Many on this site have been cautious fans of Wikitravel in recent times, with it being run by Internet Brands. With the lawsuits between them and Wikimedia, and the impending fork to Wikivoyage, can someone familiar with the projects provide some insight as to what will happen to the respective sites? It's something that we on stackexchange sites should follow with a keen interest, given the community-generated content, and especially so on travel.se, as these are the sites we'll choose to support and use...

  • Wikivoyage forked years ago. But only Italians and Germans were interested enough in it. The impending fork to Wikipedia is going to be a new fork as far as I know. Sep 6, 2012 at 8:27
  • Isn't this better suited for meta? Sep 6, 2012 at 8:27
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    I am interested in this subject and I think many other travelers would also be interested. Vote to keep.
    – nibot
    Sep 6, 2012 at 11:53
  • It's not about travel, it's about sites about travel, therefore it's meta. I'm voting to move, which is a way of keeping (-: Sep 6, 2012 at 12:24
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    I thought meta was for discussion about Travel.SE, which this thread is not? Move it back, I say! Sep 6, 2012 at 23:29
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    @hippietrail - it's a problem faced by travellers, and it's not about travel.se, so not meta.
    – Mark Mayo
    Sep 6, 2012 at 23:39
  • @MarkMayo: As I've received in comments to some of my questions on other SE sites recently, "What exactly is the actual problem that you face?". I think this is pure discussion and best for the chat room, another great idea for an article on our blog, or on a travel forum like Lonely Planet Thorn Tree. Or here in Meta (-: Sep 7, 2012 at 7:05
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    I think this really doesn't belong on Meta. The question is not about Travel.SE.
    – gerrit
    Nov 17, 2012 at 15:02

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Here's the short answer:

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So basically Wikitravel's community and content are migrating to Wikimedia's new site, and Wikivoyage is only a temporary stepping stone until the servers etc are ready.

Wikitravel.org the site will keep running for some time, but with no contributors the content will either rot and fill up with spam, or get locked down and age into uselessness.

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    Did you actually do the graph solely to answer this question? Sep 6, 2012 at 13:01
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    Excellent work - you're hired! Sep 6, 2012 at 16:02
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    Which I wrote, and yes, this question was one of the reasons I went ahead and sketched that out. Too many Wiki-somethings... Sep 6, 2012 at 23:31
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    Four years later and Wikitravel is still alive and well :)
    – JonathanReez Mod
    Jul 3, 2016 at 7:46
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    Ten years later and Wikitravel is still alive and well :)
    – MEMark
    Dec 22, 2022 at 20:42
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    @MEMark It's been slow going, but Wikivoyage now outranks WT on Alexa and is starting to generally have better content too. Dec 22, 2022 at 21:26

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