Wikipedia talk:TWA/Portal

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
TWA small overlapping circles.png

TWA guide right top.png

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. 😎-----😇

Chloe Fabul

Manila — Preceding unsigned comment added by Chloe Fabul (talkcontribs) 11:45, 6 July 2017 (UTC)

Get help[edit]

Need help with something in The Wikipedia Adventure?

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]


  • 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)


  • 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.


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


About TWA[edit]

TWA is completely broken! Can someone fix the errors? DarthonTheOverseer (talk) 14:38, 19 April 2017 (UTC)

Hi DarthonTheOverseer, I have tried it and it's working in level 1. Where are you getting stuck, what's not working? I added a note about using the source editor not the visual editor, which may help. Can you give me more information? Thanks and cheers, Jake Ocaasi t | c 18:20, 19 April 2017 (UTC)

Leaving Adventure in middle[edit]

Hello there! Can I leave Wikipedia Adventure journey in between and resume later from the point i.e. Mission I left? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Solidus.IN (talkcontribs) 10:08, 22 April 2017 (UTC)

Stuck in Mission 2[edit]

After your first interaction with "Will," a dialog prompts you to:

"Write your reply Click EDIT SOURCE so you can leave your message to Will"

once you do this, the tutorial does not proceed; making any changes to the source does not help. Restarting the mission does not resolve the issue (in fact, Will's message starts compounding on itself), and it carries across Chrome and Firefox. Paradoxasauruser (talk) 14:49, 28 April 2017 (UTC)

found a work-around - go to the latest dialog box such that your url includes a "step" value at the end. increase that value by 1. this should push past the dialog that won't load. Paradoxasauruser (talk) 14:49, 28 April 2017 (UTC)


What I liked

The clear and informative guide to editing this wonderful resource.

What I didn't like

The boxes (on an iPad) could be a tad buggy at times, with the page randomly scrolling to them.

What I wanted more of

It would've been nice to learn how to edit without using the icons.

What was unnecessary

The sound bites.

Any other thoughts you want to share

Could be a bit odd at times, not that that's necessarily bad.

--Mister Apple (talk) 14:49, 14 May 2017 (UTC)

Sidddra 02:21, 2 June 2017 (UTC)|-Template:I am Abdul Basit by caste memon live I! Pakistan= sindh= Khairpurmirs


How do I highlight in blue the names of people already on wikipediaFundyfan (talk) 23:18, 17 June 2017 (UTC)

@Fundyfan: See Help:Link#Wikilinks. PrimeHunter (talk) 00:23, 18 June 2017 (UTC)


--2001:8003:535D:7400:F081:507C:F62B:241B (talk) 09:41, 21 June 2017 (UTC)


What I liked

...It was friendly and concise.

What I didn't like

...There were some missing vocative commas (e.g. hello, Will).

What I wanted more of

...Nothing unless you count the commas. :)

What was unnecessary

...The soundbites, though they set the mood well.

Any other thoughts you want to share

...Additionally, a glitch (or a repeated typo on my part) stuck me in a loop. The game didn't recognize that I had added an edit summary in the inline citations section, so it kept telling me to add one over and over again.

--Surrealducks (talk) 16:22, 23 June 2017 (UTC)

Integration with Twinkle[edit]

I went through some bits and I think this is really good to help new editors. I just wanted to know if this can/is integrated with Twinkle in any way. It'd help for me to include in welcome user templates. Coderzombie (talk) 10:22, 29 June 2017 (UTC)

@Coderzombie: Hi, thanks for the kind words! How would you envisage Twinkle integrating with TWA, what sort of things could be connected? I believe most of the user welcome templates contain a link to starting TWA -- There'sNoTime (to explain) 10:45, 29 June 2017 (UTC)
Wow, I didn't even realize that it was among the links. That's my bad. I saw this on one of the user's talk page, which was part of TWA itself, that's when I realized it. Coderzombie (talk) 11:03, 29 June 2017 (UTC)


Discovered minor typo. Should read: This badge was earned for replying to an editor in The Wikipedia Adventure. I would fix, but don't have permission to edit. Thanks. Huggums537 (talk) 11:40, 3 July 2017 (UTC) Also found typo at Wikipedia:TWA/Badge/5, which should read: This badge was earned for understanding the Neutral Point of View in The Wikipedia Adventure. Huggums537 (talk) 11:54, 3 July 2017 (UTC)

 Done Well spotted! -- John of Reading (talk) 11:57, 3 July 2017 (UTC)
Thanks. How do I go about getting permission to make edits myself? Huggums537 (talk) 12:25, 3 July 2017 (UTC)
@Huggums537: Because the "Adventure" pages are used so frequently, they've all been protected quite fiercely - only the site admins and a small-ish group of "template editors" can edit them. In theory, to ask for those permissions you would post at Wikipedia:Requests for adminship or Wikipedia:Requests for permissions/Template editor, but since you've made only 300+ edits you wouldn't be successful. So instead you will have to place requests on the talk pages. If you follow the instructions at Help:Editing#Protected pages and source code, your requests should be seen and acted on quickly. -- John of Reading (talk) 14:29, 3 July 2017 (UTC)
OK, thanks. Huggums537 (talk) 16:49, 3 July 2017 (UTC)
Apparently, badge 1-3 used to be part of the game because they don't have the Submit an edit request link at the bottom right of the view source page like badge 4-15 do. Also, the message in the view source template on badge 1-3 seems to indicate the typo was deliberate and suggests that the user go back to the game and follow the prompts to fix it. However, this was never part of the version I played recently, unless the game varies between users, which I doubt it does. Huggums537 (talk) 13:03, 6 July 2017 (UTC)

Template-protected edit request on 6 July 2017[edit]

I'm done Chloe Fabul (talk) 12:01, 6 July 2017 (UTC)


Autoplay music[edit]

Is there any way to autoplay the music? --NonNerd (talk) 12:43, 13 July 2017 (UTC)

Writing new Wikipedia articles[edit]

Dear fellow Wikipedians,

I am interested in completing a course on writing new Wikipedia articles, could you please direct me to an appropriate Wikipeida site.

Thank you in anticipation,


Roget's Minion (talk) 04:25, 15 July 2017 (UTC)