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Month COTM
December 2018 Austin
November 2018 Listing coordinates - phase 1
October 2018 Bermuda
September 2018 Outline districts
August 2018 Atlanta
July 2018 #Most frequently visited outline articles to usable status
June 2018 #Metro Cebu
May 2018 #Related sites
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



(Suggested order)

  • Remove or merge duplicate listing in city page that are in district articles
  • Add coordinated to listings in main city page (help identify which district they are in)
  • Move listings in main city page to correct district
    • See Yes Done, Do Not done, Buy Yes Done, Eat Yes Done, Drink Yes Done, Sleep Yes Done
  • Check for closed POIs and delete
  • Add coordinates to listings on district pages
  • Add contact and other information to listings, check web links
  • In text form add main attractions to main city page. Possibly also eat and do highlights.
  • Details on how to get in to districts
  • Page banner images for districts


A city that has been districtified but still has lots of listings left in the main article.

  • Move listings to districts.
  • Add geocoordinates and contact info
  • Remove closed POIs

Granger (talk · contribs) 23:54, 22 June 2018 (UTC)

Definitely a lot to do, I'll support. Selfie City (talk) 23:56, 22 June 2018 (UTC)
Good candidate, support. --Traveler100 (talk) 06:36, 23 June 2018 (UTC)


A lot of work was done. Closed businesses removed; coordinates, phone numbers and addresses added; and See, Eat, Buy, Drink and Sleep listings moved to districts or nearby city articles. Still some work to do though, the Do section not completed and districts could do with some work. --Traveler100 (talk) 07:40, 1 January 2019 (UTC)

Listing coordinates - phase 1[edit]


  • For star status articles with listings without coordinates, add coordinates to all listings. (as of 1 November 2018, 53 articles)
    • Tips
      • For tips on finding lat/long values see Wikivoyage:Dynamic maps Expedition#Sub-expedition: Fill all the latitudes!
      • Also check if there is a Wikidata entry for the location (maybe via Wikipedia). Adding Wikidata number using Listing editor can add coordinates.
      • If coordinates are not relevant for a listing (has no single location) enter NA in both the lat and long parameter fields.
      • Can see which listing do not have coordinates by lack of number at start of line.
      • If preference switched on, can also see at bottom of article categories for See, Eat, Do, Buy and Sleep missing coordinate.
      • In edit mode can find searching with "| lat= |"
  • Also take the chance to add addition information to the listing
    • Update website, phone number
    • Delete closed businesses
  • If article appears to be out of date and incomplete consider for Nominations to remove Star status


As of 17 June 2018 there are 657 guide or star articles that have listings without coordinates. See Wikivoyage:Dynamic maps Expedition/ListingCoordStats. Need to improve articles previously raised to guide or star status. Maybe month task would be fix all Star article listings. --Traveler100 (talk) 20:44, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

Great choice, Traveler100. I always like to see plenty of coordinates on an article, and I think this would be a good month's project. Selfie City (talk) 01:57, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
On 20 June 2018 there are 53 star status articles with listings without coordinates --Traveler100 (talk) 13:25, 20 June 2018 (UTC)
Yes, I can see that's a problem that needs to be fixed. Selfie City (talk) 15:16, 20 June 2018 (UTC)
Markers for POIs were made a requirement for Guide and Star article, see Wikivoyage talk:City guide status, a grace period was given until June 2019 before existing articles will start to be downgraded. --Traveler100 (talk) 18:42, 22 September 2018 (UTC)


Star status articles with listings without coordinates down to 25, that is 27 kept as star with improved listings and one de-stared to guide. Also remaining article have also been improved with a number of closed businesses removed and broken links fixed. This activity does however show what a a task is ahead to get coordinates in all listings of guide article before the deadline. --Traveler100 (talk) 06:40, 1 December 2018 (UTC)



  • Improve content of listings
    • fix dead links
    • expand description
    • add coordinates, address, phone number
  • Move listings to correct city article from region article. If key POI add some text in region article about it.
  • Add understand section to city article
  • Improve city articles to get them all to usable status
    • Adding See, Sleep and Eat listings were possible.


And Hamilton (Bermuda) — I've just looked at this article and it has quite a few listings and a little information, but looks like it could be a great opportunity for article improvement. Also, we could probably copy a lot of information from the Bermuda article to the Hamilton one. Selfie City (talk) 22:27, 11 June 2018 (UTC)

Also, I'll add a list of improvements necessary to this article:

  • Add an Understand section
  • Expand Get in/Get around sections
  • Add information to listings of attractions, and possibly move some of these to Do section
  • Add information to business listings
  • Add to list of hotels
  • Add list of places to go next

Another option, though, would be to do the whole Bermuda article, which would be a somewhat larger task, and is mentioned as an alternative nomination below. Selfie City (talk) 23:01, 11 June 2018 (UTC)

It is a small place, but even so as a capital should be in a better state than it is. Support the proposal. --Traveler100 (talk) 14:12, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

The other choice is to do the whole Bermuda region article, which would be a bit more to do, but would definitely be possible. There's many problems to solve in this article, including the fact that none of the parishes have separate articles and the other destinations are both outlines. Also, work would need to be done on the cities, including Hamilton (see above). The Bermuda article could definitely be promoted to guide status, and considering Bermuda has a static map already, perhaps even star status. Selfie City (talk) 23:01, 11 June 2018 (UTC)

This article needs a rethink. Does not need sub-regions but could make some of the parishes an article if no city article for the area. Need to move listing in to city article. This may be a better idea than just tackling Hamilton. --Traveler100 (talk) 14:16, 17 June 2018 (UTC)
  • I'm going to oppose this for now. Tasks like writing new articles, reorganizing the city/subregion structure of a region, and expanding outline-level "other destinations" are better suited for people who know the place and are willing to put in a significant time commitment, not for a cotm. —Granger (talk · contribs) 02:08, 20 June 2018 (UTC)
    • I see where you are coming from. Probably best for one person to reorganise first. I will look at doing this over the next week, creating a better structure. CotM can then be moving listings to the right pages (if this does not get done) and improving quality of listings and articles in general. --Traveler100 (talk) 07:31, 20 June 2018 (UTC)
    • Modified the structure of the page and moved a couple of city articles. Could now do activity similar to what is being dome for Metro Cebu. --Traveler100 (talk) 19:56, 20 June 2018 (UTC)
Thanks, Traveler100. Granger, do you support now reflecting Traveler100's changes? Selfie City (talk) 16:25, 21 June 2018 (UTC)
Okay, moving listings to cities and fleshing out the listings sound like good cotm tasks. Support. —Granger (talk · contribs) 23:54, 21 June 2018 (UTC)


Very successful project. The main article improved and all city (parish) articles now at usable status.--Traveler100 (talk) 06:11, 1 November 2018 (UTC)

Outline Districts[edit]


At the start of the month there are 159 Outline district articles, goal is to reduce this number with an aim to getting the city articles to usable. For example, 78 districts currently have no sleep listing

  • As a minimum:
    • Check and if necessary improve Get in section.
    • Make sure there is at least one see or do listing.
    • Make sure at least one, but preferably two, eat and sleep listings exist.
    • Add coordinates to listings.
    • Fix broken links. 39 outline district articles that have broken links. (enable the "ErrorHighlighter" gadget from your user preferences) Done
      • Check, correct or add web link url to listings
    • Add, if missing, address and description to listings.
  • To make a quality article on the way to guide status

Then replace {{outlinedistrict}} template with {{usabledistrict}}.

If not possible to get to usable, consider starting discussion on new district boundaries.

Articles lacking listings (Last updated September 15 UTC)
Districts sleep eat see do buy any
needs only 21 31 5 10 22
has no 52 64 20 53 65 0


So I have had it as a pet-peeve on and off for some time trying to promote outline districts to usable and have already advanced a bit in that. I think given that it is less than 200 pages, the rest should not be all that hard. In some cases we might need to redraw district borders. If and when we are done, I propose to enable some mechanism that reduces the potential for outline districts to be created in the first place. I don't think it'd be such a huge thing to ask that district schemes be created in such a way that each district have at least one eat and one sleep listing or a good explanation why there is none. Hobbitschuster (talk) 17:13, 3 December 2017 (UTC)

I think I'll support this. Another idea I had adding content to very short outline articles. Right now there are 1535 outline cities that are 1000 bytes or less. These are the articles that are usually up for deletion or merger discussions. Adding an "eat" or "sleep" listing would make them usable but even adding other types of listings will make the articles useful and beneficial to the traveller. Gizza (roam) 23:46, 8 January 2018 (UTC)
I'm not too sure about this one. We're talking about well over 100 pages, which is a lot, and I'm not sure that in every case we can improve the districts unless we know the area. I'd probably give it a weak support but I would like to hear the opinions of others on whether or not this is too much or whether this is a good project. ---Selfie City (talk | contributions) 23:41, 27 August 2018 (UTC)
Category:Outline districts has 159 members. However this is made up of the districts of about 50 cities. There are a few cities that have only one outline district, but several that have quite a few, like Brussels with 9. They range from districts with only one listing to those that need only minor work. I think that we would have to regard success in this case as reducing the list by a quarter by making about 40 articles usable. (Wellington should probably be ignored at the moment as it has only recently become a huge city.) AlasdairW (talk) 21:12, 28 August 2018 (UTC)
Yes, that would be more reasonable. A district with only one listing will probably not be at star status as the result of a collaboration. --Comment by Selfie City (talk about my contributions) 21:32, 28 August 2018 (UTC)


I must say, I don't quite follow the logic behind ignoring Wellington. Surely if the district layout was only recently created there should be no reason for any district to be so bereft of listings as to be an outline. In my opinion outline districts can be a sign of lack of coverage, but more often they are a sign of badly drawn district boundaries. In my opinion, if district boundaries are newly drawn they shouldn't produce outlines and if they do, there should be a damned good explanation, or better yet work to add the necessary listings asap. Hobbitschuster (talk) 18:21, 8 September 2018 (UTC)

I've checked it out on Google Maps and their satellite coverage and I wouldn't say Wellington should be a huge city at all. I think Porirua and the other "districts" should be separate city articles. But that's just my opinion. --Comment by Selfie City (talk about my contributions) 18:25, 8 September 2018 (UTC)
I suggested ignoring Wellington because it was getting quite a few edits by editors familiar with the city, and would be likely to become usable shortly without any extra help. I think that Porirua is part of the same destination for most travellers - somewhere that they might visit for a few hours whilst staying in Wellington City. AlasdairW (talk) 21:31, 8 September 2018 (UTC)
Well, I don't think I've edited the Wellington City itself, but I did add some listings to the Porirua article. If there are any local editors, there's still plenty of information that could be added. --Comment by Selfie City (talk about my contributions) 20:37, 9 September 2018 (UTC)


I think the result was positive, since over 50 articles were removed from outline status. --Comment by Selfie City (talk about my contributions) 00:29, 1 October 2018 (UTC)


Complete and clean-up the district reorganization. There are 7 districts defined in the city article but at start of collaboration month 11 articles in the district category, but not all the districts referenced in the article. It is also no clear to the reader (as well as difficult to understand in talk pages) what is included in the city and districts.


  • In the district pages of the city.
    • Clear definition of area covered by the city. State in understand which city administrative each district article covers.
    • Listings to use listings template
    • Remove duplicate (in more than one section of an article, or more than one article.) listings
    • Add lat/long geo-coordinates and contact info to listings
    • Fix dead links and remove closed POIs
    • Organize listings by price, alphabetical order, or type (See, Do, ...) as needed
    • Move listings to the correct district
    • Dynamic map with mapshape for the district
  • On the city page
    • Remove listings to districts but make sure some pros about major attractions mentioned on the page.
    • Clarity on scope of article.


Another city article whose districts have recently been reorganized. I think a bit of work, especially on the listings in the district articles, will really improve our coverage of this city.

  • Templatize listings
  • Make sure listings are in the right section - some of the "See"s and "Do"s in particular seem to be misplaced, and some POIs seem to be listed in more than one section
  • Add geocoordinates and contact info
  • Fix dead links and remove closed POIs
  • Organize listings by price, alphabetical order, or type as needed

The map also needs to be adjusted or replaced to exclude Decatur and Hapeville, if someone has the time and relevant skills. —Granger (talk · contribs) 15:08, 25 December 2017 (UTC)

I've only looked at the downtown district and I can already see that this will be a pretty large project because these articles are pretty long. However, I think we may as well go ahead and do it in the future. Selfie City (talk) 22:52, 11 June 2018 (UTC)


A definite improvement. Number of closet listings removed, web links fixed and more listings have coordinates. However still work to be done here. --Traveler100 (talk) 13:43, 1 September 2018 (UTC)

Most frequently visited outline articles to usable status[edit]


To take the 606 outline city articles that are frequently visited to usable status. Of which 163 have enough listings to be moved from Category:Outline cities to Category:Usable cities. (Tip: add a region to the category field to concentrate on a specific area). Another subgroup to tackle would be the 155 outline city articles that have broken links. Fixing these broken links would be a good start.

  • As a minimum:
    • Check and if necessary improve Get in section.
    • Make sure there is at least one see or do listing.
    • Make sure at least one, but preferably two, eat and sleep listings exist.
    • Add coordinates to listings.
    • Check, correct or add web link url to listings
    • Add, if missing, address and description to listings.
  • To make a quality article on the way to guide status

Then replace {{outlinecity}} template with {{usablecity}}.

  • Update: There are currently 564 frequently visited outline cities. The number has come down but it has been a challenging CotM. Let's try to bring it down to 500 by the end of the month. Gizza (roam) 12:04, 19 July 2018 (UTC)


A while back I asked at the pub if there is any list of outline articles by pageview traffic, and ויקיג'אנקי kindly created this list. I think that it would be a suitable cotm to update the most frequently visited outline articles to usable status. The nomination is rather apparent to its own rationale. These are articles which are low in supply, but high in demand.

However, the most visited decile alone contains some 2000 articles, way too many to handle in a single month. Further, many of these are major regions or countries. The task of updating these to usable status is large enough to be cotms in their own right. There is currently 636 outline city articles in the top decile. One option is to try to update as many as possible of these. We can further thin out the list by focusing on the largest articles, which are most likely to be near to usable status. For example, there are 136 articles which contain 15000 bytes of information or more, which should be doable in a month. MartinJacobson (talk) 14:57, 15 November 2017 (UTC)

Support - I like the idea, could even start with the 165 outline city articles with listings. These probably would just need some tidy up of listings and checking of the get in section. —The preceding comment was added by Traveler100 (talkcontribs)
  • Support – I like it too. It's a well-targeted way to provide a lot of value for our readers. It also looks like editors can easily filter those links to just show articles within a particular country or region, which seems useful for this kind of collaboration. —Granger (talk · contribs) 19:25, 15 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Comment I don't mind this but it is important to note that some of the most vital of articles don't get high page views because they are killed in SEO rather than lacking in significance or popularity. If the content of an article hasn't changed much post-fork, it won't get any hits from Google but only from internal links via other WV articles, other Wikimedia sites such as Wikipedia and possibly social media shares (but that itself would be rarer because it doesn't get as many clicks in the first place). Some of the most popular articles are niche topics like Bikol phrasebook but are popular because there is no WT equivalent [1]. Gizza (roam) 21:06, 15 November 2017 (UTC)
    That's a good point. Maybe we can somehow come up with a list of important articles that haven't changed much since the fork, and turn that into a future collaboration too. —Granger (talk · contribs) 21:46, 15 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support. Good idea. Selfie City (talk) 21:06, 9 June 2018 (UTC)


An ambitious task, good dint in the list made that has increased the quality of a number of articles. At end of month, of the 606 frequently visited outline articles, there are now 536, so 70 made usable. Of the 155 with broken links at the start, now only 28. --Traveler100 (talk) 05:34, 1 August 2018 (UTC)

Metro Cebu[edit]

Aim is to get the region article to guide status.

Fix location of listings in the region's city articles, and improve the articles of the region.

Get the main city articles to guide status and the remaining to usable status.

List of city articles in region


  • The main cities, Cebu (city) & Lapu-Lapu, need quite a bit of copy editing & various other fixes.
    • Coordinated for all listings
  • Some things are still listed in the wrong place; for example, the Cebu article discusses sights located on Mactan Island, some distance away.
    • Move to correct city article.
  • There are a dozen or so smaller cities in Metro Cebu. Nearly all those articles are currently quite weak
    • Add enough listings of different types to make them usable.


I added this article a year or so ago; see discussion at Talk:Cebu_(city)#Re-organize_some_things.3F. I think this top-level article is now mostly OK, but there are still problems. Worth fixing; this is the country's 2nd largest urban area, a major transport hub & a major tourist destination.

  • The main cities, Cebu (city) & Lapu-Lapu, need quite a bit of copy editing & various other fixes.
  • Some things are still listed in the wrong place; for example, the Cebu article discusses sights located on Mactan Island, some distance away.
  • There are a dozen or so smaller cities in Metro Cebu. Nearly all those articles are currently quite weak

If we are still doing CotM (Are we?), this might be a good one. Pashley (talk) 11:18, 3 February 2017 (UTC)

See also Talk:Metro_Cebu#Guide.3F_DotM.3F Pashley (talk) 15:53, 25 August 2017 (UTC)
I have done some edits & see others doing quite a lot. Bravo. Pashley (talk) 13:37, 7 October 2017 (UTC)


Related sites[edit]

Aim is to remove the {{RelatedWikipedia}}, {{RelatedCommons}} and {{RelatedCommonsCat}} templates when they reference the same links as shown via wikidata in the In other projects sidebar (directly or via redirect in the other project). If there is no direct equivalent page but a reference is desired then the rel=y parameter can be used in RelatedWikipedia and RelatedCommonsCat which will create an info box at the bottom of the page. (Once clean-up complete the extra parameter can be made default and removed). See Template talk:RelatedWikipedia for additional information.


Gnome-colors-view-refresh.svg Refresh


The RelatedSites extension (which creates the links in the "Related sites" sidebar section) will be disabled sometime in the next few months. In most cases, this won't cause any problems since these links are now automatically created by the Wikibase client extension (under the "In other projects" sidebar section).

See Template talk:RelatedWikipedia. Main task is to align {{RelatedWikipedia}} and {{RelatedCommonsCat}} with the same name as in the WikiData entry when appropriate. This may be just a retyping of format but could involve changing to Wikidata or referencing another Wikipedia page. If there is no match on Wikipedia then consider changing template to include the rel=y parameter to change sidebar reference to text box at bottom of page.

Fix entries so removal of function will have no impact. --Traveler100 (talk) 14:35, 27 April 2018 (UTC)


All differences between Wikidata and Related links fixed. Thanks to the efforts of @Mx. Granger: who edited hundreds of pages, @WOSlinker: who did a couple of hundred at least and a few other editors I noticed making changes and apologies for not noting their names. Also a number of errors between Wikivoyage, Wikipedia, Commons and Wikidata fixed and disambiguous naming made a little clearer. --Traveler100 (talk) 14:36, 27 May 2018 (UTC)

Great to hear! Thank you all very much for taking care of this so we can sunset the old extension. — TBolliger (WMF) (talk) 20:34, 12 June 2018 (UTC)

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]