User talk:VerbInteractive

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Welcome! I read your user page and very much appreciate that you've been proactive and come here with a constructive attitude. If there are any other policies or guidelines you want to know about, the best place to look for them if you don't know what their names are or aren't even sure what in particular you're looking for is to go to our manual of style and browse the linked pages. Or just ask a question below or in the Travellers' pub. Enjoy your stay! Ikan Kekek (talk) 15:41, 15 December 2014 (UTC)

Hi. I replied to your question at the bottom of my user talk page. The short version is that you are acting exactly within the letter of site policy and are to be commended. I have a further suggestion, though. Ikan Kekek (talk) 19:46, 15 December 2014 (UTC)
Hi there VerbInteractive. Thank you for making the effort to stay within our policies. Please keep in mind the notion in policy that states: ..adding every individual location for a hotel brand or restaurant chain is not an appropriate use of this site. If a hotel is truly exceptional, or if a city has a very limited number of lodging options available, you may propose a listing... Proposing listings for all your hotel locations as you are doing now, and then only as a general call, is unlikely to be very successful, and would require a lot of work from volunteers to select the ones that meet our guidelines and create the listings. It would be more in your interest to select your best hotels, the ones that meet our criteria: are exceptional or are located in places with few hotel options. For those, write up a proposed listing on the talk page. I will try to help review those and add if appropriate. Best, JuliasTravels (talk) 14:09, 16 December 2014 (UTC)
I replied to your message at my talk page. JuliasTravels (talk) 15:02, 16 December 2014 (UTC)


Just as an FYI, after years of dealing with problematic hotel marketers you seem like a rare exception to the norm, so I've started a discussion at Wikivoyage talk:Don't tout#"Approving" a marketer about whether it is worth making an exception to the normal "marketers may not add/update listings" rule for you. While you are obviously using this site as a tool to gain wider recognition for your properties, you have done so responsibly so it seems to me that an exception is warranted - hopefully others will agree. -- Ryan • (talk) • 18:33, 6 January 2015 (UTC)

It seems like others are OK with you updating articles directly, so you should now be able to add or update listings without anyone raising a fuss. Note that this isn't a blank slate to add every hotel in the chain, but please continue as you've been doing and add useful listings for those properties which are of particular interest to travelers. Thanks again for your efforts to work within the site's guidelines - in my ten years contributing here it has been very, very rare to see a hotel marketer do so. -- Ryan • (talk) • 21:02, 6 January 2015 (UTC)
Best of luck adding! Just a few tips on things we've been changing. We don't include detailed access information in the descriptions unless a place is hard to find (and even then, it would be in the directions part of the listing, not in the description). So it's good to mention e.g. that the hotel is on the road to place X, a ten minute drive away from the town centre, there's no need to mention the exact road names or numbers. If the hotel is in the town the article is about, there's no need to repeat it's in that town, and we also avoid mentioning nearby attractions. In the example of Solihull, I left out the part about the airport as the whole town is 3 or 4 miles from the airport. It's not a specific quality of the hotel. Also, please add more prices. Thanks for working with us, feel free to ask if you have any questions. JuliasTravels (talk) 21:11, 6 January 2015 (UTC)
Thank you all so much, I will keep posting the way that has earned me this honour. Thanks as well for the tips, I will keep them in mind as I collect and present our information. I also realize that the pricing of the rooms is info that is lacking in our postings, so I am working on collecting that info and will post once I have it. VerbInteractive (talk) 00:58, 7 January 2015 (UTC)
I heartily support making an exception for you and allowing you to add and update listings yourself. Many thanks to Ryan for proposing this. Ikan Kekek (talk) 01:13, 7 January 2015 (UTC)


Congratulations, you are our first Autopatroller marketer! I wish all other marketers were even half as constructive and responsible as you — but don't get a swelled head now. :-)

All the best,

Ikan Kekek (talk) 22:55, 30 July 2015 (UTC)

  • Thank you Ikan, I'll try not to let it go to my head! VerbInteractive (talk) 14:47, 31 July 2015 (UTC)

Wikivoyage:Manual of style[edit]


While things may become more relaxed in future, I hope you don't mind my pointing out that, currently, we only have two "house styles" approved for time formats in listings.

I don't point this out to reprimand you in any way {personally I think the 12 hour clock format of 12pm (rather than the mandated 12 hour format of 12PM) is less ugly, more common and historically more correct)} but rather that you seem to be the dean of what I hope becomes a solid corps of helpful listings professionals and I'm sure you'll want to follow guidelines.

Wikivoyage:Time and date formats offers guidance. BushelCandle (talk) 13:19, 12 September 2015 (UTC)

Hi BushelCandle,
Thanks for point that out, I'll pick at going back and update the listings I added if they haven't already been updated by the community, just to make sure I am on the right track can you take a look at and make sure I am listing the time properly? VerbInteractive (talk) 12:56, 14 September 2015 (UTC)