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Wikitravel (he)

Hebrew Wikitravel.

Wiki size: 103 article pages see stats

(As of: 2013-10-23)

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WikiTravel original logo

WikitravelThe Free Travel Guide (originally stylised WikiTravel) — is a travel guide in a wiki format, founded in 2003 by Evan Prodromou and Michelle Anne Jenkins. Now owned by Internet Brands, Inc. (IB), Wikitravel is an advertising-supported (Google Ads and Adtrue) free, world-wide travel guide in twenty-one (21) different languages. The Wikitravel wiki sites have several thousand destination guides and other articles written and edited by 'Wikitravellers' from around the globe (some of whom just sit at home describing what's good about their surroundings). Wikitravel wiki sites previously supported the OpenID universal log-in until the March 2013 software upgrade. The individual language Wikitravel wiki sites do not support CentralAuth, so editors must register with a username for each wiki site individually, as well as Wikitravel Shared, their multilingual image and media repository (and central 'meta' wiki) for the Wikitravel project.

One of the more interesting project goals is to create destination guides which are useful as printouts, i.e., not always linking to sub-pages (or separate article pages), but distilling the most useful information about each travel destination in to one single article. For a good example, see the 'destination of the month' on the English Wikitravel main page.

In April 2006, Wikitravel, along with World66, both open content wiki travel guides, were acquired by Internet Brands, Inc., an American commercial 'for profit' company that operates a number of consumer information websites.[1] Following this acquisition, Internet Brands progressively alienated their core Wikitravel editors, by placing increasing amounts of adverts on wiki pages, failing to provide technical support and software upgrades, and denying wiki database downloads of user-submitted content. As a result, a group of German Wikitravel editors forked their German- and Italian-language Wikitravel wiki sites to a new site which they called 'Wikivoyage'; with other Wikitravel language versions subsequently doing the same.

In early 2013, Wikivoyage became an integral new 'project' of the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF); and whilst the two sites (Wikitravel and Wikivoyage) still co-exist, Wikitravel has declined in its quality of editing. As a seemingly act of desperation, on the main front page of the English Wikitravel, there was a prominent claim: "(Wikitravel) ... is the premier travel wiki on the Internet", with a link to Time Lists. However, the content contained within that Time link is extremely stale and out-dated; it was published in 2007 under the title: '50 Best Websites 2008'!

See also
  • JAMGuides — former original fork of Wikitravel powered by the JAMWiki engine; after the Wikivoyage merge with the WMF, JAMGuides.com URLs redirected to Wikivoyage
  • Wikivoyage — subsequent fork by German and Italian Wikitravellers in 2006, which aimed to be a non-commercial alternative with transparent and democratic internal structures, along with their plans in 2012 to migrate to the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF)
  • OxygenGuide — an independent offline copy of the Wikivoyage travel guide, restyled for smartphones, based on work by all volunteers of Wikivoyage and Wikitravel

All Wikitravel wiki sites in these languages (view / edit / talk)WikiNode (en) • WikiNode (de)

10,000+: Wikitravel Shared (image depository) • English (en)
1,000+: Dutch / Nederlands (nl) • Finnish / suomi (fi) • French / Français (fr) • German / Deutsch (de) • Italian / Italiano (it) • Japanese / 日本語 (ja) • Korean / 한국어 (ko) • Polish / Polskie (pl) • Portuguese / Português (pt) • Russian / русский (ru) • Spanish / Español (es) • Swedish / svenska (sv)
Bubbling under: Arabic / عربى (ar) • Catalan / Català (ca) • Chinese / 中文 (zh) • Esperanto (eo) • Hebrew / עִברִית (he) • Hindi / हिंदी (hi) • Hungarian / Magyar (hu) • Romanian / Română (ro)