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Steam Center Maldegem (Stoomcentrum Maldegem)

Barcelona, Spain
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Steam Center Maldegem (Stoomcentrum Maldegem)
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I suggested listing this as a tourist attraction for Maldegem.

http://www.stoomcentrum.be/EN/indexEN.html

Let's say I'm a little bit shocked to receive this negative reply:

Dear TripAdvisor Member,

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Birmingham, United...
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1. Re: Steam Center Maldegem (Stoomcentrum Maldegem)
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One wonders what their "criteria" are.

But thanks for posting the link anyway. I might give it a try when I am over in Lille this summer (avoiding the Olympics in London)

Brussels, Belgium
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2. Re: Steam Center Maldegem (Stoomcentrum Maldegem)
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The listing criteria are given in the help center link given, in particular http://www.tripadvisor.com/help/what_you_cant_review

I presume they mean they don't think it - Maldegem? Steam Center? - is of interest to "most tourists", although I don't know how they judge that when it's an "attraction" - and not, for example, a supermarket or something. Perhaps it's not an attraction they expect to advertise with TA, or to attract advertising? Given that that is what TA is really about...

I'm astonished that they prefer "information" to be posted in a forum, as it is not then available once it has disappeared off the front page - it's impossible to look through previous "questions"/answers if you don't know what you are looking for!

What you could perhaps also do is create a "trip list" for the area?

Barcelona, Spain
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384 posts
68 reviews
128 helpful votes
3. Re: Steam Center Maldegem (Stoomcentrum Maldegem)
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Chemin de Fer Vapeur de Trois Vallees (cfv3v) (Three Valleys Steam Train) is already a tourist attraction according to TA, with 4 reviews:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g1166528-d1160675-Reviews-Chemin_de_Fer_Vapeur_de_Trois_Vallees_cfv3v_Three_Valleys_Steam_Train-Mariembourg_Hainaut_Wallonia.html

I asked them again to list Steam Center Maldegem (Stoomcentrum Maldegem).

And I did it too for the Steam Train Dendermonde-Puurs:

http://www.stoomtrein.be/

Barcelona, Spain
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128 helpful votes
4. Re: Steam Center Maldegem (Stoomcentrum Maldegem)
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I am sorry to inform you the Steam Center in Maldegem was refused once more.

I am glad to inform you the Steam Train Dendermonde-Puurs is now open for reviews:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g661677-d2723870-Reviews-Steam_Train_Dendermonde_Puurs-Dendermonde_East_Flanders.html

Brussels, Belgium
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Perhaps try using a title like "Maldegem tourist train and steam train museum"? "Steam center" does sound odd in English, perhaps the moderator only looks at the title and thinks it's a sauna - or somewhere you can get clothes ironed..!

Barcelona, Spain
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6. Re: Steam Center Maldegem (Stoomcentrum Maldegem)
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It was a tough job but finally the Maldegem Stoomcentrum is listed. Thanks for pushing me to the right entrance, qaminari:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g580117-d3139691-Reviews-Stoomcentrum-Maldegem_East_Flanders.html

Brussels, Belgium
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Congratulations, I hope they benefit from all your hard work! I missed the steam train excursion from Brussels.

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