WikiEducator Test Instances

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The instance formerly known as z, which was used to develop we5.

Ubuntu 12.04.5 w/Mediawiki 1.15.5, only en.WE is available

User: beta Password: test

Broken bits

won't fix (beta only?)
item reporter test page status
OpenOffice converter JimTittsler 00:23, 6 February 2013 (UTC) Special:OOoConverter not running, incompatible version(?)
Simple table extension JimTittsler 00:23, 6 February 2013 (UTC) User:JimTittsler/Sandbox hook reference parameter missing
JimTittsler 01:18, 6 February 2013 (UTC)
OpenID login JimTittsler 02:22, 6 February 2013 (UTC) Special:UserLogin Google Error: invalid_request
works on WE5 where not behind basic auth JimTittsler 05:17, 18 February 2013 (UTC)
Backups JimTittsler 04:17, 6 February 2013 (UTC) n/a installed ec2-consistent-snapshot from Alestic PPA
JimTittsler 21:23, 6 February 2013 (UTC)
Collections JimTittsler 22:29, 6 February 2013 (UTC) Special:Book collection extension too old for password authentication
works fine on WE5 JimTittsler 05:14, 18 February 2013 (UTC)
Recent Changes Wayne Mackintosh 21:31, 18 February 2013 (UTC) Special:RecentChanges if enhanced Javascript is off error message says customizeRecentChanges does not return a value
actual problem was calling parameters to function JimTittsler 05:14, 18 February 2013 (UTC)
Internal Error --Akash Agarwal 21:46, 8 August 2014 (UTC)

2014-09-23 The alpha instance has been shut down.

Ubuntu 14.04.1 w/Mediawiki 1.23.3 (hosted at, only en.WE is available

User: alpha Password: test

On 31 August 2014, all of the WikiEducator and WikiResearcher wikis were updated to Mediawiki 1.23.3 based on this alpha instance. There are a number of significant changes in functionality and user interface, especially the VisualEditor and the Collection (nee Book) extension. Some features (especially OERu course snapshots), will require additional time after the wiki upgrade to return to full functionality.


item test page status/notes
Vector skin need to convert from WE Vector-like to real Vector skin; not rendering, incompatible version (use Monobook for testing) now using real Vector skin
LiquidThreads User_talk:JimTittsler upgrade to LQT2
Widgets User:JimTittsler/WEnotes working, needs more testing
FCKEditor disabled; promote WikiEditor and VisualEditor
Kaltura extension/service no longer work; partially supplanted by TimedMediaHandler
HTML5video no uptake; replace all occurrences with TimedMediaHandler (or external Vimeo or videos)
OpenID disabled; deprecate?
SimpleSAML disabled; only used by a handful of NZ schools
NamespaceManagers &
use global user rights settings and $wgNamespaceProtection
Math rendering no longer in core, requires new Extension:Math
Collection/Book new User Interface
jQuery use official MW distribution, disable WE extension
JavaScript onload() old MW onload deprecated, rewrite all JavaScript to use jQuery
WikiArticleFeeds trivial format change required in pages
Widget:Imagemap convert all occurrences of WikiEducator's Widget:Imagemap to use new ImageMap extension
CustomCategory deprecate, remove all uses from WE
LicenseByCategory working; needs new Free Cultural Works badges
mp3 convert all occurrences to TimedMediaHandler (although mp3 is officially unsupported); convert to Mp3Handler?
OggHandler obsolete, replace all occurrences with TimedMediaHandler
SimpleTable maintain for now
account creation Javascript needs rewrite
OERf Minidonation remove?
Flash would be nice to disable; if necessary replace with a widget?
RSS update arguments (and any template use?); (use whitelist? allow images?)
WEtheme disable
Oppia disable? no uptake
WEnotes works with new Widgets installation
WEpoll &
these extensions really should be combined; not an absolute requirement for migration, but it might simplify things
WEoptions obsolete; convert all uses to use the new Mediawiki options API
LoopFunctions disabled
PeerEvaluation TBD; being rewritten
EducationProgram being evaluated for course registration and maintenance
CLDR locale extension required by EducationProgram

Ubuntu 14.04.1 w/Mediawiki 1.23.3 (hosted at

User: alpha Password: test

This sandbox wiki does not include the WikiEducator content. It is a sandbox for experimenting with extensions, including:

Test instance

Ubuntu 12.04.5 w/Mediawiki 1.23.1 and Education Program extension

User: beta Password: test

Other test users with differing levels of user rights for Education Program extension evaluation (all with the same test password):

  • CourseCoordinator
  • CourseOnlineVolunteer
  • CourseCampusVolunteer
  • CourseInstructor