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Month COTM
April 2018 #Category:Articles with formerly dead external links
March 2018 #Mauritius
February 2018 #Category:Articles with dead external links - phase 2
January 2018 #Buenos Aires

Category:Articles with formerly dead external links[edit]


As of 1 April 2018 there are 812 Articles with formerly dead external links. Some of these will be good links but many are IP address squatters and will lead readers to unrelated commercial pages or sites with virus risks. This list needs clearing out and the web links fixed or deletion of the listings.

The category Category:Articles with formerly dead external links contains a subset of Category:Articles with dead external links and is used for articles that contain at least one link that was previously flagged as dead that has since come back to life, often as a result of domain sniping.

To correct articles appearing in this category, enable the "ErrorHighlighter" gadget from your user preferences. After enabling the gadget, invalid links will display followed by a very noticeable "formerly dead link" warning. Verify whether the link is still valid and perform the appropriate fix:

  1. If the link goes to spam or to a site that is otherwise incorrect then the link should either be replaced with a correct link or else removed from the article. In either case the {{dead link}} tag should also be removed.
  2. If cannot find any recent reviews of the listing (say last two years) or other sites stated closed, then delete the listing.
  3. If the link is valid then remove the {{dead link}} tag and use the "edit summary" field to note that the link is both valid and no longer dead.

To concentrate on cleaning up a particular region or country use Petscan. (substitute the first line of the category field for the area you wish to work on).

See statistics by article type and continent


As of 1 November 2017 there are 1086 Articles with formerly dead external links. Some of these will be good links but many are IP address squatters and will lead readers to unrelated commercial pages or sites with virus risks. This list needs clearing out and the web links fixed or deletion of the listings. --Traveler100 (talk) 08:42, 1 November 2017 (UTC)

  • Support. Important for the same reasons as fixing dead links, and additionally because some of these links may actively mislead readers into thinking they've found the right site when they haven't. —Granger (talk · contribs) 10:35, 1 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Comment. I agree that formerly dead links are at least as important as dead links. However, during "Articles with dead links - Phase 1" we also managed to remove all formerly dead links from our guide and star cities. There are currently no articles which has formerly dead links, but lack dead links. I would say that correcting dead links and formerly dead links from e.g. non-city guide articles (Articles with dead links - Phase 2) is a higher priority than removing formerly dead links from outline articles. Consequently I believe that this should not be a collaboration in its own right, but rather should be considered part of the collaboration to remove all dead links. MartinJacobson (talk) 12:24, 1 November 2017 (UTC)


Serious reduction in suspect links. Down to only 174. --Traveler100 (talk) 07:07, 1 May 2018 (UTC)



  • Reorganising and fixing the whole set of articles for the island
  • Add locations where there are gaps in coverage. But keep as bottom level region.
  • Move listings from regions article into existing and where appropriate new city articles.
  • Get all city articles to at least usable status
    • Improve See, Eat and Sleep listings
  • Get Mauritius article to usable status
    • Clean up article.
    • After/during de-listifying need some pros on main sites to see and things to do.


The country article has been COTM before but still has a large number of See listings. There are 9 articles for the country but some big geographical gaps and some pages with little information. Could we look at reorganising and fixing the whole set of articles for the island? --Traveler100 (talk) 07:54, 14 November 2017 (UTC)

  • Definitely a country that could use some attention. What would the tasks be, besides moving See listings to the city articles? —Granger (talk · contribs) 19:27, 15 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Not yet. While I agree that improving Mauritius (and perhaps making it Africa's 6th usable country?) is a worthwhile goal, I believe that we should put this on hold. In order for this COTM to be really useful Mauritius should first be divided into 7±2 mutually exclusive and mutually exhaustive cities. Otherwise we may have to duplicate our work and move the content again once a proper division is implemented. The task of dividing the region requires significant local knowledge, and is thus not suitable for a COTM. Once this division is in place we can look at how to improve the articles. MartinJacobson (talk) 11:19, 20 December 2017 (UTC)
    Does it need regions? If the listing are moved to city articles the current 9 article could maybe increase by a few more. I do not see a problem with a bottom level region having 14 or 15 articles, better than some arbitrary split like north and south or east and west. I basically think an article is need for Flacq and one for Savanne will probably solve it.--Traveler100 (talk) 16:49, 20 December 2017 (UTC)
I agree that Mauritius is too small to need regions. Rather I got the impression that the city list might need an update. There are currently 12 listed cities, but according to policy we ought to list 9 or fewer. Which cities can be merged or removed? Or could any of them be considered 'other destinations'? Or should we make an exception in this case? I know very little about Mauritius and can't answer these questions, but I think that they should be resolved before we make Mauritius a cotm. Otherwise we may have to move a lot of content again, once a proper city-structure is in place. MartinJacobson (talk) 18:39, 20 December 2017 (UTC)
The 7+2 guideline does not apply the bottom-level regions. --Traveler100 (talk) 21:04, 20 December 2017 (UTC)
I see. That seems reasonable. Then my objection was based on a misunderstanding, and I upgrade my vote to support. MartinJacobson (talk) 23:09, 20 December 2017 (UTC)
Yeah the 7+2 rule is mainly about making the page visually attractive and easy to read. If there are e.g. 14 cities, we can split the list into two columns of seven cities each or group the cities into five headings with three cities linked in each heading. It is just meant to avoid a long list of 14 cities which readers will gloss over. Gizza (roam) 23:14, 20 December 2017 (UTC)
I see. I thought that bottom-level regions should be further subdivided if they contained more than 9 cities. To avoid excessive subdivision of Mauritius I thought it would then be better to create a list of 9 city articles which mutually exhausted all of the island, but now I see that this worry was unwarranted. Thanks for clarifying! MartinJacobson (talk) 00:14, 21 December 2017 (UTC)
Result - the main article is better organized, listing details moved to city articles, and although not at usable status the city articles are in a better state. --Traveler100 (talk) 06:51, 1 April 2018 (UTC)

Category:Articles with dead external links - phase 2[edit]

As of 1 February 2018 there are 5,676 Articles with dead external links. There are no city articles of guide or star status with dead link but there are 76 guide articles and 7 star articles with dead links. Mainly district articles but also parks, airports and travel topics. Removing these would increase the quality of this site and help with search engine rankings. --Traveler100 (talk) 09:22, 1 February 2018 (UTC)

See Category talk:Articles with dead external links#Statistics


As of 31 October 2017 there are 6216 Articles with dead external links. There are no city articles of guide or star status with dead link but there are 140 guide articles and 13 star articles with dead links. Mainly district articles but also parks, airports and travel topics. Removing these would increase the quality of this site and help with search engine rankings. --Traveler100 (talk) 09:44, 31 October 2017 (UTC)

Support. A lot of good arguments has been made in favor of this collaboration. Considering the fact the we managed some 500 articles during the first phase I believe that we may be even more ambitious than targeting these 153 articles. If we also include all usable airports, parks, countries, itineraries and topics, as well as all huge cities, the number of articles grow to 332, which should still be achievable in a month. MartinJacobson (talk) 11:52, 31 October 2017 (UTC)
Support, but I agree that we can and should be more ambitious. I was originally going to suggest trying to tackle all district articles with dead links as a collaboration (I don't know, maybe that would be a little too ambitious). MartinJacobson's idea sounds good. —Granger (talk · contribs) 12:43, 31 October 2017 (UTC)
Yes Done --Traveler100 (talk) 02:33, 1 March 2018 (UTC)

Buenos Aires[edit]

Now that the district reorganization has been completed, we can give this article and its districts some badly needed TLC. Buenos Aires is a popular destination, so our coverage of it is important, but the articles are a little messy and parts are out of date (one listing in Buenos Aires/Centro gives advice for 2010!). They do have a lot of information, though, and with some work they will become much more useful.

  • Move "Learn", "Eat", "Drink", and "Sleep" listings to districts
  • Within the districts:
    • Fix dead links and remove closed POIs
    • Listingify, add coordinates
    • Alphabetize listings and organize them into subsections by price or by type, as needed
  • Copyedit
  • Maybe expand the list of embassies

Granger (talk · contribs) 14:23, 12 September 2017 (UTC)

Support lots of work to do for one South America's biggest cities. Gizza (roam) 12:00, 19 September 2017 (UTC)
Dead links fixed. City article no longer has listing, are not in districts. Listings in districts updated and expanded. General content improvements. --Traveler100 (talk) 09:26, 1 February 2018 (UTC)


Month COTM
December 2017 #Template:Geo and Wikivoyage:Geocoding
November 2017 #Cape Town
October 2017 #Category:Articles with dead external links : phase 1 - guide cities
September 2017 #Chennai
August 2017 Category:Listing with phone missing country code

Template:Geo and Wikivoyage:Geocoding[edit]

As of 1 December 2017 there are 1232 articles without geo template


  • Find articles without geo template. For example City articles in Asia or change the entries under categories to region and type of article you are interested in.
  • Place {{geo}} using the format {{geo|45.5|-73.6|zoom=13}}
    • number of decimal places should reflect the accuracy needed for the location (less for regions, more for small settlements) and the zoom factor the area covered by the article.
  • Best method to obtain coordinates is to use GeoMap
    • Type location into search (top right)
    • Make sure select correct location from list, as often number of places with same or similar names
    • Zoom to match area covered by the article.
    • Select the Geo option from Copy template list
    • Click on center of map to get template text. Triple click to highlight and Ctrl C to copy the geo template information.
    • At the bottom of the article Ctrl V to paste template.
  • Alternatively coordinates can be obtained from Wikipedia article. Also good to check they are showing the same location (sometimes Wikipedia can be wrong!). If unsure double check with another internet map site such as Google Maps and Bing Maps.
    • If the article is a city article and no page listed under In other projects, check if a Wikipedia page exists (in language of location) and if there is a duplicate Wikidata entry that needs merging.
    • If multiple places with the same name look at expanding or create a disambiguation page.
  • Once the article is saved click on map (top right) and check if map area matches the listing markers in the article in a reasonable way (check with fit all markers button to see if any listings have incorrect location). For region articles switch on Destinations in the map to see if covers area correctly.


Currently about 23800 out of 24970 destination articles have geo coordinates (95.314%). From this PetScan search, there are 1253 articles that still need to have the geo template added.

I think geocoding every destination on WV, and therefore providing the latitude and longitude on every place we have is a basic and achievable goal. Gizza (roam) 01:30, 18 September 2017 (UTC)

  • Support. Seems useful and accomplishable, and it's a task that users can help with a little at a time. —Granger (talk · contribs) 14:26, 19 September 2017 (UTC)
  • Support. Same reasons as Granger stated. --Traveler100 (talk) 06:16, 20 September 2017 (UTC)


  • I am finding many of the city article that have no Geo template are very small places, most do not have Wikipedia pages in English or even the language of the country. Should consider for some of them, if no listings, to merge into other pages. Others are because the location is unclear, or in one case so far the wrong country, because there are a number of places with the same name. Would suggest in these cases spending time on a disambiguation page. Have also found that article that have a Wikidata only referencing English Wikivoyage have a duplicate Wikidata page referencing the location in other languages. Also found a few spelling mistakes or alternative spellings. --Traveler100 (talk) 11:18, 2 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Thanks to @StellarD: for pointing out Fuzzy Gazetteer, helps with various spellings of places.--Traveler100 (talk) 09:38, 26 December 2017 (UTC)
    We had a slow start but I think the geocoding will nearly be complete by the end of the month which is good news. A few articles that appear in the PetScan search (Moon and Space) cannot obviously have geocoordinates. Also I'm finding it quite hard to find the locations of the remaining dive sites. Maybe we should ask some of the dive experts on Wikivoyage? Gizza (roam) 13:22, 26 December 2017 (UTC)

As of 1 January 2018 there are now only 14 articles without geo template, 2 are off planet so do not count, the rest are diving articles. Amazing piece of work by a few people adding coordinates to over 1200 cities and regions as well as a few duplicate articles (different spelling) merged, and quite a few Wikidata pages fixed and merged. --Traveler100 (talk) 08:42, 1 January 2018 (UTC)

Cape Town[edit]

Let's improve this article in time for travellers to start making plans for Wikimania 2018 in Cape Town. Maybe it could even end up being DotM in July 2018, the month of the conference.

  • Add geocoordinates
  • Remove closed listings, fix dead links, and general updating
  • More details in the "Work" section

Granger (talk · contribs) 11:58, 31 August 2017 (UTC)

Support Cape Town is in most years the third most visited city in Africa, behind only Johannesburg and Cairo. A very important article. Gizza (roam) 01:36, 18 September 2017 (UTC)
Work section was not expanded but apart from that a notable improvement to the article. --Traveler100 (talk) 07:43, 1 December 2017 (UTC)

Category:Articles with dead external links[edit]


As of 1 October 2017 there are 5220 Articles with dead external links.

The goal for this phase is to fix the 254 city articles at guide status and the 5 city articles at star status that have broken links.

To correct articles, enable the "ErrorHighlighter" gadget from your user preferences. After enabling the gadget, invalid links will display followed by a very noticeable "dead link" warning. Verify whether the link has changed, whether the target is invalid, or whether the link was incorrectly flagged and perform the appropriate fix:

  1. If the link is for a domain that no longer exists it should be replaced with a correct link or removed from the article. If the link is contained within a listing for a business that is no longer in operation then the listing should be removed from the article. In either case the {{dead link}} tag should also be removed.
  2. If the link is for a valid domain but the link path has changed - for example from to - update the link and remove the {{dead link}} tag.
  3. If the link is valid and was incorrectly tagged then remove the {{dead link}} tag and use the "edit summary" field to note that the link is valid. Please also report the error on the talk page for the bot that flagged the link (currently User:Wrh2Bot).


The number of articles in this category is below 5000 for the first time in at least a year, if I'm not mistaken. Can we get it lower? Fixing dead links (whether by updating, removing them, or removing the listing) is a good way to keep our site up to date. Users who are familiar with a particular language or country can use Petscan (as described at the category page) to find links to work on within that country (or within a particular region). —Granger (talk · contribs) 19:02, 28 August 2017 (UTC)

  • Support although it would be a good idea to get Wrh2Bot to flag links that have become dead in the last 6 months (last used in January this year). Ryan is on hiatus but hopefully somebody else can run the bot/create a similar script. I'm not a bot expert and wouldn't know how to do this. Gizza (roam) 22:03, 28 August 2017 (UTC)
    Good point. Pinging User:Wrh2 just in case he's still checking in. —Granger (talk · contribs) 22:21, 28 August 2017 (UTC)
    The bot will take several days to run, during which you can follow progress via Special:Contributions/Wrh2Bot (it processes articles in alphabetical order). -- Ryan • (talk) • 03:57, 22 September 2017 (UTC)
    I've shut down the bot per User talk:Wrh2#Wrh2Bot errors. If anyone would like the code to the bot in order to make the requested changes I can make it available. -- Ryan • (talk) • 21:32, 23 September 2017 (UTC)
  • Support improves the usefulness of the site for readers as well as search engine rankings. --Traveler100 (talk) 06:38, 1 September 2017 (UTC)


Progress is further that it appears. Number of guide articles with dead external links has been reduced by about 100 in the first 10 days but a new check of articles as been run over the site which has found a lot more. --Traveler100 (talk) 15:31, 12 October 2017 (UTC)

After rerun of bot lots more to do, as of this point with totals of 6817 articles with dead external links, 1211 articles with formerly dead external links giving 301 city articles at guide status with dead links and an additional 62 city articles at guide status former dead links to check. As well as now 10 city articles at star status with broken links. --Traveler100 (talk) 06:55, 14 October 2017 (UTC)
As of October 25, we've made a lot of progress—we're down to 65 guide-status cities and 2 star-status cities with dead links, and just 1 (Sochi) with former dead links. —Granger (talk · contribs) 17:18, 25 October 2017 (UTC)
Wow! goal achieved with a day to go. No guide or star city articles with dead links. Kudos to all, particularly @Mx. Granger:, @DaGizza: and @MartinJacobson: (have I missed anyone?). Over 500 articles, many with multiple dead links, have been fixed. --Traveler100 (talk) 16:56, 30 October 2017 (UTC)


  • Add additional information to See listing
  • Verify, expand or delete Buy, Eat and Sleep listings

Largest usable city article that needs a clean-up. --Traveler100 (talk) 07:09, 22 August 2017 (UTC)

  • Support. Large article with lots to do, including plenty of listing improvements that can be made by people unfamiliar with the destination. Let's do it! —Granger (talk · contribs) 18:53, 28 August 2017 (UTC)
  • Progress
    • All See listing have been verified but some still need content and a few need coordinated (missing in Wikidata too)
    • Sleep listings validated and coordinates and web links added. Additional hotels added.
    • Introduction text has been improved
    • Shopping malls done but other Buy listings need validating and coordinates
I have noticed an improvement in SEO too. On Startpage it was around the 12th to 14th search result at the start of the month and now it is 9th (and therefore should be on the front page on Google for most people). Gizza (roam) 12:39, 21 September 2017 (UTC)
Good amount of work done. Wording has improved, most listings have been verified. Is now a usable article but is still plenty of room for improvement. --Traveler100 (talk) 05:40, 1 October 2017 (UTC)

Category:Listing with phone missing country code[edit]

Fixing country codes would be good for the CotM: Removing ambiguity and making phone numbers auto-dial from smart phones makes this site more attractive to readers to use. After 4 years of having the smart phone format in listings the number of incomplete or unclear phone numbers are down from over 3000 to just over 200. Lets complete the task and make it zero. --Traveler100 (talk) 08:10, 30 July 2017 (UTC)

  • Check if number is correct (go to listing web page or look on search engine or Google Maps).
  • If standard phone number add country code to these numbers
  • If special number add the appropriate comment in brackets after the number (if can change premium and extra change number for standard region code even better).
  • Additional information and instructions on Category page.

First time number of articles with error code down to zero ! --Traveler100 (talk) 18:48, 14 August 2017 (UTC)


Month COTM
September 2014 - August 2017 Wikivoyage:India Expedition


Month COTM
March 2013 Wikivoyage:Cleanup
April-October 2013 #Continents

Old collaborations[edit]