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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. 😎-----😇 all to help u guys!

Get help

Need help with something in The Wikipedia Adventure?

What to do next

Tips for feedback

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

  • 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)


  • 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)Reply[reply]
  • 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)Reply[reply]


  • 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.
  • after replying to "willkomen" you are stuck in an endless loop as the "make an edit summary" message repeats over and over. — Preceding unsigned comment added by WASDMaster (talkcontribs) 01:45, 4 June 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Userpage tutorial will not progress as of 2022-07-08, leaving you stuck at this point (logged-in user without existing userpage) Mrobinson1997 — Preceding undated comment added 23:19, 8 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


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



A symphonyNJaylove (talk) 21:05, 6 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Could we mention the COI guide in TWA? I think it would fit into the Neutrality section. (I did not know about COI and suggested an edit to a page about a friend and then had to undo it :D) VatBatCat (talk) 20:24, 13 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


What I liked
  • The overall flow and theming, I enjoyed going from task to task
  • Receiving the badges - Love somewhat arbitrary achievements
What I didn't like
  • I started the adventure on the new Wikipedia layout, and many of the locations referred to in the adventure just didn't line up. I had to go to the old layout in order to continue at some point early on.
  • I don't know why, but at certain points, especially when responding to the discussion, the adventure wouldn't let me continue unless I copy and pasted my change description verbatim. I don't know if this is intentional.
  • I don't know if this is new, but many of the pages had a black border around them, and any content I added would be added outside of the black border and look unnatural. I didn't see any messaging saying that my content should be added within the division, so I wonder if this is an oversight that can be easily fixed.
What I wanted more of
  • I don't know how "advanced" it is, but I would love a slightly more fleshed out (optional?) section on templates. That's one of the most intimidating things to me as I'm entering this world, even though as I learn about templates they don't seem as hard as I thought navigating them could be.
What was unnecessary
  • I felt like there was unnecessary amounts of time spent chatting in the discussion pages, but maybe I'm underestimating how important this is.
Any other thoughts you want to share
  • I had a nice time going through the adventure!

--Agreen991 (talk) 16:17, 9 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Feedback: Great experience and some thoughts!

Hi TWA team! This was a great experience. I liked the clarity of the walkthrough overall. My only thought about the progression of events is that the Edit Source sections on the top of the page didn't show up with the most updated version of Wikipedia's interface, so I wasn't able to click on those until I changed my settings to an older Wikipedia interface. Thank you! Gapbridger (talk) 18:57, 5 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


What I liked

I loved how the tutorial walked you through editing articles that are tied to your user account, so you don't need to worry about screwing things up. I also really liked the emphasis on how everything is easily reversible, and how you are encouraged to edit articles.

What I didn't like

I only really had two complaints in the tutorial, the first being that there's no way to skip past the badges being added without manually modifying the `step` section in the URL, and my second complaint was a careless error on my part that caused me to be stuck in the Rich Text Editor instead of the Source Editor.

What I wanted more of

I would love to have something added to the citations chapter on what to do if there are conflicting citations.

Any other thoughts you want to share

Huge thanks to the creators of this experience! I love the user friendliness that Wikipedia shows and am excited to get editing!

--UgackMiner (talk) 05:15, 9 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


What I liked

how quick it was; how complete and helpful

What I didn't like

that it's over!

What I wanted more of

maybe a video watching a real edit happen

What was unnecessary

I thought there was nothing unnecessary.

Any other thoughts you want to share

I'm stoked to help! And thanks for creating the adventure.

--Jonnyringo100 (talk) 17:28, 20 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]