Wikivoyage:Collaboration of the month

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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 month[edit]

Category:Articles with dead external links[edit]


As of 1 October 2017 there are 5220 Articles with dead external links.

The goal for this phase is to fix the 254 city articles at guide status and the 5 city articles at star status that have broken links.

To correct articles, enable the "ErrorHighlighter" gadget from your user preferences. After enabling the gadget, invalid links will display followed by a very noticeable "dead link" warning. Verify whether the link has changed, whether the target is invalid, or whether the link was incorrectly flagged and perform the appropriate fix:

  1. If the link is for a domain that no longer exists it should be replaced with a correct link or removed from the article. If the link is contained within a listing for a business that is no longer in operation then the listing should be removed from the article. In either case the {{dead link}} tag should also be removed.
  2. If the link is for a valid domain but the link path has changed - for example from to - update the link and remove the {{dead link}} tag.
  3. If the link is valid and was incorrectly tagged then remove the {{dead link}} tag and use the "edit summary" field to note that the link is valid. Please also report the error on the talk page for the bot that flagged the link (currently User:Wrh2Bot).


The number of articles in this category is below 5000 for the first time in at least a year, if I'm not mistaken. Can we get it lower? Fixing dead links (whether by updating, removing them, or removing the listing) is a good way to keep our site up to date. Users who are familiar with a particular language or country can use Petscan (as described at the category page) to find links to work on within that country (or within a particular region). —Granger (talk · contribs) 19:02, 28 August 2017 (UTC)

  • Support although it would be a good idea to get Wrh2Bot to flag links that have become dead in the last 6 months (last used in January this year). Ryan is on hiatus but hopefully somebody else can run the bot/create a similar script. I'm not a bot expert and wouldn't know how to do this. Gizza (roam) 22:03, 28 August 2017 (UTC)
    Good point. Pinging User:Wrh2 just in case he's still checking in. —Granger (talk · contribs) 22:21, 28 August 2017 (UTC)
    The bot will take several days to run, during which you can follow progress via Special:Contributions/Wrh2Bot (it processes articles in alphabetical order). -- Ryan • (talk) • 03:57, 22 September 2017 (UTC)
    I've shut down the bot per User talk:Wrh2#Wrh2Bot errors. If anyone would like the code to the bot in order to make the requested changes I can make it available. -- Ryan • (talk) • 21:32, 23 September 2017 (UTC)
  • Support improves the usefulness of the site for readers as well as search engine rankings. --Traveler100 (talk) 06:38, 1 September 2017 (UTC)


Progress is further that it appears. Number of guide articles with dead external links has been reduced by about 100 in the first 10 days but a new check of articles as been run over the site which has found a lot more. --Traveler100 (talk) 15:31, 12 October 2017 (UTC)

After rerun of bot lots more to do, as of this point with totals of 6817 articles with dead external links, 1211 articles with formerly dead external links giving 301 city articles at guide status with dead links and an additional 62 city articles at guide status former dead links to check. As well as now 10 city articles at star status with broken links. --Traveler100 (talk) 06:55, 14 October 2017 (UTC)


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 flickr [1] or Wikimedia Commons [2], upload it to shared, 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:


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



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.


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.


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.


Move the nomination entry for previously featured articles to the article's talk page. Strike goals (using <strike></strike> tags) that were accomplished.

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

After they have been featured as the collaboration of the month, move the original nomination to Project:Previous collaborations.

Month recent COTM
September 2017 Chennai
August 2017 Category:Listing with phone missing country code


Current proposals (subject to change).

Month COTM
October 2017 #Category:Articles with dead external links : phase 1 - guide cities
November 2017 #Cape Town
December 2017 #Template:Geo and Wikivoyage:Geocoding
January 2018 #Buenos Aires
February 2018 #Small and medium sized airports
March 2018 #Metro Cebu
April 2018 #Eat listings for cities in Germany


Metro Cebu[edit]

I added this article a year or so ago; see discussion at Talk:Cebu_(city)#Re-organize_some_things.3F. I think this top-level article is now mostly OK, but there are still problems. Worth fixing; this is the country's 2nd largest urban area, a major transport hub & a major tourist destination.

  • The main cities, Cebu (city) & Lapu-Lapu, need quite a bit of copy editing & various other fixes.
  • Some things are still listed in the wrong place; for example, the Cebu article discusses sights located on Mactan Island, some distance away.
  • There are a dozen or so smaller cities in Metro Cebu. Nearly all those articles are currently quite weak

If we are still doing CotM (Are we?), this might be a good one. Pashley (talk) 11:18, 3 February 2017 (UTC)

See also Talk:Metro_Cebu#Guide.3F_DotM.3F Pashley (talk) 15:53, 25 August 2017 (UTC)
I have done some edits & see others doing quite a lot. Bravo. Pashley (talk) 13:37, 7 October 2017 (UTC)

Small and medium sized airports[edit]

Airports that are not large enough to have their own article should have a clear city page where detailed information can be found. Other articles referencing that airport should link to this city page using the {{IATA}} template.

Create the page with the three letter IATA airport code IN CAPITALS.

If there is an airport article then redirect the code to that page
e.g. For FRA IATA, the page FRA contains #REDIRECT[[Frankfurt Airport]]
If there is no airport article the redirect should be to the relevant section of closest city article.
e.g. For STR IATA, the page STR contains #redirect[[Stuttgart#By plane]]

For airports not large enough for their own article:-

  • On the city page closest to the airport create a listing of type=go
    • Use the IATA template in the alt field
    • Use the wikidata function in listing editor to connect to Wikipedia and fill in coordinates and possibly image information.
      • Once Wikidata is added, on the Wikipedia page of the airport you can add the Wikivoyage template linking to city page (it will automatically jump to the listing)
    • Add other information such as web link and telephone number to listing
    • Below listing give additional information such as methods of getting to the airport from city centre and flight destinations.
    • In Sleep section of city list a couple of hotels near the airport.

More consistent documentation of airports helps the reader understand the guide better. Removing of duplicate information on numerous pages reduces effort keeping information up to date. --Traveler100 (talk) 07:24, 22 August 2017 (UTC)

Cape Town[edit]

Let's improve this article in time for travellers to start making plans for Wikimania 2018 in Cape Town. Maybe it could even end up being DotM in July 2018, the month of the conference.

  • Add geocoordinates
  • Remove closed listings, fix dead links, and general updating
  • More details in the "Work" section

Granger (talk · contribs) 11:58, 31 August 2017 (UTC)

Support Cape Town is in most years the third most visited city in Africa, behind only Johannesburg and Cairo. A very important article. Gizza (roam) 01:36, 18 September 2017 (UTC)

Buenos Aires[edit]

Now that the district reorganization has been completed, we can give this article and its districts some badly needed TLC. Buenos Aires is a popular destination, so our coverage of it is important, but the articles are a little messy and parts are out of date (one listing in Buenos Aires/Centro gives advice for 2010!). They do have a lot of information, though, and with some work they will become much more useful.

  • Move "Learn", "Eat", "Drink", and "Sleep" listings to districts
  • Within the districts:
    • Fix dead links and remove closed POIs
    • Listingify, add coordinates
    • Alphabetize listings and organize them into subsections by price or by type, as needed
  • Copyedit
  • Maybe expand the list of embassies

Granger (talk · contribs) 14:23, 12 September 2017 (UTC)

Support lots of work to do for one South America's biggest cities. Gizza (roam) 12:00, 19 September 2017 (UTC)

Template:Geo and Wikivoyage:Geocoding[edit]

Currently about 23800 out of 24970 destination article have geo coordinates (95.314%). From this PetScan search, there are 1253 articles that still need to have the geo template added.

I think geocoding every destination on WV, and therefore providing the latitude and longitude on every place we have is a basic and achievable goal. Gizza (roam) 01:30, 18 September 2017 (UTC)

  • Support. Seems useful and accomplishable, and it's a task that users can help with a little at a time. —Granger (talk · contribs) 14:26, 19 September 2017 (UTC)
  • Support. Same reasons as Granger stated. --Traveler100 (talk) 06:16, 20 September 2017 (UTC)

Eat listings for cities in Germany[edit]

Currently from 440 cities in Germany 115 do not have an Eat listing. See German city articles needing eat listing. Work has already been done to rationalise (expand or merge) cities and all have at least one See and Sleep listing, so what now exists are valid destination. This would be the next step to get all articles in the country usable. --Traveler100 (talk) 06:29, 20 September 2017 (UTC)

  • I'm not sure about this one. It's definitely a worthwhile goal, but I think it's better for a Cotm to be something that any contributor can help with, without needing extensive research or local knowledge of a particular country. I think restaurant listings should ideally be added by someone who has been to the city, or failing that, with significant research to figure out which of the city's restaurants are worth visiting. So I'm not sure we should ask contributors who may not know much about Germany or even be able to read German to add restaurants to articles in that country. —Granger (talk · contribs) 21:09, 24 September 2017 (UTC)

Updating the Collaboration of the month[edit]

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 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.