WikiWineGuide:Welcome, business owners
Welcome, business owners. The owners (and loyal employees) of Vineyards, Bars, attractions, and other businesses catering to travellers are welcome to share information that helps others in their travels. Everyone is invited to participate in this guide's development and decision-making. Everyone is also invited to share the information in WikiWineGuide with whomever they want. Of course, we do have some guidelines, policies, and a few legal requirements that go along with this.
If you have information that is of real interest to winetravellers, even if it is about a business that you own or work for, plunge forward and add the information to WikiWineGuide. Find the article for the city or district it is located in, and add it to the appropriate section. However, WikiWineGuide has some policies on what is acceptable content:
- Don't tout. WikiWineGuide is a site for winetravellers, not for marketing, and overly promotional and unfair listings will be removed. This guideline identifies ways for businesses to contribute constructively. In particular, please do not ever add more than one listing for a business.
- External links. Wikiwineguide has strict policies on including external links in articles, as identified in this guideline. In particular, listing third-party booking services and placing links to other guides is not allowed.
- Rental listings. Rental listings are only appropriate for inclusion on WikiWineGuide in very specific instances as outlined by this guideline.
- Image policy. In general, photos of businesses should not be included in articles.
When adding information about a business on WikiWineGuide please use the appropriate listing tag and make your descriptions as straightforward as possible.
The key guideline is: "Don't tout." Save the sales pitch and just tell it like it is. You don't have to stick to a dry recitation of facts, but keep in mind that WikiWineGuide users aren't fools. They'll see through flowery descriptions and effusive praise, and they won't trust it. Any of it. They'll distrust your information, and they'll also start to distrust WikiWineGuide in general, which isn't good for you or for the rest of us. Using advertisements you have placed elsewhere, or using the word our, or using any of the words to avoid are indicators that you are heading the wrong way.
If you add a link to your business name it should also be mentioned in the text, and the users should get what they are expecting if they click through any link you add.
Please try to use a WikiWineGuide standard listing format. Look around to see how other good listings are done, and copy their example.
You are welcome to mention your business name on your user page, but we don't allow user pages to be used for advertising and you should certainly not add external links to any commercial venture or to other travel guides there - that will immediately mark you out as a tout and may earn you a quick ban.
Other wikiwineguides are also working on the article trying to make the best travel guide possible. At WikiWineGuide, the user comes first and this may mean that your entry may be changed, moved, updated, or entirely removed, all in the interest of giving the user the best and most relevant information. If you think any changes are unfair, please discuss them on the discussion page of the article and try to reach consensus.
Contributing quality and useful travel information and working cooperatively will hopefully reflect positively on your business, although there is never a guarantee of a listing or positive review.
On the other hand touting, engaging in edit wars, or changing competitor information will reflect negatively on your business. The community has decided that we are looking for good businesses to appear in our guides, and may decide that your business is not appropriate to list.
Never remove info on competitors
One thing we ask you never to do is to remove information about your competitors. Even if they break every rule in the book, don't remove it or edit it yourself. Instead point it out at the discussion page of the WikiWineGuide article providing a reason for deletion, and only after reaching a consensus there that it can be done fairly, can it be removed from the article.
There are a number of reasons that your edit could be reverted including:
- The text may have been copied from another web page. Rewrite it in your own words.
- The tone may sound more like an advertising brochure than a travel guide. Don't tout.
- The entry may have been added to multiple articles or multiple sections. Just add it once to the most appropriate article and section.
- The entry may have had erratic formatting, including excessive use of UPPERCASE. Carefully review syntax in Listings.
- If you are adding a agency, it may violate our policy.
You can share WikiSexGuide information with others. You can print copies of WikiWineGuide articles and provide them as city guides to your guests.