Wikivoyage:Cooperating with Wikipedia

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Wikipedia is a wiki-based encyclopedia project started in 2001. Wikivoyage and Wikipedia are sister projects that are both run from servers owned by the Wikimedia Foundation.

Guide for Wikipedians[edit]

We have a special Welcome, Wikipedians page to introduce our project to people familiar with Wikipedia.

Sharing content[edit]

Many of the contributions to any language version of Wikipedia may be re-used on Wikivoyage, thanks to the fact that the content on both sites works under the same copyleft license.

Am I free to take anything from Wikipedia and post it on Wikivoyage?[edit]

While sharing text between the two projects is legal provided the text is properly attributed, because the goals of the projects differ it is not a practice that is encouraged. Copying large blocks of text, or failing to to properly attribute anything taken from Wikipedia, will usually result in the edit being reverted. Some specific guidelines:

  1. Copied text MUST be properly attributed. When copying text from Wikipedia (or any other CC-SA site) you must provide attribution to the original authors. Attribution is generally provided by pasting the URL for the source article into the "edit summary" box, and/or you can use the {{wikipedia}} template. It is a violation of the CC-SA license to copy text from Wikipedia without providing attribution, so be absolutely sure that attribution is provided.
  2. Wikivoyage is not an encyclopedia. Since the goals of the two projects are very different, in most cases copying text from Wikipedia to Wikivoyage is not appropriate. In some cases it may make sense to distill portions of a Wikipedia article into a few paragraphs that can be included in a Wikivoyage "Understand" section, but copying more than that is probably too much. Before you copy and paste it to Wikivoyage, read it through and see if the information really is useful for a traveller. When in doubt - leave it out, and let readers follow the article's wiki link to Wikipedia if they want more background information.

How do I follow the copyleft license?[edit]

Text[edit]

If you post text from Wikipedia on Wikivoyage, you should paste the full URL of the Wikipedia article revision being copied into the edit summary box (example: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Article_name&oldid=605001532), and you are required to post a specific template on the talk page of the guide on Wikivoyage. The template should go at the very top of the talk page and may not be removed (unless the Wikipedia content is removed from Wikivoyage, that is). Add the template according to the instructions here. This way, you attribute the contributors who participated to the work on Wikipedia. Please note that if you want to copy something from Wikipedia (in your language version) to Wikivoyage in the same language (if there is one), you have to create a template in the actual language. Use the template provided here and translate it.

Remember that Wikivoyage, even if it is a Wikimedia Foundation web site, also is a project wholly independent from Wikipedia, and one of our principal goals is to enrich the world through that ever elusive online original content. Copy-pasting blocks of text from Wikipedia is very much discouraged, and will often be reverted. The best use of text from Wikipedia (or any other source with a compatible Creative Commons license or Public Domain status) is when you are having a mental block and grab phrasing from elsewhere.

Illustrations[edit]

If you want to post a Wikipedia illustration of some kind in a Wikivoyage guide, you do not have to use the template. Instead, upload the illustration on Wikimedia Commons.

Links to Wikipedia[edit]

Main article: Links to Wikipedia

When to link[edit]

Linking to Wikipedia allows people to access encyclopedic information that doesn't fit into the framework of a travel guide. For example, the entry on the United Kingdom should have a thumbnail sketch of the country's history, but detailed information on Henry VIII is inappropriate. A link to Wikipedia's UK article would allow readers to find non-travel related information about their destination of choice, without stretching Wikivoyage beyond recognition into an "everything you need to know about everything" guide. However, don't use links as an excuse to be lazy. Wikivoyage entries should be useful and self-contained; links should provide additional information. Writing "Everything you need to know about France is here, except that there's a good bagel place in Lyon" is not helpful.

How to link[edit]

If there's a page on Wikipedia that covers exactly the same subject as a page on Wikivoyage you can link to it.

On Wikivoyage, you can simply place:

[[Wikipedia:article name]]

near the end of the article, where article name is the name of the Wikipedia article you are linking to.

See the draft proposal Wikivoyage:Sister project links for more details.

Linking from Wikipedia[edit]

Main article: Links from Wikipedia

If there's a page on Wikipedia that covers exactly the same subject as a page on Wikivoyage, you can link from it to Wikivoyage. On Wikipedia, you can simply follow the instructions in w:Template:Wikivoyage or in w:Template:Sister_project_links, to place a box with a link back to Wikivoyage from the Wikipedia article.

Links in Wikipedia not only assist readers to get directly to Wikivoyage, they also promote Wikivoyage by improving its ranking in search engines. When search engines index Wikipedia pages containing the Wikivoyage template, they see the direct link to the Wikivoyage article, not the template code.

Specific projects[edit]

There are always various projects in the works at Wikipedia, similar to Wikivoyage's concept of Expeditions. Some of these could be used by both Wikipedia and Wikivoyage. See, for example, the work being done on maps.

See also[edit]