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Evan Prodromou

Hi! Great and interesting coverage here.

I wanted to give you some of my perspectives on Wikitravel's best practices, since that's the ostensible goal of this series.

Some things _I_ think we've done right and are worth noting:

1) We've set out some very clear goals (see http://wikitravel.org/en/Wikitravel:Goals_and_non-goals)
that keep us focussed and guide our policy discussions.

2) We put a strong emphasis on making the reader's experience paramount. Wikitravel is less about feel-good self-expression and more about creating usable, readable, reliable travel guides. See http://wikitravel.org/en/Wikitravel:The_traveller_comes_first.

3) We've made a balance between very strict formatting requirements (see http://wikitravel.org/en/Wikitravel:Article_templates)
which has let contributors concentrate
more on substance than style, and readers count on consistency, and experimentation with new forms (see http://wikitravel.org/en/Wikitravel:Other_ways_of_seeing_travel).

4) We have a 5-point gradated article status system (http://wikitravel.org/en/Wikitravel:Article_templates)
to gauge the quality of each guide.

5) We put a huge emphasis on SoftSecurity, which has paid off in a very low vandalism/spamming ratio, and very positive user interactions.

6) We've introduced a system of RDF markup (see http://wikitravel.org/en/Wikitravel:RDF) to let users add rich data like geolocations, geographical hierarchy, similarity between locations, "tags", etc.

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