Wikivoyage:Destination of the month candidates/Banners
Please suggest banners for display on the main page for upcoming features below. Please try to use banner dimensions of 1700 x 567, and keep the blurb text to a reasonable length. The images from which you create the banners should be of high quality, and ideally of equal or greater resolution than the banner (to ensure high resolution). For inspiration, take a look in the banner Hall of 'Fame'.
Please upload all banner suggestions locally—to Wikivoyage rather than Commons, and put them in Category:DotM banners. If starting a discussion on a suggested feature that has not been discussed yet below, put the discussion at the bottom of the page underneath a new first-level header, such as
= New York =
When updating the Main Page banners, please update Main Page/Photo credits as well.
Once in situ, suggested banners and their accompanying discussions will be archived.
One time long ago, I stated that it was "my personal goal to have at least three months' worth of featured-destination banners in queue at any given time". Today I'm proud to announce that I've reached that goal for the first time since the Antigua Guatemala DotM banners went live in November 2015.
In fact, to be more precise, that goal has been not only reached but exceeded - as you can see below, I have banners for Apia's August 2020 OtBP feature ready for your votes, and of course the Buffalo-Pittsburgh Highway banners went up a bit further in advance than usual as well.
Anyway. Let's hear your votes on the three banner options for Portland's DotM feature.
- One of the greatest travel tragedies to ever befall me was when the hard drive of my laptop went kaput and I lost all the photos I'd taken on what's still the only trip I've ever taken the the U.S. west coast, in 2005 - the images I captured of the International Rose Test Gardens in Portland would have been perfect when it came time to make these banners. However, despite starting out biased in favor of #2, ultimately I have to give first place to #3, a scene from the 2019 "Witches' Paddle" on the Willammette River - what better encapsulation of the "keep Portland weird" motto? Last-place #1 seems to be a very popular photo spot, at least judging by all the similar images I found on Commons and Flickr, but of course, it's a generic skyline image of the type that tend toward the anonymous and that don't really tell the viewers much about a place. Not to mention that it dates to 2007, and therefore, in the case of a fast-growing city like Portland, said skyline might look very different today. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 01:32, 9 May 2020 (UTC)
- I like the idea of a banner that hints at the "Keep Portland Weird" motto, but unfortunately in #3 it's hard to tell what is going on if you haven't heard the phrase "Witches' Paddle", so the image doesn't end up conveying much of anything besides a bridge. At least that was my thought when I saw the photo. #1 is beautiful but, as you say, a somewhat generic skyline image. I'll say 2, 1, 3. —Granger (talk · contribs) 01:56, 9 May 2020 (UTC)
- I don't know what "Witches' paddle" is, but #3 is strange, interesting and unique, totally unlike any other banner we've ever run, and it draws me in most as a viewer, so it's my favorite. After that is the pretty view of #1 and the rose garden, #2. All are good. If anyone wants to try making another banner, see if you can find any pictures of public art of sufficient size. There are a bunch of nice statues Downtown. Ikan Kekek (talk) 02:51, 9 May 2020 (UTC)
- Andre, sorry about the hard drive, and your point about change in the skyline is well taken, but I don't know what to do about it. If we run #3, we have to worry less about that, though. Ikan Kekek (talk) 02:53, 9 May 2020 (UTC)
- It's ancient history at this point, and now that I think of the camera I owned at that time, the photos likely wouldn't have been high-res enough for banner use anyway. As for the statues downtown, keep in mind that public art does not fall under the auspices of freedom of panorama in U.S. copyright law, so we'd have to either stick to pre-1925 works or come up with a fair use rationale that would justify us uploading it locally (which may or may not be a viable option; I'm not well-versed enough in copyright law to say). -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 02:59, 9 May 2020 (UTC)
Question - as this article has not a single support vote to its name over on Wikivoyage:Destination_of_the_month_candidates#Portland_(Oregon), why are we voting on banners for it? --ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 13:00, 9 May 2020 (UTC)
- 1, 3, 2, if this ever goes on the main page. --Comment by Selfie City (talk | contributions) 15:06, 9 May 2020 (UTC)
- I think I'll go for the skyline #1 which for some reason seems to have the highest resolution. #2 and #3 are about equally good, but the roses are already in the article's own banner, so I have a slight preference for the one with the paddlers. So 1, 3, 2. --Ypsilon (talk) 15:27, 9 May 2020 (UTC)
...then something else that towers over our following destination - Penha da Águia or Eagle Rock...
...and for American cuisine some nice pancakes...
- Good one. I'd be happy to see anything else someone wants to nominate, but this is a pretty high bar to exceed. Ikan Kekek (talk) 19:52, 31 January 2021 (UTC)
...then an imposing shot of one of the Candis of Prambanan...
- Nice one. I approve, and thanks for taking on this challenge! Ikan Kekek (talk) 19:49, 31 January 2021 (UTC)
...for Simpelveld a closeup of the Damiaan House with bricks around the windows painted in gold and all...
...and a Brno street view with several ads for our Czech phrasebook...
...then something completely different, a pretty impressive school building in Nicosia...
...for Crawford we got some log cabins, part of the Fort Robinson...
- Someone's been a busy beaver! While it would be nice to have some more choices on some of these (I'm not saying they're needed), they're all of a high enough standard to be featured on the main page. I particularly like Oaxaca, the pancakes, and this one, with the horses.--ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 23:03, 31 January 2021 (UTC)