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]

Related sites[edit]

Aim is to remove the {{RelatedWikipedia}}, {{RelatedCommons}} and {{RelatedCommonsCat}} templates when they reference the same links as shown via wikidata in the In other projects sidebar (directly or via redirect in the other project). If there is no direct equivalent page but a reference is desired then the rel=y parameter can be used in RelatedWikipedia and RelatedCommonsCat which will create an info box at the bottom of the page. (Once clean-up complete the extra parameter can be made default and removed). See Template talk:RelatedWikipedia for additional information.


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The RelatedSites extension (which creates the links in the "Related sites" sidebar section) will be disabled sometime in the next few months. In most cases, this won't cause any problems since these links are now automatically created by the Wikibase client extension (under the "In other projects" sidebar section).

See Template talk:RelatedWikipedia. Main task is to align {{RelatedWikipedia}} and {{RelatedCommonsCat}} with the same name as in the WikiData entry when appropriate. This may be just a retyping of format but could involve changing to Wikidata or referencing another Wikipedia page. If there is no match on Wikipedia then consider changing template to include the rel=y parameter to change sidebar reference to text box at bottom of page.

Fix entries so removal of function will have no impact. --Traveler100 (talk) 14:35, 27 April 2018 (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 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:


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
April 2018 Articles with formerly dead external links
March 2018 Mauritius
February 2018 Category:Articles with dead external links - phase 2
January 2018 Buenos Aires
December 2017 Template:Geo and Wikivoyage:Geocoding
November 2017 Cape Town
October 2017 Category:Articles with dead external links : phase 1 - guide cities
September 2017 Chennai
August 2017 Category:Listing with phone missing country code


Current proposals (subject to change).

Month COTM
May 2018 #Related sites
June 2018 #Metro Cebu
July 2018 #Atlanta
August 2018 #Most frequently visited outline articles to usable status
September 2018 #Outline Districts
October 2018 #Small and medium sized airports
November 2018 #Eat listings for cities in Germany

Discussion of order[edit]

We have been alternating between location article and clean-up categories. Should we keep to this or move "Related sites" project to May? If not propose we do "Related sites" in June. --Traveler100 (talk) 16:09, 27 April 2018 (UTC)

If I understand correctly, the "Related sites" project is urgent, so I think doing it in May seems fine. It seems fine to adjust the alternating schedule when there's a good reason. —Granger (talk · contribs) 11:46, 28 April 2018 (UTC)


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)

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)

Most frequently visited outline articles to usable status[edit]

A while back I asked at the pub if there is any list of outline articles by pageview traffic, and ויקיג'אנקי kindly created this list. I think that it would be a suitable cotm to update the most frequently visited outline articles to usable status. The nomination is rather apparent to its own rationale. These are articles which are low in supply, but high in demand.

However, the most visited decile alone contains some 2000 articles, way too many to handle in a single month. Further, many of these are major regions or countries. The task of updating these to usable status is large enough to be cotms in their own right. There is currently 636 outline city articles in the top decile. One option is to try to update as many as possible of these. We can further thin out the list by focusing on the largest articles, which are most likely to be near to usable status. For example, there are 136 articles which contain 15000 bytes of information or more, which should be doable in a month. MartinJacobson (talk) 14:57, 15 November 2017 (UTC)

Support - I like the idea, could even start with the 165 outline city articles with listings. These probably would just need some tidy up of listings and checking of the get in section. —The preceding comment was added by Traveler100 (talkcontribs)
  • Support – I like it too. It's a well-targeted way to provide a lot of value for our readers. It also looks like editors can easily filter those links to just show articles within a particular country or region, which seems useful for this kind of collaboration. —Granger (talk · contribs) 19:25, 15 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Comment I don't mind this but it is important to note that some of the most vital of articles don't get high page views because they are killed in SEO rather than lacking in significance or popularity. If the content of an article hasn't changed much post-fork, it won't get any hits from Google but only from internal links via other WV articles, other Wikimedia sites such as Wikipedia and possibly social media shares (but that itself would be rarer because it doesn't get as many clicks in the first place). Some of the most popular articles are niche topics like Bikol phrasebook but are popular because there is no WT equivalent [1]. Gizza (roam) 21:06, 15 November 2017 (UTC)
    That's a good point. Maybe we can somehow come up with a list of important articles that haven't changed much since the fork, and turn that into a future collaboration too. —Granger (talk · contribs) 21:46, 15 November 2017 (UTC)

Outline Districts[edit]

So I have had it as a pet-peeve on and off for some time trying to promote outline districts to usable and have already advanced a bit in that. I think given that it is less than 200 pages, the rest should not be all that hard. In some cases we might need to redraw district borders. If and when we are done, I propose to enable some mechanism that reduces the potential for outline districts to be created in the first place. I don't think it'd be such a huge thing to ask that district schemes be created in such a way that each district have at least one eat and one sleep listing or a good explanation why there is none. Hobbitschuster (talk) 17:13, 3 December 2017 (UTC)

I think I'll support this. Another idea I had adding content to very short outline articles. Right now there are 1535 outline cities that are 1000 bytes or less. These are the articles that are usually up for deletion or merger discussions. Adding an "eat" or "sleep" listing would make them usable but even adding other types of listings will make the articles useful and beneficial to the traveller. Gizza (roam) 23:46, 8 January 2018 (UTC)


Another city article whose districts have recently been reorganized. I think a bit of work, especially on the listings in the district articles, will really improve our coverage of this city.

  • Templatize listings
  • Make sure listings are in the right section - some of the "See"s and "Do"s in particular seem to be misplaced, and some POIs seem to be listed in more than one section
  • Add geocoordinates and contact info
  • Fix dead links and remove closed POIs
  • Organize listings by price, alphabetical order, or type as needed

The map also needs to be adjusted or replaced to exclude Decatur and Hapeville, if someone has the time and relevant skills. —Granger (talk · contribs) 15:08, 25 December 2017 (UTC)

Custom banners[edit]

Right now there are 11,613 articles with default banners that should one day get custom banners. The number is going down over time but a COTM drive could push it down to zero much faster. If there are too many to do in one month, we could focus on putting custom banners on every non-city article (1327 articles according to Petscan). Gizza (roam) 06:36, 4 May 2018 (UTC)

  • Support - good idea, always makes the pages look more professional. Maybe goal should be all region articles. --Traveler100 (talk) 07:31, 4 May 2018 (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.