be) updated weekly.
Note: We don't have one (yet) officially, although individual users have repackaged our open-source data
in third-party apps or archives which may be downloaded to Android, iOS or similar devices. The underlying Wikimedia database dumps are updated at best twice monthly; these may be repackaged at will if the original licence and authors' attribution is retained. As of 2012, we still need an *.epub (Nook, Kobo) or *.mobi (Kindle) version; this would need to be split into multiple volumes (so each large country or region as an e-book volume) due to e-reader limitations on the size of each book.
Nutshell: Automated scripts that modify Wiki travel guide pages and images must comply with the script policy and be approved.
Using MediaWiki templates
Nutshell: The software we use, MediaWiki, has a feature to include the contents of one article into another automatically. This is called transclusion or templating, although it has nothing to do with our article skeleton templates. Templates should be used for editorial markup and metadata.
Nutshell: MediaWiki software uses a special code called Wiki markup for formatting the text and images in an article. The Wiki markup used while editing a page will determine how the text looks and what links and images are in the page.
Recognising contributors and articles Barncompasses
Nutshell: One great tradition in wiki culture is the barnstar. This is a simple image of an iron star, as used for decoration on barns in the northeastern United States. Because wiki community building is often compared to barn raising -- coming together to work on a project. The barnstar is a symbol of that community-mindedness, and is an informal "award" to recognize a user's exceptional community and content work.
Nutshell: Our best articles are recognised by awarding them a star rating