Hello! We’re always working to improve the Atlas Obscura experience for our community, and we’ve recently made a couple of changes that we’re excited to share with you.
First off, in response to a great deal of reader feedback, we’ve made some changes to our notification processes, which should ensure clearer and more timely communication about the status of your Place contributions. These changes will allow us to provide more proactive feedback on your Places, greater details on what may be preventing your contribution from being published, and alerts about the status of your Place.
The other major change is the reintroduction of “Stub” status to Places. Stubs are Place entries that we think belong in the Atlas, but would benefit from additional text or images. By assigning Stub status to an in-progress Place, we can publish it more quickly, and at the same time give other members of the Atlas Obscura community the opportunity to contribute additional information or photos. Some older unpublished Places may be published as Stubs as well, but this will only occur on a small scale. Either way, you will receive an email notification when your contribution is published as a Stub.
We hope that by using Stubs, we can publish even more exciting places to the Atlas for travelers to discover, while at the same time giving more readers an opportunity to participate in growing Atlas Obscura themselves. We’ll be sharing some of our favorite Stubs on the forums as they come in, so keep an eye out for new place entries that you might be able to add to!
If you have any questions about these changes or anything else, please feel free to contact our Places editors at firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave your questions in the comments below. Thanks again for being a part of the Atlas Obscura Community. We hope that these improvements make the experience of contributing to our site easier and more enjoyable, and we’ll continue to listen to your feedback for ways we can improve in the future.