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Votes for Deletion

This page lists articles, files and templates that are nominated for deletion. Any Wikivoyager can make a nomination or comment on any nomination. Nominations or comments should follow a rationale based on our current policy.

If our deletion policy leads towards a merge or redirect, then coordinate this on the discussion page of the article.

The purpose of this page is limited to the interpretation and application of our deletion policy. You can discuss what our deletion policies should be on the deletion policy discussion page.


  1. For the article, file or template being proposed for deletion, add a {{vfd}} tag so that people viewing it will know that it is proposed for deletion. The {{vfd}} tag must be the very first thing, right at the very top, before everything else.
  2. Add a link to the article, file or template at the end of the list below, along with the reason why it is being listed for deletion. Sign your recommendation using four tildes ("~~~~"). List one article, file or template per entry.
  3. If you're nominating a file for deletion, make sure it's actually located on the English Wikivoyage and not on Wikimedia Commons.

The basic format for a deletion nomination is:

* Not a valid travel article topic. ~~~~


All Wikivoyagers are invited to comment on articles, files or templates listed for deletion. The format for comments is:

* '''Delete'''.  Not a valid travel article topic. TravelNut 25:25, 31 Feb 2525 (EDT)
* '''Keep'''.  There is a town in [[Alaska]] called Chicken. ~~~~

When leaving comments you may elect to delete, keep, or redirect the article. If you recommend redirection, you may suggest where it should be redirected to. Any attempt to merge content from an article to some other destination must retain the edit history to comply with the attribution (CC BY-SA) requirements of the free license, so it may be possible to merge and redirect but not to merge and delete. Sign your comment using four tildes ("~~~~").

Deleting, or not[edit]

All nominated articles, files or templates are guilty unless proven innocent. If, after fourteen days of discussion, the consensus is to keep, redirect or merge, then any Wikivoyager should do it. If you are redirecting, please remember to check for broken redirects or double redirects as a result of your move. Remove any VFD notices from that page, and archive the deletion discussion as described in the next section.

If no consensus has emerged to keep the article, file or template, an administrator can delete it. Check if any article links to the article, file or template in question. After removing those links, delete the article, file or template. However, if the file is being deleted because it has been moved to Wikimedia Commons with the same name, do not remove links to the local file, as the links will be automatically be pointed to the file on Commons.

When deleting a template, consider first replacing it wherever it's been transcluded, especially if it served a formatting function. You can do this by adding "subst:" before the template name. Once that's done, you can delete the template without affecting individual uses of it.


After you keep/redirect/merge/delete the article, file or template, move the deletion discussion to the Archives page for the appropriate month. The root Archives page has a directory. Note that it's the month in which the action was taken, rather than when the nomination was first posted, that should be used for the archived discussion; that way, recourse to the deletion log can lead subsequent readers right to the discussion (at least for the pages that were deleted).

If the nominated article, file or template was not deleted, then place another (identical duplicate) copy of the deletion discussion on the discussion page of the article, file or template being kept or redirected.

See also:

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August 2015[edit]

September 2015[edit]


According to Wikivoyage:Deletion_policy#Templates, "Our template policy requires that new templates be first discussed and approved by the community." Was that done for this one? If so, I missed it.

I find it remarkably ugly & consider it completely unnecessary. Pashley (talk) 12:52, 3 September 2015 (UTC)

  • Keep. The same text would otherwise need to be copy-pasted into multiple articles, which is more difficult to maintain whenever one extra is added. K7L (talk) 15:22, 3 September 2015 (UTC)
No, it definitely would not "otherwise need to be copy-pasted ..." Granted, creating this ugliness with copy-and-paste would be even dumber than doing it with a template, but the point is that the text is both ugly & unnecessary. This sort of text should be removed from any article it has infected, however it may have got there.
Granted also, organising/indexing travel topics is difficult & we need to look for a good way to do it. In my view, this is definitely not an answer to that problem. Pashley (talk) 18:27, 3 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Comment: I do like the concept of listing related travel topics in the article itself. I use such "lists" often when navigating Wikipedia. However, I do agree with Pashley that we should find another way to display them, because this template, used at the start of articles, is not very pretty. JuliasTravels (talk) 21:43, 3 September 2015 (UTC)
The topic of how to handle our history travel topics - especially those on Europe - is a serious one and should be addressed. I fear the issue simply crept up on us and is now threatening to overwhelm us. I have no good solution, but propose we find some place to discuss it other than vfd? And maybe try drawing the attention of as many editors as possible to it? Hobbitschuster (talk) 21:45, 3 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Comment: So I created this template but just for the sole purpose of removing the copying and pasting of the same text in multiple articles that was happening. I agree it is not authentically pleasing. I think we now have the critical mass of European History pages to have a sub-page under Historical travel. The breadcrumbs at the top of the page, which readers should be familiar with from regions, will address the issue that is trying to be solved. --Traveler100 (talk) 00:06, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
Created European history. Needs some more input. Also take a look at the undone timeline.
I think this is much more elegant than the template. Ikan Kekek (talk) 08:36, 20 September 2015 (UTC)
Question: What do the right facing arrows denote, please ? BushelCandle (talk) 12:57, 5 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Delete. Ugly and badly positioned. What do the right facing arrows denote? Will become even more of a carbuncle as the number of history articles increase. I'd be more neutral if it wasn't right at the top of the articles. BushelCandle (talk) 00:14, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Comment: The obvious place for discussion, other than VFD, is Talk:Travel_topics_index. I do not think starting a discussion there is reason to delay this deletion, though. A European History page, either separate or as a sub-page, would be a reasonable way to index these. Pashley (talk) 02:58, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Comment: The discussion should take place before taking any specific course of action, as we normally base decisions on some semblance of consensus. That said, would moving the template to the end of the article resolve the issue? K7L (talk) 03:07, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Add Experimental Tag : Template:Experimental - It may be ugly and requires improvement, but I can't think of a good reason to delete. However since it slipped in under the radar it should be marked as 'experimental' (with the additional implication that its use will be restricted) until such discussion is held. Andrewssi2 (talk) 03:08, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Leaning toward delete. I, too, find this template ugly, and not all the topics are in obvious chronological order, either. Is there a good reason why they can't just all be linked from a History article, without this template? Ikan Kekek (talk) 08:01, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Comment — it looks ugly and I wouldn't miss it if it'd be deleted. Would it be possible to shrink it to look like the routebox template, or just a narrow box that interested readers could click to expand? ϒpsilon (talk) 09:27, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
Routeboxes have clear geographical directions. This list of historical topics doesn't have any clear direction, does it? Ikan Kekek (talk) 12:15, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
Yes, there is a clear direction - in the fourth dimension, chronological order. Stop thinking three-dimensionally and expand your horizons. :) K7L (talk) 15:57, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
No. Parts of it are in chronological order, but in general that does not work & cannot be made to.
e.g it has
Medieval and Renaissance ItalyOttoman EmpireNordic historyRussian EmpireNapoleonic Wars
and several of those overlap. Pashley (talk) 19:13, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
That wouldn't preclude using chronological order by approximate start date. K7L (talk) 19:37, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
There are differences of location as well as time. It is not even a relatively neat division like Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, etc. (of course, those styles overlap, too, but at least they're a pretty straight chronology). I don't find it elegant or particularly useful. Ikan Kekek (talk) 02:33, 5 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Comment - It should be placed at the bottom of the article - in "See also", and the formatting changed accordingly. It would be great if we could find a way of automatically adding a list of every article in the same category rather than creating a large series of templates. (Category:Historical travel would need to be split in this case.) AlasdairW (talk) 14:44, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
So commas would replace the (meaningless?) right facing arrows and only relevant articles be included? BushelCandle (talk) 16:03, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
mw:extension:EasyTimeline looks to be installed, would it be of use? K7L (talk) 16:26, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
  • <categorytree mode=pages>historical travel</categorytree> gives:

Unfortunately, the listing is alphabetic instead of timeline; not sure if [[category:Ocean liners| 1890-1945 ocean liners]] would be a trick that would force sorting of all but the "before common era"/BC listings chronologically? Also, we want just the UK and Europe (or whatever region) articles, not all of historical travel worldwide throughout all recorded history. Perhaps extension:DynamicPageList would be better-suited, but it would need to be installed on the servers. WikiNews uses it. K7L (talk) 15:57, 4 September 2015 (UTC)

That is interesting - I could see it being useful for filling empty Go next sections in destination articles, but that is for a discussion elsewhere. AlasdairW (talk) 22:08, 4 September 2015 (UTC)
We are past two weeks & there is no consensus to keep, so I think this should now go. Pashley (talk) 16:54, 25 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Keep for now, but mark as experimental per Andrewssi2. --Rubbish computer (talk) 16:09, 26 September 2015 (UTC)
To me, it looks as though the experiment has been tried &, at least in its current form, is an abject failure. If we do end up keeping it (against both policy & common sense, in my view) then it urgently needs discussion on the template talk page about how to make it less ugly. Pashley (talk) 14:47, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
Wikivoyage:Using_MediaWiki_templates#New_MediaWiki_template_proposals says experimental templates "should not be added to more than one low-visibility article". This one is currently in about 20, so if we tag it experimental, many applications need deleting. Pashley (talk) 12:28, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
Please explain how a template like this can be useful on only one page. I'm not understanding that. Ikan Kekek (talk) 20:52, 2 October 2015 (UTC)


This template came up in discussion at Dotm#Kyoto.

My point of view is that when content is moved from one Wikivoyage article to another, the article histories are clear. Also, it's pretty obvious that in the case of districted cities, the district articles include a lot of content that was moved from city articles. So my vote would be to delete this template, but I'm interested to hear other points of view and might be convinced to change my mind.

What do you all think? Is there a good reason to keep this template and use it anywhere? Ikan Kekek (talk) 22:38, 6 September 2015 (UTC)

Delete. Textbook example of undesirable template creep. If the author of a particular string of text needs to be identified for whatever reason, there are tools such as WikiBlame that make it simple. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 23:11, 6 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Comment. The template was created after a discussion about ensuring proper attribution - see Wikivoyage talk:Copyleft#Attribution and article translations. We most definitely want to ensure that attribution is properly provided, and if there are valid use cases for this template I don't see that keeping it around to put on an article's talk page would do any harm. -- Ryan • (talk) • 00:48, 7 September 2015 (UTC)
    I could be OK with putting this on talk pages, if it's felt that it's really needed, but would you agree that it shouldn't be used in articlespace at all? Ikan Kekek (talk) 00:52, 7 September 2015 (UTC)
    Wikipedia has a template with a similar function - w:Template:Copied - and they recommend putting it on the talk page rather than the main page. -- Ryan • (talk) • 01:14, 7 September 2015 (UTC)
    Do I take that as a "No, it shouldn't be used in articlespace at all"? Also, if we keep this template, wouldn't it be relevant for every district article, and should it therefore be used on the talk page of every district article? What's the point? Ikan Kekek (talk) 01:37, 7 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Comment: In the talk page discussion Ryan refers to, the problem solved by the creation of Template:Mergecredit was secondary to the main topic of discussion, which was how to handle attribution in cases of content translated from other language versions. Template:Mergecredit in particular was created with the assent of two editors - hardly what you would call a consensus - and anyway, the discussion happened seven to eight years ago and involved few editors who are currently active. Given all that, it's hard to argue that that discussion is a good barometer of present-day consensus among our present-day community.
Secondly, I don't see the mere fact that Wikipedia has an analogous template as a terribly convincing argument in favor of keeping ours. It seems like copying text from one article to another would be a far less frequent occurrence over there than here at Wikivoyage. If this template were used the way it was intended - on what basically amounts to every district article, for starters, as well as in many cases where district or subdistrict articles are predated by whatever comes a rung higher in the breadcrumb hierarchy - the visual clutter on the articles would be well-nigh unbearable.
If attribution is a problem that really needs to be solved in some other way than WikiBlame and the like, fine. But this is not the way to do it.
-- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 02:46, 7 September 2015 (UTC)
Where is WikiBlame? Ikan Kekek (talk) 02:57, 7 September 2015 (UTC)
Ikan: [1]. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 03:05, 7 September 2015 (UTC)
Thanks. When I search for text in particular en.wikivoyage articles, it doesn't find it. I'm not sure why. Ikan Kekek (talk) 04:06, 7 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Keep since it is harmless and some editors may know it from other wikis, but ensure its documentation says it should be used sparingly and only on talk pages. Pashley (talk) 16:57, 25 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Keep per Pahley's points. --Rubbish computer (talk) 16:12, 26 September 2015 (UTC)

Category:Users and subcats[edit]

AFAIK, there's no consensus established to use categories for anything except geographic (and travel topic) hierarchy maintenance. Powers (talk) 00:13, 21 September 2015 (UTC)

  • Keep. This category came up previously at Wikivoyage talk:Categories#User categories and while two users expressed support for deleting it, three expressed support for keeping it with a fourth (Peter) somewhere on the fence. My opninion on Category:Users and its sub-categories remains the same as in that discussion - it's a useful organizational tool for those who use categories, and easily ignored for those who don't. Since this VFD is dependent on the larger point of how categories should be used on the site, there is a broader discussion at Wikivoyage talk:Categories#Revisited that would benefit from more participation. -- Ryan • (talk) • 01:50, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
    • Hmm, forgot all about that discussion, which I thought was largely limited to the language categories. Would an individual nomination for Category:Docents be more appropriate? That's the one that caught my attention this go-round, and it's a mess, containing both individual user pages and project-space policy pages. Powers (talk) 19:46, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
      • I've cleaned up Category:Docents to remove anything not added by Template:User Docent. I wouldn't oppose deletion of that category if there is a desire to do so since in its current form it doesn't actually reflect users who are docents, only users who have added Template:User Docent to their user page. If Template:HasDocent was able to add the user to Category:Docents then that would be valuable, but after spending all of two minutes on the problem I couldn't figure out how to make that happen. -- Ryan • (talk) • 22:38, 21 September 2015 (UTC)
        • Even if it did accurately reflect docents, it's not very useful as it doesn't provide any way to list which destinations a user has volunteered for. Powers (talk) 19:19, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Keep per Wrh2's points. --Rubbish computer (talk) 16:13, 26 September 2015 (UTC)


This is a category populated only by the (undiscussed) Template:User Docent. The category is rather useless as a) it only categorizes users who have placed the template (or the category manually) on their user page and b) it doesn't provide any way to see what destinations a user is 'docenting'. Powers (talk) 19:19, 22 September 2015 (UTC)

  • Keep as subcategories of this could potentially be made by destination, it provides important information about users and is easily ignored by those who don't use it. --Rubbish computer (talk) 16:15, 26 September 2015 (UTC)
    What important information does this provide? Powers (talk) 00:00, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
@LtPowers: Knowing a user is a docent can help glean more information about a destination clearly, in my opinion. --Rubbish computer (talk) 18:33, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
Indeed, but the category listing doesn't tell you what destinations a user is docent for, rendering it pretty useless. Do you envision going into this category and clicking usernames until you find someone who is a docent for a destination in which you're interested? Powers (talk) 19:01, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
@LtPowers: Subcategories could be made, as I stated above. --Rubbish computer (talk) 19:49, 29 September 2015 (UTC)
So, are you proposing a flat subcategory tree with thousands of destinations, or a subcategory tree parallel to the one created by Template:IsPartOf that would require deep navigation before finding a user page at the bottom? Or some hybrid solution? Powers (talk) 18:34, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
@LtPowers: A hybrid solution. --Rubbish computer (talk) 00:48, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
You don't need to ping me all the time. And it would be nice if you could elaborate on what your hybrid would look like. Powers (talk) 14:41, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

October 2015[edit]