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Hello, Mr. Granger! Welcome to Wikivoyage.

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I'm enjoying your pagebanners. Thanks! Ikan Kekek (talk) 03:45, 8 September 2014 (UTC)Reply

Glad to hear it! Mr. Granger (talk) 11:12, 8 September 2014 (UTC)Reply

You have reverted my travel guide to Somaliland which is different from Somalia,there are thousands of Bussiness people.UN workers oversea somalis who depend on travelling to somalia even with security guard now i have updated from my own experience pics and were quick to revert them with out any have caused a lot of foreign bussiness people a great deal of pain

Thanks for the message. Updates are very welcome, but please respect the formatting and organization of the page. For example, don't radically change the headings, and don't remove the templates at the bottom of the page. See Wikivoyage:Country article template for the structure that a country article like Somalia should have. I've incorporated some of your updates into the existing structure of the article—you're welcome to add more, but please maintain the overall organization of the article. —Granger (talk · contribs) 06:35, 8 May 2016 (UTC)Reply

Thanks for the banner update on Bonavista Peninsula! I knew it wasn't cropped to the correct ratio, but am running a random garbage netbook with no decent ability to really do anything. So I was hoping someone would see and fix the image. Glad you did. Cheers! Pbaribeau (talk) 01:11, 21 June 2017 (UTC)Reply

You're welcome! Thanks for creating the article. —Granger (talk · contribs) 01:43, 21 June 2017 (UTC)Reply



Thanks for your assistance in cleaning up dead links! It's been great to see so many people updating old information now that outdated links have been flagged. -- Ryan • (talk) • 16:31, 8 May 2016 (UTC)Reply

No problem! I fix dead links now and then on Wikipedia, where there are some 70,000 currently tagged (and that's after a massive bot cleanup effort that was recently undertaken—there used to be hundreds of thousands). Since there are only a few thousand here, I feel like I can make more of a dent in them. —Granger (talk · contribs) 16:38, 8 May 2016 (UTC)Reply



Hi Are there boat tours in San Rafael?😐 BulbAtop (talk) 02:56, 7 April 2017 (UTC)Reply

Hi BulbAtop. Yes! Barbary Ghost apparently offers cruises through the canal. That's the only one I know of, but you might also be able to find boat tours around Marin or the Bay Area that pass by San Rafael. —Granger (talk · contribs) 22:55, 7 April 2017 (UTC)Reply

Thanks for updating


Thanks a lot for updating not only URLs but also menu prices for New York restaurants - really helpful! Ikan Kekek (talk) 22:13, 12 May 2017 (UTC)Reply

No problem! —Granger (talk · contribs) 22:51, 12 May 2017 (UTC)Reply

Beccles and Bungay


Thanks for creating the redirects. I had thought about doing it but was unsure so held back (to avoid what seems a bit of effort to get pages deleted). I was unsure about combining the two towns to a single destination (Wikipedia keeps them separate) but thought that from a travel perspective they are both too small to warrant their own pages but are significant enough to justify being covered so ended up combining them - hope I made the right decision. PsamatheM (talk) 21:46, 28 May 2017 (UTC)Reply

No problem! I think when places are combined like this, redirects are useful, both to facilitate linking and to help readers who search for one of the places. As for whether to combine the towns or not, I can't really say, but the article looks good to me. —Granger (talk · contribs) 22:55, 28 May 2017 (UTC)Reply

O'Hare International Airport redirect??


Please explain this. Same exact name, right, or am I missing something? Ikan Kekek (talk) 19:41, 1 August 2017 (UTC)Reply

Wikipedia has a similar redirect [1]—one title uses a "curly" apostrophe ( ’ ) and the other uses a "straight" apostrophe ( ' ). Our article is located at the title with the straight apostrophe, but I found that someone had written the name of the airport with a curly apostrophe in the article Northfield (Illinois), so when I added a wikilink it didn't work. I figured I'd go ahead and create the redirect so that that link (and any similar ones added to other articles in the future) would work. —Granger (talk · contribs) 19:52, 1 August 2017 (UTC)Reply
I struggle to see the difference, but I get it now. Ikan Kekek (talk) 20:25, 1 August 2017 (UTC)Reply

An award for you!

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As thanks for months and years of valuable contributions to Wikivoyage, please have a Barncompass. :) ϒpsilon (talk) 07:05, 2 August 2017 (UTC)Reply
Thank you! —Granger (talk · contribs) 10:21, 2 August 2017 (UTC)Reply

Page banner captions


Hi Mx. Granger! Thanks for adding banners to several articles. If you could, it's usually considered good practice to add a caption to those banners unless they clearly just show a skyline or something. So, for example, on Southern Tier, it would be nice to have a caption explaining what that building is and where it's located. Powers (talk) 21:28, 6 October 2017 (UTC)Reply

Thanks for letting me know! I added a caption to the Southern Tier banner, and I'll try to include them in the future. —Granger (talk · contribs) 21:42, 6 October 2017 (UTC)Reply

Yeah, but it's a radio telescope!


And it's been used to transmit signals to possible alien civilisations. I understand your point, and would ordinarily agree, but the comment about it possibly being the largest in the universe was an intentional nod to Arecibo's role in the SETI projects - and to a lesser extent, its role in The X Files :) I'd like to reinstate, but don't want to tread on your toes if you really don't like that line. --ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 22:09, 10 October 2017 (UTC)Reply

I'm familiar with SETI and the Arecibo message, but I don't think the line really tells readers very much. We don't really have any reason to think it's the largest one in the universe, unless you think humans are the most technologically advanced beings in the universe (which seems unlikely to me and would make projects like SETI fairly worthless if it's true). But the line is technically true and vaguely related to the topic of the fact, so I won't make a fuss if you put it back. —Granger (talk · contribs) 22:23, 10 October 2017 (UTC)Reply
Thank you! If someone else removes it, it'll stay out. I hope it's not the largest either, but decades of radio silence seems to defy all logic... hence the Fermi Paradox :) Fascinating topic. --ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 22:55, 10 October 2017 (UTC)Reply



I think I'll start hiding instances of "seemingly-straightforward" around Wikivoyage for you to find and correct. --ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 17:56, 6 November 2017 (UTC)Reply

Hahaha, well, it probably won't be my top priority... —Granger (talk · contribs) 18:20, 6 November 2017 (UTC)Reply

Marking one's own passport


Hi, just a quickie (hopefully). I think it should be made clear here where the illegality of marking one's own passport applies. Is it against Peruvian law? If not, how can we be sure that it is against the law of the traveller's home country? Many countries have laws against passport defacement, but those laws are unlikely to match up, and are probably not universal. In the UK for instance, "reasonable wear and tear" is allowed, but for anything beyond this deliberately vague threshold, passport replacement is merely advised, as it "may not" allow you to travel otherwise, rather than required, which suggests that defacing a British passport is not illegal as such. --ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 11:27, 21 December 2017 (UTC)Reply

Good point. I find it hard to imagine that it's against Peruvian law, but I don't know. I've never heard of anyone actually getting in trouble for getting these kinds of souvenir stamps (which exist at other places besides Machu Picchu as well), which is why I restored the word "technically". I don't know, maybe it would be better to remove the entire comment about it being technically illegal to mark your own passport. —Granger (talk · contribs) 11:34, 21 December 2017 (UTC)Reply
Well if it can't be established who it is illegal for and where, it probably would be better to remove the comment :-) --ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 11:50, 21 December 2017 (UTC)Reply

brand new


Thanks! Great initiative to tidy things up. Andrewssi2 (talk) 18:56, 1 January 2018 (UTC)Reply



Hi. Regarding your edit to Rail travel in the United States, I must disagree. Brightline may currently only operate along a rather short route, but they are by their nature distinct from a commuter railroad and their current short service is just a stopgap until their full stretch is built. I am rather certain that they could not sustain operations over just this short stretch and will thus either expand towards Orlando and Miami or withdraw service in a few years' time. Thus I do think they merit their own bullet point. Hobbitschuster (talk) 22:34, 13 January 2018 (UTC)Reply

I understand that Brightline is still growing and their future is uncertain, but from a traveller's perspective at this time, how is it more important than, say, the South Shore Line in Chicagoland, the Front Runner in Utah, and Caltrain in the Bay Area? None of those lines have their own paragraphs, nor do the numerous other short-distance rail systems in the US. —Granger (talk · contribs) 22:39, 13 January 2018 (UTC)Reply
There is a difference that travelers might care about, at least as far as I understand it. Brightline apparently uses or plans to use dynamic pricing and sells tickets via app and internet. I am not sure most commuter railroads do this. So if you book a Caltrain ticket at the station, no problem, the price is the same at any given time. Brightline apparently not so much... However, maybe we should agree for the time being to not list it prominently (a single link somewhere might still be wise due to some unique features) but to revisit the issue and perhaps give it a proper listing type thingy when service to more destinations starts... Hobbitschuster (talk) 22:44, 13 January 2018 (UTC)Reply
The dynamic pricing sounds interesting and different, but it doesn't sound like it makes Brightline any more important for travellers than the other rail systems I mentioned, as far as I can tell. Anyway, when it expands to Miami and Orlando it'll be pretty large, so I agree we should revisit the issue at that time. —Granger (talk · contribs) 22:53, 13 January 2018 (UTC)Reply

Night in the day


I noted your confusion about the day in the polar night. The polar night is the opposite of the "nightless nights" you encounter in the Nordic (or Antarctic) summer: in midwinter the sun is below the horizon all day, so it is more or less night all the time. "In the day" during the polar night means the hours when your watch shows it should be day (there is usually some twilight, depending on season and how far north you are). I hope the wording in Northern Lights makes sense after reading this (see also Midnight sun which explains the phenomena). If you can clarify it, you are welcome. --LPfi (talk) 11:47, 15 January 2018 (UTC)Reply

Thank you for the clarification—I'm familiar with the polar night, but was confused by the phrase "Day Northern Lights". I'll try to clarify it. —Granger (talk · contribs) 12:34, 15 January 2018 (UTC)Reply

Airport exchange rates


Hi there. You are right, the "surprisingly" was maybe a little overdrawn. However, I have been to Taiwan and Egypt lately—two completely different countries for that matter—and you would be surprised how incredible close the exchange rates at the airport were to the interbank ones, just about 1 % off. Some countries just remain stuck in the past apparently. ;-) Cheers, Ceever (talk) 14:50, 25 January 2018 (UTC)Reply

Miras for thrill seekers


Just what I read somewhere. But I will check it out and correct if wrong. ;-) Ceever (talk) 01:54, 27 January 2018 (UTC)Reply

Sounds good! I've never been to Minas (except riding through it on the way to other places), but from what I've heard it seems to be mostly known for old mines, rolling hills, and alfajores. There could well be other attractions there that I don't know about, though. —Granger (talk · contribs) 01:57, 27 January 2018 (UTC)Reply



Sorry, did not see the rest there. :-) Thanks, Ceever (talk) 23:44, 5 February 2018 (UTC)Reply

Connect headers


Hi there

Can we not get rid of the Connect chapters? I do not see when and with what most of them would ever be filled in the times of the Internet.

Also, most other WV article, except for maybe South America omit this chapter, which is what the manual of style says if no information is to be expected. Though, it does not mention this explicitely for Connect.

I feel for about 90 % of all article for Uruguay and Argentina that have this chapter, it is empty. Where is the added value for the traveller? Why do you need it?

Cheers, Ceever (talk) 20:04, 12 February 2018 (UTC)Reply

Most major cities in Uruguay have free public WiFi available somewhere. I've added this information to some Uruguay articles, including Colonia, Durazno, Florida (city, Uruguay), and Rocha. It would be nice for other Uruguay city articles to have it too. —Granger (talk · contribs) 20:14, 12 February 2018 (UTC)Reply
Yes, that is fine. But in general, do we want to downgrade articles that are quite good with an empty "Connect". We can of course always add it if information is available, but I feel the general consensus on WV seems to be to hide empty Connect chapters, at least for most articles I have worked on.
How about giving me this little gift, and I promise to continue adding more information on Argentina. :-)
Cheers, Ceever (talk) 23:05, 17 February 2018 (UTC)Reply
As User:LPfi said at User talk:Ceever#What sections can be omitted, it is useful to keep empty section headers for sections that should have information, because it lets prospective editors know that something needs to be added. Please do continue adding information about Argentina, though. —Granger (talk · contribs) 00:06, 18 February 2018 (UTC)Reply
That is inconsistent. As there are sections that can be omitted, prospective editors will not be able to fill these, according to this reasoning. Give me a reason. Ceever (talk) 01:10, 18 February 2018 (UTC)Reply
As I've already said, most major cities in Uruguay have free public WiFi available somewhere, and it would be nice for this information to be included in the articles. The empty section headers are a signal to prospective editors that the information should be added. —Granger (talk · contribs) 01:16, 18 February 2018 (UTC)Reply

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For tireless clean up of deadlinks in country articles. Ground Zero (talk) 00:22, 19 February 2018 (UTC)Reply
Thanks! It's good to know the effort is appreciated :) —Granger (talk · contribs) 00:51, 19 February 2018 (UTC)Reply

Planning a Trip Around America, potentially including San Rafael



I'm planning a trip around America at the moment, and have some questions about San Rafael that I would like answered by a local, not by a travel corporation that wants my money. Is there some way I can contact you that is more private? - I'm not really comfortable putting all my travel details out for everyone to see.

Thank you so much! —The preceding comment was added by DJ TLmayo (talkcontribs)

Yes! You can email me using the "Email this user" link in the sidebar on the left of this page, or using this link. —Granger (talk · contribs) 12:18, 21 February 2018 (UTC)Reply

Blank space



I notice you've reverted the blank space in the Brazil article. I've been adding them to country articles (when illustrating them), because I think it looks crammed, ugly and sometimes outright annoying when the sidebar pushes down the maps/pictures from next to the text they belong halfway down the article. This is usually even worse in articles like Brazil with more than one map. Much better to have a white space there (which could be filled with text like has been done e.g. in the Colombia article). Just my opinion. --ϒpsilon (talk) 16:56, 4 March 2018 (UTC)Reply

I agree that it's less than ideal when the map gets pushed away from the text that it corresponds to, but that's not the case in Brazil—the map is still next to the list of regions, at least on my computer. In contrast, I think the big white space is a bit of an eyesore and requires unnecessary scrolling. It's not that important to me, though—if you want the white space, I won't revert it again. —Granger (talk · contribs) 17:05, 4 March 2018 (UTC)Reply
OK, in my summary to my last edit I tried to write that the setup isn't that bad compared to many other country articles, but accidentially hit enter prematurely :P. ϒpsilon (talk) 17:12, 4 March 2018 (UTC)Reply
Haha, fair enough. I definitely do see the value of having the white space in some articles, like American Samoa, where the space is not that big and the layout looks pretty strange without it. —Granger (talk · contribs) 17:15, 4 March 2018 (UTC)Reply

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You recently added Shunde at Pearl_River_Delta#Cities, but it is already mentioned under Foshan. Could you please reduce it to one mention? I do not think it matters much which. Pashley (talk) 03:59, 9 May 2018 (UTC)Reply

It does matter which since the intro says "eight prefectures named for their main cities which we list below." Shunde does not have a prefecture & should not be on that list, so I'll delete it. Putting it back would be OK only if you rewrite the intro & I do not think that is a good idea. Pashley (talk)
Okay. In that case I guess Houjie needs to be removed too. —Granger (talk · contribs) 11:05, 9 May 2018 (UTC)Reply



What about Saaremaa and Hiiumaa? Are you also going to convert them to city articles? Ceever (talk) 11:51, 27 June 2018 (UTC)Reply

There seems to be a separate article about a city in Saaremaa, so while the current setup for that article isn't good, I'm not sure how best to resolve it. Hopefully someone else will be able to figure out whether it's better to merge Kuressaare into Saaremaa, keep them as two separate city articles, create articles for other places on the island, or some other solution. As for Hiiumaa, it does look like a city article currently, so I'll adjust that now. —Granger (talk · contribs) 12:06, 27 June 2018 (UTC)Reply



After the time when I upgraded some articles that you didn't think I should have upgraded, I want to check with you about some itineraries I just upgraded to usable status: Trans-Siberian Highway and Interstate 5. Selfie City (talk) 17:36, 27 June 2018 (UTC)Reply

I agree, they look usable. —Granger (talk · contribs) 00:39, 28 June 2018 (UTC)Reply
Thanks; sorry for responding so late. Selfie City (talk) 20:43, 19 August 2018 (UTC)Reply

two maps (Uruguay)


Hi! I won't revert your revert, but I'd say until we can export dynamic maps as static maps, having two maps (one of them clickable, with city/main attraction photos) is better than one static map... I have done it like this for many places already in any case... (talk) 12:15, 1 July 2018 (UTC)Reply

Hmm, then would it be better to just use the dynamic map and get rid of the static map? Two maps giving roughly the same information just seems like a lot of clutter to me. —Granger (talk · contribs) 12:27, 1 July 2018 (UTC)Reply
I would prefer that, esp. when the regions masks are also shown in the dynamic maps (like "here") - unfortunately the dynamic maps aren't exported in any way to offline versions (such as what can be viewed by kiwix)... :-( On the other hand, often the static maps are out of date with the article, and there's hardly anyone who would fix them, I guess. But as usual, this is a complicated topic - perhaps we could discuss it on pub or somewhere? In any case it'll surely take many weeks/months to come to a conclusion. I'd rather use the 2 maps in the meantime, and we can later cleanup (e.g. remove the staticmap=...) (talk) 13:17, 1 July 2018 (UTC)Reply
It seems to me it would be better to use one map (static or dynamic, it doesn't matter to me which one) in the meantime. But if you want to use two, I won't argue. —Granger (talk · contribs) 13:34, 1 July 2018 (UTC)Reply



I'm trying to inform readers about what to do if you get lost hiking in the East Bay. This means that I need to include quite a few "might" and "could" examples in case someone loses their way. Would you consider what I've written in Hiking_in_the_East_Bay#Stay_safe to be harmful speculation. Just checking. Selfie City (talk) 21:49, 4 August 2018 (UTC)Reply

Thanks for the message. I can't really tell just from reading the section whether the information is speculation or not, but I don't see any red flags. If it's based on your own or others' experience or drawn from other sources, I think it's good. —Granger (talk · contribs) 00:09, 5 August 2018 (UTC)Reply

Apology, Article requests


Sorry, I went ahead and slushed some outdated nominations without realizing you commented with a disagreement. I think the best solution would be to change the name "Slush pile" to something like "Outdated nominations" or "Archives". What do you think? (Just to make clear, we're not removing nominations, just archiving them.) What do you think? Selfie City (talk) 03:08, 14 August 2018 (UTC)Reply

How about "older nominations", so as not to suggest that they are no longer valid, just a separate group? Ground Zero (talk) 03:28, 14 August 2018 (UTC)Reply
That does sound better to me. Maybe "older requests" or "older suggestions". —Granger (talk · contribs) 03:35, 14 August 2018 (UTC)Reply
They are "Requested articles", so "Older requests" seems to be the best fit. Ground Zero (talk) 03:44, 14 August 2018 (UTC)Reply
I think either would work. Selfie City (talk) 13:49, 14 August 2018 (UTC)Reply



With regards to my edit that you reverted, "obligatory" of course does not mean the restaurant will force you to order it. Of course, you are free to order whatever you like, and the restaurant isn't going to complain as long as you are paying up. What I meant is that is is obligatory from a cultural perspective. I have Cantonese relatives myself, so I am somewhat familiar with Cantonese dining culture, and whenever you eat dim sum with Cantonese people, it is almost a given that they will order those two dishes. The philosophy behind this tradition is that because shrimp dumplings and pork dumplings are so simple, every restaurant should be able to make them, and if you can't make even such simple dishes well, chances are your other dishes won't be good. Moreover, because they require minimal seasoning, the belief is that ordering those two dishes will allow you to gauge the freshness of the restaurant's seafood and meat. I hope this clarifies what I meant by that. No restaurant will force you to order those two dishes, but if you dine with Cantonese people, they will expect you to order them. The dog2 (talk) 15:50, 18 August 2018 (UTC)Reply

Thanks for the clarification. In my opinion, your original phrasing ("Cantonese diners always order...") is a clearer way to convey that—saying "obligatory" in this context invites confusion. (There are restaurants where it actually is obligatory to get X or Y, in the sense that if you insist you don't want it, they'll charge you for it anyway. I've even been to an all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant where eating rice is obligatory—if you just eat the fish and not the rice from the rolls you order, they charge you extra.) By the way, I think the information about the philosophy behind the tradition would be a good addition to the article. —Granger (talk · contribs) 00:03, 19 August 2018 (UTC)Reply

Do you think Alameda County is at usable status yet?


I have upgraded a couple of the lower-level destinations to usable, but Piedmont really just isn't up there yet. However, that county is very close to being at usable status and it would be great if we could get another region to usable status. What do you think? I can work on the county's article itself, but I know practically nothing about Piedmont. Selfie City (talk) 20:54, 18 August 2018 (UTC)Reply

Well, Wikivoyage:Region guide status says that usable status doesn't require all the cities to be at usable status or better, just the most important ones. I don't think Piedmont is one of the most important cities in the county, so that shouldn't be a problem. If you can work on the county article to add a "Get in" section with all the typical ways to get there, and the most prominent attractions (identified with directions), I think that'll be enough to get it to usable. —Granger (talk · contribs) 00:20, 19 August 2018 (UTC)Reply
Yes, that should be easy enough. Thanks for the information, and yes, Piedmont is definitely not the most important city in Alameda County. As you probably know, the main cities in Alameda County are Oakland, Fremont, Hayward, and Berkeley or something along those lines, with Pleasanton, Livermore, Alameda itself, and perhaps Castro Valley being of medium importance, and then the other cities being of much less importance. Thanks though. Selfie City (talk) 01:44, 19 August 2018 (UTC)Reply



Just to let you know if you don't already, User:WOSlinker has nominated you as an admin. While I would of course be delighted if you were to accept (I don't think there's any doubt which way the vote will go), the choice is fully yours and I can't see anywhere where you were asked if you wanted to be nominated, so just wanted to make sure it's what you want. Best of luck, --ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 13:38, 26 August 2018 (UTC)Reply

Yes, I accept the nomination. Thanks for the message and the support! —Granger (talk · contribs) 14:10, 26 August 2018 (UTC)Reply
Great! --ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 14:19, 26 August 2018 (UTC)Reply
I just voted for you, Granger. The above talk page sections show that you have given me a lot of help and guidance, and I think you'll be a good admin. ---Selfie City (talk | contributions) 20:23, 26 August 2018 (UTC)Reply
Thanks for the support! —Granger (talk · contribs) 00:26, 27 August 2018 (UTC)Reply



Regarding your edit summary

"restoring - the word "technically" is meaningful here - the country isn't legally part of the Schengen Area but de facto functions as part of it for travel purposes"

I will point out that this is what my version said (emphasis added):

"Although it's not part of the Schengen Area, there are no border controls when entering or exiting Monaco from France, so it can for all practical purposes be considered part of the Schengen Area."

The "technically" you've added back in alludes to what the rest of the sentence states clearly and unambiguously. Can we not expect readers to read a whole sentence? Or do we have to be repetitive and redundant and bore readers? Ground Zero (talk) 02:16, 30 August 2018 (UTC)Reply

I don't think it's boring, I think it's clearer. Sometimes it's worth having a sentence that's slightly redundant, in order to make it easier to follow. The word "technically" here prepares the reader for some kind of major exception or different situation.
This seems to follow the pattern of other differences of opinion we've had about wording, where you've removed a word that's redundant, strictly speaking, but that (in my view) makes the sentence easier to follow. I think it's a small difference in this case, though, so if you want to remove the word again I won't object. —Granger (talk · contribs) 03:21, 30 August 2018 (UTC)Reply
Given that the reader has already been prepared for an exception by the word "Although" at the very start of the sentence. I'll take you up on that offer. Ground Zero (talk) 03:28, 30 August 2018 (UTC)Reply

Chinese cuisine


Great job on Chinese cuisine! I'm excited by the progress in the article. It would be awesome if it gets good and relatively comprehensive enough to feature as a travel topic! To what extent should we cover Overseas Chinese cuisines like Malaysian or Thai Chinese cuisines? Ikan Kekek (talk) 04:30, 5 September 2018 (UTC)Reply

I'm glad the progress is appreciated! I'm hoping it can be a featured travel topic someday too. As for overseas Chinese cuisines, my initial thought is that the Chinese cuisine article should mainly focus on the food you can get in greater China (mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan). Then Malaysian Chinese cuisine would be covered in our Malaysia article (which already seems to have a good section about it), or a Malaysian cuisine article if it's ever created. But I think it would be good for the Chinese cuisine article to have a paragraph or two about overseas Chinese cuisine, so that readers know it exists and can click over to the relevant articles if they're interested. But I'm interested to hear what you and other editors think. —Granger (talk · contribs) 05:15, 5 September 2018 (UTC)Reply
Sounds reasonable to me. Ikan Kekek (talk) 05:34, 5 September 2018 (UTC)Reply
I don't think the Chinese cuisine article should include information about, for example, Burmese cuisine. But at the same time I think the Chinese cuisine article should absolutely mention Chinese-American cuisine and other Chinese cuisines found in countries besides China. --Comment by Selfie City (talk about my contributions) 14:10, 5 September 2018 (UTC)Reply
There are many different kinds of Overseas Chinese cuisine. Thai, Malaysian, Indonesian and in some cases Indian Chinese cuisines are way more interesting than American Chinese cuisine, and in the U.S., really old-school American Chinese cuisine (chow mein, chop suey, egg foo young, etc.) has been superseded in many places by a slightly less Americanized version. Ikan Kekek (talk) 20:09, 5 September 2018 (UTC)Reply
What if we created a separate article for Overseas Chinese cuisine or even just for Chinese-American cuisine? --Comment by Selfie City (talk about my contributions) 20:18, 5 September 2018 (UTC)Reply
I'd support the creation of an Overseas Chinese cuisine with sections for each country or region with a distinct variety if someone wants to start one, but let's keep in mind that there'd be significant overlap with articles on the cuisines of Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, India and even the Anglo-Caribbean region (Jamaica, Trinidad, etc.). Ikan Kekek (talk) 21:53, 5 September 2018 (UTC)Reply
What if we did something along the lines of Overseas Asian cuisine? I could see that getting chaotic, though, with so many different countries having different versions of their cuisines in different countries. --Comment by Selfie City (talk about my contributions) 21:56, 5 September 2018 (UTC)Reply
Asian? No. Ikan Kekek (talk) 22:02, 5 September 2018 (UTC)Reply

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────Too broad a topic, I guess. --Comment by Selfie City (talk about my contributions) 16:14, 14 September 2018 (UTC)Reply

Broad and unspecific. Compare "Overseas European cuisine". Ikan Kekek (talk) 17:35, 14 September 2018 (UTC)Reply
Yeah, I see what you mean. Greek and German cuisines are not remotely alike. --Comment by Selfie City (talk about my contributions) 17:46, 14 September 2018 (UTC)Reply
Sorry that I came across this so late, but I'd like to add that there's also Cuban-Chinese cuisine, even though I've never tried it myself. And there's also Japanese-Chinese (eg. ramen, gyoza) and Korean-Chinese (eg. jajangmyeon) cuisine. So if anyone decides to start the article, there's a lot you could possibly cover.
Speaking of which, I've never been a fan of American-Chinese or Australian-Chinese cuisine so perhaps I'm ignorant, but it seems like American, British, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and South African Chinese cuisine all appear very similar to me. If anyone knows those in depth, I'm happy to have them included too. The dog2 (talk) 20:27, 8 December 2018 (UTC)Reply
Regarding American vs. Canadian Chinese food, one point that springs immediately to mind is that most Canadian Chinese restaurants, especially away from major cities, also serve Western food, while this is rarely if ever seen in the U.S. As for the cuisine itself, though, leaving aside different regional specialties that you can find in specific areas of both countries (i.e. Springfield-style cashew chicken in the U.S., ginger beef which originated in Calgary), there is no notable difference. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 20:43, 8 December 2018 (UTC)Reply



Hi! Please pardon the delay in flipping the switch, but you are now an Admin by acclamation. Let me know if you need any help with any of your new tools, and thanks for being willing to help out this way.

All the best,

Ikan Kekek (talk) 01:43, 13 September 2018 (UTC)Reply

Thank you! —Granger (talk · contribs) 02:04, 13 September 2018 (UTC)Reply
Congratulations on the promotion! --Comment by Selfie City (talk about my contributions) 03:46, 13 September 2018 (UTC)Reply
Thanks! —Granger (talk · contribs) 03:57, 13 September 2018 (UTC)Reply

Thank messages


I’ve been sending you a lot of thanks messages for edits lately. Just wanted to let you know that I am not trying to bother you, just that you’ve been doing a lot of edits lately that I’m grateful about. --Comment by Selfie City (talk about my contributions) 02:01, 15 September 2018 (UTC)Reply

It's no bother—I'm glad you appreciate the edits! —Granger (talk · contribs) 02:55, 15 September 2018 (UTC)Reply
Okay, thanks. And yes, thanks for your work on the South American indegenous peoples article. IMO the Latin American indigenous groups have very interesting histories, and while our coverage of the Native Americans is quite detailed, until yesterday UTC the coverage on the South American peoples was comparatively very poor. History books tend to focus on Mediterranean peoples, and in the process many civilisations seem to be neglected. But how those Inca people survived, let alone thrived, in the mountainous jungles is quite an accomplishment. --Comment by Selfie City (talk about my contributions) 03:31, 15 September 2018 (UTC)Reply
Agreed—the Inca Empire is really interesting, and it would be great to improve our coverage of it and other South American cultures. —Granger (talk · contribs) 04:08, 15 September 2018 (UTC)Reply

Discussion about banner on Talk:Fruits and vegetables


I messed up on the ping the first time, just wanted to let you know, I responded to you there today. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 15:36, 23 February 2019 (UTC)Reply

Litte non-sense fights


Could you please appreciate the work I put into WV and not always make my life harder?

Yes, I know, you do not agree with every change I make, but at least have the decency to not start a fight about non-sense when there is no hard rules how it should be done.

I also do not agree with your edits all the time. But at least I respect your work and not just go ahead and revert changes that are not worth the fight.

Cheers Ceever (talk) 15:15, 5 March 2019 (UTC)Reply

I usually ignore edits of yours that I disagree with, because for some reason our disagreements seem to escalate and become unpleasant quickly. For example, I disagree with your recent addition of a banner to Talk:Bolivia—I think the banner is confusing because it makes the talk page look like an article, but I decided it wasn't worth the argument, so I left it alone. But sometimes when I see an edit that, in my view, clearly makes an article worse or violates Wikivoyage policies, I do revert it.
In the specific case of the Puno article, Wikivoyage:Measurements clearly advises providing conversions.
I do appreciate the work that you do to improve Wikivoyage and hope that you'll continue to do so. —Granger (talk · contribs) 15:30, 5 March 2019 (UTC)Reply
In the case of the banner at the top of Talk:Bolivia, it's non-standard for pagebanners to be at the top of talk pages. Sorry, Ceever, but I think the banner should be removed (it's already at the top of Bolivia. It's actually a very nice pagebanner, just in the case of the talk page, not in the place where it belongs.
If we ever decide to make pagebanners at the top of talk pages standard, I'd go along with it, but since there isn't consensus currently for that, I think we should keep the status quo of not having pagebanners on talk pages. Per WV:Banner expedition and common knowledge, the point of banners is relevance to the place/topic described in the body of the article, which would make pagebanners irrelevant on talk pages. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 03:35, 7 March 2019 (UTC)Reply
I don't really care about the banner. I was just wondering where the chapter index appears. I thought the banner was the reason. Sorry for adding. I fixed the missing index with TOC. Cheers Ceever (talk) 16:17, 8 March 2019 (UTC)Reply

Could it be that they escalate, because many senior users do not understand how to properly handle enthusiastic new editors? I have seen it often enough that new users are punished with apparently not applied "rules" by senior users, and often discussions escalate in the following.
This would be fine, if we had enough editors, but considering I am on the watchlist of beyond 600 articles, many of which are favourite travel destinations, and I am still able to review all edits within 2 hours after a break of 4 weeks, clearly points to the fact that we lack good and enthusiastic editors. That let alone is catastrophic, but editors also bring new readers, because they are keen to promote their work. If they decide to leave frustrated because all this bureaucracy is rained down on them, well guess what will be the consequence.
What people here need to understand is that besides the travellers/readers the editors are equally if not even more important customers for WV.
Yes, I had a look at Wikivoyage:Measurements, but it is clearly not applied meaningfully. Apparently, no one is really interested in conversions that are relevant to 5% or less of travellers. Rules should be practical not just logical, even though I do not even see much logic in this rule either.
Cheers, Ceever (talk) 16:17, 8 March 2019 (UTC)Reply

Edit to Russia


I liked the change for Swaziland to Eswatini in that case. I think it's the sort of thing that will make people think "where's Eswatini?" and probably generate some interest. I don't think Swaziland would have had such a strong effect in that sense. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 03:33, 7 March 2019 (UTC)Reply

Great! I think you're right. —Granger (talk · contribs) 03:38, 7 March 2019 (UTC)Reply



Thanks for helping out with followup edits to the articles for the Chinese provinces I moved to different Wikivoyage regions. Ikan Kekek (talk) 14:34, 16 March 2019 (UTC)Reply

Jews having ancestors from Ukraine, etc.


Re: this edit: Yeah, I think "vast majority" is accurate. To take me as an example, my immediate ancestors left Lithuania, Ukraine and Poland in the 19th and early 20th centuries, but I had a lot of relatives in Poland who were murdered. I think this is very typical of American Jews. Ikan Kekek (talk) 00:22, 22 March 2019 (UTC)Reply

That doesn't mean I think we have to revert your edit, but I do think the previous wording was accurate. Ikan Kekek (talk) 00:23, 22 March 2019 (UTC)Reply
Maybe it was accurate, I don't know for sure. Like I said, I haven't seen statistics, I'm just judging from my own informal experience. I think among American Jews outside my family who I've talked to about the Holocaust, probably less than 2/3 have relatives who were killed. —Granger (talk · contribs) 00:30, 22 March 2019 (UTC)Reply
So that would be a majority but not a vast majority. OK, fair enough. Ikan Kekek (talk) 00:33, 22 March 2019 (UTC)Reply

Wikivoyage:Joke articles/Nanotourism


Sorry, I didn't realize that you reverted my edit. I have and will continue to adjust to disclaimer so it adds to the joke rather than spoiling it. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 02:15, 23 March 2019 (UTC)Reply

Yep, it now reads in such a way that it doesn't come across as serious. Sorry, I can see how such a disclaimer can easily be a joke spoiler if used the wrong way. I totally agree with you. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 02:21, 23 March 2019 (UTC)Reply
Looks much better to me now. Thanks! —Granger (talk · contribs) 09:47, 23 March 2019 (UTC)Reply
Yes, I can see that before it was kind of a spoiler. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 13:50, 23 March 2019 (UTC)Reply

Page Banner Completion


Hi! Thanks for creating so many page banners and helping to reduce the number of articles without custom page banners.

I am wondering though if you would follow-up by adding the banners to Wikidata? For each banner that you create, I have had to follow-up and complete this work for you. All of the articles that don't have their page banner added to Wikidata remain in the Wikivoyage maintenance category of Category:Banner missing from Wikidata. The top part of the page has the instructions on how to properly add the banner to Wikidata, and at the bottom is a list of articles that need this action. While the instructions may look lengthy, after you do this a couple of times it goes very quickly. Thanks for considering my request. It can be challenging to keep up with all of the banners that are being added each week. Zcarstvnz (talk) 09:58, 25 March 2019 (UTC)Reply

@Zcarstvnz: It seems to me this is something that can easily be done by bot—I don't think either of us need to spend the time manually adding the banners to Wikidata. At the very bottom of Wikivoyage:Banner Expedition you can find information about who to contact for a bot run. —Granger (talk · contribs) 14:20, 25 March 2019 (UTC)Reply

Ancient Egypt


Would you say that article is at usable status yet? Thanks. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 17:00, 6 April 2019 (UTC)Reply

It's funny, I was going through "what links here" for Ancient Egypt and I consequently viewed the Cedarville article, where it mentions "two sphinx". Which made me realize — the Sphinx isn't included in the Ancient Egypt article! What a terrible omission! I'll fix the problem. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 17:10, 6 April 2019 (UTC)Reply
I don't know. It only has two sections—is that all we expect the article to have? If so, I guess it's usable. —Granger (talk · contribs) 23:37, 6 April 2019 (UTC)Reply
I agree—it's a little thin. But what other sections could be added? I guess #Stay safe, but all I'd put is a link to Egypt#Stay safe, since relevant information is included there. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 00:16, 7 April 2019 (UTC)Reply
Does it need to be its own article then? Maybe better to redirect to Egypt and include relevant content in the "Understand" and "See" sections. —Granger (talk · contribs) 00:23, 7 April 2019 (UTC)Reply
Like many of the travel topic articles about history (and other topics), they were created around 2015 and have developed since then, but not a lot. I'm actually currently involved in a debate on this very issue at Talk:Ancient Israel. In both cases, I think there's too much content that's too united for for the travel topics to be merged into the country articles. But that's not how everyone sees it. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 00:27, 7 April 2019 (UTC)Reply
Very much support merging with Egypt. Not enough travel-related content on this page to justify being separated, and the non-travel-related content should go, anyway. ARR8 (talk | contribs) 01:18, 7 April 2019 (UTC)Reply

Civil War


Just out of curiosity, which state declaration of secession doesn't mention slavery? Hobbitschuster (talk) 22:51, 6 April 2019 (UTC)Reply

According to Wikipedia, only South Carolina, Texas, Alabama, and Virginia did, with Mississippi and Georgia additionally publishing separate explanations of their secessions which mentioned the slavery issue. If you're interested in a concrete example, you can read the Louisiana ordinance of secession here. —Granger (talk · contribs) 23:34, 6 April 2019 (UTC)Reply

Guns and trespassing


While I will defer this to your expertise, I would just like to understand what exactly the law is. My understanding is that the moment you stumble off the sidewalk onto someone's front yard, you are considered a trespasser and the owner then has the right to shoot you because he/she can go to court and claim to feel threatened because of your intrusion. The dog2 (talk) 19:07, 15 April 2019 (UTC)Reply

I also have reason to believe that your appearance and skin color all too often have an effect on the likelihood of your being shot in such situations. There are too many stories about black folks being shot without good reasons and the shooters not punished for me to be naive about the difference in degrees of danger. Ikan Kekek (talk) 19:21, 15 April 2019 (UTC)Reply
And one thing that I will add is that even when it comes to self-defence, American law is quite unique in that you can use as much force as you want in the name of self-defence. In Singapore and Australia, which follow British law on this, you are only allowed to use "a reasonable amount of force" in the name of self-defence. So for instance, if a five-year-old boy punches you and you shoot him in retaliation, my understanding is that it is legal in the US because that is part of your right to defend yourself, while in Australia, you would still be guilty of murder because the amount of force used would be considered to be disproportionate and not reasonable. The dog2 (talk) 19:45, 15 April 2019 (UTC)Reply
I don't think you're right, The dog2. If you were a police officer and the 5-year-old was black, you might get away with it, but I don't think there's any law in the U.S. that gives you the right to shoot someone in supposed self-defense, let alone in retaliation, just because they punched you. Ikan Kekek (talk) 19:48, 15 April 2019 (UTC)Reply
What are "stand your ground" laws then? The dog2 (talk) 23:36, 15 April 2019 (UTC)Reply
You think they apply to shooting a 5-year-old? I mean, in practice, maybe if the shooter is white and the puncher is black, but that's not because of the law; it's because of racism in the legal system. Ikan Kekek (talk) 23:48, 15 April 2019 (UTC)Reply
I'm not a lawyer, so don't take this as legal advice, but at most, "stand your ground" laws allow the use of lethal force only if you believe the person presents an imminent threat of physical harm. Nowhere in the US (as far as I know) is it legal to shoot someone just because they're on your property. That's a Hollywood exaggeration. Your "five-year-old" example is incorrect too. (Of course it's true that race is a factor, both in property owners' behavior and in how a jury is likely to view the situation.)
More broadly, The dog2, I've noticed you sometimes add content to articles that's based on overgeneralizations, incorrect assumptions, or inaccurate stereotypes. I've gone behind you and corrected these sometimes, but there are certainly others that I've missed. Please be careful not to add content that you're not sure about. —Granger (talk · contribs) 00:50, 16 April 2019 (UTC)Reply
OK, I guess sometimes the media does exaggerate some aspects of American gun culture for dramatic effect. Perhaps how the media portrays the red states is not that accurate after all. But tangential to this, I've heard that it's legal for you to drive without a licence on your own private property. Is that actually true? The dog2 (talk) 02:13, 16 April 2019 (UTC)Reply
I don't know, but I would believe it. Probably depends on the state. I know someone who grew up on a farm and started driving there when she was 12 or 13. If true, though, I don't think it's relevant to travelers. —Granger (talk · contribs) 02:27, 16 April 2019 (UTC)Reply
I'm Canadian, our legal system is mostly British, my dad was a high-ranking officer of our federal police, the RCMP, and sometime around 1970 he explained our law on this to me.
Shoot a burglar as he climbs in your window & you are in the clear; no charge will be laid. You do not know his intentions or how he might be armed, whether he has four buddies about to climb in behind him, etc.
Shoot him as he climbs out the window & you will be charged. With a good lawyer you might well beat the charge -- temporary insanity because he kicked your wife & raped your dog, or claim you were defending your neighbours who you thought he was going after next, or whatever -- but you would have to face a court.
This still sounds about right to me. Pashley (talk) 02:37, 16 April 2019 (UTC)Reply



Do you have the full international phone number for Traveles hotel? --Traveler100 (talk) 19:16, 30 May 2019 (UTC)Reply

No, I'm afraid not, though after looking online I found a longer version of the number with the area code, which I've put in the article. —Granger (talk · contribs) 23:24, 30 May 2019 (UTC)Reply
I looked on Wikipedia for information and I think I've added the country code correctly. —Granger (talk · contribs) 02:12, 31 May 2019 (UTC)Reply

Recent issue with blocked account


Thank you for taking care of this issue. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 01:38, 11 June 2019 (UTC)Reply

My comment in Talk:United States of America


Just letting you know, it just so happened that you replied while I was editing my comment halfway, because I felt the need to elaborate further on why I consider some of these vitamins to be a safety risk. Whatever you were replying to is still there, and I merely added some stuff. I assure you that I was not trying to misrepresent you. The dog2 (talk) 17:56, 19 June 2019 (UTC)Reply

Understood, and thanks for clarifying. I added the note to my comment to make sure it's clear I was responding to the stuff from the main article and the comments about Paul Offit and the FDA, not the information about Vitamin C. —Granger (talk · contribs) 18:00, 19 June 2019 (UTC)Reply

Unidiomatic word-for-word translations


Nice little list. There's a whole Stack Exchange thread about "touristic" and how it's basically only used by non-native speakers. As an addition, may I suggest "orthography"? --ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 22:53, 27 June 2019 (UTC)Reply

Oh, good one—that word is often misused by non-native speakers. That said, it doesn't seem to be a big problem on Wikivoyage—I just searched for "orthography" and it's mostly being used for its correct technical meaning. So I'm not ready to add it to the list yet...but let me know if you have any other suggestions! —Granger (talk · contribs) 23:56, 27 June 2019 (UTC)Reply

Community Insights Survey


RMaung (WMF) 14:34, 9 September 2019 (UTC)Reply

Hong Kong


I understand the last time, I erred in saying that people could die by visiting Hong Kong, but people have indeed been injured as a result of the protests recently. There are photos of bloodied protesters on the metro that have been widely disseminated. I believe adding a notice saying that injuries are possible is not at all ridiculous or an exaggeration. I will not edit the warning box further, however, until we can reach a consensus on this issue. Kiteinthewind (talk) 07:37, 16 September 2019 (UTC)Reply

Indeed protestors have been injured, and I think the word "violent" already makes it obvious that attending the protests may bring a risk of injury—we don't need to be repetitive or to exaggerate by implying travelers are at risk everywhere in Hong Kong. The stuff about travelers' native languages is basically speculative, and the advice not to go to Hong Kong at all is excessive. One of my students (from mainland China) took a shopping trip to Hong Kong just last week. And so on. I think the current warning is adequate. —Granger (talk · contribs) 10:22, 16 September 2019 (UTC)Reply
As I see it, if people are covered in blood, there is a risk of death, low it may be. However, I don't say the wording should necessarily be changed. —The preceding comment was added by SelfieCity (talkcontribs) 22:59, 16 September 2019

Reminder: Community Insights Survey


RMaung (WMF) 19:13, 20 September 2019 (UTC)Reply

Reminder: Community Insights Survey


RMaung (WMF) 17:04, 4 October 2019 (UTC)Reply

Country article lead paragraphs

The Wikivoyage Barncompass
For your amazing work revising country article lead paragraphs. Great job! Ground Zero (talk) 08:22, 22 October 2019 (UTC)Reply
Yeah, I agree. Tremendous amount of work! Ikan Kekek (talk) 08:36, 22 October 2019 (UTC)Reply
Thank you both—I'm glad it's appreciated! Still lots of room for improvement, of course. —Granger (talk · contribs) 08:46, 22 October 2019 (UTC)Reply

Vaduz Not being a city


I'm not sure the concept of "Stadtrecht" translates well into English, but Vaduz never received it, making it "still a village" at least in a somewhat medieval interpretation of legalities. This German language source mentions the lack of Stadtrecht near the beginning. Hobbitschuster (talk) 12:49, 22 October 2019 (UTC)Reply

I'll defer to your judgement on the technicalities of Liechtenstein law, but I suggest we put this administrative trivia in the "Understand" section rather than the lead. —Granger (talk · contribs) 13:18, 22 October 2019 (UTC)Reply

Something that might interest you.


Since you lived in Guangdong for a while, I though I'd share a clip from Guangdong television with you. What they did here was that they got people from different cities in Guangdong to rap their parts in their local dialect, so you'll hear Cantonese, Taishanese, Hakka, Teochew and so on. The dog2 (talk) 08:01, 4 November 2019 (UTC)Reply

I love it! Thanks for the recommendation. —Granger (talk · contribs) 07:29, 5 November 2019 (UTC)Reply

Sorry about the disruption in Hong Kong


Sorry about the mistake made in Hong Kong, as I thought that "lynching" refers to the unlawful punishment by others. I didn't even know that the term only refers to extrajudicial killing... But anyways, there are definitely such beatings by protesters on counterprotesters, known as "私了" by the protesters. Perhaps it is worth mentioning? 廣九直通車 (talk) 23:37, 10 November 2019 (UTC)Reply

No need to apologize! I'm glad we have you here updating the situation in Hong Kong, and there are plenty of people watching the article to correct any errors that slip through. The word "lynching" is sometimes used metaphorically, but usually refers to extrajudicial killing (I think it's narrower than the Chinese term 私刑).
About the beatings, I suppose the current language referring to "violent assaults on people having different political views" is adequate. Unless you think more details are needed? —Granger (talk · contribs) 01:42, 11 November 2019 (UTC)Reply
I'll point out that there have also been violent attacks by counter-protesters on protesters, so the violence is really coming from all sides at this point. As a travel guide, our job is not to assign blame or take sides in the political dispute, but to simply provide information that keeps travellers safe. The dog2 (talk) 17:39, 11 November 2019 (UTC)Reply

CCTV cameras in China


To respond to your comment on this, I was absolutely not trying to present a pro-Western or pro-Chinese view on this. I have in fact made as much effort as I can to avoid taking sides on political conflicts here. But I think it is worth covering more about how the presence of CCTV cameras affects traveller safety. It is certainly true that if you decide to go to China to join a protest, they will use the CCTV footage to track you down and arrest you, and it has been used in that way to track down political dissidents. But it has also been highly successful at tracking down criminals. According to my relatives who travel to China regularly for business, since they installed the CCTV cameras, the incidence of armed robberies and other crimes have been greatly reduced as many of the criminals were tracked down and arrested, and the streets have become safer in general as far as personal safety is concerned. The dog2 (talk) 16:34, 8 January 2020 (UTC)Reply

The presence of CCRV cameras is relevant to travellers. A travel guide needn't cover the criticism of them and the government defence of the policy, and it is definitely not appropriate in an article that we've work so hard to wrestle down to a manageable size. Ground Zero (talk) 21:55, 8 January 2020 (UTC)Reply
I agree with Ground Zero. With respect to protests, our advice should be not to participate in any protests in mainland China, period. Doesn't matter whether there are CCTV cameras or not.
As a general point, we should not uncritically parrot the Chinese government's framing that criticism of the government is a "West vs. China" issue. But if we stick to stuff that's within the scope of a travel guide, this shouldn't be a much of problem. —Granger (talk · contribs) 23:51, 8 January 2020 (UTC)Reply
To your last point, I'm not in any way suggesting that we should promote the Chinese government's narrative. All I'm saying is that we should give a fair and accurate account of events and the situation on the ground. If something portrays China or the Chinese government in a bad light but is fair and accurate, then so be it. What I'm against is taking the Western media's portrayal of China at face value (or for that matter, the Chinese media's portrayal of the West) without bothering to verify their factual accuracy. In fact, I've also pushed back against more sensationalist claims about the U.S. when the situation called for it (such as when someone wanted to insert a warning box about the crime rate in the U.S.). The dog2 (talk) 21:00, 10 January 2020 (UTC)Reply
Indeed, the goal here is accurate travel information. Please make an effort to (a) avoid excessive discussions of politics and (b) not parrot inaccurate narratives, and we should be all good. —Granger (talk · contribs) 00:33, 11 January 2020 (UTC)Reply

On persons


I think your comment on Religion and LGBT was unneeded. The regulars know the situation well enough and there was no need to interfere with a discussion mostly keeping to the facts. The less personal issues pop up, the better. --LPfi (talk) 06:54, 15 January 2020 (UTC)Reply

You're right—the comment wasn't helpful to the discussion. Thanks for bringing it up. —Granger (talk · contribs) 13:32, 15 January 2020 (UTC)Reply

Gateway airports to China


First of all, I want to thank you for updating the section and mentioning Chengdu as a viable alternative to China in place of the Big Three. I would like to ask for your opinion on whether or not some of the other airports could be worth a mention in the main China article instead of just the regional or city articles. Some airports I would think could possibly be worth a mention include Kunming, Chongqing, Xiamen and possibly Shenzhen. What do you think? The dog2 (talk) 19:56, 21 January 2020 (UTC)Reply

Thanks for the message - I had forgotten it was me who added Chengdu.
I'm not really sure if those other airports merit a mention or not. Chongqing rings a bell as a flight hub. Shenzhen has decent connections in the region but is still low on intercontinental flights. For the others I don't really know, and I'm traveling at the moment so I can't do much research very easily. Feel free to add them if you see fit. —Granger (talk · contribs) 04:05, 22 January 2020 (UTC)Reply

Angkor Archaeological Park


I don't think this is true anymore:

"Horse carriages and even elephants are also available within the park, but only from specific points. For example, elephants travel the route between Bayon and the nearest gate of Angkor Thom."

I'd like to remove it. Do you agree? Ground Zero (talk) 11:08, 7 February 2020 (UTC)Reply

Yes, please remove it. When I was there I made a mental note to remove that line, but then I forgot. —Granger (talk · contribs) 11:24, 7 February 2020 (UTC)Reply



Thanks for that listing. We enjoyed it, and sponsored a rat. Ground Zero (talk) 06:14, 8 February 2020 (UTC)Reply

I'm glad! We enjoyed it a lot too. —Granger (talk · contribs) 06:46, 8 February 2020 (UTC)Reply
Sponsored a rat? --ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 13:36, 8 February 2020 (UTC)Reply
In other words, made a donation to support training a landmine-sniffing rat. (This might give you some idea what we're talking about.) —Granger (talk · contribs) 23:04, 8 February 2020 (UTC)Reply
The rats can smell TNT up to a metre away, including underground, so they can find landmines and UXO much faster than metal detectors that find lots of scrap metal. And they weigh 1.5 kg, so they don't detonate the mines. Ground Zero (talk) 23:29, 8 February 2020 (UTC)Reply
Woah! That's incredible! Rats are amazing animals, aren't they? I've long been an admirer of theirs, and all rodents actually. Intelligent, resourceful, adaptable. But the people who came up with the idea are equally impressive. I think the best ideas are the ones which are completely off the wall, but which become obvious in their simplicity as soon as they're thought of.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 15:18, 9 February 2020 (UTC)Reply
The demonstration was very cool. And the Giant Africa Rat is, well, very big for a rat. Ground Zero (talk) 15:32, 9 February 2020 (UTC)Reply
I googled them. They're as big as cats, and bigger than those tiny dogs that I sometimes suspect are rats in a costume.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 15:41, 9 February 2020 (UTC)Reply

Thank you


Thanks for fixing my mistake. I was copying the box to modify it in Hajj, but had to finish quickly and got muddled. Ground Zero (talk) 12:20, 1 March 2020 (UTC)Reply

No worries - glad we got it worked out. —Granger (talk · contribs) 12:44, 1 March 2020 (UTC)Reply

"That paper is on other coronaviruses"


Not true. Please, read carefully. The very beginning of the article's summary:

"Currently, the emergence of a novel human coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, has become a global health concern causing severe respiratory tract infections in humans."

Look at the charts for SARS-CoV-2. That's what I did. You understand that's another name for COVID-19, right? Ikan Kekek (talk) 03:18, 14 March 2020 (UTC)Reply

@Ikan Kekek: I think it is you who needs to read more carefully. I looked in the charts and do not see SARS-CoV-2. I see SARS-CoV (the virus that caused the SARS outbreak several years ago), MERS-CoV (the virus that causes MERS), and several other viruses, but not SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). This paper is an analysis of papers that were published before the COVID-19 outbreak studying other coronaviruses. Obviously this paper was published with an eye toward fighting the current outbreak, but the data in the table is for other coronaviruses. I urge you to self-revert. —Granger (talk · contribs) 03:26, 14 March 2020 (UTC)Reply
Yeah, you're right. Sorry. Ikan Kekek (talk) 03:48, 14 March 2020 (UTC)Reply



You seem to be making a lot of edits marked "copyedit" that don't change any of the text. Why is that? (I assume there is a good reason for it. ) Ground Zero (talk) 20:39, 26 March 2020 (UTC)Reply

These are cases where Latin and Cyrillic letters have been substituted for each other—for instance "М" (Cyrillic) being used instead of "M" (Latin). With default font settings, the difference is invisible to readers, but it causes problems for copy+pasting and searching. Maybe I should use a clearer edit summary. —Granger (talk · contribs) 20:45, 26 March 2020 (UTC)Reply
It's probably worth a better edit summary. It looks odd, but I'm glad you're doing it. Ground Zero (talk) 20:54, 26 March 2020 (UTC)Reply

Lot's of changes


... but I do not see the difference. Could you give me a hint? Cheers Ceever (talk) 21:31, 26 March 2020 (UTC)Reply

Basically, I'm changing Cyrillic to Latin letters and vice versa to aid searching. There are more details in the section above this, and the list of pages I'm working with is here. —Granger (talk · contribs) 21:35, 26 March 2020 (UTC)Reply

Mapframe removals


I noticed the comments on the Atlanta article and Beirut, just wanted to understand the logic further on complete removal versus just removing the map shape. I would like to have slippy maps on pages as I find them useful for a quick browse (better than another click to the map at the top). If removal is the result of discussion there at least should be a status applied so they don't appear in "articles without mapframes" as that is what I'm working through and useful for quality ranking. Also to the comment about the districts not appearing, removing the mapshape would leave the interactive map, but not be in conflict with the areas mentioned in the article. What do you think about just removing the mapshapes? Wolfgang8741 (talk) 16:21, 10 April 2020 (UTC)Reply

That works for me. Thanks for the work you're doing adding maps, by the way. —Granger (talk · contribs) 16:23, 10 April 2020 (UTC)Reply
Great! I skipped a handful of pages that had districts in the list until this was settled so not to cause more work. Pretty much went through all the up to pages without maps starting with C from the list today. The ones that remain lack a mapshape to display. Thanks for catching the few map centering adjustments I didn't catch. Interestingly adding mapframes also has helped identify wrong wikidata and OpenStreetMap linkings, and a few coordinates as well for a few pages. I'm just planning to skip pages with districts and look at those another time since they have a little more to think about. :) Wolfgang8741 (talk) 23:17, 10 April 2020 (UTC)Reply
Sounds good! I'm glad you've been catching wrong Wikidata and OpenStreetMap linkings too—those can easily slip in and last a long time without being noticed. —Granger (talk · contribs) 23:44, 10 April 2020 (UTC)Reply

Discrimination in China


Just to clarify some of my recent edits, sure I am aware that there's always been racism against black people in China, but the COVID-19 outbreak has certainly main things worse. I have seen videos of landlords in Guangzhou evicting their black tenants, and saying that they are being evicted to they do not spread COVID-19 to others. And I've certainly seen reports of hotels refusing to let black people check-in. So while discrimination has always existed, some of the more egregious forms we are seeing now were a lot rarer until the COVID-19 outbreak.

And yes, I know that there are negative stereotypes about Japanese people, Southeast Asians and many other groups, but the general impression is that white people tend to get away with things that Chinese people or other groups would be punished for. And it's not just in China. There's quite a bit of resentment about "begpacking" in many Asian countries, because the impression, whether true or not, is that only white people get away with it. I know almost for certain that if I go on a "begpacking" trip around America or Europe, I would probably be arrested and deported. And in Singapore, there is certainly an impression that in the workplace, white people tend to get promoted faster and have their opinions taken more seriously than non-whites. The dog2 (talk) 22:28, 14 April 2020 (UTC)Reply

Good points, and maybe discrimination in favor of white people should be mentioned in that section (or in Singapore or other articles). What I want to avoid is travellers who aren't white thinking "this doesn't apply to me", because the advice to try to leave a good impression and avoid furthering negative stereotypes applies to non-white visitors as well.
And yes, while the phenomenon of black people being refused hotel stays existed before, it seems to have increased amid COVID. —Granger (talk · contribs) 22:42, 14 April 2020 (UTC)Reply
I see what you mean. Certainly I'd advise everyone to behave properly when you visit a foreign country (or even in your own country) regardless of skin colour. But certainly, the resentment over foreigners getting special privileges applies more to white people. For non-white people, the racism that they face tends to be more out of contempt than resentment over perceived special privileges, so what I'm intending to say here is that the racism that white people and non-white people face are different in their nature. The dog2 (talk) 22:48, 14 April 2020 (UTC)Reply
Good point. Come to think of it, maybe the information I'm trying to convey (advising good behavior to avoid furthering negative stereotypes) really belongs in "Respect" rather than "Stay safe". What if we move the phrase "who allegedly enjoy significantly better treatment than locals" to the first paragraph of the racism section (after "white foreigners"), remove the rest of the 洋垃圾 paragraph, and add a note to "Respect" about stereotypes and good behavior? A traveller doesn't really need to learn the term "洋垃圾", after all. —Granger (talk · contribs) 22:56, 14 April 2020 (UTC)Reply
Yes, I think that works. The dog2 (talk) 23:13, 14 April 2020 (UTC)Reply
What do you think? Please adjust as needed. —Granger (talk · contribs) 23:23, 14 April 2020 (UTC)Reply
Looks good to me. The dog2 (talk) 01:20, 15 April 2020 (UTC)Reply

Clear from maps


Yes, this is true but not everyone can see a map: some persons are blind. The copy may still be need to be removed for other reasons, but we shouldn't assume that plain text is somehow redundant to graphics: they are complementary. Just a friendly reminder to keep accessibility in mind. —Justin (koavf)TCM 20:23, 2 May 2020 (UTC)Reply

Good point, it's true that not everyone can see a map. I don't really think a list of bordering states is necessary at all (except maybe as part of the directions in "Get in" or the suggestions in "Go next"). But if you think it's useful, feel free to add it to the "Understand" section. —Granger (talk · contribs) 20:27, 2 May 2020 (UTC)Reply
No, not disputing the content, just the rationale. Thanks. —Justin (koavf)TCM 02:44, 3 May 2020 (UTC)Reply



I was just improving the lede of Great Basin as you had mentioned the problem encountered in many introductions to Wikivoyage articles. What do you think of the idea of creating an expedition to improve lede paragraphs in articles? Just a thought. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 13:08, 12 May 2020 (UTC)Reply

That's an interesting idea. It can be hard to write a good lede if you don't know much about thre destination, though I've had some success moving information from "Understand". An expedition could help coordinate. —Granger (talk · contribs) 14:41, 12 May 2020 (UTC)Reply
Yes, I think that's the best approach. Limits to each contributor's knowledge limits the input possible from each contributor, but the more contributors that would join an expedition of this kind, the more chance there would be of its having a larger impact. I think we should encourage contributors to add lede paragraphs to places they know. Otherwise, it's a matter of their best judgment whether or not they can incorporate information from the "understand" section as you mentioned. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 14:48, 12 May 2020 (UTC)Reply
Well said. —Granger (talk · contribs) 14:49, 12 May 2020 (UTC)Reply
I think this would be an excellent expedition, and provide more improvement in the reader's experience than any formatting change can. Ground Zero (talk) 15:51, 12 May 2020 (UTC)Reply
Early tasks: A) develop a metric – something machine-countable to measure progress. Number of pages with lede of less than 100 characters, does that sound right? Or start with < 50 to focus on the most blatant examples? B) Standardise terminology. Is “lede” well understood by contributors, or does “intro” or somesuch play better? (Styleguide calls it “lead”.) C) Update and publicise the lede and Understand style guide, because confusion between lede and Understand lies at the root of many examples. That would prompt everyone, whatever they’re working on, to take a moment to remedy their page ledes if indicated. D) Consider how the project might be segmented into do-able chunks, because perhaps 20% of all pages have poor ledes, a daunting task. (Indeed it’s an infinite task if you get sucked in to fixing the other glaring faults you might find on such pages.) For Scotland I counted 38 examples, for Switzerland 36, for Saskatchewan 25, and I didn’t dare look at Sri Lanka or Sudan. For Spain I’m told it’s 1003. Grahamsands (talk) 17:30, 14 May 2020 (UTC)Reply
@Grahamsands: I've created Wikivoyage:Lede Paragraphs Expedition and used your comment to build the "tasks" section. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 18:05, 14 May 2020 (UTC)Reply



Age of Discovery is a difficult fit for our current categories as it could, in my opinion, be considered either part of In the footsteps of explorers or European history. I'm not concerned either way. I was thinking about the Age of Discovery as a travel topic about a period in history rather than a travel topic about explorers, which is the reason for my earlier categorization. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 17:14, 16 May 2020 (UTC)Reply

Fair enough. I don't feel strongly about it, so feel free to change it back if you'd like to. —Granger (talk · contribs) 17:22, 16 May 2020 (UTC)Reply
No, I think given The Dog2's edits (including James Cook in Age of Discovery), it's better this way. I'm not sure those had been made yet at the time. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 17:23, 16 May 2020 (UTC)Reply

Kaga-Bandoro and Al Nabek


I've just redirected these two articles per discussion on each one's talk page. It occurred to me that they should accordingly be removed from Wikidata. Should articles that are now redirecting to another place be removed from Wikidata's Wikivoyage entry? --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 13:57, 18 May 2020 (UTC)Reply

I think it's fine to keep them attached to Wikidata. That simplifies things slightly if they're ever recreated, and in the meantime it helps readers navigate to the most relevant Wikivoyage article. There might be some issue I'm not aware of, though. —Granger (talk · contribs) 14:01, 18 May 2020 (UTC)Reply
OK, thanks. Just wondering. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 15:39, 18 May 2020 (UTC)Reply

Colombia boats


Hi, Max. About the "sneaky link" format of the bit reinserted, it looks very touty, out of place and ugly, if I may say so, on Wikivoyage. External links says, in-article text links: Links within the article text should be kept to a minimum and should point only to primary sources. Examples of valid links might include airline companies, bus companies, and sites offering daily updates and warnings about a destination's condition, but this I'd like to debate in the future. That's why I objected to the format as admin. Consider agreeing that a professional-looking listing on the appropriate articles is the best approach. This is what was asked to this user. Ibaman (talk) 14:26, 21 May 2020 (UTC)Reply

Thanks for the message. If I'm not mistaken, the link is to a primary source (a transportation service), so it should be acceptable under the policy you linked. I agree it would be better in the Cartagena (Colombia) article, though—I'll move it there. —Granger (talk · contribs) 14:35, 21 May 2020 (UTC)Reply

New Smyrna Beach#Sleep


I'm not sure what to do here per Wikivoyage:Destination of the month candidates#New Smyrna Beach. I can definitely add descriptions of my own for some places, but certainly not for all of them, for example the "budget" listings. I'm not sure a visitor should consider budget travel options here, as anything on the N. Dixie Freeway (to my knowledge) is on the budget end of the scale for a reason.

Should every hotel listing include a description? If so, I'm not sure it will be possible to feature the article. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 20:57, 25 May 2020 (UTC)Reply

IMO, every listing should have a description, but you can get ideas from online reviews and reading hotels' websites. It takes time, but the end results are worth it.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 21:03, 25 May 2020 (UTC)Reply
OK. I saw that you were doing that but I wasn't sure, and had a "trust but verify" moment per Wikivoyage:Copyleft. I'll look for reviews now, which I'm sure will be helpful. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 21:06, 25 May 2020 (UTC)Reply
Agree with ThunderingTyphoons!. Information about amenities can be gathered from the official sites; more qualitative judgements can be summarized from online reviews. As long as you summarize in your own words there are no copyright issues. —Granger (talk · contribs) 22:34, 25 May 2020 (UTC)Reply

"Arson and looting"


In the article Minneapolis the following sentence mentions looting so I have maintained the word. Otherwise feel free to remove it, as arson should be a clear enough message to warn tourists not to visit cities with demonstrations.

P.S. I didn't write the travel warnings. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 14:38, 30 May 2020 (UTC)Reply

Admin stuff


Hi mate. When you get a spare moment, would you mind reading the discussion at filter 43? Thanks, ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 16:32, 22 June 2020 (UTC)Reply

Thanks, I've responded. I don't think abuse filters are the right place for these kinds of proposals, though—they should be made in regular community discussion forums like the pub so that non-admins can participate. —Granger (talk · contribs) 17:02, 22 June 2020 (UTC)Reply
Thank you, and yes, you're probably right now.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 17:26, 22 June 2020 (UTC)Reply

Rural areas


I'm a little confused by your recent edit. Not that I'm opposed, but isn't the purpose of a rural area article template that it doesn't overlap with city article template? --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 20:53, 22 June 2020 (UTC)Reply

The "city guide status" page is already used for both city articles and district articles, and the "region guide status" is used for region articles, continent articles, and continental section articles. In the same way, I think it's okay to use the "city guide status" page for rural areas as well—the standards for promoting a rural area article should probably be similar to the standards for promoting a city article (non-empty "Get in", "See", "Eat", and "Sleep", for usable, multiple attractions to choose from for "Guide", and so on). That's my thinking, anyway. —Granger (talk · contribs) 20:58, 22 June 2020 (UTC)Reply
Oh, I see. Yes, that makes sense! I should have checked the context of your edit; I was thinking that you were referring to what the purpose was for each article type. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 21:02, 22 June 2020 (UTC)Reply

"Coronavirus has ended" edits


I'm not sure I understand the reason for this diff. The IP user removed the offending text, which is a good thing and IMO shouldn't be reverted. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 18:48, 6 July 2020 (UTC)Reply

I clicked the revert button because I noticed this edit altering your comment. I'll reinstate the IP user's other edit. —Granger (talk · contribs) 18:51, 6 July 2020 (UTC)Reply
OK. I'm not sure why the user did that. Thanks for otherwise restoring the earlier revision of the article. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 19:05, 6 July 2020 (UTC)Reply



Hey, just wondering if you can have a look at the history section of the Tibet article. I have tried to add a bit more context, but the last thing I want to do is to use Wikivoyage for propaganda. It's a bit of a tightrope to walk between pro-China propaganda and anti-China propaganda, so it will be good to have a second opinion on how I have written it to ensure that it is fair. The dog2 (talk) 02:53, 3 August 2020 (UTC)Reply

Thanks for the message. I saw the edits, and they seem fine overall, though I admit I don't know as much about Tibetan history as I'd like to.
I was surprised to see "with the support of the British"—I sort of thought that the Tibetan government was diplomatically isolated and that the British government was more concerned with enlarging and maintaining their colony of India. "Declared independence...with the support of the British" fits into a standard Chinese government narrative of Western powers trying to split China apart, but I don't know whether it's accurate. Doing a bit of research, Encyclopedia Britannica says that in 1906 "the Chinese achieved a treaty with Britain, without Tibetan participation, that recognized their suzerainty over Tibet." The Simla Convention of 1914 also recognizes Chinese suzerainty over Tibet. —Granger (talk · contribs) 11:28, 3 August 2020 (UTC)Reply
OK, I've made an adjustment. I know that Tibet was a British protectorate at some point in its history, but I'm not an expert on the topic. And if you're interested in learning more, you may want to look up podcasts by this guy called Carl Zha if you want to learn a bit more about the history of the parts of China that have active independence movements (i.e. Tibet, Xinjiang and Hong Kong). He definitely leans pro-China, just to give you a heads up on his biases, but as far as I can tell, he tries to be fair and seems well-researched when it comes to the actual history, and he has criticised the Chinese government before on certain specific issues. The dog2 (talk) 16:01, 3 August 2020 (UTC)Reply
Interesting—thanks for the recommendation. —Granger (talk · contribs) 19:57, 3 August 2020 (UTC)Reply

Hubei Province


How is the fact that COVID came from a lab a conspiracy theory? AlexiosFeng (talk) 16:26, 19 August 2020 (UTC)Reply

See w:Misinformation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. —Granger (talk · contribs) 16:41, 19 August 2020 (UTC)Reply

"By public transport"


I don't recall where you're from, but we Americans don't use "transport" as a noun in this context, so I think your unilateral edits of templates to substitute "transport" for "transit" are problematic. I don't want to start parallel talk threads everywhere but started one at Wikivoyage talk:Quick rural area article template. Please discuss this. Thanks!

All the best,

Ikan Kekek (talk) 01:02, 23 August 2020 (UTC)Reply



The 2 redirects I've deleted are mispelled and I strongly doubt that someone externally linked a wrong name. However, this is just an explanation, not a will to delete it again or to follow a VFD process. Do what you think is more appropriate. --Andyrom75 (talk) 21:32, 7 September 2020 (UTC)Reply

Hi Andyrom75. I think an incoming link is more likely than you might think, especially for this redirect, because the article was located there from the fork until October 2015. When it comes to old redirects like this, I think it's usually better to keep them as long as they're not doing any harm, just in case there are incoming links. Anyway, when there's any doubt about whether to delete a page, it should be discussed at VFD first. —Granger (talk · contribs) 05:52, 8 September 2020 (UTC)Reply

National Trust


You asked what these were. It is a standard term in Britain, as far as I know not used elsewhere, See w:National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty and website. Pashley (talk) 07:29, 26 September 2020 (UTC)Reply

Thanks! Good to know. —Granger (talk · contribs) 07:34, 26 September 2020 (UTC)Reply

By the way


Are you able to set up a new abuse filter for this stuff? I don't know how to.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 15:46, 15 November 2020 (UTC)Reply

I've never tried setting up a new abuse filter, but I'll see what I can do.
By the way, I don't think it makes sense to use such a long block for an IP-hopping vandal. The vandal seems to quickly switch to a new IP address, leaving the block behind where an unrelated user can get caught by it. —Granger (talk · contribs) 15:56, 15 November 2020 (UTC)Reply
If you don't know what you're doing, it's no biggie and can wait.
Yeah, maybe. A range block would sure be useful though.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 16:07, 15 November 2020 (UTC)Reply
I've just created abuse filter 49 – I'll try to keep an eye on things for the rest of the day to see if there's any sign of whether it's working or not. —Granger (talk · contribs) 16:09, 15 November 2020 (UTC)Reply
Feel free to test it as well. —Granger (talk · contribs) 16:10, 15 November 2020 (UTC)Reply
FWIW Andrewssi2 created a filter for this same vandal back in 2015. --Ypsilon (talk) 16:35, 15 November 2020 (UTC)Reply
Sorry for the late reply Ypsilon - do let me know if I can help. Andrewssi2 (talk) 23:04, 6 May 2021 (UTC)Reply
Hi Andrew, thanks for replying and hope you're well. Over the last months contributors from other wikis have informed us that this is a person who has been vandalizing wikis since 2005. He's become more active on WV over the last few months, moved on from boxing to history "content" and has among other things even harrassed Wikivoyagers by e-mail. --Ypsilon (talk) 04:29, 7 May 2021 (UTC)Reply



Hi there. Just to say this term is, how should I put it, "trending in my e-bubble", like a modernistic and irreverent variation. I just thought it's a nice fit with WV:Tone and WV:fun, and won't fight over it, really. Ibaman (talk) 19:09, 24 November 2020 (UTC)Reply

Thanks. The problem is that it's hard to make sense of for a native English-speaker – I speak Spanish fluently, and I still had trouble figuring out how to parse it. —Granger (talk · contribs) 19:20, 24 November 2020 (UTC)Reply



You sure seem to know a lot about Hampshire, have you considered becoming a Docent? -- 10:39, 1 January 2021 (UTC)Reply

Thanks for the message! I'm afraid I don't know a thing about Hampshire – my only changes to that article were to adjust the formatting. —Granger (talk · contribs) 10:46, 1 January 2021 (UTC)Reply
@Mx. Granger: Oh ok. It's just that every page I've looked at recently has absolutely no docents, so I've sent this message out to a bunch of people about a bunch of different subjects they've made lots of edits on recently and asked if they want to become a docent on that page. 11:06, 1 January 2021 (UTC)Reply

One more thing, I added the template 'Mapshape' to the Fawley article but I don't know if I did it right. 11:07, 1 January 2021 (UTC)Reply

The mapshape looks good to me. Unfortunately most Wikivoyage articles don't have docents, as our community of regular editors is still fairly small. Feel free to create an account and add yourself as a docent for any places you're knowledgeable about, though! —Granger (talk · contribs) 11:09, 1 January 2021 (UTC)Reply

i meant is it the right shape as i didn't input a shape? how does it know the shape (if it is the correct one) 11:19, 1 January 2021 (UTC)Reply

Oh, I see. If you don't input a shape, it tries to find the shape automatically. I believe it comes from from OpenStreetMap via Wikidata. See Template:Mapshape for more details. —Granger (talk · contribs) 11:27, 1 January 2021 (UTC)Reply

Thank You!


I did find it. Thank you very much. SewChicago (talk) 17:36, 29 January 2021 (UTC)Reply

A barnstar for you!

The Original Barnstar
Thanks for all your help at the Travellers’ pub today; you helped me a lot! 20:09, 11 April 2021 (UTC)Reply

Salisbury Reds


Hi there. On Amesbury, you managed to get precise single and return prices for bus travel from Salisbury. I assume you asked the driver for the price differential? Just checking because two articles I've been working on are also served by the same bus company, and I couldn't find any useful fare information online other than season tickets, so if there is a page I've missed, would love to know! Hope you found a nice way to cook those mushrooms.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 11:53, 15 May 2021 (UTC)Reply

I got the prices from this page – Salisbury to Amesbury happens to be one of the examples listed. It would be nice if the website gave more detailed price information, but I haven't found anything besides that page. And yes! I made stir-fry with the mushrooms – they were delicious. —Granger (talk · contribs) 12:11, 15 May 2021 (UTC)Reply
Great! That has Salisbury to Fordingbridge at least, so helpful. It seems to be a tendency of non-metropolitan bus companies to make their fare structure a secret - prospective customers are just an inconvenience after all. Thanks.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 12:41, 15 May 2021 (UTC)Reply

User:Mx. Granger/Cyrillic characters


It's August 2020 or later, so I am reminding you to generate a new list. 𝟙𝟤𝟯𝟺𝐪𝑤𝒆𝓇𝟷𝟮𝟥𝟜𝓺𝔴𝕖𝖗𝟰 (𝗍𝗮𝘭𝙠) 15:49, 22 May 2021 (UTC)Reply

@1234qwer1234qwer4: Done. Thanks for the reminder! —Granger (talk · contribs) 18:09, 22 May 2021 (UTC)Reply

Mao's legacy


I'm going to try to keep away from political controversy as much as possible, but I think it's important to understand that this issue is historically quite complex with many nuances. I studied the end of the Qing Dynasty, the Republic of China era and the Chinese Civil War in middle school, so I have some knowledge of the subject. As you know, China at the end of the Qing Dynasty was plague by multiple civil wars, and during the Republic of China era, central control over the country was weak, and the Kuomintang only had control over the coastal provinces, with the rest of the country being controlled by warlords or de facto independent ethno-states. Neither Sun Yat-sen nor Chiang Kai-shek ever managed to consolidate control over all of China during their times in office, and Mao was in fact the first person since the fall of the Qing Dynasty to consolidate central government control over all of China. And unlike Chiang, Mao had strong grassroots support from the peasants, which was why the communists managed to win the civil war; based on the accounts I studied, the Nationalists basically treated their low-ranking soldiers as cannon fodder, and in many cases, injured Nationalist soldiers who were left to die by their superiors were rescued by the Communists, and naturally defected to the Communists out of gratitude.

So of course, no fair-minded person would argue against the fact that the Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution were horrific policies that caused the unnecessary deaths of millions of people. But at the same time, it was because Mao unified the country that there was enough political stability for Deng Xiaoping to enact policies that turned China into an economic powerhouse, or at least that's how many Chinese people see it. The dog2 (talk) 18:01, 7 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

When was the first time you visited China? My first time was in 1987. China was still really deeply scarred by the Cultural Revolution, and loads of people of a wide spectrum of walks of life spontaneously talked to me about how they suffered during that period (though one Beijingren also enjoyed being a goat-herd in Inner Mongolia at the same time that it sidetracked him from his education). And a lot of things were thoroughly trashed in the country then. It was a deliberately destabilizing period. So while I get your point inasmuch as Mao was able to monopolize power in his person, I find the way you discuss this here highly misleading. There's a reason that China's development from such a low ebb is considered an economic miracle, and it's not because Mao was helpful to it. Ikan Kekek (talk) 19:17, 7 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
My point was just that reunifying China is not the only reason Mao is a national hero – far from it. (Also, he didn't completely reunify China, at least under the modern Chinese conception of China.) —Granger (talk · contribs) 19:39, 7 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
(edit conflict) My first visit was in 1997. But I have family members who travel to China regularly for business, and I have talked to some of their business partners, including some who were forcibly relocated from their homes to rural areas for forced labour during the Cultural Revolution. Perhaps paradoxically, many of those people support the current Chinese government despite how much they suffered during the Cultural Revolution. But I don't think the way I described the Republic of China era was inaccurate; it was a period of political instability, in which the central government in Nanjing had virtually no control over the inland provinces, which were controlled by warlords. So it was in fact Mao that consolidated central government control over the whole country after winning the Chinese Civil War. A common saying that Chinese people use to describe Mao is "建党他有份,建国他有功,治国他无能,文革他有罪". Pardon my poor translation here, but basically it means, "He had a role in founding the party, he was instrumental founding the nation, he was useless in governing the nation, and he was at fault for the Cultural Revolution." The dog2 (talk) 19:54, 7 July 2021 (UTC)Reply
Granger, I agree with you and have no problem with the edits you made that I saw. The dog2, did you notice that I didn't contest your description of the period of Kuomintang rule over the Mainland? Also, supporting the current Chinese government is very different from supporting Mao. Even though Xi has increased central control and repression relative to other recent leaders, China is far more of a market economy today than it was under Mao. Ikan Kekek (talk) 23:08, 7 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

Phrasebook protection


I'm confused by your protection change at Talk:Phrasebooks. You say "avoid protecting talk pages unless absolutely essential", but as I read the log it seems SHB2000 half-protected the page while you protected it for all but admins. A mistake, I assume, but what way? –LPfi (talk) 12:05, 29 August 2021 (UTC)Reply

Granger only changed the protection to move only admins, but anyone can edit it. But I semi protected it for a month because he was back at it with his amazon spam, but he'd have probably forgot about it and moved onto another page. SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta.wikimedia) 12:11, 29 August 2021 (UTC)Reply
Ah! –LPfi (talk) 12:20, 29 August 2021 (UTC)Reply

Poll on British Empire


To answer your question, the guy covers the poll in this video. Basically, over 40% are proud of the former British Empire, over 30% are indifferent and less than 20% are ashamed. The dog2 (talk) 17:06, 12 October 2021 (UTC)Reply

Thanks, that's interesting to know. In the context of a travel guide, I think "many" is clearer than "a plurality" for that sentence. —Granger (talk · contribs) 17:17, 12 October 2021 (UTC)Reply

Hong Kong and Taiwan independence


To your point, yes, I know the support is not limited to the youths. But it's only among the youths that the independence movements have overwhelming support, while among older demographics, the views of this tend to be more split. If you recall, the Sunflower Movement in Taiwan, as well as the Umbrella Protests and the 2019 protests in Hong Kong, were primarily driven by young people in the 12-35 age range. And while the Taiwan independence movement has been around since the 228 Incident, the Hong Kong independence movement effectively did not exist before 2014, and it was the Umbrella Protests that really gave birth to the Hong Kong independence movement. The dog2 (talk) 15:36, 16 October 2021 (UTC)Reply

It's true that support is stronger on average among young people than among older generations. My impression, though, is that "overwhelming support" may be a stretch. There is a diversity of views. —Granger (talk · contribs) 16:34, 16 October 2021 (UTC)Reply

Altaic languages


Take this with a pinch of salt because I am not a professional linguist, but there was a recent paper published in a top journal that gave new breath to the Altaic hypothesis. I'm not sure if you can access if you are not affiliated with a university, but here is the article: [2]. Before the publication of this study, Wikipedia considered the Altaic hypothesis to be a fringe view, but maybe this study will thrust it into the mainstream.

Anyway, although Japanese is the only one of these languages that I speak, some linguistics channels on YouTube have said that all these languages share the SOV syntax (which is why we know Japanese and Korean are not related to Chinese, since Chinese is SVO like English), and share other grammatical features. See [3] for an example. So while it may not help you in understanding the other languages, the grammatical similarities will certainly make it easier for a native Japanese speaker to learn Korean than a native English speaker. The dog2 (talk) 18:29, 16 December 2021 (UTC)Reply

Thanks for the link. I skimmed the article, and its claims are interesting, but I know that it's very hard to prove genetic relatedness (in the linguistic sense) through genetic similarities in the DNA sense. Populations often adopt languages from other ethnic groups: witness the adoption of Mandarin by the Manchu or the adoption of English by many Native American tribes, for instance. —Granger (talk · contribs) 18:40, 16 December 2021 (UTC)Reply

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Taiwan and identity


I'm not sure if the Taiwanese you talk to are mainly from the older generation, but at least here in America, virtually all the Taiwanese under the age of 40 I have spoken to are hard core pro-independence. For them, independence is all about their identity as a Taiwanese and they have told me that even if it means letting the economy collapse, they want independence and a clean break from China because to not do so is an insult to their dignity as a Taiwanese. And for them, what it means to be Taiwanese is to uphold democracy and freedom of speech. My impression from my own trips to Taiwan that the Taiwanese people are in general more polite that their counterparts in mainland China and Hong Kong, but less so than the Japanese, though that said, I find the Taiwanese to be warmer than the Japanese. But nevertheless, most Taiwanese I have spoken to regard the mainland Chinese as uncivilised, and credit Japanese colonial rule for the politeness that you see in Taiwanese society today.

Just to be clear, I am not personally taking a stand here on Taiwan independence or cultural identity. I am neither Taiwanese nor mainland Chinese, and whether or not Taiwan is able to formally proclaim their independence is not something I personally care about. But I have listened to many Taiwanese and mainland Chinese people voice their political opinions, and all I'm doing is to reflect what I hear from them. And it is a fact that many Taiwanese and Hongkongers are not comfortable being referred to as "Chinese", and this is especially so among the youth. Most older Taiwanese and Hongkongers identify as ethnically Chinese regardless of their political persuasion, but my impression is that the younger generation want a clean break from China, and want a new ethnic identity that is not Chinese. And for most of them, the history of Japanese and British colonial rule respectively is what makes them no longer Chinese, but a separate ethnic group altogether that is civilised unlike the uncivilised Chinese. The dog2 (talk) 21:35, 15 January 2022 (UTC)Reply

Also, although this is not a view that I share, it is actually not that uncommon for people to regard Chinese culture as an uncivilized culture. My friend's boss is a hard core Republican, and he has said that only Western, Jewish and Japanese cultures are civilized, while all other cultures, especially Arab and Chinese culture, are uncivilized. The dog2 (talk) 23:56, 15 January 2022 (UTC)Reply
Thanks for the message. The edit I reverted had nothing to do with the independence question, so I'm not sure why you're bringing that up. We really don't need to try to go into people's supposed views on which culture is more "civilized". —Granger (talk · contribs) 07:10, 16 January 2022 (UTC)Reply

Language in Guangdong


Are you sure that Cantonese is widely-spoken in the Teochew and Hakka-speaking regions of Guangdong? I've watched Cantonese videos made by social media influencers from Guangzhou, and I have noticed that they usually switch to Mandarin when they travel to the Teochew and Hakka-speaking areas. The dog2 (talk) 17:44, 1 February 2022 (UTC)Reply

I've certainly heard conversations in Cantonese between people from regions that speak Hakka, Teochew, and divergent Yue dialects. A friend from Meizhou once told me "广东人基本上都会讲粤语。" (I think that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but it goes to show that Cantonese is not exactly unknown even in the heart of Hakka-speaking areas.) Of course, I've also heard conversations in Mandarin between people from different regions of Guangdong. In my experience both Cantonese and Mandarin are used as lingua francas in the province. —Granger (talk · contribs) 18:27, 1 February 2022 (UTC)Reply

Making out in public in China


I know there are Chinese couples that do it, but my impression is that people still consider it to be distasteful, and doing so is considered to be uncivilised behaviour. It's not like in the Middle East where you would get arrested for it, but from my visits to China, it's certainly less common than in the West, and while chances are nobody will tell you off, doing so still makes many people feel awkward. The dog2 (talk) 17:31, 22 February 2022 (UTC)Reply

When I was in China in 1987, couples were discreet, but when I went back in 2004, couples were making out in public routinely in Beijing and Shanghai (I was also in Chanchun on that trip and don't remember couples' behavior being that much different there, but my memories aren't as distinct in that regard). Is there a particular part of the country that's more conservative? Ikan Kekek (talk) 18:29, 22 February 2022 (UTC)Reply
I guess rural areas are a bit more conservative. But when I visited Beijing and Shanghai, yes, you can see young couples making out it the street. But many older people will also comment about how these people "lack manners". And even among young people, making out in the street is hardly universal. It's generally associated with being rebellious. The dog2 (talk) 18:34, 22 February 2022 (UTC)Reply
(edit conflict) It is less common in China than in the US in my experience; I'm not sure about other Western countries. I agree it can make people uncomfortable, though I think that's true in most countries and is not really China-specific. To me it seems like common sense to be cautious about any risque or potentially off-putting behavior in an unfamiliar country – maybe we should cover this in the Respect article rather than in every country article where it applies.
You might be interested in this anecdote from a Western country: an acquaintance of mine knew a German exchange student in small-town northern Uruguay. She was staying with a host family, and one day she invited another German exchange student (a boy) over to the host family's house to hang out. A neighbor saw them kissing through the window and told the host parents, who were so scandalized that they kicked the student out of their house. She couldn't believe it – in her words, "it was only a kiss!" It's hard to imagine that happening in Montevideo, but people can be conservative in small towns... —Granger (talk · contribs) 18:47, 22 February 2022 (UTC)Reply
My impression was that it was as common in Beijing and Shanghai as in New York, and I've been told to "Get a room!" in New York and Berlin (in Berlin it was "Sie mussen gehen nach Hause!", said with a twinkle in his eye), so you can get comments anywhere. Ikan Kekek (talk) 18:53, 22 February 2022 (UTC)Reply

Edit in United Kingdom..


I am not disputing what you said in the revert, but the UK has in my experience become more self-aware that certain types of humor (or satire) might not be appropriate. It was intended to be a counterpoint to the comments about satire. I will not be re-inserting it, but would ask if there are other places, where place ore region specific guidance might be needed (The article on Northern Ireland for example gives some region specific advice in some detail.} ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 09:01, 25 February 2022 (UTC)Reply

Nothing immediately comes to mind for me. Saying the wrong thing about Brexit or the Falkland Islands could cause controversy, I think, but those are already covered. I can't think of any times when I've upset people by saying something controversial here in the UK – but then, I'm usually fairly cautious about expressing controversial opinions. —Granger (talk · contribs) 17:31, 25 February 2022 (UTC)Reply

Identity in East Asia


To give you an example of what I'm referring to, if there is a soccer match between North Korea and the United States, the South Koreans will support North Korea because they are considered to be "brother Koreans" too, and likewise, at a match between South Korea and China, the North Koreans will support South Korea. On the other hand, if there is a match between China and Japan, the Taiwanese will support Japan (as you know, the Taiwanese celebrated wildly when Japan defeated China for the gold in the table tennis mixed doubles at the last Olympics), and likewise, Hongkongers will support England if it's a match between China and England. That's the difference here. The dog2 (talk) 17:30, 19 March 2022 (UTC)Reply

This undoubtedly depends on the Hongkonger. —Granger (talk · contribs) 10:53, 20 March 2022 (UTC)Reply

timestamp for prices



thank you for the updates regarding the Santander Cycles in the London article.

Could you please add timestamps for your stated prices or an "(updated Oct 2020)" behind the paragraph? so the reader sees, that the price is not older than 10 years.

Kind regards Flightnavigator (talk) 07:59, 13 May 2022 (UTC)Reply

Done – thanks for the reminder. —Granger (talk · contribs) 10:31, 13 May 2022 (UTC)Reply

Stepan Bandera, etc.


Look, I understand you want to show solidarity with the Ukrainian government given the ongoing Russian invasion. But I don't think we should whitewash the fact that a number of prominent Ukrainian nationalists collaborated with the Nazis in World War II. Acknowledging that fact does not automatically mean an endorsement of Putin's invasion. The dog2 (talk) 11:40, 20 June 2022 (UTC)Reply

This has nothing to do with showing solidarity with anyone. I've lost count of the number of times I've reverted your (often exaggerated or false) traveller-irrelevant political content. Please work on adding travel content instead, or if you want to write about politics go to Wikipedia. —Granger (talk · contribs) 11:48, 20 June 2022 (UTC)Reply
But Ukraine and the Baltic states were among the most notorious sources of Nazi collaborators who fanatically murdered Jews (and also Romanis, etc.). It's not an accident that people from those areas were routinely used as guards of Nazi murder and slave labor camps. The issue with the reverted comment, though, is the probably more complex question of how much the collaborators were fighting for Ukrainian independence. It would probably be simplest and quite sufficient to say that collaborators played a major role in murdering Jews in x and y country, but I think it bears mention, as in the entry under Salaspils in Latvia: "The site of a former concentration camp where the SS and Latvian collaborators held Jews, Russian POWs and political prisoners." Ikan Kekek (talk) 17:14, 20 June 2022 (UTC)Reply
This is a part of history whether we like it or not. If the part on whether or not the Nazi collaborators were fighting for Ukrainian independence is controversial, then it's fine leaving that out, but I think the role that Ukrainian collaborators played in the Holocaust should be mentioned. We could also mention about how the Nazis later turned on the Ukrainian collaborators when they started demanding independence for Ukraine from Germany, if that helps in adding balance. The dog2 (talk) 18:58, 20 June 2022 (UTC)Reply
The second part is not relevant to Holocaust remembrance. Ikan Kekek (talk) 19:19, 20 June 2022 (UTC)Reply
I think it's fine to mention the role of Ukrainian collaborators, maybe in a way similar to the listing for Salaspils. If we are going to say or imply that this was typical for Ukrainian nationalists fighting for independence, I would like to see a reliable source saying so. —Granger (talk · contribs) 20:18, 20 June 2022 (UTC)Reply
I did not say it was typical of Ukrainian nationalists. The term "many" does not necessarily imply that it was a majority. There is a statue of Stepan Bandera in Lviv, and other monuments to him in other Ukrainian cities. Wikipedia goes into more detail, but in short, some of these monuments that were built to him after Ukraine gained independence were protested by Israel because of the role he played in the Holocaust. Stepan Bandera led an entire faction of the w:OUN that collaborated with the Nazis and killed numerous Jews, Romanis, Poles, etc. Here's another article about the role of the OUN in the Holocaust: [4]. And here's another one: [5]. The dog2 (talk) 20:40, 20 June 2022 (UTC)Reply
This is obviously a very contentious issue, especially in light of the Russian propaganda factories pushing the "Ukrainians-are-Nazis" narrative. Do we want to spend time debating this and providing competing citations like they do on Wikipedia? Or is it better to leave the historical debate for our colleagues there, and provide a more general description, sufficient for a travel guide? Ground Zero (talk) 22:44, 20 June 2022 (UTC)Reply
Is there any controversy about Bandera being a Jew-killer? I doubt it, except among people who want to lie for political or anti-Semitic reasons. This is from the Wikipedia article about him:)
On June 23, 1941, one day prior to German attack on the Soviet Union, Bandera sent a letter to Hitler reasoning the case for an independent Ukraine.[6] On 30 June 1941, with the arrival of Nazi troops in Ukraine, Bandera and the OUN-B unilaterally declared an independent Ukrainian state ("Act of Renewal of Ukrainian Statehood").[50] The proclamation pledged a cooperation of the new Ukrainian state with Nazi Germany under the leadership of Hitler with a closing note "Glory to the heroic German army and its Führer, Adolf Hitler".[5] The declaration was accompanied by violent pogroms.
Later in June, Yaroslav Stetsko sent to Bandera a report in which he stated "We are creating a militia which will help to remove the Jews and protect the population."[73][74] Leaflets spread in the name of Bandera in the same year called for the "destruction" of "Moscow", Poles, Hungarians and Jewry.[75][76][77] In 1941–1942 while Bandera was cooperating with the Germans, OUN members did take part in anti-Jewish actions. German police in 1941 reported that "fanatic" Bandera followers, organised in small groups were "extraordinarily active" against Jews and communists.
Although there is this later in the same article:
Several Jews took part in Bandera's underground movement,[81] including one of Bandera's close associates Richard Yary who was also married to a Jewish woman. Another notable Jewish UPA member was Leyba-Itzik "Valeriy" Dombrovsky. (While two Karaites from Galicia, Anna-Amelia Leonowicz (1925–1949) and her mother, Helena (Ruhama) Leonowicz (1890–1967), are reported to have become members of OUN, oral accounts suggest that both women collaborated not of their own free will, but following threats from nationalists.[82]) By 1942, Nazi officials had concluded that Ukrainian nationalists were largely indifferent to Jews and were willing to both help them or kill them if either better served the nationalist cause. A report, dated 30 March 1942, sent to the Gestapo in Berlin, claimed that "the Bandera movement provided forged passports not only for its own members but also for Jews."[83] The false papers were most likely supplied to Jewish doctors or skilled workers who could be useful for the movement.
All in all, though, I agree that the phrase "Ukrainian collaborators" is sufficient. Ikan Kekek (talk) 23:03, 20 June 2022 (UTC)Reply

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── (edit conflict) First of all, nobody here is insinuating that all or even most Ukrainians are Nazis. Secondly, the role of Ukrainian collaborators in the Holocaust is something that can be independently corroborated with non-Russian sources, and has been the subject of disputes with Poland and Israel. And well, I'm fine with just using the term "Ukrainian collaborators". The dog2 (talk) 23:09, 20 June 2022 (UTC)Reply

@Ikan Kekek: I made no assertions about Stepan Bandera, about who I know only a little, and I do not dispute the characterization of him here, or the problematic nature if Ukraine's veneration of him. My point is that we do not need to get into these disputes in writing a travel guide. The dog2 has repeatedly caused these debates by making edits that are controversial, or are factually false because they haven't bothered to look things up before writing them.
Generally, we should not spend time debating history in this travel guide. Specifically, The dog2 should not make edits related to history or politics because of their history of disruptive and/or factually incorrect edits. Ground Zero (talk) 23:29, 20 June 2022 (UTC)Reply
We're not in disagreement; this was just for the record. Ikan Kekek (talk) 03:00, 21 June 2022 (UTC)Reply

Scams article


Some time back you deleted a section of Common_scams#Dating_scams which dealt with online dating; as I recall the rationale was that this had little to do with travel. You were correct; much of it didn't.

On the other hand, I do not think you were completely correct. Many travellers here in the Philippines use those sites, most of the scams mentioned have been tried on me, & I've fallen for some. So I've restored the section, with edits that reduced it to about a quarter the length of what you deleted. Pashley (talk) 07:31, 12 November 2022 (UTC)Reply

Okay, that makes sense. Thanks for letting me know. —Granger (talk · contribs) 07:48, 12 November 2022 (UTC)Reply

Happy holidays!


Happy holidays, Mx. Granger!

Hello Mx. Granger, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! It has been a pleasure to have you as a fellow Wikivoyager this year. Wherever you are, enjoy the festive season and stay warm (if you're north of the Tropic of Cancer)! Your help in maintaining, improving and expanding Wikivoyage will always be appreciated.

Greetings from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
--SHB2000 on 12:32, 24 December 2022 (UTC)Reply

Thanks - happy holidays to you too! Hope you're enjoying the summer. —Granger (talk · contribs) 03:02, 25 December 2022 (UTC)Reply



Thank you for paying attention to Strandzha. Unfortunately, it's listed as one of the regions in the current division of Bulgaria - one user single-handedly changed the region scheme circa 2013 and made a mess of it. The empty Strandzha page is one of the results. I've tried to do something about it - see Talk:Bulgaria, but I've decided to fill up some red links first before pushing that through. If everything was properly done, it should have been a nature park page, not a region. Daggerstab (talk) 14:23, 25 November 2023 (UTC)Reply

Thanks for the message. If you think Strandzha should be a "park" article instead of a "rural area", by all means change that. I'm just trying to avoid empty "region" articles. It's alright for an article to be listed as a region in a country article even if we actually treat it as a city, park, or rural area article (for example, the four articles listed at Suriname#Regions are all rural area or city articles). But I don't know what's best for Bulgaria. —Granger (talk · contribs) 18:38, 25 November 2023 (UTC)Reply

Angry crocodiles


I'm just kinda curious and I don't care if you revert me on that edit, but do you really think you'd have a chance of being eaten by a crocodile? Brycehughes (talk) 17:28, 14 December 2023 (UTC)Reply

If you do something foolish, yes. Crocodiles are apex predators and attack humans. Deaths from crocodile attacks in Australia are relatively rare, partly because people take precautions, but they do happen. According to this news story, about 1-2 people per year are killed by crocodiles in the Northern Territory (and that excludes people who are injured but not killed). I'm not sure where you're from, but if you're more used to alligators, a crocodile is not just a big alligator – it's more dangerous. I think it's debatable whether this merits a warning box, but let's not pretend the danger isn't real. —Granger (talk · contribs) 17:45, 14 December 2023 (UTC)Reply
I think many of these warnings are for things like the Three Mile Island accident, which – as a Swedish comedian put it – was so unlikely that it really didn't happen. Crocodiles do attack and eat people, and they don't look like they would (I don't know this species, but I assume it is like its African cousins). –LPfi (talk) 17:47, 14 December 2023 (UTC)Reply
I just keep picturing SHB2000 being like I give up! And then walking into a pond to commit suicide by crocodile. And that is the funniest thing. Brycehughes (talk) 17:53, 14 December 2023 (UTC)Reply
Why me?!? SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta) 00:14, 24 December 2023 (UTC)Reply

Happy holidays!


Happy holidays, Mx. Granger!

Kia ora, Mx. Granger, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thank you for all the hard work you've put in the last year to make Wikivoyage the place it is today. Enjoy the festive season from wherever you are in the globe.

Greetings from Te Moeka o Tuawe, Te Tai Poutini, Aotearoa.
(Fox Glacier, West Coast, New Zealand)

--SHB2000 on 00:14, 24 December 2023 (UTC)Reply

Happy holidays to you too! That looks like a beautiful place to spend them. Here's to more adventures in the new year! —Granger (talk · contribs) 01:22, 24 December 2023 (UTC)Reply
Happy Christmas, mate :-) Hope you have a wonderful time. I owe you an email.
I've been where SHB2000 is, it's gorgeous. My dad hired a ski plane (as you do) to take us up to the high part of the glacier, just under the peak of Mount Cook. Although we were walking on snow, it was March and warm enough to be in t-shirts. My dad thought he recognised the pilot, and it turned out to be a veteran that dad knew from the British forces, who'd emigrated to NZ and got his licence. ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 19:05, 24 December 2023 (UTC)Reply
Wow, very cool. Hopefully I'll make it to the South Island someday. I hope all is well across the pond – merry Christmas and happy New Year! —Granger (talk · contribs) 20:13, 24 December 2023 (UTC)Reply
That's so cool, tt! Amazing that you were able to walk in t-shirts as I was wearing three layers including a thick puffy Macpac jackets (they're a Kiwi brand) up the glacier around where you landed – but I'm from S*dney and my tolerance for cold temperatures is rather low. --SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta) 23:26, 24 December 2023 (UTC)Reply
I was like 8, tbf - kids that age don't feel the cold. How long are you in Middle Earth for? Make sure you see the mirror lake and the glow worm garden; both tourist traps, but so beautiful. ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 10:14, 25 December 2023 (UTC)Reply
Oh, I'll be returning on Dec 27 (provided that SYD returns to normal from yesterday's flash floods) – was in Greymouth today to explore Paparoa National Park, will be in Arthur's Pass tomorrow before a quick sleep at Chch and then leaving. Mirror Lake in Fiordland was horrifyingly beautiful – though I had arrived at the wrong time when two full tour buses were there and it was loud as a street market in India (which from my experience was unbearable as a tourist). Where are the glow worm gardens, though? I'll admit I didn't really look into glow worms primarily because I've been to several glow worm tunnels in Australia. --SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta) 10:31, 25 December 2023 (UTC)Reply



Absolutely no pressure, but a week or so ago I tried to improve the lede on Tanzania. I still think it's sort-of lame. If you'd like to give it a look and potentially a rewrite, that'd be really cool, but also totally cool if you don't feel like it. I promise I won't make you my go-to good-writing editor, just was so impressed with your Thailand work. Anyway happy holidays. Brycehughes (talk) 18:21, 24 December 2023 (UTC)Reply

Thanks for the vote of confidence! Unfortunately I've never been to Tanzania and I don't see much worth adapting from "Understand", so I'm not sure I can do much better than what you've written, but I'll see if I think of anything. —Granger (talk · contribs) 20:15, 24 December 2023 (UTC)Reply
No worries, figured I'd give it a shot and try you. I might give the lede a re-write when I'm in the right mood and then have you look it over, screen my writing for lameness. Brycehughes (talk) 20:28, 24 December 2023 (UTC)Reply
Sounds good, happy to help if I can. —Granger (talk · contribs) 20:44, 24 December 2023 (UTC)Reply



I merged this statement in from the former Eastern Yunnan article

"Numerous minority ethnic groups in Qiubei, Babao, Funing and along the border with Vietnam in Eastern Yunnan. They include the Yi, Miao, Yao and the dominant Zhuang."

Was this incorrect about Eastern Yunnan, which is referenced in the statement? Ground Zero (talk) 13:21, 12 June 2024 (UTC)Reply

It might be correct about Eastern Yunnan, but I think it's at best misleading as a bullet point in the Yunnan article. In that context, it seems to imply that those areas in Eastern Yunnan are the main places in the province to see minority ethnic groups, which is not true, and that the Zhuang are the dominant ethnic group in the province, which is also not true.
When copying information from one article to another, I think it's best practice to indicate what you're doing in an edit summary. This is for copyright attribution and to give other editors a clearer idea of what's going on. —Granger (talk · contribs) 13:40, 12 June 2024 (UTC)Reply
Now that I understand the context, I've adapted the bullet point to talk about Yunnan as a whole. —Granger (talk · contribs) 13:45, 12 June 2024 (UTC)Reply