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Italian version of hitchwiki?

Hi Guaka, sorry cant really use hitchwiki talks but ill try my best. It make me feel really ashamed every time I open hitchwiki home page that there are plenty of languages, from chinese to hebrew to polish bulgarian and finnish and there is neither an article in italian. Id like to translate it from english according to my "schedule" havent any, and the fact that im continuosly traveling though without a regular internet connection nor personal device (depending on hosts or internet cafes). Simply i have no idea where to start to create a new language section, if i didnt get it wrong u as Prino are the main developers of this wiki. so id ask ur help:) trying to spread hitchin culture also among italians that have no idea about english or cant really understand it. thanks Fede

Cool. We'll set it up. Actually, usually MrTweek does this. I created a ticket on github so it will happen for sure at some point: guaka (talk) 16:15, 14 July 2013 (CEST)

When deleting spammers...

Don't leave half the contents of the page, please replace it with just "Spam" Prino 18:20, 16 August 2012 (CEST)

Sorry, which one did I miss? guaka 18:31, 16 August 2012 (CEST)
Look at the deletion log. You are the only admin who leaves the system generated contents in the Other/additional reason box, rather than replacing it with just "Spam". Prino 21:15, 16 August 2012 (CEST)
I didn't know you meant the edit summary. Okay. Will put "spam" there from now on. guaka 00:11, 17 August 2012 (CEST)

et ben c'est parti alors

Salut Guaka (c'est pas toi qui est aussi sur Trashwiki? Le monde est définitivement petit...)

Oui c'est le meme Guaka :)

Puisque tu m'autorises à poser des questions et en français, c'est parti... Pour traduire les pages déjà créées en anglais vers le français, dois-je demander systématiquement au(x) créateur(s) de la page?

Tout est sous la license Creative Commons ShareAlike Attribution, donc il n'est pas necessaire de demander permission pour copier, traduire. Juste mentionner que c'est une traduction dans le commentaire suffit largement a mon avis (et en plus, ca pourrait etre pratique de savoir :)

Je suis un peu une quiche finie en termes de mise en page Wiki, j'espère que c'est pas trop grave... et que je crée pas des masses de boulot supplémentaire à des admins déjà débordés...

Pas de probleme du tout, au contraire ca me fait plaisir d'aider avec la mise en page :) En plus, je pense qu'un peu d'activite sur le Hitchwiki en francais pourrait attirer plus de gens actives la-dessus.

Est-ce que vous avez déjà démarré un boulot de trad dans un ordre précis ou je la fais à ma sauce et comme je le souhaite? euh... voilà, je crois que c'est tout pour une première fois, merci! (et j'ai pas compris cette histoire de sign dont tu m'as parlé...Klodreamer 01:35, 30 November 2011 (CET).)

(~~~~ est automatiquement devenu Klodreamer 01:35, 30 November 2011 (CET) :)
Pour traduire, tu peux simplement commencer a le faire, je pense qu'il y avait plein de traductions de l'allemand en francais. Mais je vais simplement regarder les dernieres modifications dans la version francaises, et aider ou il y a le besoin. guaka 02:19, 30 November 2011 (CET)

Cool, merci super Guaka actifs sur toutes les communautes!!!

A little question

moved to Talk:Israel

Using the map on your profile

Hi Kasper, I liked the map on your profile a lot, the one saying where you lived, traveled, and hitched. I went and copied it into my own page, I hope you don't mind. If you do, please let me know, I'll remove it :)

Cheers, Gerben


Haha I love the new page of Nonsense. Essential reading.

that would be nice!

It is going to be too many weekends before I unexpectedly turn up there again, I miss it already.. along with the Casa! Kalgoorlie is worlds apart. I suspect the separation will soon drive me to kick off some sort of collective down here :) lets see. Its fun to edit Hitchwiki, hehe! Western Aus is so undiscovered.. not for long.. :) --Dear Sarah 19:48, 23 September 2010 (CEST)

Haha, great! I'll put the kettle on. To tempt you more, I'm already as tanned from 2 hrs in the sun here than all of July in Amsterdam... --Dear Sarah 03:02, 24 September 2010 (CEST)

re:how to ask for precision in an article

thanks for answering! yep, i know that, but does it mean i have to check all the versions ? (there s no clear indication about this specific change). plus many of them are from visitors (just IP). Or should i ask somewhere/someone else? if so,the "discussion" page for budapest seems most appropriate (more precise than the forum), but doesnt seem very active. P.S.: same as Rocky : should i talk on your page or mine? are you notified when i answer you on my talk page? thanks! Stupidfrog 11:18, 7 October 2008 (CEST)


no problem, i'll try to find a good picture of me and my friend hitching on a highway in France.

P.S.: is this the right way to do wikitalk? wiki's are kinda new to me ;) --Rocky 15:03, 18 September 2008 (CEST)

Great, pictures are very welcome! Yeah, writing on someone's talk page will inform them about that. Usually it's added at the end of the page, but anyway, I should archive all the old stuff that's on my talk page. guakasite, wikitalk 16:47, 18 September 2008 (CEST)

Resemblance to WikiTravel

Hello! Whatever you did worked. There's now no resemblance, so no problem!

Robin Patterson 03:46, 29 Dec 2005 (UTC)

Okay! Cool :) Guaka 08:41, 29 Dec 2005 (UTC)

That apostrophe

To save making you look twice, here's another thought I've had:

I see some recent moves probably related to standardising your apostrophe placement in "Hitchhikers". I've not looked to see how it all ended up.

But there's still a problem, as of a few minutes ago. Your main article namespace - - contains pages that start with "Hitchhikers' Guide to Hitchhiking:". If they were redirects to matching "project" namespace pages - - that start with "Hitchhiker's Guide to Hitchhiking:", no problem. But they are not. That namespace is practically unused.

You do know, I suppose, that you can type "project:" and let the software sort out the long prefix?

No I didn't. :)

So I suggest that you grab those "s-apostrophe" pages and Move them all to the corresponding "project:" page if that's what you meant for them (which you probably did, as they are "About" and "Why this wiki?", etc).

Robin Patterson 03:46, 29 Dec 2005 (UTC)

Sort of did that now. Hope it's awrite now. Guaka 08:41, 29 Dec 2005 (UTC)

Separating verifiable fact from opinion and personal stories

moved to project:Community portal

Wiki Name

moved to project:Community Portal :) Guaka 15:07, 5 May 2006 (UTC)


Hoj Guaka. Maybe you want to check what I am doing on this page Anarchopedia:Hitchhiking Wiki datadump, basically the same as what was done with infoAnarchy wiki. I think it is useful to have redundancy, so that the content stays should one website go offline for any reason. I am not sure how many articles to move, I think I will just start with the ones I find most interesting. Rev 22 21:48, 3 July 2006 (UTC)

Hmm, redundancy can be good, but it can also lead to double work. Can you contact me by mail? kas per DOT sou ren AROBASE gmail PUNTO com. There's always Google cache if one website is offline for a bit. Guaka 23:42, 3 July 2006 (UTC)
My initial idea was not to move all data, just the most interesting and relevant. Relevant data attracts users, and eventually contributors. Every article will link to articles on this project so the score search engine for it will increase. Google cache is not reliable as a backup, except for reasonably popular articles in popular websites, but even then recreating mediawiki code from cached data (html) is a suboptimal solution (except if formatted text is all you care about). Rev 22 02:08, 4 July 2006 (UTC)

great stuff

This is really nice work. Let me know if you would like us to promote in via the wikia spotlight when you're ready. You should also talk to bill on about cross-linking! Gil (talk) 15:11, 25 September 2006 (UTC)

Thanks for the note - I believe Bill added you to World Wikia
As for ads, I know they are a bit annoying, but we use 100% of the ad revenue to pay for our servers and bandwith (and still lose money) so I hope you understand that we need to cover our costs. Given our topics are more fun and less "educational" than Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales decided that we would not easily get donations, so he made Wikia a commercial business. We could put the ads on the top of the page instead of the right hand side if you found that easier on your eyes :-). World had an that made us take them off temporarily, I expect they'll be back as soon as the engineers have time to quickly fix the code. Also, I couldn't tell from your comment if you wanted your wiki promoted in the spotlight. Thanks! Gil (talk) 22:59, 25 September 2006 (UTC)

I like it!..

  • I just fuckin like this wiki - nearly as much as I like hitchhiking... :-) --Speckmade 18:04, 25 October 2006 (UTC)
  • Very Useful, good conception --MiSha 14:48, 10 December 2008 (UTC)

Any time

moved to Talk:Hitchhiking Zine

Moving help

What do you need? Zactalk 00:13, 23 November 2006 (UTC)

Some things:

  • When the next Wikia database dump is imported at I want to go through all pages, check if they are the same on both sites and place the {{moved}} template at Wikia. It would be great to have some help with that. The next database dump will probably be available on the 27th of November.
  • A cool logo!
  • Let's write a project:Thanks to Wikia for hosting. GuakaTalkCS 01:04, 23 November 2006 (UTC)


Can you please tell (maybe at a prominent place) about what is now what, what is related to what in which way?

This Wiki moved from to - and then? to Is this now the official, persistent version, hte version to edit? What happened to What is that it now redirects to? (Seems like it serves exactly the same purpose like Wikitravel... Where does it come from?)

Why does it show me my old userpage here and complains when I try to log in here, that there is no user of that name? Do I have to recreate an account here?

Questions over questions that I've not been able to answer completely on my own... --Speckmade 17:50, 12 Dec 2006 (UTC)

The wiki recently move from to We transfered all the pages (including userpages) to here, but unfortunately, wikia doesn't let one export user-accounts, so you will have to register here again. wikia made the old url redirect to, and we can do nothing about that. This seems to confuse a lot of people :(. Anyway, now we have our own domain and own databases, so the wiki will stay here forever :) --MrTweek 21:34, 12 December 2006 (CET)
Ok, something for project:history :) Guaka 00:34, 13 December 2006 (CET)
OK! Nice news! Thanks! (Hehe: My talk page is still there...)
Who will start this project:history? Would be definately nice - like that people get the chance to find out on their own or one can just give the link for these questions...
Greetings - Speckmade 04:45, 13 December 2006 (CET)
I just copied Tweek's reply to Hitchwiki:About#Frequently Asked Questions. :) Guaka 05:13, 13 December 2006 (CET)
Thanks - that's nice.--Speckmade 02:39, 14 December 2006 (CET)

Copyright violation

Grr. There's a Associated Press story syndicated all over the world today, and it says that "World Wikia has resources on how to hitchhike out of Tokyo." Guess what? That's my article, which I licensed to Wikitravel, and which you copied to World Wikia and with no attribution of any kind.

Now yes, I did dual-license the content as GFDL, but you're not following the conditions of the license:

B. List on the Title Page, as authors, one or more persons or entities responsible for authorship of the modifications in the Modified Version, together with at least five of the principal authors of the Document (all of its principal authors, if it has fewer than five), unless they release you from this requirement.

I expect a major apology from you, and please remove every last word of my content you've copied here or elsewhere unless you can figure out a way to do what you're supposed to do according to the license: credit the author(s). Also remember that, for other Wikitravel content, GFDL and CC by-sa are not compatible. 05:38, 20 December 2006 (CET) (wikitravel:User:Jpatokal)

Ok, I'm very sorry. I know CC-BY-SA and GFDL aren't compatible, and I see that I made a mistake when I copied the text without a more specific mention.
I saw your other edits on this wiki. I hope Tokyo and Japan are okay on this wiki now? Guaka 13:27, 20 December 2006 (CET)
On this wiki, yes, apology accepted. But please review your contributions of my content to World Wikia. 18:58, 20 December 2006 (CET) (Jpatokal)

Autostop Argentina wiki

Hi Guaka, i´m from argentina. From the comunity of Autostop Argentina we are trying to create a wiki at If you could give me a hand in any way (i filled the request form of wikia) i´ll thanks to you. so sory for my poor english. Autostop Argentina

Hi! Super! Maybe we can set up a Spanish version of Hitchwiki, also hosted by MrTweek? Seria mucho mas chevere!
Also, moving away from Wikia was not too hard, but it didn't go as smooth as expected.
Si prefieres, tambien puedes escribirme en castellano.

Gracias Guaka por contestar tan rapido! te escribo por email, subjet: AUTOSTOP ARGENTINA thanks!, SAn

Couch Surfing

Yeah, I've looked into that site. A good majority of the people who've offered places to stay I've met off that site. Hoping to find more.

Cool! Usually it works better once you get more contacts on CS. Have fun! Guaka 10:30, 8 March 2007 (CET)

Mapping locations -- Google Maps?


I'm sure you know that Google has recently opend up their API in Google Maps just a little, allowing you to create and share locations/KML (shapes, points and lines) created via the Google Maps interface. I realize that another system is being used on various articles in Wikipedia (to tell you the truth, I can't find such an article right now -- if you know what I'm talking about, could you point me in the right direction?). Have you considered this issue on I.e., should we stick to one solution for providing on-line mapping of coordinates for hitching places? Has such a solution already been implemented? Ideally, such a solution should be open, editable and transparent. I've added a link to a Google Maps point I have created for Janki, a popular hitching spot in Warsaw. The problem is that the point is not editable by anyone besides me (of course, anyone may simply change the link.) What are your thoughts on this? Also, what would be a more appropriate place to post such questions, so that all the editors may read and comment on the issue? (Still new here).

Pozdraw, Arthur

At the moment, we use to add direct links to to articles, and mark the hitching spots there. is based on google maps, created by me and hosted on the same Server as hitchwiki.
I'm planning to add the possibility to include liftershalte-maps directly into hitchwiki-articles, but this doesn't seem to be trivial and I don't have much time at the moment, so it could take a while to implement this.
--MrTweek 15:08, 9 April 2007 (CEST)


got plenty !! how do i upload them ?? just had a 12 hour shift so my brain is maybe functioning at a less impressive level than it should... i got one uploaded to the Choum page but it's full size and not thumbnailed...

Awesome! I added some formatting to the Choum picture. Check it out, but don't worry too much about that. Usually, if you provide some information about location and such, someone will add it to some pages on this wiki :) and if you add it yourself without formatting, someone (often me, or Philipp) will make it look nice. Guaka 09:14, 14 April 2007 (CEST)

Video plugins

great ! looks better... hopefully encourage some people to take the train, it's pretty good ! i have a video too if there's any way that can be incorporated...

Hmm, cool. There are MediaWiki plugins for Google Video and YouTube, so MrTweek or I could install them and then you could upload it to those sites and tell us where to find the video :) Guaka 06:52, 18 April 2007 (CEST)

it's here ;)

I will try to get back to this when I'm back in Europe. It's not so easy to install this plugin from China. :/ But maybe MrTweek will fix it sooner :) Guaka 10:43, 24 April 2007 (CEST)


Are these pages the right pages to talk/message with people on here? Myshkin 16:33, 16 August 2007 (CEST)

Yepp, that's how we do this here ;) --MrTweek 16:48, 16 August 2007 (CEST)
Yeah, it's good for transparency and if someone writes something sensible (which happens sometimes ;) it can directly be copied somewhere else. Guaka 17:41, 16 August 2007 (CEST)

Allowing user stylesheets

Could you add this to LocalSettings.php to allow users to create their own stylesheets?

$wgAllowUserCss = true;

Chmac 15:34, 16 October 2007 (CEST)

I just enabled it. Hope it works --MrTweeksite, wikitalk 15:48, 16 October 2007 (CEST)

Image background

Hey, do you maybe know how to fix the background of the images of the Template:Potn so that they appear with the same backgroud color like on the main page? (without white borders). platschisite, wikitalk 21:21, 18 January 2008 (CET)

Video Plugin

Hi, I saw you installed the kaltura video plugin. I'm from the Kaltura team and wanted to know if everything went smoothly, if you had any problems and also to collect any feedback you might have. Thx, IdoSet 09:23, 2 June 2008 (CEST)

Hi again, I started a video on my user page - how to hitch-hike safely. I thought it could be a video demo based on the article. Would appreciate your contributions... Thx, IdoSet 09:22, 25 June 2008 (CEST)

Top bar

Hey, in top yellow bar have 'fi' pointing for pt version. Fix to 'pt'

I think MrTweek has fixed it already :) --guakasite, wikitalk 10:56, 4 August 2008 (CEST)
Yes :) You can even edit the top line yourself. See Hitchwiki:Topline, and maybe also Hitchwiki:Start Page. --MrTweek 11:31, 4 August 2008 (CEST)


see my talkpage. --Alex 16:32, 16 September 2008 (CEST)

see mine too xo 19:29, 16 September 2008 (CEST)


if i want to convert my hitchwiki account into openid, nothing happens, just a blank, white page appears. platschisite, wikitalk 00:38, 30 September 2008 (CEST)

Hmm, I just logged in with an OpenID and then I was able to log in to my account afterwards. I'll check the conversion now. guaka 12:25, 30 September 2008 (CEST)
It's working now, no idea how but it works. great stuff! Platschi 15:38, 30 September 2008 (CEST)


Well, never leave your stuff in a truck, esp. not when crossing borders ;-) Had similar experiences when going from Bulgaria to Serbia, waited for the truck more than 5 hours. Where are you going at the moment? Well, let me know when you reached Syria ;) Platschi 14:51, 18 October 2008 (UTC)

Yep yep. Just started an article about border crossings and spread some more useful info. :) guaka 22:07, 19 October 2008 (UTC)


Jongeren Belang Zoetermeer zoekt een ervaren lifter om een korte film (vijf minuten) te maken over liften, zodat jongeren er wellicht wat meer bekend mee worden. Ze hadden mij benaderd, maar ik doe er niet aan mee. Misschien is het iets voor jou aangezien jij dicht bij Zoetermeer woont. Of wellicht weet je iemand die er aan mee wil werken.

Ik kreeg hierover een mail doorgestuurd van de volgende bestuurder van JB Zoetermeer.

Als je belangstelling hebt, stuur ik hun mailadressen en mails aan je door.

--Fverhart 18:50, 24 November 2008 (UTC)


Hi thanks for that, I was just feeling a bit lost with all the structure and on how to get back into the writing. Especially as matter to keep my writings systematic, but also maybe to ensure a certain similarity of the information throughout the various cities and countries? We keep in touch about that! I definitely can make some entry for Djibouti! Maplefanta 00:15, 16 March 2009 (UTC)

Pleasure and no worries, for most of them I tried to make some equal adjustment between the various pages. I will still work in it. I seem to mainly have a problem of finding a structure to follow when I start a new page. Maplefanta 02:55, 3 May 2009 (UTC)

Hitchwiki Maps Questions

Hi guaka. I have some questions about Hitchwiki maps. I was searching through, but i couldn't find any up date info. First of all is it possible to edit other users spots. There is many roads being built or rebuilt in Poland recently and there are more and more spots that need or will need some updates or even removal. Second is how can I set my home position other than Paris, maybe I'm blind;) but couldn't find it. Third, I see there are changes in the maps in city pages. No more thumb symbols with rating. Any reasons why? Any recent talk page about? Thanx for any help. Greets! --Paluch 17:30, 24 June 2009 (UTC)

French version

Hi Guaka hoe gaat het? I would like to make changes in the interface of the french wiki (spelling and translation, begining with this ugly Acceuil instead of accueil). I guess that it is required to become an admin to do that. So can I become one? Otherwise I could also ask you to do the changes if you have time;) --Kimdime69 22:19, 30 June 2009 (UTC)

And help me to understand why my adaptation of the countries template fr:Modèle:Infobox Pays doesn't work (for exemple {{langue}} displayed even if the information is fullfiled) Cheers.--Kimdime69 23:54, 30 June 2009 (UTC)


I will edit personal page. I am planning to do that on Wikipedia for a long time but somehow I love to be nobody who is contributing to the community. Plus you look like guy who picked me up in Germany (500 km with him) You are exactly the same xDDDD

Plus plus I didn't notice how to put personal comments so I just added them to he articles because I think there are very useful to the exciting ones as little improvment. For example you have Duisburg where I stucked and if somebody have written that Düsseldorf is just few Euros away I wouldn't sleep on gas station that night etc...



Hoi Kasper! --Fverhart 08:17, 15 October 2009 (UTC)


For cooking the other day, and reviewing my wiki syntax every once in a while :) It's appreciated! --Perilisk 21:28, 3 December 2009 (UTC)

Czech republic

Hey, read the Talk page before reverting stuff! --MrTweek 11:10, 27 June 2010 (UTC)

Yeah, thanks for being attentive! I don't even remember I reverted it! :) guaka 16:46, 27 June 2010 (UTC)


TODO: move to FAQ :)

Why doesnt hitchwiki work together with wikitravel? It seems to me senseless that there are two wiki sites with city-like pages. -- 11:03, 29 June 2010 (UTC)

Practical answer: Wikitravel is owned and controlled by a company, they put ads on the site and you can't download the database dump (I've asked for this, even before Wikitravel was sold out to Internet Brands). This is quite different from how we want to keep Hitchwiki.
Content related answer: 1. I don't think Wikitravel would want to include extended information about hitchhike spots inside cities. 2. Hitchhikers are often not tourists.
There are probably some more good reasons I can come up with... Nevertheless, Wikitravel is using the same CC-BY-SA license now, so feel free to copy text back and forth :) guaka 11:19, 29 June 2010 (UTC)
I understand all that but still it seems to me pointless, to spread out user generated traveling sites. Have a nice day. -- 15:13, 29 June 2010 (UTC)
Hitchhiking is not a method of travelling, but a method of transportation. Wikitravel would not want as detailed information as we have, and our information is exclusively about hitchhiking. --MrTweek 15:49, 29 June 2010 (UTC)
Well not exclusively, we do have information about where to sleep, but we would never have information about 5 star hotels in articles here, or about museums and fancy restaurants and information about rock bottom budget food kinda moved to Trashwiki :) guaka 16:05, 29 June 2010 (UTC)

re: Phrasebooks, and a few questions

Hey, Kasper, I answered your question on my discussion page a few days ago - I'm very much used to answering on my own page as we do in Wikipedia ;-) Also, could you answer to my question regarding your comment here, please? And one last question: to discuss general questions, is the community portal talk the right spot? Cheers--Zenit 19:47, 4 August 2010 (UTC)

I saw your answer when I didn't have time to respond...
The Community Portal is a good spot yes. guaka 22:42, 4 August 2010 (UTC)

West Gate shopping center

How do u know its quite a hike from shopping center till pay-toll? its no more than 500m Luka85 20:36, 30 August 2010 (UTC)

I was staying with a local hitchhiker. Then I actually was there yesterday afternoon. It's a hike if you take the bridge. It's still a bit of a hike to cross the channel, not far... Will add my experiences later, with pics :) guaka 20:52, 30 August 2010 (UTC)

At who did u stay? maybe i know the guy Luka85 12:22, 2 September 2010 (UTC)

Oh I know the guy (he studies archeology, right?). didnt knew he was on CS though Luka85 17:25, 2 September 2010 (UTC)

Yep, archaeology, and yes, through CS. guaka 17:27, 2 September 2010 (UTC)

And how long did u wait on pay-tolls and till when did u got ur first ride? Luka85 18:23, 2 September 2010 (UTC)

Pay tolls were not as great as e.g. in France. After 25 minutes or so with many many cars passing, mostly ignoring us, two trucks stopped. The Belgian dudes who were standing 100 meters further, right before the trucks, didn't bother to walk there. So after 1 minute I ran there and arranged a ride for me and Erga to the border. We had to split up between the trucks but since it was only a short distance, and some German was spoken by the Turkish truckers we were okay with that. guaka 21:04, 2 September 2010 (UTC)

Didnt catch u with the belgian guys, they managed to stop turkish truck drivers before they arrived to pay-toll? Luka85 21:21, 2 September 2010 (UTC)

Oh no, we were all right after the toll booths. The 2 trucks stopped. I was signalling the Belgians to go check if they can get a ride with them, but they didn't bother. So I went myself and scored the ride. guaka 21:38, 2 September 2010 (UTC)

Re: Money

Yeah no prob! But do tell me, what would you like to be added? I myself am home now, after a long hitch from Norway to Spain, starting with 0.00 in my pocket! So I can say I'm a bit experienced with hitching with no money. I'm not really sure what to add to the article at the moment, since it still seems in it's early early stages, but if there's anything you're unsure but feel I may know, I'm MORE than happy to contribute!

But for now I'll make a short section on hitching without a dime. Edit as you seem appropiate!


moved to Hitchwiki talk:Community Portal


Do you know where the Talk page is for the standard city template? I'd like to propose there to remove the "Places to visit" heading, as this leads new editors like Siberian Explorer to put in general tourism info; I thought we decided a couple of years back that Hitchwiki shouldn't compete with Wikitravel. CRCulver 17:46, 13 November 2010 (CET)

lol, I got today same thoughts. P.S. Where is guidelines what to write? Siberian explorer 18:06, 13 November 2010 (CET):
Found Template:City and there's Template talk:City.
I also came across:
Hitchwiki:Templates - going to delete content and redirect somewhere
Hitchwiki:Template for City pages - move to Template talk:City
Special:MostLinkedTemplates - clean up :) guaka 19:16, 13 November 2010 (CET)
I don't think we even have guidelines here, somehow it just worked fine without guidelines - but that shouldn't stop anyone from starting them ;) There are pages like Hitchwiki:How we want to keep Hitchwiki though :) guaka 19:19, 13 November 2010 (CET)
moved some discussion to Template talk:City guaka 22:00, 13 November 2010 (CET)


Hey, Kasper,
I was wondering if you could possibly give me the sysop rights? I've been contributing for a longish time, I know my way around wikis and stuff, and for all it's worth I'm still an admin on Wikipedia even though I don't regularly contribute there. I know there's already quite a few sysops around, but I don't think one more can do any harm, and besides, there's a new spam article at the moment that's been around for almost four hours without anybody removing it ;-) cheers--Zenit 22:16, 26 May 2011 (CEST)

I just promoted you. Thanks for the good work so far :) --MrTweek 22:34, 26 May 2011 (CEST)
Awesome :) guaka 23:39, 26 May 2011 (CEST)
Thanks, guys :-)--Zenit 00:19, 27 May 2011 (CEST)


You mentioned /community on CS today, though I could not seem to log in with my Hitchwiki credentials. I get an error page with Wordpress headlines... --Quitelost 09:59, 5 September 2011 (CEST)

It worked for me yesterday but I passed your message to Platschi, who has set up the thing. Can you paste (part of) the error page here? guaka 10:31, 5 September 2011 (CEST)
I end up at with "ERROR: Invalid username. Lost your password?". Trying to request password with my Hitchwiki email gives me "no user registered with that email". Maybe it's just my account... Quitelost 10:40, 5 September 2011 (CEST)
How do you write your Username? With a capital Q? I think there was a problem like this. Try to use a capital Q, if you didn't already do so. --MrTweek 11:16, 5 September 2011 (CEST)
Yes, ofcourse. No lowercase usernames (or page titles) in Mediawiki. Should've remembered that. Thanks. Quitelost
We should find a better solution though. Either fix it or mention this issue at - I went through the code but unfortunately wp_check_password is only given a user ID, not the username. guaka 11:53, 5 September 2011 (CEST)
I fixed it by overriding get_user_by() :) guaka 12:04, 5 September 2011 (CEST)
So probably that's why I didn't managed to reproduce it now, great work :) quitelost 12:12, 5 September 2011 (CEST)

Hey !

You're welcome :-) This wiki has been quite useful to me during my last trip. It's the last I can do ! I took some notes about hitchhiking spots during my trip, but I can't find it right now. I'm quite of a day dreamer, so I make a lot of stupid mistakes (even being used to the mediawiki system). Don't be surprised... BadWolf

Thanks for giving back! Mistakes are no problem at all on an active wiki like this one, usually someone will jump in and fix things :) guaka 09:13, 24 November 2011 (CET)
Allright then! I did knew about the signature thing. But, of course, I forgot, as usual :P Have a good day ! BadWolf 09:21, 24 November 2011 (CET)

Deleting spam/spammers

When you block a spammer and delete the crap they put up, change the "Content was: ..." to just "Spam", don't keep any URLs visible in the change log (after all, that's what they want...) Prino 07:56, 13 December 2011 (CET)

Would be good if there's an extension for this stuff. I've actually been playing with a semi-automated approach of handling spam on cultwiki, we could try that out here. guaka 08:20, 13 December 2011 (CET)

Jerusalem experience

Since you have quite some experience with the area, I'd like to draw your attention to my recent edit on the Talk page for Jerusalem. CRCulver 19:00, 1 January 2012 (CET)

Template:Infobox Country

Can you have a look at this. I've tried adding clickable links to XE for the currency, so that people can check what they will be paying, but the text after the second & seems to disappear. Also, for currency = USD it would be nice to only give EUR and for EUR only USD. Prino 18:24, 19 May 2012 (CEST)

Couldn't quickly get this to work. I suspect that the link don't allow variables somehow. Or it could be that upgrading to latest MW might fix this? guaka 01:00, 20 May 2012 (CEST)

hey i'm sorry, is this how i uh reply to a message? i am not online too often, a friend showed me this website and i figured i'd make an exception i think it's real cool what yall are doin here , demystifying hitchhiking, i think i have some pretty cool stuff to contribute but man i don't know how to do all this stuff so, if you could tell me whatcha meant in your message, i don't see what you changed

New extension


If you delete spammers, use Recent Changes Cleanup to hide your changes, so that the Change Log stay neat and tidy. Prino 11:55, 27 August 2012 (CEST)


I inquired a little further and it seems like fruup is basically running the site right now but is more or less just "sitting on it" unable to commit a decent amount of time to it. He offered to get me in touch with Morgan's family to basically take over the reigns to the site. Problem is I lack the technical know how and knowledge of the vision that Morgan's family may have for the site. Please email me back: [email protected]; I have a lot of ideas and a lot of free time to commit, but no outlet to apply it to.Thewindandrain 02:09, 24 September 2012 (CEST)

Erga photo

Why did you put a photo of Erga hitchhiking to Bucharest on the page for Bucharest? I would think it more appropriate on the page of whatever city she was hitchhiking out of at the time. CRCulver 19:07, 26 September 2012 (CEST)

True, but I don't remember from where it was :) Added similar pictures to articles like that. Also, it could be a starting point for a Hitching in section ;) guaka 22:02, 26 September 2012 (CEST)

Rendering of SVG flags

For some reason the flags of Spain and Portugal no longer render, see, among others, Europe. Can you have a look? Prino (talk) 12:39, 14 October 2012 (CEST)

Edit conflict

Have been talking to User:‎Strazdas007 on Skype. Whatever he tries to edit will end, when he saves it with an "Editing conflict". I initially blocked him as his name is pretty spammy, but unbloced him later when he contacted me, and he was able to create his page yesterday, but right now he's completely stuck. Can you have a look at what's going on? He cannot even edit your talk page! Prino (talk) 21:08, 24 October 2012 (CEST)

Spam page deletion problem

I cannot delete two spam pages, one on the German and one on the Russian wiki. In both cases the error is

A database error has occurred. Did you forget to run maintenance/update.php after upgrading? See: Query: INSERT INTO `archive` (ar_namespace,ar_title,ar_comment,ar_user,ar_user_text,ar_timestamp,ar_minor_edit,ar_rev_id,ar_parent_id,ar_text_id,ar_text,ar_flags,ar_len,ar_page_id,ar_deleted,ar_sha1) SELECT page_namespace,page_title,rev_comment,rev_user,rev_user_text,rev_timestamp,rev_minor_edit,rev_id,rev_parent_id,rev_text_id,,,rev_len,page_id,rev_deleted,rev_sha1 FROM `page`,`revision` WHERE page_id = '2044' AND (page_id = rev_page) Function: WikiPage::doDeleteArticleReal Error: 1054 Unknown column 'ar_sha1' in 'field list' (

Can you have a look at it.

Also, on both Monobook CSS does not give me the normal "delete" tab at the top of the page. Prino (talk) 12:58, 7 November 2012 (CET)

Deleting spam in German wiki impossible

Please do something about this, there's yet another spam page on the German wiki. Prino (talk) 20:18, 22 November 2012 (CET)

Fixed the database issue and deleted two spam pages. Thanks for your alertness! guaka (talk) 15:08, 23 November 2012 (CET)
Same issue on the Russian one, and there are two spam pages Roth and Kilpatrick217. You might also want to check the other languages for the same problem... Also, using the monobook CSS, you cannot delete anything (de and ru, and possibly others) - I'm sorry to say, but I personally loathe the new "Hitchwiki" css... Prino (talk) 16:46, 23 November 2012 (CET)

Floods of spammers

If you look at the Polish recent changes for 2012-12-24, you will see that there were 12 bogus registrations in just 7 minutes. Can we please do something about this. There must be a way to link them to specific IP addresses, and although it may hit innocent bystandes, maybe we should start blocking more than just the single IP address, and directly go for 255, i.e. aaa.bbb.ccc.*

I might also be useful to remove the ability to register on any of the non-English wiki's - just put up a note that "due to whatever...." people must register on the English one, but can then login on any of the others as well.

Finally, why can't we make registration a manual process: people register, provide an email address, and one of the Admins can activate the account. Clicking on something to activate them would take far less time than blocking them and then going via the Special Pages to the Recent Changes Cleanup to hide two entries in the change log... Prino (talk) 00:43, 25 November 2012 (CET)

Sorry about Gn0m on the German wiki - stupid username anyway...
As for blocking spammers, these RegExp's should stop quite a few:
  • [A-Z][a-z]*[A-Z][a-z]{2},
  • [A-Z][a-z]*[A-F][0-9], and
  • [A-Za-z]*[0-9]{4}
They should not give any error message, but just silently ignore the registration. Anything with more than two 'x'es should also be ignored. Prino (talk) 18:31, 28 November 2012 (CET)
Wtf? Again, can you please stop banning users as long as they don't make any problems? I don't care who many dead spamming accounts we have. As long as they don't spam, they don't do any harm at all. Then again, every other week a genuine user is blocked which DOES cause harm. And insulting our users in public for no reason (stupid username anyway...') is not exactly a behaviour I want to see here. --MrTweek(talk) 23:14, 28 November 2012 (CET)

CSS: Hitchwiki vs Monobook differences (Bug!)

If you go to my summary table page, you will see that it contains three tables. Using the Monobook CSS they all behave as expected, i.e. they can be sorted without any problems. Now switch to the new (and IMHO ever so annoying "New and now washes even whiter") Hitchwiki CSS, and suddenly the tables are no longer sortable, and the nice little sort arrows do not even appear on the country and month tables anymore.

Can someone skilled in the art figure out what's going on? Thanks, Prino (talk) 21:38, 26 December 2012 (CET)

I guess some JavaScript is not included with the Hitchwiki theme. I just asked Mikael if he has any idea. If he doesn't I can take a better look at this. guaka (talk) 23:46, 26 December 2012 (CET)
Yup sounds like some JS missing. I'll look into it! Prino, lucky we can all choose our favourite templates. ;-) Thanks for noticing it. -Mikael (talk) 23:49, 26 December 2012 (CET)

Unacceptable usernames

"Edwardgrahamlii" was one of a series of accounts created by a spambot, and all the names were derived from the same algorithm. That's why I deleted it (someone, maybe Prino, had deleted earlier ones before me). CRCulver (talk) 19:49, 18 April 2013 (CEST)

On the undesirability of first-person writing

Could you please participate here? CRCulver (talk) 02:13, 10 May 2013 (CEST)

Discussion forums

Though Stew Green and I had a disagreement about adding accomodation on Hitchwiki, I didn't participate in the community discussion because it was on Google Groups, and I would prefer not to log in to Google-owed sites. Why are editors still using a Google Groups forum to talk when Hitchwiki has its own forum? CRCulver (talk) 02:28, 10 May 2013 (CEST)

You're very right. I'll keep this in mind and do a repost :) guaka (talk) 11:54, 10 May 2013 (CEST)
There has been some login issues to our own forums for some users — so it's still kinda in "testing" phase (yea, for 2 years...), but seems like things are getting more stable and we could really start using it in this way. Mikael (talk) 12:22, 17 May 2013 (CEST)

Login problems

Since a couple of weeks I can no longer log in to any of the other language wiki's, they come back that my password is incorrect, can you have a look at what's going on. I just want to hide all the names of the spammers from the Recent Changes pages, so that only relevant things are visible, something I've been doing on the English one for quite some time now. Prino (talk) 09:30, 17 May 2013 (CEST)

We also found this bug some time ago. Could you test can you login to newly created Lithuanian wiki? Mikael (talk) 12:19, 17 May 2013 (CEST)
I can get into the Lithuanian one without problems, but I tried another one (Polish) and there I still cannot get in, even if I actually re-enter the correct password. :( Prino (talk) 20:55, 17 May 2013 (CEST)
When is this problem finally going to be solved, I still cannot get into most other wikis with my en password. Prino (talk) 21:50, 22 June 2013 (CEST)

All CSS is gone

The title says it all, the usability in this state is abysmal... Prino (talk) 18:48, 30 July 2013 (CEST)

Looks fine for me now, also when not logged in. Checking on IRC now. guaka (talk) 19:34, 30 July 2013 (CEST)
Only the Hitchwiki skin works, all the other ones are totally screwed up. And the hitchwiki skin doesn't have the nice sortable tables, something broken ever since it was introduced. Additional note, I've tried this also with Internet Exploiter and the results are the same, crap. FWIW, the preferences page in the hitchwiki skin used to be tabbed, it's no longer. Something has been screwed up big time... Prino (talk) 21:30, 30 July 2013 (CEST)

more trouble

I can access the article of Dresden, but from there I cannot follow to the article A13 (Germany), I get there a message

403 Forbidden


You don't have permission to access /en/index.php on this server.

Apache/2.2.22 (Debian) Server at Port 80

--GeorgDerReisende (talk) 10:57, 2 August 2013 (CEST)

Ok... guaka (talk) 11:14, 2 August 2013 (CEST)
I fixed this. --MrTweek(talk) 13:37, 2 August 2013 (CEST)

Hitchwiki on the N900

Hi, i just found the Aard Dictionary and would like to install the offline hitchwiki on a spare Nokia n900 to take to the road. Is dict-hitchwiki.tar.bz2 still available somewhere? It also appears the gdfl dump files are offline. Will they be available again, and would these also work on Maemo5. Thanks for putting up this great resource.

cheers, spaak

Running `find .|grep dict-hitchwiki` through backups (too many files for `updatedb` :) guaka (talk) 15:52, 3 September 2013 (CEST)
Sorry, the file didn't show up. Isn't it possible to create it with current XML dumps? guaka (talk) 17:34, 3 September 2013 (CEST)
Spaak (talk) 05:04, 4 September 2013 (CEST) Thanks and sorry, complete noob here. Would the xml files be stored here ? The page is empty and/or under construction. It would be cool to load the places of the hitchwiki map in either Marble, Monav or any osm-compatible navigation software for offline use. To be clear, I mean the places, rather than the general hh info. Can this be done?
I just repaired the dumps: See here. The GFDL ones won't work. We probably lost them. --MrTweek(talk) 07:56, 4 September 2013 (CEST)
/dumps was still showing "forbidden". Fixed now :) guaka (talk) 11:07, 4 September 2013 (CEST)
Spaak (talk) 17:13, 4 September 2013 (CEST) Nice! If i were to run the hitchwiki-current-en in Marble, it seems the xml file must be converted to a .pak file first, or? After checking here* i did some research on how to do this, but no luck. Any pointers appreciated. Thanks again. (*OT: simple sum does not appear, even with all blockers off)
Not sure about this. Could be good to turn this discussion into a section of project:offline :) - BTW, another approach would be turning the dump into the dict format and use the dict commandline client. guaka (talk) 10:10, 5 September 2013 (CEST)
Spaak (talk) Ok. Working on it.
Spaak (talk Marble reads Hitchwiki's kml files. I've put up a how-to at High-tech_hitchhiking#Internet_tablets.

Access to blog

Seems I cannot log in to my blog any more, is there a reason for this? Prinoblog, talk 23:12, 20 May 2014 (CEST)

Github access for Christopher Culver

Can you give him access to it? And send him an email once he's got access? Prinoblog, talk 18:05, 8 July 2014 (UTC)


I almost never revert people's additions the first time they write in first person or unnecessarily sign their names. I just give them a friendly warning that this isn't how we do things on Hitchwiki. However, this particular editor has ignored two prior requests to avoid mentioning himself, and I think the best policy would be reverting his edits until he realizes that something is wrong. In any event, we need some kind of exhortation in the article edit page to avoid writing in first person. I spend all of my time on Hitchwiki now asking people not to write in first person, I don't have any time left to actually edit articles (a lot of articles now are in need of a major cleanup). CRCulver (talk) 16:37, 25 August 2014 (UTC)

new bug

I cannot make any edits to the German part of hitchwiki, I always get the message: Es ist ein Datenbankabfragefehler aufgetreten. Dies könnte auf einen Fehler in der Software hindeuten. --GeorgDerReisende (talk) 14:19, 7 September 2014 (UTC)

Oops. I added an issue here: guaka (talk) 18:33, 7 September 2014 (UTC)


Hey, Guaka! Thanks for making that change yesterday to unlock the database! I'm glad to be editing again; however, I've been dealing with a constant barrage of spam since then. Was there some sort of anti-spam setting that might have gotten changed? I noticed that IP editors can edit again, and create new pages, which I know wasn't the case before. Or are there any tools to more easily deal with spam? Cheers, Irningston (talk) 21:50, 15 October 2016 (UTC)

How many good people?

The only fucking thing you seem to be able to do is to remove the capability of people who care. When was the last time you actually made a meaningful contribution to this wiki? Now I even have to enter fucking captcha's... --- Prino, November 2018

Prino, it's all gonna be good at some point. guaka (talk) 21:59, 23 July 2019 (UTC)
Spam protection seems to have been working fine for a while now. guaka (talk) 18:01, 28 May 2021 (CEST)


Hey Guaka,
Thanks for getting active on this. Is there a way you're envisioning undoing the deletions -- manually? I see you've already started work, I would like to help. But can we do it in an organised way? Is the list on the Dxc talk page the beginning of organising it? Thanks for sharing your thoughts--Zenit (talk) 20:10, 5 May 2021 (CEST)

I moved the list here: Hitchwiki:Dxc_deletions
It's a matter of going through it and seeing if there are parts that can be copied back into the articles or possibly reverting edits. No easy solution.
The quick wins are the ones where dxc was the last contributor, showing as (current) in the list of contributions. Then you can quickly see what was removed and "rollback" if you're an admin. guaka (talk) 19:20, 7 May 2021 (CEST)
Cool, thanks!--Zenit (talk) 17:36, 10 May 2021 (CEST)
Since you're a bit more pro than me, maybe you can help me to understand if there is a possibility -- via a database dump perhaps -- to generate a list of all the articles Dxc has had their fingers in, from A to Z? I feel it would be easier to deal with that than with the plain list of edits (confusion has erupted majorly over who has done what already). Would be great!--Zenit (talk) 19:38, 11 May 2021 (CEST)

Uploading images fails

Hello, im not sure you're the right person to tell this but even if you aint maybe can point me in the right direction. I tried uploading some images and got the following error: Action failed Could not open lock file for "mwstore://local-backend/local-public/e/e6/LBP006.jpg". Make sure your upload directory is configured correctly and your web server has permission to write to that directory. See$wgUploadDirectory for more information. (Warlo)

As I mentioned here, all files are gone. What happened? --GeorgDerReisende (talk) 14:51, 12 May 2021 (CEST)
I saw that but didnt thought it was conected to being unable to upload more. --Warlo (talk) 16:44, 12 May 2021 (CEST)
Huh? I can see all the files.--Zenit (talk) 02:34, 13 May 2021 (CEST)
I fixed uploading.
Now wondering what's up with existing files... guaka (talk) 11:22, 13 May 2021 (CEST)

Password change fails, potentially compromised password

Hi Guaka! Long time! I recently got a spammy extortion email that included the password that I use here in plaintext. It's a really old password that I used many places like 15 years ago, so it's not certain that it was gleaned form HW, but it is paired with the email I used on HW, and I can't think of anywhere else that that is the case. I wanted to log in and change my password, but when I do so it seems like the password change doesn't stick. Zactalk

Hi Zac!
Strange. MediaWiki has been storing passwords as uniquely salted hashes for a very long time now. So even if an attacker would get a copy of the database, it would be very hard for them to figure out the actual password.
But let's dive into this... Wanna send me an email at hitchiki AT myusername DOT org? guaka (talk) 15:36, 15 June 2021 (CEST)

Helping with development

Hi Guaka, I would like to help with development on the maps. I have already prepared a mostly working solution that I can show to you if you have some time. I have been working on it on and off for a couple weeks now, but alone and was intending to open source it as soon as it was ready. It implements all existing data of the current hitchwiki maps, which I scraped (sorry!).

Can we exchange private contact info somewhere? --Rebew (talk) 16:41, 12 October 2022 (CEST)

You are welcome to scrape but this would have been easier:
Email? guaka (talk) 23:57, 12 October 2022 (CEST)
Yeah, that would've been easier. Ugh. Thanks. Tell me if my mail went through! :) --Rebew (talk) 11:27, 13 October 2022 (CEST)