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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.
It might be easier to communicate through email: kasper punto souren arobase gmail punto com. Ciao, Guaka 02:08, 16 February 2007 (CET)

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)