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.

Current Collaboration of the monthEdit

Listing coordinates - phase 3Edit

To improve articles' quality and usefulness and keep their City guide status, address Guide articles that have See listing with no coordinates. Working first on Guide cities.

TasksEdit

  • For guide status cities with See listings with no coordinates, add coordinates (as of 1 January 2020, 124 articles).
    • Tips
      • For tips on finding lat/long values see Wikivoyage:Dynamic maps Expedition#Sub-expedition: Fill all the latitudes!
      • Also check if there is a Wikidata entry for the location (maybe via Wikipedia). Adding Wikidata number using Listing editor can add coordinates.
        • Either search directly at wikidata.org or go to the city's Wikipedia article then the city's category, usually POI sub-categories with articles.
      • If coordinates are not relevant for a listing (has no single location, or is sub-listing of POI that has coordinates) enter NA in both the lat and long parameter fields.
      • Can see which listing do not have coordinates by lack of number at start of line. (Although if wikidata number added without updating the listing data it may have number)
      • If preference switched on, can also see at bottom of article categories for See, Eat, Do, Buy and Sleep missing coordinate.
      • In edit mode can find searching with "| lat= |"
  • Also take the chance to add addition information to the listing
    • Update website, phone number
    • Delete closed businesses
  • If article appears to be out of date and incomplete consider for changing status to usable.
  • If time also address guide status districts with See listings with no coordinates, add coordinates (as of 9 May 2019, 62 articles).

NominationEdit

Add coordinates to See listings of cities that are at guide status. Markers for POIs were made a requirement for Guide and Star article, see Wikivoyage talk:City guide status#Proposed additional text, a grace period was given until June 2019 before existing articles will start to be downgraded. (as of 9 May 2019, 126 articles). --Traveler100 (talk) 19:45, 9 May 2019 (UTC)

ProgressEdit

As of 16 January guide status cities with See listings with no coordinates - 100

NominateEdit

Think carefully before making a nomination. A successful collaboration of the month must be more than just an article you would like to see improved. In particular, it's a bad idea to nominate articles that lack enough content—most collaborators won't have intimate knowledge of the destination, although they can do style edits and fill in some of the blanks with very basic research.

Nominations most likely to be collaborative successes are those that have clearly defined areas for improvement, are of interest to a wide range of people, and that are already pretty well developed. Particularly good choices for nomination are articles that could quickly become options for the Destination of the Month, or Off the Beaten Path featured articles.

When nominating, describe exactly what you hope would come of a Collaboration. Explain why you think it would be a successful collaboration. (Not why you would like it improved!) Then leave a list of several bullet points detailing exactly how other contributors can help with the collaboration. The bullet points should be very concrete, and should detail basic tasks that anyone can help with. Collaborative tasks should be geared towards the goal of having a large number of contributors doing a small amount of work. Examples of good collaborative tasks include:

  • Listingify all the listings (A task that anyone can do in small quantities spread out over the month.)
  • Fill in basic details for listings (Anyone can spend five minutes on a given day to look up addresses and phone numbers for a small subsection of listings.)
  • Add images (It is easy enough for an interested collaborator to look up one image on Wikimedia Commons (or find one with a suitable license on Flickr and transfer it to Commons) and add it to an article in about 10 minutes.)
  • Copyediting (A lot of articles have issues with basic grammar, spelling, and style, particularly when written by non-native speakers. This is another good task easy to finish when spread out across a number of contributors, each contributing in small chunks.)

Take pains to avoid listing tasks that require either a significant committal of time or in-depth knowledge of the destination from individual contributors:

  1. research beyond basic information (like contact information for a listing),
  2. original writing,
  3. map making (aside from more simple region maps),
  4. devising new districts.

These are tasks for contributors with a special interest in a particular destination, not for contributors simply interested in devoting a small amount of time in support of the collaboration. If these types of tasks are to work, the nominator will have to volunteer to do them, or find someone beforehand who is willing.

Because a month is a long time, and we can get a lot of work done when many contributors are at work, consider whether the tasks for your nomination will take longer than just one week. Huge city articles can be ideal for nominations, as can regions that already have well developed city articles.

Use the following format for nominations:

===[[Chicken]]===

This article has a ton of great content, but is poorly formatted, is full of basic errors,
and most listings lack addresses. Chicken will be the host of the 20XX Winter Olympics, so 
it would be useful to get the article into good shape beforehand. There's a lot to be done, 
but the work is basic and can be divided easily over many contributors.

*'''Task 1''' — rationale
*'''Task 2''' — rationale
*'''Task 3''' — rationale
*'''Task 4''' — rationale

~~~~

SelectEdit

We decide which articles to select for the collaboration of the month through discussion. To weigh in, add your argument next to a bullet point below the nomination. It's also appropriate to suggest here when the article should be featured.

===[[Chicken]]===

This article has a ton of great content, but is poorly formatted, is full of basic errors, 
and most listings lack addresses. Chicken will be the host of the 20XX Winter Olympics, so 
it would be useful to get the article into good shape beforehand. There's a lot to be done, 
but the work is basic and can be divided easily over many contributors.  

*'''Task 1''' — rationale
*'''Task 2''' — rationale
*'''Task 3''' — rationale
*'''Task 4''' — rationale

TravelNut 25:25, 31 Feb 2525 (EDT)

* Tasks 2 and 4 are not well suited to collaboration, and the article doesn't have enough 
content yet for us to work on.  ~~~~

Note that objections must relate only to the nomination's potential for success as a collaboration of the month, not to one's own interest in the destination.

SchedulingEdit

If a nomination has the support of the community, it can simply be added to the upcoming queue at a time deemed appropriate in the nomination discussion. Priority will be given to articles based on the strength of the nomination, urgency of the collaboration (with respect to upcoming large international events), and the goal of ensuring that we have a good balance of collaborations on articles from all parts of the world.

ArchivingEdit

After nominated entries have been featured as the collaboration of the month, move the original nomination and other comments to Project:Previous collaborations and add title to tabled list. Accomplished goals mark with {{Done}} or {{Partly done}}, failed goals with {{Not done}} or keep with {{to do}}.

Move unsuccessful nominations to the Project:Collaboration of the month/Slush pile.

UpcomingEdit

Current proposals (subject to change).

Month COTM
January 2020 Listing coordinates - phase 3
February 2020 Missing geo tag and coordinates
March 2020 Link and phone formatting - phase 3
April 2020 Adding conversion templates to units — usable city articles
May 2020 Articles with dead external links - phase 3
June 2020 Style fixes
July 2020 Pages linking to disambiguation pages
August 2020 Articles Geo different to Wikidata - pass 2
September 2020 Articles with formerly dead external links - third round
October 2020 Population figures
November 2020 ?

NominationsEdit

Population figuresEdit

2020 census figures: Many articles include 2010 census information in their "Understand" section. In a couple years, though, this information will be out of date and there will be new census figures. This could be something to work on. By the way, I just want to make sure this gets in the schedules, but I know it won't get on the list for many months yet. Selfie City (talk) 13:40, 22 June 2018 (UTC)

well obviously have a bit of time with this one, but has got me thinking. We could get latest population figures automatically from Wikdata. Could then have an in-text template or even a pull-down info above the pagebanner. I will make a few tests then could discuss options at the pub. --Traveler100 (talk) 16:20, 22 June 2018 (UTC)
Official population figures may be meaningful in some places, but aren't in others... Be that due to arbitrary municipal boundaries, dodgy record keeping or other reasons... Hobbitschuster (talk) 23:44, 22 June 2018 (UTC)
Hobbitschuster, if population statistics are on a page but are in question or inaccurate, we can always remove them altogether. Selfie City (talk) 05:12, 23 June 2018 (UTC)
if we globally fetch them automatically? I remember adding the 2010 census figures myself to a few US destinations whose articles were otherwise quite bare... Hobbitschuster (talk) 05:57, 23 June 2018 (UTC)
I am currently thinking of a smart template, can specify specific numbers and year or gets automatically from wikidata. At least that way we can keep a track on how up to date they are. Once I have worked something out we can discuss a task to replace, not just for USA census of 2010 (I assume that was the census being discussed, no Philippines or other country). --Traveler100 (talk) 06:35, 23 June 2018 (UTC)
An experiment at the moment, but take a look at {{populationof}}. --Traveler100 (talk) 09:41, 23 June 2018 (UTC)
We need to take into account that different countries hold a census in different years. See w:Population and housing censuses by country. It looks like the most popular year for the next census in 2021. As it often takes a couple of years to crunch the data, we should probably focus on articles with population figures more than 15 years old, but except for a few rapidly changing cities 1990s figures are probably good enough - a traveller just wants a feel for how big a place is, not to forecast how many children will be starting school in 3 years time. AlasdairW (talk) 20:51, 30 August 2018 (UTC)
Also, I think some countries take a census every 5-6 years, more frequently than the US, which takes surveys every 10 years. --Comment by Selfie City (talk about my contributions) 20:53, 30 August 2018 (UTC)
It usually takes several years for census figures to be tabulated and published. I wouldn't expect to see the 2020 numbers anytime before 2023. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 20:59, 30 August 2018 (UTC)
Have updated {{populationof}} so when using wikidata states the census used. Template can also accept manual input of numbers and text. Suggest using this for all population references, not just for automatic update but also to find articles where population figures are stated for future updates. Task should be to replace all population figure text with this template. --Traveler100 (talk) 12:43, 22 September 2018 (UTC)

(Moved discussion about the template to Template talk:Populationof.) —Granger (talk · contribs) 14:24, 23 September 2018 (UTC)

Over a year later, discussion has stalled about how to fix the problems with the template over at Template talk:Populationof; we don't yet have consensus for implementing it widely. The U.S. 2020 census results will obviously not be ready for a while. Should this proposal be slushed for now? Or does anyone have an idea for another direction to take it? —Granger (talk · contribs) 14:27, 3 December 2019 (UTC)
I agree with slushing it or at least postponing it until the census results are available (which will be a few more years). Gizza (roam) 00:30, 16 December 2019 (UTC)
I have updated {{Populationof}}. If others are fine with the format then the task can be done at anytime. When wikidata is updated with the latest census information it will update the text automatically. --Traveler100 (talk) 10:57, 26 December 2019 (UTC)
Thanks for adjusting the template. I would prefer showing two significant digits instead of three for populations greater than one million, but I don't feel strongly about that.
So, what is the proposal we need to consider now? Adding this template to the "Understand" section of all city articles? All city articles in the United States? Or what? —Granger (talk · contribs) 07:05, 1 January 2020 (UTC)
That seems like the obvious next step in this process. It seems like a COTM activity, as it's just copying a template into articles to replace information. However, we need support for that idea first, as any support mentioned above should not count for this idea. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 16:13, 1 January 2020 (UTC)

Adding conversion templates to units — usable city articlesEdit

I propose a COTM to turn text like "25 km" or "3 miles" into conversion templates, like {{km|25}} or {{mi|3}}. For now, the idea is to focus on usable city articles. We might as well put it in the December 2019 slot, even though that means we miss a destination COTM for a few months, IMO. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 14:24, 21 March 2019 (UTC)

A good idea but this may be a very large task. Any reason for first attempting usable cities? What about star and guide status articles?--Traveler100 (talk) 12:29, 3 April 2019 (UTC)
km in usablecity - 2106
mile in usablecity 332
You've got a good point, though keep in mind that it takes, probably, less than a minute to make the adjustment(s) unless there are many examples in one article. If we said it took an average of one minute for each edit, then 1 minute x ~2,500 articles = 2,500 minutes. 2,500 divided by 60 (converting minutes to hours) = (according to calculator) a little under 42 hours. Yes, that's rather a long time, I guess. So I agree, we should stick to a narrower category. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 15:26, 3 April 2019 (UTC)
Also temperatures could use conversion templates. [1]. -- WOSlinker (talk) 13:48, 11 May 2019 (UTC)
Agreed. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 14:36, 11 May 2019 (UTC)

Missing geo tag and coordinatesEdit

NominationEdit

Map icon should be on all destination articles. Also would be a good idea to have them on itineraries, will help with creating itinerary region pages going forward, like United States of America itineraries. --Traveler100 (talk) 20:21, 20 July 2019 (UTC)

TasksEdit

Link and phone formatting - phase 3Edit

Continue with task by moving on to usable articles. Moving information into listings to provide better functionality, such as click on number to phone, and provide more presentable and consistent formatting.

  • Web links that are shown as number, either change information to a listing entry or if best staying as an inline reference move some text into the link brackets.
    •   To do links shown as numbers currently in 1262 usable articles.
      • Example inline text link
      • To find on the page look at the results of the search or put in your browser in page search field "[1]".
      • There is a good chance there is more than one link on the page not containing link text.
  • Email address that are hard coded in article, either change information to a listing entry or if best staying as an inline reference change to use {{email}}.
  • Identify if phone numbers and associated business information can be changed to a listing entry, if not use {{phone}}. At same time, if needed, edit number to standard International phone format. (Some search results give false positives).

NominationEdit

Cleaning up guide status articles was very successful, next step will need a little more effort, maybe more than one month project. --Traveler100 (talk) 06:30, 5 September 2019 (UTC)

  • Support making it a two-month effort if that will be more helpful. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 12:02, 5 September 2019 (UTC)

Category:Articles with dead external links - phase 3Edit

As of 16 December 2019 there are 4592 articles with dead external links. Another run of the Wrh2Bot will push this number up. As always, we can focus on the stars and guides first. Gizza (roam) 01:11, 16 December 2019 (UTC)

  • Support – always an important task, and a good one for doing in bite-sized chunks. —Granger (talk · contribs) 15:02, 16 December 2019 (UTC)
  • Support – improves the quality of site for readers and SEO--Traveler100 (talk) 17:52, 26 December 2019 (UTC)
  • Support per others. Ikan Kekek (talk) 11:14, 26 December 2019 (UTC)

Style fixesEdit

There are currently 266 Articles marked as needing style fixes, a number of them guide article.

TaskEdit

NominationEdit

  • At least the guide and usable article should be addressed. Most of the tasks involve format improvements and do not need knowledge of or research into the location. --Traveler100 (talk) 13:47, 3 November 2019 (UTC)
  • SupportGranger (talk · contribs) 03:15, 4 December 2019 (UTC)
  • Support. Always a worthy set of tasks. However, the several articles that I looked at require more complicated fixes than small tweaks, so be prepared. Ikan Kekek (talk) 11:13, 26 December 2019 (UTC)
  • Support. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 12:54, 26 December 2019 (UTC)
  • Support Gizza (roam) 04:49, 28 December 2019 (UTC)

Articles Geo different to Wikidata - pass 2Edit

Correction of coordinates so Wikivoyage and Wikidata have same or similar values.

As of 26 December 2019, 204 articles in Category:Articles Geo different to Wikidata, showing distance of more than 100 km (62 mi) difference between Wikivoyage and Wikidata coordinates.

TasksEdit

Methods and tipsEdit

  • Click (RMB to open new tab) on Wikipedia link in side bar (if exists) and wikidata link to check if Wikivoyage article is connected to the correct pages.
    • If not connect to correct articles remove the Wikivoyage entry from Wikidata page and add to correct one.
  • Compare current coordinate values on Wikivoyage and Wikidata, and possibly also Wikipedia.
    • If you have the ErrorHighlighter gadget preference enabled you will see at the bottom of articles the difference between the Wikivoyage and Wikidata values and can open up both in map pages.
  • Identify which is correct, or work out a common new value.
    • Can use GeoMap to calculate new value, or right mouse button on a map page to get a coordinate, or manually try values in open map page by editing values in url line (often a good visual methods to get better coord and zoom values).
    • If still challenged to identify correct location try looking on Google Maps, Bing Maps or JRC Fuzzy Gazetteer.
    • If no listings have coordinates consider adding to one or two. This will also confirm the location of the article.
    • Also avoid coordinate of two Wikivoyage articles being too close to one another.
    • For destinations in China, read this first, as many websites (including Google Maps) use nonstandard coordinates for the country.
  • Update values on Wikidata (coordinate location, P625 or coordinates of geographic center, P5140) and/or Wikivoyage ( in {{geo}} )
    • Consider rounding up coordinates, only really need two decimal places for cities, less for regions.
    • If update Wikivoyage geo coords, consider a better zoom value.
    • If update Wikidata may want to remove or edit reference value.

NominationEdit

Currently 204 articles in Category:Articles Geo different to Wikidata. The template is currently showing anything with a distance of more than 100 km (62 mi) difference between Wikivoyage and Wikidata coordinates. Would like to get this down so nothing over 10 km (6.2 mi) difference.--Traveler100 (talk) 13:05, 26 December 2019 (UTC)

Articles with formerly dead external links - third roundEdit

TaskEdit

As of 26 December 2019 there were 652 articles marked with formerly dead external links.

To correct articles appearing in this category, enable the "ErrorHighlighter" gadget from your user preferences. After enabling the gadget, invalid links will display followed by a very noticeable "formerly dead link" warning. Verify whether the link is still valid and perform the appropriate fix:

  1. If the link goes to spam or to a site that is otherwise incorrect then the link should either be replaced with a correct link or else removed from the article. In either case the {{dead link}} tag should also be removed.
  2. If cannot find any recent reviews of the listing (say last two years) or other sites stated closed, then delete the listing.
  3. If the link is valid then remove the {{dead link}} tag and use the "edit summary" field to note that the link is both valid and no longer dead.

NominationEdit

We got this down to 1 article, but now the check bot has been rerun. As of 26 December 2019 there are 652 Articles with formerly dead external links. Some of these will be good links but many are IP address squatters and will lead readers to unrelated commercial pages or sites with virus risks. This list needs clearing out and the web links fixed or deletion of the listings. --Traveler100 (talk) 17:56, 26 December 2019 (UTC)

Pages linking to disambiguation pagesEdit

TaskEdit

As of 25 December 2019 there were 1993 Special:DisambiguationPageLinks.

  1. Ignore lines where name linking to → name (disambiguation). Redirects of place name to same place name with (disambiguation), or link from main place with name to others with same name.
  2. On page with link edit to a specific link
e.g. change [[Limburg]] to [[Limburg (Netherlands)|Limburg]]

NominationEdit

Although not all of the nearly 2000 links are invalid there are a good number of articles linking to a location which is not precisely defined. --Traveler100 (talk) 10:06, 28 December 2019 (UTC)

Good idea. Is there a way to filter out cases where XYZ links to XYZ (disambiguation)? I notice many of the articles in the list have links like this, and they usually don't need to be changed. —Granger (talk · contribs) 11:34, 28 December 2019 (UTC)
I cannot see a way with Search or PetScan syntax. They will be all redirect pages. Could export out to Excel then filter but that would be out of date very quickly. --Traveler100 (talk) 12:32, 28 December 2019 (UTC)
Hmm, they're not all redirects. For instance, Aberdeen links to Aberdeen (disambiguation). —Granger (talk · contribs) 12:38, 28 December 2019 (UTC)
Ah good point, that is also valid, having a disambig= in the page banner pointing to other places with the same name. --Traveler100 (talk) 17:28, 28 December 2019 (UTC)

Adding currency templates to pagesEdit

NominationEdit

There are a number of pages that mention currency values. We could use currency templates to show the values in other currencies. WOSlinker (talk) 18:37, 4 January 2020 (UTC)

TasksEdit

Updating the Collaboration of the monthEdit

At the beginning of each month, the Collaboration of the month needs to be updated. Any registered user can do so. To update the current Collaboration of the month you should:

  1. Remove the current collaboration from this page and move the next one up.
  2. Move the current collaboration to the Previous collaborations page.
  3. Remove the Cotm template from the current Collaboration of the month pages and add the pcotm template (for example, {{pcotm|Shanghai}} if the COTM is Shanghai) to their talk pages.
  4. Add the Cotm template to the next collaboration article.
  5. Update the Template:Current collaboration with the new COTM.
  6. Update the Template:Cotmpromote page with the new COTM.
  7. Clear the cache for the Project:Project page by clicking here.
  8. Clear the cache for the Main Page by clicking here.
  9. Schedule some new collaborations. There should be about 4 months worth upcoming in the queue.
  10. Post about the new cotm in the Pub.