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Hi there. Thanks for your message. Yeah, I do use those two pages to do maintenance quite often, and they are mostly clean at the moment — there are a couple of things to keep in mind about those lists:
- At Special:UnusedCategories, there are a lot of categories which are empty but kept because either a) they are maintenance categories which currently happen to be empty but may have things fall into them at any time, or b) they are valid region categories which simply haven't had any sub-destinations created for them yet. Those should generally be left alone, but sometimes you'll find a random other category someone has made up without consensus, or if you are patient enough to check out each region category, you'll sometimes find cases where someone has been overly eager in dividing regions into too fine-grained a scheme, in which case the region scheme should be changed in the articles first, and then the excess categories deleted here.
- At Special:UnusedTemplates, the thing to keep in mind are a) there are quite a few templates, such as article model skeletons, that are substitution-only, which is to say we use them all the time but not as transclusions, so they appear here as unused even though they aren't, and b) the GPX files are map data files that are used indirectly in itinerary articles.
There might be a few items that I haven't found yet (especially overly finegrained regions), but as I said, I think that at the moment, the lists are mostly free of useless cruft. Feel free to dig around though! Also, if you are interested in maintenance issues, be sure to familiarize yourself with the maintenance panel, which is bound to suggest lots of other similar things that could be done. Cheers! Texugo (talk) 12:47, 21 February 2014 (UTC)
Per Wikivoyage talk:Destination of the month candidates/Banners, DotM banners are to be uploaded locally, rather than to Commons. Accordingly, I've removed the speedy deletion tag you placed on ParamariboBanner1.jpg.
- Hi AndreCarrotflower, and thanks for the notice. As you seem to be more familiar with the policies around this site, I'll listen to you and refrain from adding delete tags to any other banners which I have copied and uploaded to Commons. I still might choose to upload the copies to Commons though, so you'll occasionally see the "this file has a duplicate at..." file so-and-so often found at the bottom of image page descriptions when MediaWiki detects the copy I've uploaded.
- I'd like to know a couple things though: how did this practice come about? And, since I can't seem to locate the thread regarding local uploads of banners in the link you provided, where is the discussion for it? I admit I've only had a brief look, but on that talkpage there seems to be little mention of Wikimedia Commons policy aside from taking samples from images on Commons and cropping them to create banners. Also, it seems some of the banners already made their way to Commons, see commons:Category:Wikivoyage banners to see how they got there. TeleComNasSprVen (talk) 01:34, 10 March 2014 (UTC)
- Apologies, I didn't mean to link to the talk page, but to Wikivoyage:Destination of the month candidates/Banners - the second paragraph of the lede section talks about uploading banners locally. As to how that decision came about, I'm not sure, but the relevant talk page thread is Talk:Main Page#PNG. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 01:44, 10 March 2014 (UTC)