Wikipedia Founds Wikivoyage, Your Crowdsourced Travel Guide

01.11.13 5 years ago

As much as we may make fun of Wikipedia and its somewhat insular subculture around here, it is still undeniably one of the most useful resources on the Internet. And now it’s about to become more useful, with the arrival of Wikivoyage.

Or, as Wikivoyage puts it:

Wikivoyage is built with the spirit of sharing knowledge that makes travel so enjoyable. Whenever travellers meet each other on the road, they swap info about the places they came from and ask questions about places they’re going. We want to make it easy to share that knowledge and let others share it; our copyleft license means that the facts you know can spread far and wide.

So why does the world need yet another travel website? Say what you will about Wikipedia, it’s generally a lot less… problematic than other crowdsourced travel websites. The site doesn’t sell advertising, so it has no lever to use on businesses or locations and vice versa. This doesn’t mean it may not have an editor problem in fairly short order, but it does cut off a common problem with travel sites in general.

Also, Wikivoyage so far seems to be much more fun and lighthearted than Wikipedia’s rather dour approach to pretty much everything. So, if nothing else, it’ll be fun to use.

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