First things first, I think we need to be clear what this site is and isn't. We are a traveler community that supports travelers interested in visiting WHS. We are not a competitive travel site and don't strive to be. And this is thanks to Els. It is telling when even Els feels the need to stipulate clearer rules.
While I travel for myself, most of us have their peer group they match against. Or thresholds they would like to reach. It leaves a bitter taste being surpassed by a hotshot averaging >100 sites a year and supposedly taking 5-digit (EUR or USD) cruises to distant Antarctic island chains by the week.
The Top Travelers used to inspire awe. The late Iain was just that, an awe inspiring traveler. As is Paul, both of whom I had the pleasure to meet personally.
With that in mind, I think a reckoning was due.
If someone is planning to cheat, then s/he will be go with the easiest ones without touching the difficult ones if you light up the difficult ones. This may make cheaters more difficult to identify.
True, but I think we can quantify two topics meriting a checkup:
* Very remote sites being visited.
* Extremely fast progress. 50 sites a year would be my threshold.
For both, I would request community participation, i.e., keeping in the spirit with the above mission statement. Those who visit a lot, should give back to the community in the form of the occasional review or photo or rating.
Those who made it first to a remote site, should def. share how they did it.
The combination of these 2 subsets holds 35 WHS that would need a review first.
I would add unreviewed and unrated.https://www.worldheritagesite.org/ranking/unreviewed+or+unrated
Not PC to use whitelist. Allowlist is the proper term nowadays ;)
Hadn't understood! When you said "to clear..." I understood that people would be whitelisted and expected to "clear" within a given period - not given the privilege for ever. Doesn't alter my general view - but am not too bothered one way or the other
Na, I think we would just new mark visits as pending (not counted) if they are to sites that qualify for community participation or exceed a yearly threshold.