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Just thinking - it would ne nice to have some sort of certificates in various disciplines that would indicate a certain level of completion/competence in that area of learning. i realize that Wikiversity is NOT a degree-granting body but it would be interesting to gain some competency in the school/subjects contained on this site. --Imperoo1

See for example IT Fundamentals. --Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 18:24, 4 May 2017 (UTC)
See also Category:Certifications. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 19:06, 4 May 2017 (UTC)

Course "Research in programming Wikidata" needs in native speakers[edit]

Dear friends! My student @Oksana Panfilova finished the article Banks. This is a part of our project "Research in programming Wikidata".

There are several other articles in this project written and finished by students of Petrozavodsk State University (Russia):

You are welcome to try tests in this articles.

Native speakers, please, check our English in these texts. Ideas and comments related to the project are welcome! -- Andrew Krizhanovsky (discusscontribs) 20:23, 18 May 2017 (UTC)


Dear friends! Please, give me a link to institutions (universities from real world) presented in the Wikiversity! For example, our course was created by students of Petrozavodsk State University. What are other universities in Wikiversity? I need in this information, because I want to report about Wikiversity at Wiki conference in Moscow. -- Andrew Krizhanovsky (discusscontribs) 19:33, 5 October 2017 (UTC)

Here's a few from my watchlist:


Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 01:03, 6 October 2017 (UTC)

Great! Thank you very much! -- Andrew Krizhanovsky (discusscontribs) 05:20, 6 October 2017 (UTC)
But I don't understand... Are students or teachers of these colleges and universities participated in any courses in Wikiversity? What courses? -- Andrew Krizhanovsky (discusscontribs) 05:24, 6 October 2017 (UTC)
If you search here the college or university name as stated you can put together a list of courses from each. I haven't seen a comprehensive list of their courses offered here. --Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 13:58, 6 October 2017 (UTC)
Most of the courses offered here can be found in Category:Courses. Here's some more schools and courses:
  1. National University of La Plata, Argentina - Escuela de Lenguas UNLP.
  2. Ozyegin University - Fluid Mechanics for Mechanical Engineers.
  3. Ohlone College - Digital Media Concepts.
  4. University of North Carolina - Federal Writers' Project - Life Histories.
  5. University of Canberra - Motivation and emotion. --Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 18:37, 9 October 2017 (UTC)
I've started Wikiversity:Real world schools. Please add to this page. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 19:58, 9 October 2017 (UTC)


Edit - reposted at colloquium as more logical location T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk 06:28, 19 October 2017 (UTC)

Finding one's political jurisdictions[edit]

How can someone find the political entities that have jurisdiction over a particular geographic coordinate?

I'm creating a template that could eventually grow to include one article for each state or other major jurisdiction like the District of Columbia in the United States to discuss the state-level activity associated with net neutrality.

It would be useful in that regard to have an article that could help people identify where and how to register to vote and who their elected representatives and candidates in an election year for governor, attorney general and their representatives in their state legislature. For other purposes, it would help to have a central place in Wikiversity that anyone any place in the world could visit to find the school, school district and boards, municipalities, counties, states, and equivalent.

For example, in Johnson County, Kansas, gives its own address (2101 East Kansas City Road, Olathe, Kansas 66061) and phone [(913) 715-6800] in the upper right. One can contact them to get information about who is eligible to vote and how to register. Clicking "Voter information" > "Voter lookup" there invites a registered voter to enter "First Name", "Last Name", and "DOB (mm/dd/yyyy)", then click "Look me up". When I have done that, it told me which district I was in for the US House of Representatives, Kansas House and Senate, and similar district information for county, municipality, school boards and water district. And how can I find this information for a particular set of geographic coordinates if I'm not a registered voter there?

Does something like this already exist? If yes, how can I find it? If no, where would you suggest this might optimally be located? I found U. S. Government/Voting Registration and Participation, which suggests that this or another article under U. S. Government might be a good home for this kind of thing for the US. I also found a Category:Government, which might seem to be appropriate for a more general discussion of this.

Suggestions? Thanks, DavidMCEddy (discusscontribs) 16:17, 19 February 2018 (UTC)


People get HIV from accidents, sex ,mother's during pregnancy and blood transfusions. But one day a teacher said "if you are bleeding then your blood gets cold and dry , and maybe you touch someone who is also bleeding with your blood . The particular person will not be HIV infected". I am confused so what really is correct????????????????????????????????????????????

Ranevinci--Ranevinci (discusscontribs) 21:22, 14 May 2018 (UTC)

You might want to start with w:Sexually transmitted infection. --Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 01:51, 15 May 2018 (UTC) may also be useful. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 02:41, 15 May 2018 (UTC)

Chinese wikiversity took over the multilingual incubator?[edit]

Hello all, I tried editing today the page: [1], and got this message:

Error: This action has been automatically identified as harmful, and therefore disallowed. If you believe your action was constructive, please inform an administrator of what you were trying to do. A brief description of the abuse rule which your action matched is: Forbid edits to the ZH test project (please edit instead).

Which is strange, since these Hebrew pages has nothing to do with the Chinese wikiversity, and my edit is a standard edit, similar to what me and my friends do on these pages for the last couple of years.

Trying to write in an administrator personal discussion page gave the same blocking, so the administrators cannot be contacted on this.

Could anyone help making the pages editable again as they used to be?
8374.620u9 (talk) 17:53, 30 August 2018 (UTC)

I looked through a few things, such as the page in question and the user's talk page (on which you left your message), and it seems to me that you haven't asked at the appropriate venue. Have you tried posting your problem at WV:Request for custodian action (beta.wikiversity)? Or am I misunderstanding, from you, "Trying to write in an administrator personal discussion page gave the same blocking, so the administrators cannot be contacted on this"? I don't really understand what you are trying to say in the statement that I've quoted from you... so maybe a little bit more clarification on your part would be appreciated. Thanks. ---Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 18:49, 30 August 2018 (UTC)

Navigation subpage is not working[edit]

This template is not working specifically for this page, High School Chemistry/Atomic Structure, The Periodic Table, and Electrons or Light. What is the reason for this? It previously was "High School Chemistry/Atomic Structure, The Periodic Table, and Electrons/Light", so I believed that it had to do with the "/". But I changed the "/" to "or" and the navigation template didn't budge a bit. Help? -Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 16:40, 23 December 2018 (UTC)

Update: It seems to be working fine now, thanks! ---Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 18:54, 23 December 2018 (UTC)

DISPLAYTITLE on User:Atcovi/French/Qui je suis?[edit]

Hey. Can someone help me out here? I'm trying to add Template:Displaytitle on my French project, User:Atcovi/French/Qui je suis?, so that the title only shows "Qui je suis?". For this specific page, I'd like "Qui je suis? - Introduction" and so on. I'm trying to add it, but it just isn't working. ---Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 18:59, 7 January 2019 (UTC)

YesY Done See Wikiversity:Colloquium/archives/September 2016#Hiding Title Parts. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 03:44, 8 January 2019 (UTC)

Deletion policy[edit]


As an avid "Random page" clicker, I came across the page Hi definition. I don't know any of the policies for deletion here (primarily being on Wikipedia and Wikiquote) but it seems to just be a test/joke page and is next to useless - does Wikiversity do requests for deletion? If so, how?

Best wishes, Gazamp (discusscontribs) 17:29, 14 May 2019 (UTC)

If you believe it is a candidate for speedy deletion you can place a {{delete}} template on it with a suggested reason. Or, if it appears to be a resource that could be improved you can use {{subst:prod}} or {{proposed deletion}}. If you believe it may be improved by positive or constructive criticism, you can write such on the Discuss page. --Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 18:17, 14 May 2019 (UTC)
@Gazamp: Thanks for identifying this resource. Wikiversity does have Wikiversity:Requests for Deletion, however, it tends to be used primarily for major project / policy discussions rather than for something meeting Wikiversity:Deletions criteria. In addition to the templates Marshallsumter mentioned, another option is to indicate that the learning value of the resource is already addressed by a corresponding Wikipedia entry, using {{Advise}}. Advise pages are cleaned up monthly. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 22:15, 14 May 2019 (UTC)
Thank you both! Gazamp (discusscontribs) 17:07, 15 May 2019 (UTC)

Starting a new page on an OERs for language archivists[edit]

Hi everyone here, I am pretty new to Wikiversity though I've been a part of the Wikimedia movement formally since 2011. I have a question about creating a new page for an OER called OpenSpeaks. The OER deals with CC-BY 4.0-licensed toolkit on documenting languages particularly indigenous and endangered ones. I also believe that there are not many resources available on Wikiversity in the related topics. Please do advise on anything that I might be aware of apart from the guidelines that is already evident. --Psubhashish (discusscontribs) 06:40, 24 May 2019 (UTC)

@Psubhashish: Be bold! -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 13:22, 24 May 2019 (UTC)
You bet @Dave Braunschweig:! :) --Psubhashish (discusscontribs) 16:45, 24 May 2019 (UTC)

Does Wikiversity accept theological research?[edit]

Does Wikiversity accept theological research (not critique by other theological research but religious interpretation of holy books)? --VictorPorton (discusscontribs) 09:14, 21 June 2019 (UTC)

It depends on the research. Some is clearly academic and extends understanding in the field. Some is fringe research that is no longer accepted in main space. Some promotes the author and is deleted. Some has no academic value and is deleted. And some has a net-negative effect on Wikiversity and is deleted. One way to identify the difference is when a user tries to use Wikiversity to legitimize and promote personal beliefs by labeling them as research. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 12:35, 21 June 2019 (UTC)
It is not quite "academic", it is my personal research. I cannot translate the word "fringe". Concerning promoting the author, I could remove from my theological book these parts which promote myself. In my opinion, it has academic value, as it considers an alternative (disproved by nobody) understanding of Bible. It is my personal beliefs, but this does not make it non-research (after all that the Earth is round was a personal belief of some people). So you have not clearly addressed whether a theological concept based on an interpretation of a holy book is "science" for the purposes to be allowed to be included into Wikiversity. You have recently removed my other research topic, but Wikiversity long time has my computer science research which is not going to be removed and was even a few times asked to be featured. So I have no idea whether my theological research will be accepted. I kindly ask you to look into my book (or at least the site describing the book) and check if (after removal of my personal story) it would be accepted as a Wikiversity topic. In my opinion, it should be accepted to promote collaboration in research, as well as to be freely discussed.
Different interpretations of holy books are studied in universities. Usually there are studied old, "historic" interpretations. But studying modern events is in no way less science than studying old events. So I believe my book must be accepted, because Wikiversity was created to imitate universities.
It makes sense to label the research on the Wikiversity as "arguments pro and counter to the ideas of the book End of Gospel". This would be completely scientific.
See Wikipedia:Wikipedia:Fringe theories for an explanation of fringe. Wikiversity welcomes most types of learning materials that are not encyclopedia articles, textbooks, or source texts. Please note that Wikiversity is not a place for duplication of other Wikimedia projects. The link you have provided is not within Wikiversity's scope. Please check at Wikibooks to see if they will accept this contribution. A lesson encouraging study of religion would be consistent with the Wikiversity mission, but it cannot promote the author. Arguments pro and con would need to be supported by additional resources. A single perspective is likely not sufficient. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 16:51, 21 June 2019 (UTC)

new to wikiversity..,is the subject I'm working on already extant?[edit]

I'm interested in creating an outline and reference for people wishing to start a small business. My question: Is this subject already covered? Am I re-inventing the wheel? Lots of similar info under Entrepreneur

Thank You! R. Sadler tired and retired

@Tired and retired: There's Small and medium-sized enterprises. The rest is more scattered. I recommend building on the existing Small and medium-sized enterprises page. Link to the Entrepreneur resources where appropriate and add subpages for the content you wish to create beyond that. I've added a redirect for Small business so it will automatically go to the SME page. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 13:54, 6 August 2019 (UTC)


Can someone help me edit the galleries correctly on the project I am working on ? They do not render correctly at the moment. Much thanks. Coin Researcher (The preceding unsigned comment was added by Coinresearcher (talkcontribs) 22 August 2019)

@Coinresearcher: See Wikipedia:Help:Gallery tag. Unfortunately, it's not quite as flexible as you might like. You'll need to decide whether you want a simple gallery, or if you want to continue defining the formatting and information more explicitly.
Also, see Wikiversity:Signature for how to sign your name with date and timestamp. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 22:43, 22 August 2019 (UTC)

Atlantis Location Hypotheses[edit]

Hello Everyone. I appreciate the possibility of taking the Atlantis Location Hypotheses back into the main body of Wikiversity. I would welcome all the help that I can get here with the Atlantis Location Hypotheses. I have cut back on my work on it, but it has been on my mind for a long time.

Hasley, I am RAYLEIGH22. The Atlantis Location Hypotheses is the work of myself and MarshallSumter, who has helped me with maps and revisions. I will happily agree that you could be a great help to me also. Most do not want to touch this project or get their name tied up with it because of the subject matter. However, it seems to me as natural as any natural science that I have seen. I would encourage you to read it and to make sure that you do not mind being a Curator of the Atlantis Location Hypotheses. My current thoughts that are stalling my progress, are in part person and in part regarding the following...

The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America has described mass extinctions and a extraterrestrial impact at 12,900 ka that preceded Plato's described Atlantis demise by approximately 1,200 years

...and how this fits into the Atlantis Location Hypotheses as indeed, it must, with its destructive impacts and mass extinctions. For example, The Carolina Bays Multiple meteor craters around Charleston, S.C. So, as I work my way through this, Hasley, I hope that you are able to help me with taking your time from other things as needed. This Atlantis Location Hypotheses has indeed been a humbling experience for me, as I draw different scientific disciplines into to the Hypotheses to explain with brand-new State-of-the-Art Science, in some cases. For example, Climate Change. Thanks to everyone who has helped me in the past, and Halsey, if you want to take this project on as a Custodian, I thank you very, very much in advance. I feel privileged that so many of the my Wikiversity colleagues of which I am a lowly member, have helped me in the past, who make no reservations in recommending you as a Curator. I cannot say this enough to each and every one of you, THANK YOU! Hasley, I look forward to have you here if you choose to be here, to help me take this back into the mainstream Wikiversity, if it is so approved.

RAYLEIGH22 (discusscontribs) 00:28, 5 November 2019 (UTC)

@RAYLEIGH22: I moved your discussion here, you had placed it in a policy discussion about a singular topic. Your topic above is not relevant to local policy for Check User's Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 02:51, 5 November 2019 (UTC)

I found the message that directed me to go here. Thanks for your intervention. Thank you for moving this here. Where and how do we start to move the project out of Draft?

RAYLEIGH22 (discusscontribs) 17:37, 5 November 2019 (UTC)

Very Good. Thank you all for providing me a place to work. I was just concerned that the work would eventually have to completely stop.

RAYLEIGH22 (discusscontribs) 14:06, 6 November 2019 (UTC)

There is nothing wrong with being in draftspace. I currently have there items there (see Category:User:Guy vandegrift/Drafts.) In every discussion I have seen, the consensus has been that only certain kinds of articles belong in mainspace. I had little to do with developing this consensus. But I have no doubt that the consensus did exist and probably will in the near future. --Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 23:22, 5 November 2019 (UTC)
Yes, consensus for this page remaining in draft space was decided long ago. --mikeu talk 23:39, 5 November 2019 (UTC)