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Former Wikitravel editor, now fully committed to Wikivoyage. I also edit Wikipedia, Wikibooks and upload to WikiCommons.

I primarily like to work on pages related to the UK, but I am equally at home editing pages abroad. I also have an obsession with the US state of Nevada. I really need to plan an itinerary there, one of these days.

Currently my largest project is the Assassin's Creed Tour page. My goal is to at least get it to a usable state within Wikivoyage's guidelines. Then maybe a Dan Brown, Fallout: New Vegas Tour or Twilight: New Moon Tour itinerary?

TravelsEdit

Visited (somewhat in order, non-complete)
Year Country Region Cities
2000   St John's, English Harbour
2001?     Hamilton
prior to 2004     Copenhagen, Elsinore
2003     Weymouth
2003     Fowey, St Austell
2003-4?   Tunis, Carthage
2003-4?     Funchal
2003-4?   Paphos
2003-4?     Orlando, Cape Canaveral
2005?     Caen
2006?     Chamonix
2007     La Rochelle
2007     Paris
2008     Heraklion, Agios Nikolaos, Elounda, Spinalonga
2009     Girona, Figueres
2010-11?     Taormina, Mount Etna, Syracuse
2010-11?     Torquay, Paignton
2011     Aberystwyth
2012     Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, Montepulciano
2013     San Francisco, Berkeley, Los Angeles
2013     Las Vegas
2013     Kingman, Grand Canyon
2013     New York City
2014     Carcassonne
2017     Dubai
2017     Dublin, Dun Laoghaire
2018     Bodmin, Tintagel, St Austell, Charlestown
2018     Burley
2018     Christchurch
2019     Salisbury
2020     Yarmouth, Newport, Sandown and Shanklin, Cowes

Modus operandiEdit

  • I like dynamic maps and I try to add a Mapframe to articles that may only have a simple drawing or no map at all.
  • I like weatherboxes using Climate. I use Wikipedia's own data and then the Met Office for UK destinations, The Weather Channel for US destinations and AccuWeather for everywhere else.
  • I like to add go markers to train stations throughout the world. If the train station is in Great Britain or the Republic of Ireland I add a link to that station's page too.
  • I like routeboxes and have taken an interest into adding more to UK pages. Particularly in my native Gloucestershire and surrounding cities.
  • I like to add colour-coded region maps to articles such as Sardinia, San Luis Potosi (state) and Lower Austria.

Neat tricksEdit

Here are some neat tricks I have pinched from other pages that hopefully streamline Wikivoyage for both editors and readers. The '' '' demonstrate placeholder content that needs to be filled by the editor.

  • Link to a listing (requires the Wikidata field is declared within the listing): [[''Placename''#''WikidataID''|''Destination'']]
  • Add a dynamic map to page: {{mapframe|''longitude''|''latitude''|zoom=10}}
  • Add a mapshape to page: {{mapshape}}
  • Add a marker to an airport/train station/bus station on a page: {{marker|type=go|name=train station|url=|lat=|long=}} Alternatively, a {{listing}} can be used, but for simple one-line entries I prefer the in-line option.
  • For London tube stops/stations I have started using the station templates to show which lines connect to it. For example: Baker Street  MET  BAK  CIR  JUB  H&C . To achieve this use {{station|''station name''|''line1''|''line2''|''line3''}}. Use the Rint template to check the syntax for lines.
  • I have also assisted with adding routeboxes to UK articles. If you know the area and particularly if a major road such as motorway or A road passes through/near the article. I'd recommend adding it in.
  • If an airport is notable enough, but doesn't have an IATA, the ICAO can be added instead with ('''ABCD''' <sup>[[w:ICAO|<small>ICAO</small>]]</sup>), substitute the ABCD with the code. Maybe an ICAO template, should be made alongside the IATA template?

Useful pagesEdit

Here I am trying to make a useful reference for pages both on and off Wikivoyage that help streamline page editing. Please share this around if it is useful for you. :-D

WikivoyageEdit

WikipediaEdit

External sites and programsEdit

  • Atom – A really useful text editor with regular expression capabilities that make finding and replacing quick and simple. Recommended for region pages with a lot of map markers. I also find Atom helpful for going through a .SVG's source code to find the right colours for a province section as with Sardinia.
  • Eye Dropper – A neat open-source Chrome/Chromium extension that shows the colour of an entity. Also useful for region maps as I like to use the exact colour on the map as I think it's better for usability.
  • Croppola.com – A really useful site that allows images to be cropped in-browser regardless of operating system. I use Croppola to crop Wikivoyage banners to the 7:1 aspect ratio (see these examples: Tewkesbury, Paignton, Brixham, Chinon, Tintagel, Douglas, Laxey).
  • Translit.cc – Transliterates from Cyrillic to Latin and vice-versa.

DeprecatedEdit

I no longer use GPS-Coordinates because I find it cumbersome to use. Instead I zoom in and use the URL from Google Maps to provide co-ordinates.

  • GPS-Coordinates.net – A really useful site that displays co-ordinates for any location using Google Maps. As someone who loves dynamic maps, this site is really helpful for generating the markers that are placed on them.

SandboxEdit

I use this sandbox area to test new ideas.

Routebox for the UK – Rail linksEdit

As the Network Rail logo isn't public domain or CC licensed, one needs to figure out how to call the logo's SVG from Wikipedia directly instead of the Commons.

CheltenhamEdit

Routes through Inferno986return
PenzanceBristol  W   E  ReadingLondon Paddington


Routebox for the UK – A40Edit

For Cheltenham and other destinations along the A40.

CheltenhamEdit

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FishguardMonmouth  W   E  OxfordLondon


Routebox for the UK – M5Edit

For Taunton and other destinations along the M5.

BirminghamEdit

Routes through Inferno986return
merges with    N   S  BristolExeter


WorcesterEdit

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BirminghamKidderminster  N   S  BristolExeter


TewkesburyEdit

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BirminghamWorcester  N   S  CheltenhamExeter


CheltenhamEdit

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BirminghamTewkesbury  N   S  GloucesterExeter


GloucesterEdit

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BirminghamCheltenham  N   S  BristolExeter


TauntonEdit

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BirminghamGloucester  N   S  → Cullompton → Exeter


ExeterEdit

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BirminghamGloucester  N   S  merges with  



THIS HAS BEEN DONE ALREADY!

Routebox for the UK – London UndergroundEdit

Needs a white background on the roundel to be seen clearly. Although the flat line works well too.

London/Paddington-Maida ValeEdit

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1 ← 2 ←  W   E  → 3 → 4