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Who will answer these questions?[edit]

I'm not a new user, but I'd like to get the new Arrivals Lounge off to a good start by posing the first question. When a new editor posts a question here, who will answer it? Ground Zero (talk) 04:31, 31 August 2018 (UTC)

I guess preferably an admin, but otherwise, any senior editor should be fine. The dog2 (talk) 05:14, 31 August 2018 (UTC)
Anyone who knows the answer. No reason to give preference to admins. Ikan Kekek (talk) 06:52, 31 August 2018 (UTC)
What Ikan said. --ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 07:49, 31 August 2018 (UTC)
Yes, if someone knows the answer, they should say what it is. However, there is another issue that needs to be solved and could be solved easily: while I moved this out of my userspace to here, I created some redirect pages that are unnecessary, like User:Wikivoyage:Arrivals lounge, Wikivoyage:Wikivoyage:Arrivals lounge, and User:SelfieCity/Wikivoyage:Arrivals lounge. Could an admin delete these please? --Comment by Selfie City (talk about my contributions) 16:20, 31 August 2018 (UTC)
Deleted, as requested. Thank you for setting up this page. Ground Zero (talk) 01:40, 2 September 2018 (UTC)


What exactly are we supposed to do with airports? I've seen them done a few different ways in articles. Some are listings, with an IATA template as an alternate name. Some are just markers, usually of type go, but not always, with the IATA template written after the name. Some are just written in text with an IATA template inline. In large cities, I've even seen a mix of these. What exactly does that template do, and what determines where it links to? When exactly do articles get written about airports? If an airport is mentioned with no accompanying article, should we create a stub? If an airport is mentioned but not linked, should be add a listing/marker, or just put in a template? What about in airport articles themselves? If an airport is mentioned that's part of a nearby town, should we link that town? What if the airport has its own article? Does the template handle all this?

Thanks. ARR8 (talk) 02:15, 10 September 2018 (UTC)

Welcome to the Arrivals Lounge! In response to your question, my guess from the edits I've made myself is that, in many cases, a user comes along and mentions an airport in a listing or paragraph text. Then an admin, often Traveler100 comes along and adds the IATA template. There is some more information available in the Airport codes Wikivoyage article, or you could ask Traveler100. I'm personally not quite sure what the template does and how useful it is. Thanks for asking, though. --Comment by Selfie City (talk about my contributions) 02:42, 10 September 2018 (UTC)
We normally stick the airport and other intercity transport in the "Get in" section of the city article; only the largest airports (with their own on-site hotels, restaurants, shopping, multiple connecting flights, ground transport and a city-sized list of amenities) are likely to be exceptional enough to have their own article. See Wikivoyage:Airport Expedition. K7L (talk) 03:18, 10 September 2018 (UTC)
Thanks all. That link is exactly what I was looking for. ARR8 (talk) 04:07, 10 September 2018 (UTC)
The {{IATA}} template basically links to the page that describes the airport in most detail. As pointed out above if a large airport hub this will be its own article, if a smaller airport it will be in the Get in section of the city closest to or most associated with city the airport. Other city articles will mention the city but probably only contain information on how to get to and from the airport from that location, whereas the city article that the IATA code links to will have more detail about the airport itself. The fact that it is not totally consistent is just a long history and volume of data that is being slowly updated. --Traveler100 (talk) 07:39, 10 September 2018 (UTC)
I suppose if the airport would likely be mentioned in more than one city, then I should create a redirect. Should I be creating these redirects for minor airports, that will probably only be mentioned in one article? ARR8 (talk) 21:56, 10 September 2018 (UTC)
LaGuardia Airport is New York City#LaGuardia Airport. Just give the relevant link when you mention the airport in an article for a subsidiary destination for airport traffic; no need for a redirect. Ikan Kekek (talk) 22:00, 10 September 2018 (UTC)
It is nota must to create a redirect. I have however been creating them as it has proved a useful check against incorrect entries. As for LaGuardia, the IATA code is used in 18 articles at the moment, so has a redirect page. --Traveler100 (talk) 06:45, 11 September 2018 (UTC)
Linking to the code redirect helps in cases where it is not obvious where the airport is described (airport in non-noteworthy location serving several destinations). Then when you are about describing the airport in more detail somewhere, you can check where the best place for that description has been thought to be, and either give the description there or change the redirect to where you put the description. --LPfi (talk) 08:46, 11 September 2018 (UTC)
@Ikan Kekek, Traveler100, LPfi: I see. Will keep all that in mind, thanks. ARR8 (talk) 14:31, 11 September 2018 (UTC)