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The
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Adventure


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Welcome to the Interstellar Lounge and Cafe!


More funky, or…

…less funky.


'Sit down, have a cup. While you're here something to muse on:'

Think about what an awesome trip you're on,
How many millions of people benefit from Wikipedia every day,
How marvelous it is that people all over the world have collaborated to create this unique resource,
How important sharing knowledge is,
How people working together over time can do amazing things.

Hope that was an inspiring musing. 😎-----😇

Get help[edit]

Need help with something in The Wikipedia Adventure?

How can I complete mission 1 Thato Maseko (talk) 17:37, 8 October 2018 (UTC)

create a userpage or edit it Huff slush7264 talk 02:37, 20 October 2018 (UTC)

What to do next[edit]

Tips for feedback[edit]

Tell us what you liked about it, where we could improve, and what you learned

How you can help
  • Play the game all the way through. Do you get stuck anywhere? Is anything unclear?
  • Finish the game if you only played a few missions: Give some attention to missions 5-7 (which have been tested much less)
  • Start over fresh with a new account: Like User:OcaasiTWA17 (these are legitimate alternate testing accounts and are not considered sockpuppets)
  • Try a different browser: If you used Safari, try Firefox (or Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera...)
  • Show the game to a friend or family member to see how they like it and if they get stuck anywhere
In your feedback, please include any of your thoughts on
  • text instructions within the game
  • graphic placement
  • bugs in the tour mechanics
  • your web browser
  • your screen resolution
  • which step of the tour you were on if something didn't work (see the step= in the url)
  • what you liked
  • what you didn't like
  • what you think would work better
  • your thoughts on the design: the theme, the guide, the characters, the colors, the images, the sounds
known bugs
Bug Stats
  • Fixed: 188!
  • Remaining: 3

Not fixable this version[edit]

  • Lingering Dialog Boxes: If you leave the tour without finishing, the guider dialog boxes will follow you until you [x] out of them (this is a Guided Tours issue generally and there's no easy fix) Example
  • Vector Only: If you're using monobook or modern etc., the layout won't work. Almost all new editors will be using Vector, so this is a known, acceptable trade-off
  • Old Internet Explorer: The game is not compatible with older versions of IE. IE8 doesn't work. Try IE9 or even better IE10.
  • Source Editor Only: The game doesn't work with Visual Editor. It could, but it won't be fixed until VE is stable and out of opt-in beta. Example
  • Mobile and Tablet Formatting Fails: While tested for most modern desktop and laptop browsers, the game is not configured to work properly on tablets and other smaller devices. It may, but we'd be getting lucky.
  • Doesn't scale to my preference of window size or scale symmetrically (ctrl 0/-/+). FF 25. (@start)

Fixable (working on these now)[edit]

mechanics[edit]

  • Reply using edit section links in some places rather than full page edit Example
  • There's no way to jump ahead if you are repeating steps or trying to get back to where you left off mid-mission.
  • If you [x] out of the tour, especially if so you can edit, then there's no way to get back to where you were (see example fix above for a 'skip' option) (should skips go per step, or per chunk?) Example
  • Galactic challenge box has only an [x] and a back button, is it clear you answer the question below? Example
Sorry to cut in, but I didn't realize that "Challenge yourself..." did anything beyond cheer-leading you to continue the game. Thanks for posting this. Wordreader (talk) 01:18, 13 March 2014 (UTC)
  • Back buttons on edit summary steps are being cut off at the bottom, no way to go back to edit instructions.
  • "Challenge yourself..." box only displays the words "Challenge yourself..." and stays in a fixed place of the monitor at mission 5 step 7 and the following page. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ælfwynya (talkcontribs) 17:58, 28 May 2015 (UTC)

usability[edit]

  • warning, only click buttons that post message once?
  • a way to say 'yes, i've done this already, skip ahead?' (add skip forward button?) Example
  • Restart Repeats: If you replay, a mission, the messages will be resent to you (the tour doesn't 'know' if you've played before). To better retest the game, create a legitimate alternate testing account (e.g. OcaasiTWA17) which is not considered a sockpuppet at all.

content[edit]

  • TWA doesn't use/introduce cite templates
  • no mention of plagiarism and copy/paste problems
  • no mention of Show Preview
  • too many smileys?

design[edit]

Loved the Wikipedia Adventure[edit]

Thank You[edit]

Feedback from a blind person's perspective[edit]

Start[edit]

How am I going to start the adventure and what am I supposed to do first?

Liked TWA[edit]

Feedback[edit]

ld be included

What I liked

...

What I didn't like

This was way too basic for those like me that have chosen not to register, edit as needed, and yet have some basic questions.

What I wanted more of

Hmm, maybe a 2.0 adventure covering hidden pages, or an adventure on advanced editing? I want to know what the deal is with all these projects and why an article is linked to it and what I can do to help make the project tag unnecessary.

I believe a guide to the syntax of source editing should be included, that would help newcomers a lot.   piisawesome3.14159 (talk) 05:42, 6 September 2018 (UTC)

What was unnecessary

...

Any other thoughts you want to share

...

--NeakraseFam (talk) 05:09, 8 July 2018 (UTC)

Feedback[edit]

What I liked

...Good examples of civil conduct, thorough.

What I didn't like

...

What I wanted more of

...More going over the basics of Wikitext/Wikicode.

What was unnecessary

...

Any other thoughts you want to share

...Images of the edit bar in the tutorial don't match how it appeared for me in Chrome. Still not sure what the logo/creature is supposed to be?

--EponineBunnyKickQueen (talk) 05:59, 10 August 2018 (UTC)

Feedback[edit]

What I liked

...

What I didn't like

...

What I wanted more of

...

What was unnecessary

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Any other thoughts you want to share

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--197.156.86.169 (talk) 17:26, 19 August 2018 (UTC)

Mission 1: "Edit" tab misnamed?[edit]

The Mission 1 text that directed me to edit my user page didn't match the name of the tab. I suspect they changed the name of the tab at some point and it didn't get changed in the mission text.
Cheers! --Elfabet (talk) 21:04, 23 August 2018 (UTC)

Additional discrepancies in later missions now that I've finished the complete module:[edit]

Mission 2 - Reply bug: Notify Will that you replied by typing his name somewhere in your reply like User:WillKomen. If you're on Will's user talk page, it will notify him automatically. This sentence in the pop-up text seems to be missing a word.

I'll re-iterate the updated images of linking and images in the edit menus being different in Chrome web browser than in the text bubbles.

I would also appreciate a more advanced but equal in depth for tables, formatting images, forming lists (maybe?) and those cool info boxes that things of the same type have (categorical somethings?).

Cheers! --Elfabet (talk) 19:10, 24 August 2018 (UTC)

Feedback[edit]

What I liked

I loved the game format! Thanks :-)


--Shayakraut (talk) 22:53, 10 September 2018 (UTC)

Feedback[edit]

What I liked

Good step by step structure

What I didn't like

Too many clicks for build up of story

What I wanted more of

More formatting tips

What was unnecessary

Adding multiple pictures

Any other thoughts you want to share

...

--Zapedia (talk) 22:02, 23 September 2018 (UTC)

Feedback[edit]

What I liked

The whole experience was nicely put together and overall easy to follow along.

What I didn't like

There are some updates that I think are necessary. Some of the tools mentioned were not labeled as they were when the Adventure first came out. I had a little trouble following along the citation section and the image section because the tools were no longer shown as the tutorial described. I'm fairly certain I did not cite correctly (none of my citations appeared) but the portal had me move ahead anyway. I guessed correctly on the insert image (using the embedded section). However, I'm not certain if the inconsistency was truly the tutorial's error, or if it appears differently based on what browser and computer the user is using (I was using a Chrome browser on a Mac laptop).

What I wanted more of

... Perhaps different ways a person can go about doing the sections. Though perhaps this is provided in the other tutorials. I will explore this at a later time.

What was unnecessary

There were probably repetitive actions, but none of it really bothered me. I understood the level of the tutorial when I clicked on it, and appreciated the reminders when given.

Any other thoughts you want to share

... Overall great tutorial, especially for people (like me) who are not familiar with the Wikipedia interface. --Wernilu (talk) 15:26, 27 September 2018 (UTC)

Feedback[edit]

What I liked

I really liked the last two parts, numbers 6 and 7, which went through some nice formatting stuff, etc. The whole format of the lesson was good for me.


What I didn't like

The icons used in the instruction boxes don't match the icons in the menu bar. :(


What I wanted more of

creating a page, not just editing. hotkeys would be nice, too.


What was unnecessary

the sound of fireworks might be triggering to some people. at least they don't autoplay.


Any other thoughts you want to share

thanks for providing this training. i'd definitely recommend it to my peers. we all can grow!


--Ofloveandhate (talk) 17:19, 4 October 2018 (UTC)

Feedback[edit]

What I liked

the introduction to everything important

What I didn't like

lack of support for visual editor (I had switched it to visual editor before doing the adventure and had a bit of trouble with it)

What I wanted more of

...

What was unnecessary

...

Any other thoughts you want to share

is the first guy's name WillKomen based on the German word for welcome?

--Charxsone (talk) 14:36, 2 November 2018 (UTC)

Outdated toolbar[edit]

I have recently completed the Wikipedia Adventure. I noticed some bugs that need to be fixed. The toolbar that I have does not match the one that the software assumes I was using. This made editing very confusing. In particular, I wasn't able to place a picture in the article the way the software wanted me to. I am hoping someone will address this. Thank you - Alternate Side Parking (talk) 02:15, 9 November 2018 (UTC)

Feedback[edit]

What I liked

This tutorial was friendly and not overwhelming for a new user like many of Wikipedia's policy pages.

What I didn't like

The toolbar has been updated since this game was released, however the game hasn't been modified to reflect that.

What I wanted more of

Information on how to properly format references, and information on navigating the bureaucratic systems on Wikipedia, such as dealing with vandals, using noticeboards, and being part of WikiProjects.

--Alternate Side Parking (talk) 02:21, 9 November 2018 (UTC)

What now?[edit]

I am quite confused. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Atbreuer11 (talkcontribs) 03:02, 13 November 2018 (UTC)