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Month COTM
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

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)


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