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2017-07-25 08:58:05 -0600 marked best answer How do I modify a template on an article?

I'd like to add content to an infobox or change an existing reference template on the page.

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2016-08-16 11:32:13 -0600 answered a question How should my students choose Wikipedia usernames?

Your student's username will identify them on Wikipedia to other editors in edit summaries, on their talk page and when they sign comments left for other editors.

Students can choose to use their real names, as many editors on Wikipedia do, or they can use pseudonyms--Wikipedia does not require that students choose one or the other. Wikipedia's Username Policy has guidance on how to make that choice--the username policy is also linked from the signup page on Wikipedia.

Wiki Ed does not recommend students choose a username like BIO101-ABC which appears autogenerated or shared, since Wikipedians may assume the account is shared by many users which is against the site rules.

2016-08-16 11:26:35 -0600 asked a question How should my students choose Wikipedia usernames?

Should they use their real names, a pseudonym they choose or a numbered account based on their class or school?

2016-06-24 10:19:02 -0600 edited answer How do I enable the VisualEditor on my account?

Wikipedia should have Visual Editor automatically enabled, however you may find yourself in source mode at some point and want to switch back to Visual Editor mode. There are two ways to go about this.

The first and most immediate way to switch modes would be to click on the pen icon on the top right corner of the edit screen.

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Clicking this will produce a drop down menu that gives you the option to switch between modes.

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The second way to change modes would be to enable both it and edit source via your preferences screen, following these instructions:

  1. Make sure you are logged into your Wikipedia account.
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  3. Click on the "editing" tab. image description

  4. MAKE SURE "Temporarily disable the visual editor while it is in beta" is not checked.

  5. On the "Editing Mode" drop-down, you can select your editing mode as shown below. If you would prefer to have Visual Editor whenever possible, select that. You may also choose to select "Show me both editor tabs" so that when you load a Wikipedia article, you should see both the "edit" and "edit source" options.
  6. Click "save." Four dropdown items in "Editing Mode"
2016-06-07 08:13:32 -0600 answered a question Can students build a new article?

Hi Jessie,

You can create an article on any topic which is 'notable', a term of art on Wikipedia meaning that the subject is covered by multiple independent, reliable sources. For topics like books, Wikipedia has specific guidance which give additional, optional criteria. If a book is the subject of multiple articles/reviews/etc. it need not meet those specific criteria, but if a book won an important award and sources aren't immediately forthcoming in a search it can have an article.

Looking at this specific book, it appears to have plenty of coverage out and about, so I have little doubt it is notable. For specific questions like these you can reach out to your Content Expert via email and we'll be happy to answer there. Their email and talk page are available on the dashboard and should be in your welcome email as well.

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2016-05-20 11:51:12 -0600 edited answer My student is telling me he's being prompted for a pass code to access the class, how do I find out what that is?

Your course page has a distinct enrollment link with the passcode built into it. You can find this link by clicking on the enrollment button under the students tab of your course page. When your course is approved, you will receive an automatic email with this link that you should distribute to your students. IF your student is being asked for the passcode, they are not using the course spescific enrollment link.

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2016-05-16 13:12:21 -0600 edited answer Can I create a new article?

Yes, if the topic meets Wikipedia's notability guidelines, and there isn't an existing article about it. If there is an existing article that was written by someone else, you should not create a duplicate of it.

2016-05-09 11:58:09 -0600 answered a question Main Wikiedu page down?

The Wiki Education Foundation blog and website are down at the moment and we are restoring them from backups as I write this. We'll post an update on social media as soon as the site is restored.

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2016-04-27 12:20:30 -0600 answered a question My article still has a sandbox template

You are seeing a template that was automatically added to your sandbox when it was created. You should remove this template from your article when you move it to mainspace.

You can do so in the VisualEditor by selecting "edit" on the article.

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Then, finding the template on the page, and clicking it.

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Then pressing 'delete' on your keyboard. The template should be removed. After it's been removed, "Save changes" and leave an edit summary.

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If you are editing in Wiki Markup, you can select "Edit Source", search for the template code {{ sandbox}} and remove it from the page.

If you moved your article from your Sandbox to the mainspace and it still has "Sandbox" in the title, you can change the name of your article using the process described here.

2016-04-27 12:17:30 -0600 asked a question My article still has a sandbox template

I have moved my article into the mainspace but I still have a sandbox tag on it: image description

What does this mean and can I remove it?

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2016-04-20 11:59:46 -0600 edited answer How can I unassign an article?


As the instructor, you can unassign an article from one of your students by doing the following:

  • Like assigning an article, first go to the Students tab.
  • Click Assign Articles.
  • Click the plus/minus button next to the student you want to unassign.
  • Click the minus button for the article you want to remove.


  • Go to the main course page on
  • In the top right "My Articles" section, click the plus/minus button next to the article you want to change.
  • Click the minus button next to the title to remove it.

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2016-04-20 11:44:38 -0600 answered a question How can I unassign an article?

The process starts similarly to assigning an article. After clicking "Assign Articles" in the Students tab, students with assigned articles will show a "+" mark next to the article. Clicking on that will open a menu where you may assign a second article or remove an assigned article.

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2016-04-12 15:00:51 -0600 answered a question How can I get the VisualEditor or classic editor back?

You can set your editing mode of choice (including allowing both tabs) in your account preferences. Under the "Editing" tab you will see a choice for "Editing mode", allowing you to pick between:

  • Always give me the source editor
  • Always give me the VisualEditor if possible
  • Show me both tabs
  • Remember my last editor

The "source editor" here is the editor which uses Wikipedia markup and the VisualEditor is the default What You See is What You Get (WYSIWYG) editor.

As of May 2016 all new Wikipedia accounts will have the source editor automatically enabled. If you created your account after this point, you may need to take an extra step to enable the VisualEditor. On the same page, MAKE SURE "Temporarily disable the visual editor while it is in beta" is not checked. Editing section of the menu

2016-04-12 14:56:27 -0600 asked a question How can I get the VisualEditor or classic editor back?

I see only the "edit source" or "edit" tab on my page and I need to get the other editor back.

2016-03-18 11:39:35 -0600 answered a question How long does it usually take for a course to be approved?

Approval for a course should not take more than a few days. If you have not heard back from Wiki Ed's Classroom Program Manager in that time, please contact us at