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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]

Custom banners - regions[edit]

Task[edit]

Aim is to have a good custom banner on all non-city (regions, parks, travel topics, gallery pages, itineraries, phrasebooks, dive guides) articles.

As of 18 March; change compared to this revision
To do: A total of 809 non-city (district) articles with standard banner (down 163 — 17%)
To do: 368 park articles with standard banner (down 27)
To do: 147 region articles with standard banner (down 79)
To do: 95 phrasebooks with standard banner (down 33)
To do: 83 itineraries with standard banner (down 4)
To do: 61 travel topics with standard banner (down 17)
To do: 52 dive guide articles with standard banner (down 2)
Yes Done: no gallery pages with standard banner (no change)
  • Locate a good image that is at least 1800 pixels wide. (Wikimedia Commons link in sidebar a start point; 3000+ pixels wide is even better)
    • If the article is not showing a Commons link on the sidebar, check to see of there is one on Commons and add to the Wikidata page.
  • Crop to 7:1 ratio and upload to commons (with different name) (CropTool at Commons a good tip). On Commons, add it to a subcategory of commons:Category:Wikivoyage banners.
  • Edit {{pagebanner}} on the article
  • Also good to add page banner entry in Wikidata (all the steps are included at Category:Banner missing from Wikidata)
  • Some articles marked as regions may be incorrectly tagged, assess if they need to be changed to city articles. Particularly if article in Category:Regions with no category

Tips on locating and cropping images can be found at Wikivoyage:Banner Expedition#How do I help?

Nomination[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)
  • Support. I think this would be a helpful project for WV. Selfie City (talk) 18:33, 20 June 2018 (UTC)
  • Support. Seems like a good idea to me. Limiting ourselves to non-city articles for the first round sounds reasonable. —Granger (talk · contribs) 10:14, 23 September 2018 (UTC)
  • Comment. There are currently about 1000 pages that need this work. Since there are ~30 days in March, if we do 30 a day (that's a little over 1 per hour), we'll knock out almost all of them. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 02:55, 26 February 2019 (UTC)
    but I think we can make a big dint in this. --Traveler100 (talk) 06:43, 27 February 2019 (UTC)

Nominate[edit]

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

~~~~

Select[edit]

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.

Scheduling[edit]

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.

Archiving[edit]

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.

Upcoming[edit]

Current proposals (subject to change).

Month COTM
April 2019 Rio de Janeiro
May 2019 Link and phone formatting
June 2019 Beirut
July 2019 Articles Geo different to Wikidata
August 2019 Oklahoma City
September 2019 Articles with formerly dead external links - second round
October 2019 Antarctica
November 2019 Custom banners - usable articles
December 2019 ?
January 2020 Population figures

Nominations[edit]

Antarctica[edit]

While I have reorganized this continent, the articles within the continent still need quite a lot of work, and some new articles on research stations could definitely be created. Selfie City (talk) 01:52, 20 June 2018 (UTC)

What kinds of tasks would this include? Creating new articles isn't a good cotm task, because it requires knowledge of the area and a significant time investment. —Granger (talk · contribs) 00:01, 21 June 2018 (UTC)
Good question. I think filling out lower-level articles with general information would be useful, along with perhaps more listings on some of them. I think mapmaking would also be useful to include but it wouldn't be a necessary part of the CotM, of course. Selfie City (talk) 00:15, 21 June 2018 (UTC)
Well, adding general information and new listings is also a better task for people who know the place. Cotm tasks should be things that you can spend five minutes helping with, even if you're unfamiliar with the destination. See #Nominate above. —Granger (talk · contribs) 00:58, 21 June 2018 (UTC)
What about copy editing? I got quite of information from WP and added it here. Selfie City (talk) 01:02, 21 June 2018 (UTC)
And some more images in some articles perhaps, as well. And listingify this list. Selfie City (talk) 01:03, 21 June 2018 (UTC)
I'm not sure there's enough here for a good cotm. To be honest, I think what the Antarctica articles are in need of right now isn't copyediting, it's higher-level cleanup. It would be ideal to get input from someone familiar with the continent to clean up the region structure and make decisions like whether that long list of bases is useful to travellers. Copyediting doesn't hurt, but there are other articles that are more in need of that, and the Antarctica articles are more in need of attention from someone knowledgeable who can make larger-scale changes, rather than casual cotm contributors. Once the more fundamental issues like region structure have been fixed, we can revisit it and see if a cotm makes sense. —Granger (talk · contribs) 00:35, 23 September 2018 (UTC)

Population figures[edit]

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)


Link and phone formatting[edit]

External links shown as numbers in an article should be changed to show hyperlinked text. Phone numbers should be formatted so can click and dial.

  • phone icon used currently in 64 guide articles. Tel: used currently in 35 guide articles.
    • Can the information be moved into a listing?
  • links shown as numbers currently in 201 guide articles.
    • If inline then move a word or two inside the link brackets. If on bulleted line change to a listing.

Provides some additional functionality and cleaner looking articles. --Traveler100 (talk) 19:47, 28 June 2018 (UTC)

  • Support. Seems like a good way to work together to tidy up our articles. —Granger (talk · contribs) 00:04, 29 June 2018 (UTC)
  • Support. Here's a couple more searches: phone: which gives 37 and : + which gives 115. -- WOSlinker (talk) 18:56, 10 November 2018 (UTC)

Rio de Janeiro[edit]

Obviously a huge city and a huge tourist destination, but unfortunately the main article includes a lot of listings which could be moved into the district articles. Selfie City (talk) 00:30, 6 August 2018 (UTC)

Suggestion is either October 2018 or April 2019 if this one is supported, since this is more visited than Bermuda or Antarctica. Selfie City (talk) 00:35, 6 August 2018 (UTC)
Support. Lots of listings to update. Gizza (roam) 04:50, 3 September 2018 (UTC)
  • Support. A very important tourist destination. In addition to moving listings from the main article to the districts, many of the listings already in the districts need updating, coordinates, etc. —Granger (talk · contribs) 01:12, 15 September 2018 (UTC)

Custom banners - usable articles[edit]

Usable articles that only need custom page banners to reach guide status: An alternative to the above, but would probably be more work since we have more than 5000 usable articles and well under 1000 guides. ---Selfie City (talk | contributions) 22:07, 22 August 2018 (UTC)

At time of entering this text there are 1450 usable articles with listings that have no customer banner --Traveler100 (talk) 06:33, 22 September 2018 (UTC)
  • Support, maybe as our second custom banner collaboration. —Granger (talk · contribs) 04:17, 26 February 2019 (UTC)

Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands[edit]

In the region article there are about 30 listings total in the eat and sleep sections that need to be moved to city articles. Also, many of the listings in the "eat" section need coordinates, and there are a lot of place names, etc., that need to be turned into markers.

While all the articles we have for places in Hawaii need some work, Kauai is probably the most straightforward fix in a collaboration. ---Selfie City (talk | contributions) 20:39, 27 August 2018 (UTC)

After this nomination was made, the article was changed to a city article and the two cities breadcrumbed under it were merged. Is the collaboration still necessary? —Granger (talk · contribs) 04:10, 26 February 2019 (UTC)
Do not think this is still a candidate after the updates. --Traveler100 (talk) 06:46, 27 February 2019 (UTC)
No, this collaboration should be slushed because work has been done. However, the article could still be improved by anyone who's interested in working on it. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 14:47, 27 February 2019 (UTC)

Beirut[edit]

Beirut is a huge city in Wikivoyage terminology and an important one in the real world. However, the article has a lot of listings that need to go into district articles. So here are the tasks I suggest:

  • Task 1 — move any listings that should be in district articles to the district articles where they belong.
  • Task 2 — clarifying the current safety situation in Beirut and updating the warningbox and related information accordingly (the warning box is 3 years out of date on a news-related topic)
  • Task 3 — formatting issues, which are minor, like semicolons in a listing title, poor external link formatting, and a couple dead links

This seems like another good city to work on to me. --Comment by Selfie City (talk about my contributions) 21:29, 7 September 2018 (UTC)

  • Support. Don't think we've had a Middle Eastern COTM in recent times. Gizza (roam) 05:20, 8 September 2018 (UTC)

Articles Geo different to Wikidata[edit]

Currently 504 articles in Category:Articles Geo different to Wikidata, 37 of which are city articles and 23 are park articles. The template is currently showing anything with a distance of more than 50 km (31 mi) difference between Wikivoyage and Wikidata coordinates. Would like to get this down so nothing over 10 km (6.2 mi) difference. I have removed many that were over 100 km (62 mi), it showed up many errors both on Wikivoyage and Wikidata. --Traveler100 (talk) 17:09, 8 September 2018 (UTC)

  • Generally, we don't need to worry about regions for this one. For example, if a country like the USA has different coordinates on Wikidata than Wikivoyage, as long as both are in the country, it is fine. But yes, city and park articles are good. I think I'll support this one. --Comment by Selfie City (talk about my contributions) 17:34, 8 September 2018 (UTC)
  • Support. Seems like a good choice for a collaboration. —Granger (talk · contribs) 23:46, 8 September 2018 (UTC)

Articles with formerly dead external links - second round[edit]

We got this down to 1 article, but now the check bot has been rerun. As of 22 September 2018 there are 1099 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) 18:26, 22 September 2018 (UTC)

Support for reasons stated. --Comment by Selfie City (talk about my contributions) 00:24, 1 October 2018 (UTC)

Reviewing star articles[edit]

Somewhat as a sequel to the current cotm, this came up in the pub and would require a lot of discussion. However, it would really help us get a very good selection of star articles, which could be better than they are currently.

This seems like a way to deal with the problems with star articles that I brought up in the pub, and therefore I would support reviewing our star articles to make sure they reach the standards they should.

Other related topics that can be brought up which are related include: should we change the star nomination process? Should we change star nomination requirements? These can definitely be taken to the pub as they have been so far. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 23:50, 9 November 2018 (UTC)

Although I agree this is a good task that needs to be done, I am not sure this is a COTM task. This should be an ongoing activity, as with reviewing star nominations, outside of cotm specific short term activities. --Traveler100 (talk) 09:08, 10 November 2018 (UTC)

Removing listings for closed businesses, guide articles[edit]

Some articles have a lot of businesses listed that are closed. We ought to go through the articles and check that the businesses are still open. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 12:33, 26 December 2018 (UTC)

This task should be covered by next months coordinate task plus the reoccurring removing dead links. That should catch most, otherwise there is no really good way to find these. Maybe this should be request for removing dead links from Guide articles - phase 3 However as COTM appears to have lost support this month, not sure we need any more nominations. --Traveler100 (talk) 19:14, 26 December 2018 (UTC)
No offense to contributors from the city, but I think some of it is just because it's Austin. I, for one, really have no interest in the city. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 13:33, 27 December 2018 (UTC)
But is a very active city, number of companies including Google and GM have moved IT development offices there.--Traveler100 (talk) 15:29, 27 December 2018 (UTC)
Really? Yeah, that's interesting, but what I mean is that there are no contributors currently on Wikivoyage who have any connection with the city. I just chipped in recently, though, and moved a listing to a district.
Looks like it is fairly successful so far as a COTM, with only the "Do" section "not done". --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 14:44, 29 December 2018 (UTC)

Oklahoma City[edit]

  • Plenty of listings in city article that need moving or merging to district articles. A few district article currently at outline status that could be improved. Also could benefit from general update of listings in all articles and improvement to text on major attritions in the city page. --Traveler100 (talk) 06:53, 27 February 2019 (UTC)
  • Support. I was thinking about nominating this too. In addition to what you said, a lot of geocoordinates are needed and listings need to be filled out with additional information. Oklahoma City/Paseo also needs to be merged, but I might get to that before the collaboration starts. —Granger (talk · contribs) 10:15, 27 February 2019 (UTC)

Custom banners, park articles[edit]

This would be the third collaboration for custom banners. The success we have already seen with the first one makes me think that we should do more of this sort. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 01:59, 10 March 2019 (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 (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.