Wikivoyage:Star nominations

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This is where we determine whether an article is ready to be classified as Star status. Even though the criteria are fairly objective, it's good to get some additional eyes to look over a page and confirm that it's ready before elevating it to Star. For reference, here's the general description, from Project:Article status:

The article is essentially complete. It meets all of the above criteria. It follows the manual of style exactly or is the exception that proves the rule. Prose is not only near-perfect grammatically but also tight, effective, and enjoyable. It has appropriate illustrations, such as photos and a map. Enough breadth and depth of material is presented that anyone familiar with the subject of the article would have little to point out as absent. Future changes to this kind of article would reflect changes in the subject (e.g. a museum closes, a hotel price changes, a new airport is built) more than they'd require improvements in the coverage.

Objective criteria for Star status varies depending on the kind of article it is. For more concrete guidance on this, see:

If you feel that an article currently at Star status is no longer worthy, or never was to begin with, this is also the place to nominate to de-star an article.


Star articles: Last minute checklist

  • The article must be complete — See definition above.
  • Grammar and spelling must be perfect — See definition above. Prose should be stylistically superior and effective.
  • Illustration: the article should be appropriately illustrated with pictures and a Wikivoyage-style map, with all attractions marked.
  • Listings should be in alphabetical order — geographical order is also acceptable if it is deemed better.
  • No duplications: a listing should appear under one section only — if there is ambiguity, put it under the section that it most applies to.
  • Time and date formats: Use: M,Tu,W,Th,F,Sa,Su; and check our manual of style for latest and complete policy
  • Section introductions are not mandatory but should be present when they serve to improve a section.
  • Use "—" (mdash) for breaks in thought.
  • Use abbreviations for addresses, e.g., St, Ave, Sq, Blvd

You can nominate any "guide" quality article you think is ready to be declared a "star". Please do not nominate an article if you know that it falls short of the criterion above — refer to the info box for a last minute checklist. If there are other nominations on this page, add yours to the bottom of the list. The basic format of a nomination is as follows:

===[[Article name]]===
This has everything we're looking for,
plus a swell kitchen sink. ~~~~

Having done this, please add the tag


at the beginning of the article, after the {{pagebanner}} tag.

You also need to post a note at the Project:Travellers' Pub to publicize your nomination — remember to tell people that partial critiques and even just a few quick words of support are welcome. These steps help draw attention to the article's nomination, improving the discussion as to whether it should be awarded star status.


Please comment on whether you agree that the nominated article is ready, with a bullet point (*) and your signed opinion. If you think it's ready, a simple "Support" will do. If not, explain what you think is missing or not up to standards. You don't have to leave a detailed critique to vote on the star — partial critiques are welcome, and feel free to just voice your support for the hard work someone else has done.

===[[Article name]]===
This has everything we're looking for, plus a swell kitchen sink.  TravelNut 25:25, 31 Feb 2525 (EDT)
* The sink isn't properly formatted, and there are no "budget" places to sleep. ~~~~

After three weeks of discussion, if a consensus is reached, then that article becomes a star, and the discussion should be archived. Note that a consensus means that all outstanding objections should have been addressed and dropped; if issues remain then the discussion should either continue or, if they cannot or will not be addressed in reasonable time, the article should be added to the slush pile. Regardless of the outcome, it is useful to copy the nomination discussion to the article's talk page.

Archiving checklist[edit]

  • Remove the nomination discussion from this page and paste it to both the archives and to the talk page of the new star article;
  • Add the article to Star articles (and change the map on that page);
  • Update the article status template on the article from guide to star;
  • Add |star=yes to the Pagebanner at the top of the article; (see also Template:Pagebanner if more than one icon is required)

Nominations for Star status[edit]

For an archive of previous successful nominations please see Project:Star nominations/Archives.


The last nomination was slushed due to the map. Now Saqib made a new static map from scratch. I asked User:LtPowers if he is fine with the static map and got a positive response. In about three weeks the first crosswiki presentation starts and imho a star article would be a nice touch to it. Joachim helped with the map, User:Jjtkk had initially the first support and User:Danapit was so kind to help out as well. Any feedback is welcome. I will try to expand some parts but the season just started, so new businesses will show up in the next weeks. jan (talk) 08:01, 15 May 2014 (UTC)

Nitpick: In my opinion, if you think this guide is substantially complete to the extent that it deserves Star status, I will certainly respect that and defer to you, and it's surely a beautiful guide. The one nitpick I have at the moment (not having read through the current version of the article in detail) is that the last photo goes past the end of the text (at least on my screen). It's not drastic at all, but it doesn't seem like an absolutely optimal practice. Ideally, a photo of a train station probably should be in the "Get in" section, but that would displace the map. But I don't think that's essential, and the solution is just to move it somewhere where it's not in the way of anything but also doesn't go past the end of the text. It could be as simple as putting it in the "Connect" section. Ikan Kekek (talk) 08:27, 15 May 2014 (UTC)

Ikan Kekek, good spot. Corrected, guess my perspective concerning the train station is leaving rather than arriving. Concerning completeness: I listed all businesses who come to my mind and are well establish (Travemünde tourism only lists one more business than i did). I know Drink is short but that is due to the seasonality of the town. There are some other waterholes but they are seedy (lets say you need a certain level of alcohol to find that places funny) and for serious nightlife you have to go to Lübeck. Travemünde is a rather calm place, where people stay in their apartments, hotels etc. and might go dancing in the Maritim or Columbia hotel later on. jan (talk) 08:44, 15 May 2014 (UTC)
It might be worth mentioning some of this at the beginning of the "Drink" section. Thanks for moving the photo. Ikan Kekek (talk) 09:08, 15 May 2014 (UTC)
Nooooo, the photo has to be in Go next cause it shows this huge departure clock to Lübeck. Also someone broke the rhythm of check/Lübeck verse ;) Jjtkk (talk) 17:30, 20 May 2014 (UTC)
  • Comment — Sorry Jan but I'm not satisfied with current state of article. I would like to see the lead section and well a few other sections a little bit more expanded. (i) How much a train ticket cost to get into Travemünde from Lübeck and on weekends, many more trains arrive from where and how much they charge? It would be helpful to have same information available for by bus and by ferry. (ii) Are they anyway other to get around the town such as taxis, local train et cetra? (iii) Beach is towns main attraction and I would like to see the listing expanded as much as possible. --Saqib (talk) 12:07, 15 May 2014 (UTC)
Saqib, travelling by train in Germany is a sophiscated topic. The Germany articles tries to explain it but the mixture of network vs. regional vs. DB tickets leaves even Germans lost sometimes.
  1. Price: Same for bus and train if you travel point-to-point from Lübeck (network ticket three zones = 3 Euros). I can add that easily
  2. Extra trains: Trains are operated by DB and regional transport, on special occasions e.g. Travemünder Woche there will be a special schedule This is a complex and can only be explained very general or you will need a mathematical model
  3. Get around: The core area of Travemünde is pedestrian only (bikes are allowed as well) e.g. Vorderreihe and the Promenade. German towns/cities pride themselves to keep cars out of the city center. Theoretically you can use a taxi and there is a local bus that run some streets every two hours but in real life people either walk or use their bike. Also keep in mind that Travemünde is compact (with the exception of the harbour but there you will end up on the ferry). To give you a better understanding: The big street between harbour & town is blocked on purpose to not allow cars to go directly to the town.
  4. Expansion: Keep in mind that all major infrastructure (airport, central train station), public buildings (town house, hospitals etc.) or nightlife (clubs) are in Lübeck. This is only a very small town which happens to have a center you can circle in 30-45 mins depending on your walking speed. I don't hide places, i can add supermarkets, bakeries and a newspaper station but it remains a small place. jan (talk) 12:57, 15 May 2014 (UTC)
In addition, though I can't address this specific case, my experience is that, forgetting about various kinds of discounts, the price of a train ticket depends on how long before your date of travel you buy your ticket. Ikan Kekek (talk) 16:05, 15 May 2014 (UTC)
Saqib no worries, i prefer straight and hard talk. Your second opinion is valuable and i think it needs to be clearer for other people. As Ikan says, too rail travel in Germany sometimes requires analytical skills;) Too many dimensions. Germans are aware of that but the traps for travellers are hardly avoidable. I will try to improve but see Travemünde in essence like a district of Lübeck which is out of town. jan (talk) 16:27, 15 May 2014 (UTC)
  • Not yet; the map you showed me is not actually in the article. Powers (talk) 20:52, 15 May 2014 (UTC)
Powers, you raise an interesting point which is due to the dynamic maps. The map i linked on your page is their {{Mapframe|53.9603|10.8735|zoom=15|width=500|height=500|staticmap=Travemünde travel map.png}} The link to the mentioned static map is below the dynamic Other maps for Travemünde: Full-screen version - printable static map. (Edit GPX). Do i understand your point correct, you would prefer to have the static map as default and the dynamic in the back? Or shall both be presented? jan (talk) 06:54, 16 May 2014 (UTC)
Well if I didn't notice it I don't think we can expect the average reader to. And certainly, one of the points of having handcrafted, static maps is to facilitate printing of the article; that's mooted if the map isn't actually displayed in the article proper. I believe the hand-crafted map, if it's well made, should be sufficient but if you still wanted the dynamic map for some reason, it seems reasonable that they could both be in the article. Powers (talk) 13:30, 16 May 2014 (UTC)
Powers i will change according to your suggestion as this seems to be the star standard. I assume this will be a topic for any nomination (dynamic is pretty widespread already). Is there any other topic? Regards, jan (talk) 13:35, 16 May 2014 (UTC)
Yes, now that I take a closer look I have very strong concerns about the prose. There is very little of it. The lead section is bare-bones; the Understand section is dry and encyclopedic; and the See, Do, and Buy sections have no introductions. The Wikivoyage:Tone throughout is very dry and perfunctory; there is none of the sparkling prose that we usually expect as examples of our best work. Powers (talk) 00:29, 20 May 2014 (UTC)
Same concerns here. --Saqib (talk) 00:34, 20 May 2014 (UTC)
(ec) Also, our star standards ask that listings be in alphabetical order (geographic order is also acceptable, but I don't see any strong case here for that). Powers (talk) 00:34, 20 May 2014 (UTC)
  • Support (again): ready to become a star. Danapit (talk) 17:50, 27 May 2014 (UTC)
  • I think the Old Town should be marked on the map, not with a pinpoint but with perhaps a certain color to show the road(s) and extent of the Old Town. This is one of the strengths of the static map, after all. ChubbyWimbus (talk) 12:59, 29 May 2014 (UTC)


This guide is being nominated for star status, second time. Previously the nomination was slushed because the guide was missing some information (previous version) and so concerns were raised which has been properly addressed as far I can see. I believe this guide mention everything that this small destination have to offer, Lets see if it can become the first star rated guide from South Asian. The guide certainly can make a good example as star status for many destinations of small size such as this. --Saqib (talk) 22:10, 21 March 2015 (UTC)

I'd like to be able to support this nomination, but I notice that you opposed the nomination of Okayama when that article had no climate info. I don't see any climate info in this article. Ikan Kekek (talk) 22:33, 21 March 2015 (UTC)
Please look for infobox "Best time to visit". --Saqib (talk) 22:36, 21 March 2015 (UTC)
I see. That's a fine solution, in my opinion. Ikan Kekek (talk) 22:41, 21 March 2015 (UTC)

[unindent] This article probably still needs a bit more copy editing for Star status. I did a bit more just now. I won't stand in its way, though. Once any copy editing is done that will satisfy the most discerning of critics, this article should be approved for Star status. Ikan Kekek (talk) 22:49, 21 March 2015 (UTC)

The number of images seems excessive; on my screen, they extend past the bottom of the page and push one of the infoboxes down with them. I would suggest culling the photos to just the best of the best. Powers (talk) 20:01, 22 March 2015 (UTC)
I'm wondering if this has already been changed. On the notebook computer I'm borrowing, the last photo, of the Dancing Girl, takes up the right side of the "Buy" section and less than half of "Eat and Drink", and the rest of the article has no images. Ikan Kekek (talk) 20:41, 22 March 2015 (UTC)
I freely admit different computers can display it differently. But this article has more photos than many that are twice as long. With the relatively small amount of prose, we have to reduce the number of images accordingly. Powers (talk) 21:04, 22 March 2015 (UTC)
Have removed 3 images. In my opinion, it does look good and useful to have good quality photos filling-up the right side, but anyways. --Saqib (talk) 21:59, 22 March 2015 (UTC)
We can't have images filling the right side because it doesn't work for everyone and can cause formatting issues. Powers (talk) 19:07, 23 March 2015 (UTC)
I'm doing a copy-editing pass, finding only a few very minor issues & fixing them. I support the nomination.
Current text has "The PTDC Motel shown on the map was shut down in 2013 and remains so as of late 2014." Can we get more recent info? Pashley (talk) 14:42, 12 November 2015 (UTC)
Just noticed this comment. The PTDC motel is no more in business. Last time when I was there, it was going through renovation but I think it may take years since the work is very slow. --Saqib (talk) 06:13, 21 November 2015 (UTC)

Igbo phrasebook[edit]

The phrasebook has been complete for a while and has matched all the criteria for a phrasebook. Igbo is the major language spoken in the oil-rich Niger Delta and extended to the Cross River forest. It is also spoken in Equatorial Guinea. Ukabia (talk) 19:02, 11 April 2015 (UTC)

  • Not yet. I am not sure how those of us who don't know Igbo will judge the completeness of this phrasebook eventually. What I've read of it looks very attractive and informative and I congratulate you for that! However, I just did some copy editing, and it's clear to me that until I read through the entire phrasebook and edit the English-language portions of the text to be optimal in terms of grammar and syntax, I won't be able to support the nomination. To be sure, I haven't found any major problem so far and suspect I won't, but the Star level is a very high bar. I'll look through the rest of the phrasebook when I can, and will edit as I feel is appropriate. Ikan Kekek (talk) 03:28, 12 April 2015 (UTC)
    • Thanks for the edits Ikan Kekek. As for judging the completeness, there are some guides on south eastern Nigeria that I could reference here if necessary, including one from the pages external links [1 Ukabia (talk) 14:16, 12 April 2015 (UTC)
  • Not yet. Agreed with everything Ikan said above; also, granted they're not as essential for a phrasebook as for other article types, but could we perhaps include a few more pictures? -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 03:41, 12 April 2015 (UTC)

Historic Churches of Buffalo's East Side[edit]

The obvious answer to why this article isn't yet Starworthy is the lack of a Wikivoyage-style map. Aside from that relatively easy fix, I'd be interested to hear others' feedback. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 16:22, 29 May 2015 (UTC)

Looks good to me, but I'm afraid I'm not going to give my judgement on this as I'm not native. However, I'll take care of Wikivoyage styled map. Will do it once this nominate garnish support votes. --Saqib (talk) 16:48, 29 May 2015 (UTC)
  • Comment Good work. It is a very detailed article, possibly even too detailed. It is missing a geo template to give a link to a full page map at the top of the article (and to appear on maps of articles). I think that there needs to be a paragraph near the start giving an overview of the itinerary. I had to read quite a bit to find that this was a tour by car, not on foot. I would also make it clear that this is mainly (or only) a tour of the exterior of churches - I had expected to be able to go inside all eighteen churches. A quick look at the area bus map suggests that a section of the route could be done by bus, and this maybe could be looked into. AlasdairW (talk) 22:39, 29 May 2015 (UTC)

Ruta de transito[edit]

I'm just putting this here as apart from wording tweaks (which I as the principal author and a second language speaker of English am not the best person to make), I can't think of anything that could be added or changed to improve upon this article. Hobbitschuster (talk) 00:12, 11 July 2015 (UTC)

  • I'm out of town right now and will look this article over more closely when I return home. But right off the bat, Star articles require static maps. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 01:09, 11 July 2015 (UTC)
  • This doesn't strike me as star quality. The lead section is essentially empty. There's no information on why anyone would want to follow this itinerary. There's no description of sights or anything that might interest a traveler. The banner image is less than stellar. The prose is merely adequate; it's informative but not engaging (nor "tight, effective, and enjoyable"). There isn't even an English translation or explanation of the itinerary's name. Powers (talk) 01:56, 11 July 2015 (UTC)
  • I think that it has quite a long way to go. The intro should say in a sentence or two how the route is travelled and how long it takes. If I have one week in the country could I do it? There are no indications of costs or anything like enough details of the transport - if they are not on the web give the names and phone numbers. AlasdairW (talk) 11:08, 11 July 2015 (UTC)


Maybe I'm biased (who are we kidding here? Of course I'm biased), but if there's anything keeping us from elevating this article to Star status, I can't imagine what it might be. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 05:46, 21 November 2015 (UTC)

  • Support. This is really an excellent set of guides. All of the district pages are marvelously detailed (seriously, the descriptions here might give the Chicago pages — my traditional gold standard for Wikivoyage guides — a run for their money!). It's clear that a lot of hard work and enthusiasm went into the creation of these guides, and it seems only right to bestow a star upon it. If you haven't already, I would recommend going through the district pages and making sure the content in there is up-to-date (admission prices haven't been raised, restaurants haven't closed, etc.). There are a couple of minor things I would like to see addressed before the main Buffalo page becomes a star, but neither of them are serious hurdles:
  • I would like to see district names on the district map. The current color-coding is fine, but a little extra reinforcement wouldn't hurt. Plus, it would help those who are colorblind.
  • The opening paragraph of the Understand section is uncharacteristically dull for this guide. Not that there isn't a place for some of these facts in this guide, although I think we can do without the long list of awards — I don't think what the New York Times had to say about Buffalo six years ago is that noteworthy, nor is an award bestowed literally almost twenty years ago now.
Other than that, nothing comes to mind. Fine work! PerryPlanet (talk) 19:37, 21 November 2015 (UTC)
  • Support. A few small items that might be worth addressing:
  • In the Buffalo#Architecture section, the "Buffalo Architecture and History" link, while valuable, seems like a violation of WV:XL.
  • While the "See" section notes that more information can be found in the district articles, there isn't any indication what district each museum can be found in ("Located in the XYZ district, the ABC & DEF museums...").
  • Given the article's length, a few more pictures or some infoboxes might be helpful. There are several sections where you can scroll through 2-3 screens and see nothing but text.
  • There should probably be an "Itineraries" section to specifically call out articles like Historic Churches of Buffalo's East Side - while that article is linked in two other places I think it would be best to also have a separate section like we do with Chicago#See.
Nice work! -- Ryan • (talk) • 18:36, 22 November 2015 (UTC)
  • Responding to some of the points brought up thus far:
  • District names on the map - it might be difficult to find a place for the labels in the case of Allentown and the Delaware District and the Elmwood Village: districts with long names that, on the map, are taller than they are wide and not adjacent to any water or gray space. It's a good idea in theory, though, so if anyone can manage the logistics of it that'd be great.
  • "Buffalo Architecture and History" website as violation of wv:xl - I think this might very well be a case of "the exception that proves the rule". This website is undeniably a greatly valuable resource for architecture buffs, which make up one of the largest niche tourist markets for Buffalo. Yet there's far more information on that website than could ever conceivably be summarized in the Buffalo article, any of the district articles, or even a hypothetical Architecture in Buffalo travel topic.
  • Dull lede in the Understand section, clarifying to which district articles the name-checked attractions in the See section belong, and an Itineraries section - points are well taken; I'll get to work on those ASAP. (I especially like the latter idea, given that I have brainstorms for about a half-dozen more Buffalo-related itinerary articles.)
-- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 02:07, 25 November 2015 (UTC)
With the district names, you could try shortening them (such as just Allentown or Allentown/Delaware). I also think the map would benefit from such additions. James Atalk 02:40, 25 November 2015 (UTC)

Lake Tai[edit]

Can an extra-hierarchical region be nominated? Are the criteria different than for a normal region?

I think this one is close, though it lacks a non-dynamic map. Pashley (talk) 23:21, 22 November 2015 (UTC)

  • This article has only one sentence each for "Get around", "See", "Do", and "Eat", with several other sections not much longer than that. IMO there's quite a ways to go before we can start seriously talking about Star status here. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 23:39, 22 November 2015 (UTC)
I've added some things, but I think the question of how much information this type of article needs is open.
Over at Wikivoyage_talk:Region_article_template#Rethinking_region_articles_-_request_for_feedback it has been suggested we "Make the "See", "Do", "Buy", "Eat", "Drink" and "Stay safe" headings in Wikivoyage:Region article template optional." That is for normal in-hierarchy regions.
For extra-hierarchical regions, the template message has "These extra articles provide only basic information and links to articles in the hierarchy. This article can be expanded if the information is specific to the page; otherwise new text should go in the appropriate region or city article." I think everything we need by way of basic info and links is there. Pashley (talk) 00:43, 23 November 2015 (UTC)
The question here isn't how much information does this article need, it's how much one would expect of a Star-rated guide. A Star page is one where we expect the guide to go above and beyond the call of duty in providing a comprehensive and engaging travel guide; one that rivals and exceeds any other you'd find of that place. I'm in agreement with Andre here; this page feels far too thin on content to be considered a Star. PerryPlanet (talk) 01:36, 23 November 2015 (UTC)
I agree. While I see no objection to nominating an extra-hierarchical region, I'm not sure how we could consider this one for star level. Even if the article is complete in terms of linking, and even if we would allow for brief sections considering that this is an extra-hierarchical region (which I don't think we should) - it's still a region article. From a traveller's point of view, it would only be as usable as its linked destination articles. It's for that reason that we require star-regions to have all linked destinations/regions at guide level or higher, and all huge city articles to have their districts at guide level. Technically, I'd say Lake Tai is not even a guide article at this moment... JuliasTravels (talk) 15:04, 23 November 2015 (UTC)
Extra-hierarchical region articles don't have statuses, as evidenced by the use of a single footer template. Thus, nominating one for Star is as impossible as nominating a disambiguation page for Star. That said, since some extra-hierarchical region articles can have extensive information and be treated as a regular region, perhaps we need to adjust the way we handle them. Perhaps we need a template that says "this is a basic extra-hierarchical region" for use on some, while using the standard region status templates for others. Powers (talk) 21:49, 23 November 2015 (UTC)

Nominations to remove Star status[edit]

Whenever possible, articles should be fixed rather than "de-starred". Only nominate articles which cannot be easily elevated/restored to "star" quality. Replace the Star status tag on the article with {{destarnomination}}. Vote "Star" or "Not Star".

Failed nominations[edit]

See Project:Star nominations/Slush pile for nominations that failed or were withdrawn. Articles should only be renominated when they address criticisms from the previous nomination. Please add the {{starpotential}} to the top of the article's discussion page.