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Joining a Wiki

Last Updated: Oct 09, 2015 12:43AM BST


After you’ve created a Wikispaces user account, you have the option to join a wiki. Most wikis are set to private, meaning their content can only be accessed by members and organizers. You might receive this message when attempting to access a wiki:

An invitation from the organizer or a valid join code is required to become a member of a private wiki. For select wikis, organizers allow membership requests. This article provides a basic overview of the different paths you can take in order to successfully join a wiki.


Email Invitation

When you receive an invitation to join a specific wiki, your Wikispaces account should be registered with the same email address the invitation was sent to. You can accept the invitation by simply clicking on the acceptance link in the invitation email and logging in with your Wikispaces credentials.

If you happened to register your Wikispaces account with an alternate email address, you can easily change the email address registered to your account by following these steps:
  1. Log in to Wikispaces with your credentials
  2. Navigate to your User Dashboard (click on your username in the upper-right corner)
  3. Select the ‘Account’ tab on the left side of your screen
  4. Click ‘Change’ link under your email address
  5. Type your new email address (where you received the invitation)
  6. Enter your Wikispaces password
  7. Click ’Save’ button

You will receive a change of email confirmation at your (newly entered) email address - Go ahead and confirm the change by clicking on the link in the message and signing in to your Wikispaces account. Please make sure to log in under your username instead of your email address while the change is pending.

Once your account email address has been updated, you’ll be able to accept the invitation to join the wiki by clicking on the acceptance link in the invitation email. If you continue to receive the ‘Access is Restricted’ message, send us an email at so we can assist you.


Join Code

There are two ways to join a wiki if you’ve been provided with a join code by another Wikispaces user.

Do you know the wiki’s URL? If so, you can join the wiki by navigating to the URL and entering the join code in the banner found at the top of the page:

If you can’t find the banner, your join code has likely expired or been disabled by the wiki organizer. We recommend sending a message to the organizer to request they generate another join code or send you an invitation to join the wiki.

Don’t know the wiki’s URL? No problem - You can still join the wiki by entering the join code as part of a join address:

Remember to place the code provided to you by the wiki organizer at the end of the URL. After visiting the join address, you'll be prompted to join the relevant wiki:

Things to note:
  • Join codes automatically expire after one week
  • All join codes contain seven characters (could be a variation of numbers and letters)


Membership Requests

Some wiki organizers allow other Wikispaces users to request membership in their wiki:

If the organizer permits membership requests, you’ll find a banner at the top of the page with the option to ‘Join Now’ by requesting to become a member. The absence of this banner indicates the wiki organizer does not allow membership requests.

Your request to join the wiki will be forwarded to the wiki organizers and they have the ability to approve or reject your request. When an organizer has acted on your request, you will be notified of their decision via email.

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