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Have we visited all the countries / territories as a community?

It occurred to me that while we have badges for tag experts etc, it might be useful to try and identify who has been to which countries/territories, as you could then ask that person about it in [chat]...
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Thank You @GayotFow! RIP

I noticed yesterday that after a long absence from TSE, Gayot Fow deleted his personal blog as well, I feel sad but obviously its his personal decision. That blog was a link people were using lately ...
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Why do we bite new users instead of welcoming them?

Today, we had a fairly new user asking how to get from Douala, Cameroon to Brazzaville, Congo by land transport. This is a good, interesting, off-the-beaten-track, non-Googlable and really quite ...
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Support of Monica

There's a big debate / kerfuffle going on over at Stack Overflow is doing me ongoing harm; it's time to fix it! and it's a real shame that it's gone on for over a month without a satisfactory ...
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Can we have a big fat DO NOT TRAVEL FOR FUN RIGHT NOW banner?

Now is a bad time to travel, but not everybody has got the memo. In almost all places, the pandemic is going to get worse before it gets better. The more we travel the worse it will get in the short ...
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Thank you Mark Mayo!

Today, Mark Mayo resigned as a moderator, claiming to be burned out on multiple fronts. I'd like to thank him for his service to the site as a moderator. Mark was one of the site's initial beta ...
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If a question is worth answering, it's probably worth upvoting

(Start rant) Looked at a question today about seatbelts.. It had 0 upvotes, but already had garnered three answers! Surely if you feel it's worth answering, you should give it an upvote too. Does ...
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The WANTA™ debate (We are not travel agents)

In the close question reasons debate, we seemed pretty in favour of not wanting to become travel agents. That is, doing all the research and so on for: someone's specific flights from A to B, the ...
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A friendly reminder that this is meta. Questions here do not have to be questions

Apparantly, somebody attempted a meta clean up. At least, I just experienced five questions in the close vote review queue. That in itself is a tad weird considering the number of questions per day ...
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Wikitravel vs Wikivoyage - what's going to be the difference?

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 ...
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Announcing my return to Travel.SE

it's Daniil, ex-user (89966). Most of you will probably know me. I was an active contributor to Travel.SE and a few other SE sites till I got destroyed on 11th November on 2019 on all SE sites due to ...
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Reminder: 95% of all Schengen questions have already been answered

I often see Schengen questions being answered without first checking if a duplicate exists. This harms the structure of the website as instead of linking to a single canonical we're seeing several ...
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Rule 1: Be nice!

So there's a couple of meta questions about this, and it's been discussed at length in the chat room, and the mods' chat room. What it comes down to: Stackexchange has rules about being nice. We've ...
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For anyone wondering about Daniil

---content from him below, approved by CM in TL to post. It’s Daniil from Travel. My accounts were destroyed by a CM so I had to go. Please post this message from me on meta: Hello Travel ...
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2016 Community Moderator Election Results

Travel's second moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderator is: He'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank him for volunteering, and ...
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Rule 2: Don't judge people's motivations for traveling

Sometimes people start questioning peoples motivations on asking a question. The most typical example that comes to mind is when some question is asked on dealing with annoyances on long distance ...
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Travel Stack Exchange - Top User Swag!

For our sincere thanks to you for being awesome and making this site a success, if your name is on the first two pages of: https://travel.stackexchange.com/users?tab=reputation&filter=all ... I'll ...
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Moderation principle

I have many issues with what happened to Why is the subway in Seoul so cheap? I see absolutely nothing in the question that is objectionable or in need of moderation. There is a mildly (but only ...
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PROPOSAL - The Great 5 Year Anniversary Bounty Bonanza

The Proposals Our 5 year anniversary falls on the 28th of June this year, if we consider our birth date to be the date our public beta went live. Time to celebrate this Travel.SE style - with a ...
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My thoughts on moderating and the community on Travel.SE

Since I'm the only moderator not campaigning for the next round, I thought I'd take a moment to share my thoughts of the last 20 or so months during which I've been a pro tem moderator. I hope it's ...
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Where can one meet other Travel.SE members?

I've been fortunate to meet other members on the site in Vancouver, Montreal and NYC, and I know other meetups have happened. I wondered if perhaps a community-wiki type list by continent and city ...
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How should questions/answers on how to do something illegal be treated?

There are quite a few questions related to overstaying visa, working illegally without proper visa, etc. How should questions and answers suggesting criminal activity be treated here?
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Question from curiosity: Why are UK visa questions so dominating here?

Everyone who stays a little here sees the pattern that persons with rejected UK visas come regularly and upload an image of their rejection. I wonder why the UK is so predominant? The Schengen area ...
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A friendly reminder that duplicates should be the same QUESTION, not different questions with similar answers

Before closes as "unclear what you're asking", I'm asking the SE overlords and/or mods, is this is a fair summary? Some comments on questions and one answer on the Meta discussion Can we be ...
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Travel SE Design Round 2

Thank you very much for your feedback last time. I'm sorry it took a long time to put this together, and I'm happy to finally present to the community round 2 of the design concept for Travel SE. The ...
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New Design Launched

As you can see the new design just went live. Which means this site has been officially launched! Congratulations! Thank you for your valuable design feedback and patience. If you're still seeing the ...
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Please rename the [georgia-country] tag

The tag georgia-country is strangely named and mildly confusing: what's so special about Georgia that the associated tag can't be georgia? And no, the argument that plain georgia could mean the US ...
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Should we make country tags visually distinct?

Someone posted this workplace.SE meta post in chat earlier, and I think this idea is just so good for Travel.SE. The idea basically is about adding country flags to the country tags, something like: ...
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Helping out our sister site, Expats (Progress: 100%!!) - thanks to all who helped on the goal

Expats is doing well in visits, users, but lacking in answer rate. As such, like we've done on travel in the past with success, I've created a challenge on meta.expats. Expats shares so many users ...
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Design for Travel Stack Exchange

I'm Jin, I work on the designs for the Stack Exchange sites as they graduate from the beta phase. Each site will have its own unique theme that will reflect its topic and culture. However, all sites ...
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Should downvotes count as upvotes for the photo contests?

In the August 2019 photo competition: 'Seen through a train window.', there is the following text in the rules: All votes count as upvotes, (to decide the winner.) I asked Willeke, the ...
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Suggesting to swap tag [kyiv] and its synonym [kiev]

Updated September 2020 The original request has been declined by a moderator arguing that: And our current standard is to use Wikipedia for reference, which lists the city as Kiev currently. Once ...
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2017 Community Moderator Election Results

Travel's third moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 2 new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for volunteering,...
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Are internal tourists tourists?

The comments on (and migration of) my question https://travel.stackexchange.com/questions/50836/how-can-us-citizens-not-residing-in-the-us-visit-the-white-house seem to suggest that a person who is a ...
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Excessive editing of old posts

I have the "Questions" page of the site set to display the 50 most recently active questions. At the moment, at least 40 of those are there only because a particular user is on a retagging crusade. ...
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Should we normalize 'Lakh' to decimal units to make it better understood?

Somebody who is using 'Lakh' as a quantity probably does not know its limited usage. Should the diligent question editor remove 'Lakh' and multiply the quantity by 100,000 to make the question clearer ...
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Is commuting on topic?

Today someone asked a question about travel times for his proposed daily commute for his new job. The question was not well received (though that was partly due to it being poorly written prior to ...
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inconsistent standards for what qualifies as a travel question

Recently Obtaining a Library of Congress reader ID card as a souvenir was closed because it's "not about travel". There was also some discussion of whether or not Where to look up times for shows in ...
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Is the location of the bus station really spam/promotional content?

In the following question and answer, I've explained how one could go to a certain bus station in Tbilisi to catch a minibus to Yerevan. I added two things, the address of the station along with the ...
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Do we need more moderators?

This has been at the back of my mind for a few months now: For a while I've noticed that it often takes a very long time for flags to get handled. In some cases more than 24 hours. Unfortunately ...
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Schengen overview community wiki to avoid duplicates

We are getting a lot of visa questions here and the high number of already existing questions and answers makes it hard to keep track at times. My feeling after being on the site for a while is that ...
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Burninate the "tourist" tag?

I've just noticed that a tourist tag has snuck in. It's on five questions. Well apart from the fact it should be 'tourists' or 'tourism' it's probably far too broad to be of any use. In the question ...
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Why aren't questions that belong on Expats migrated there rather than closed?

There are several related meta questions like: Is it necessary to migrate questions... Are H-1B and J-1 questions going to be migrated to expats? Immigration once again: what makes something an ...
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2016 - Maintaining our '100%' answer rate and trending our answer rank to 1st

At time of writing (June 28th, 2016) we have: 166 questions with no upvoted or accepted answers 146 questions with no answers a 99%ish answer rate, which puts us at 16th overall on the network I'd ...
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Unable to post Chinese characters?

I just wrote an answer to a question about Japan, but it's rejecting all my attempts to enter any kanji (Chinese characters used in Japan) like this guy with this error message: Hiragana (すし) and ...
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Rude, pointless or lengthy chats in comments

We've been getting a TON of mod notifications recently for rude, abusive, pointless (chatty) or lengthy chats in comments. We get auto notifications for lengthy ones and will clean them up, but we ...
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"Travel Answers" - to be, or not to be?

There's been some controversy over the site being called "Travel Answers", with people calling it boring or bland, and not standing out. Look at, for example, Seasoned Advice (the cooking.se site) - ...
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Winterbash 2016 - Yay or Nay? Hats!

So the Winterbash season is upon us already (still feels weird when it's summer in Australia), and we need to vote on whether travel.SE gets it. Please vote accordingly below. For everyone who wasn't ...
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When does a 'where on earth' question become so vague it's off-topic?

This question has just appeared on Travel. It's the latest in a series of posts by the same author featuring poor photographs and asking for a location. This one differs, though, in that the ...
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Traditional English place names or current official English place names for tags?

We have had some discussions before about Native placenames vs English placenames and placenames with accents, umlauts, diacritics. But this question is about a different case. In English many ...

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