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Why are these templates creating white spaces?[edit]

Oral and maxillofacial surgery
School of Medicine
School of Dentistry

Any page they are used on, the layout is messed up a bit. Any ideas how to prevent this? Regards, Lesion (discusscontribs) 14:15, 10 April 2014 (UTC)

I would recommend using a {{Sidebar}} for this. But I suspect the difference is in whether the table is right-aligned or whether it is float right-aligned. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 15:38, 10 April 2014 (UTC)
Changing to Floatright seems to have done the trick. Many thanks, Lesion (discusscontribs) 16:46, 10 April 2014 (UTC)
Wait, no it didn't work... Lesion (discusscontribs) 16:49, 10 April 2014 (UTC)
I think I found the problem: the noinclude see also links were somehow transcluding white space. When I removed the see also lines, the layout was corrected (see example here->). Lesion (discusscontribs) 16:51, 10 April 2014 (UTC)
It's not the noinclude, but the end of the line just above it. noinclude has to directly follow on the same line or you do get a blank line on your content. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 17:25, 10 April 2014 (UTC)
Ah, I see. Thanks, Lesion (discusscontribs) 21:55, 10 April 2014 (UTC)

Another Q[edit]

When linking to a wikiversity page from wikipedia, the template {{wikiversity|WIKIVERSITYPAGE}} can be used. However, what if the page title in wikiversity is long, e.g. Oral and maxillofacial surgery/Local anesthesia/Topical anesthetics? This creates a stupid-looking template on wp imo. See e.g.: [1]. Thoughts? Lesion (discusscontribs) 13:16, 11 April 2014 (UTC)

You can add a redirect page here. For example, add a Topical anesthetics page here with a #REDIRECT to the appropriate subpage. You should check first that there are no other appropriate Topical anesthetics pages or here. If there are, create a disambiguation / menu page instead of a redirect page. See Mouse (computing) as an example of a redirect page. See Java as a disambiguation example. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 13:49, 11 April 2014 (UTC)
OK then I made a redirect since currently no other search results with "topical anesthetic" on wikiversity. Many thanks, Lesion (discusscontribs) 16:51, 11 April 2014 (UTC)


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Check out our School:Business for management resources. Please use the four ~ or click on the signature pen to end your messages. Thanks! --Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 02:23, 5 November 2014 (UTC)

Two basic questions about Wikiversity[edit]


  1. What's the difference between creating learning resources here, versus Wikibooks? i.e. what kind of work should be contributed here in contrast to there?
  2. Can I create a course-specific resource? i.e. can I create a page (and sub-pages) such as "X University/Calculus 101"?

Thanks, Mintz l (discusscontribs) 01:42, 30 November 2014 (UTC)

Welcome Mintz!
  1. One of the key differences between Wikiversity and other wikis is that Wikiversity is focused on the learning experience rather than content alone. For example, if you want to write a book, Wikibooks would be good for that. If you want to have your students write the book, that could go either here or on Wikibooks. If you want to design a series of lessons that include activities students complete as part of their learning, that's Wikiversity. Using one of my own courses as an example, take a look at Windows Server Administration. Another example would be Web Science. There are many other good examples with different styles here, but it should be relatively easy to see the difference between a course/learning project and a book.
  2. While it would be possible to create a calculus resource specific to University X, I would first ask, what's different about University X calculus that wouldn't apply to anyone wanting to learn calculus? Would it be possible to either adopt and/or adapt existing calculus learning project(s), and then create any necessary subpages that would be specific to University X under that project instead? In other words, think globally by helping everyone learn calculus, and then add any specific subpages that you might want for your students, recognizing that those pages may be helpful for everyone else as well. For example, I could easily see a Calculus/University X/2015 Spring Syllabus or similar pages as being helpful to everyone but would be left unedited by others because they are specific to your program.
Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 02:25, 30 November 2014 (UTC)
Dave - To follow up on this question, how would I go about configuring a class of about 20 students so that they could all contribute to Wikiverstiy? It would obviously be on either 1 or 20 subpages of a resource, but I can't find an example of that on Wikiversity. For example Web_Science/Enroll#students has only one student. (P.S. Hello Mintz, I put a message on your user page.--guyvan52 (discusscontribs) 13:36, 9 December 2014 (UTC))
See Collaborative Learning/Examples for the examples I'm most familiar with. They each approach collaborative learning in a different way, but all are effective in terms of meeting learning outcomes and content produced. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 13:50, 9 December 2014 (UTC)
Ha! That is a great example. Bloomclock, for example, turned out nicely in spite of its dubious beginning. --guyvan52 (discusscontribs) 14:28, 9 December 2014 (UTC)
On an unrelated subject, I advised Mintz1 to change his/her username if he/she is not the same as the one on Wikipedia. If you know of a place to post such advice on the intro (i.e., beginner's gateway) to Wikiversity I will be glad to insert it.--guyvan52 (discusscontribs) 14:32, 9 December 2014 (UTC)
See Wikiversity:Changing username. Usernames are global now, so there shouldn't be any issues for new users. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 14:42, 9 December 2014 (UTC)

Incorrect spelling[edit]

See the page below

Is there an easy way to correct modelling to modeling (one 'l')?

This page has a lot of sub pages.


Tim, Timboliu (discusscontribs) 06:48, 13 January 2015 (UTC)

Technically, either modeling or modelling is appropriate. Modeling is the North American spelling, while modelling is European. I have a bot I can use to rename the pages quite easily if you wish. Fixing the links for the renamed pages is a bit more work. I was working on a bot function that would update links, but I don't think I ever tested it. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 16:53, 13 January 2015 (UTC)

Wikiversity image in Wikipedia page[edit]

What is the proper technique for inserting a Wikiversity image like, e.g., Pul-ups on one hand.gif in some Wikipedia page? Thanks. Shustov (discusscontribs) 10:03, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

The proper technique would be to upload the Wikiversity image to Commons, and then access the image as you would any other image at Wikipedia. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 17:23, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

You are right. I did upload my images to Commons but people there started deleting them, often under pretty funny reasons like "he (which means me - V.S.) cannot be an author because he is a professor" (?!). To save those images, I recently re-uploaded some of them to Wikiversity (see and they work alright here, in Wikiversity pages. Actually, I can do the same in all those Wikipedia projects where my images have been inserted but it is rather tedious task. Therefore, I decided to ask smart professionals like you to suggest something good to avoid the difficulties. Thank you in advance! Shustov (discusscontribs) 20:43, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

Wikiversity images can only be used on Wikiversity. Commons images must have a free license, which can be a complicated issue. Commons images may be used on any WMF wiki. If there is an image where the license is not free, but if it qualifies for fair use on Wikipedia, it may be uploaded to Wikipedia and used there. Commons does not host "fair use" images. But often a Commons image escapes the notice of the Commons users who check for license problems, even for years.
To be hosted here, non-free images must have a fair use rationale. Images that don't, or where proper license information has not been supplied, may be deleted here. Wikiversity users and administrators will assist you if there is a question. We don't block users simply for making mistakes, unless the mistake is made over and over. And over. --Abd (discusscontribs) 18:28, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

Thank you. I am just looking for your assistance (please, see my response above). Shustov (discusscontribs) 20:55, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

We are not professionals, generally. Commons can be arcane. No, there is no way to show Wikiversity images on Wikipedia. As to Commons, communicate with users there. If you don't understand, ask. Looking at Commons, I see some things I will mention on your user talk page here. Definite no-nos. --Abd (discusscontribs) 00:03, 20 February 2015 (UTC)

nesting pages[edit]

First, I apologize if I'm posting this question in the wrong place! My navigational skills have been a little hit and miss lately. My class is building a campus-based health portal in Wikiversity, and I'm trying to make sure that I'm setting this up correctly. If we have a main portal page ( and my students create links to their subpages off of this main page, do they just set them up as Lactose Intolerance ? Is there a better way to nest subpages to a portal? Thanks! Sisipherr (discusscontribs) 16:45, 15 April 2015 (UTC)

The best approach is to use 'relative references'. For example, [[/Lactose Intolerance/]]. This means 'a subpage of the current page', and works even if the parent page is renamed (which I don't expect to happen, but it's just a better approach). It is much easier for students if the portal subpage links are set up this way first. Then they click on the link to create their page. That way they don't accidentally create content elsewhere that needs to be moved. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 18:05, 15 April 2015 (UTC)

Rabindranath Tagore[edit]

Who is Rabindranath Tagore? Iamregistered12345 (discusscontribs) 14:43, 13 May 2015 (UTC)Iamresistered12345

Wikipedia:Rabindranath Tagore. If you are interested in studying his work or discussing any aspect of it or the Wikipedia article, there is a resource here that could be developed, Rabindranath Tagore. Feel free to discuss or study the topic there. Thanks for asking, Iam. As a result, I edited the page. --Abd (discusscontribs) 15:14, 13 May 2015 (UTC)