Make sure that the cache directory including all contents and subdirectories is writable by the web server. If it is, any modifications you make to .tpl files should take effect immediately.
The code you describe is responsible for displaying the "help" link on the top of the right-hand sidebar. The journal title and description can be edited as Site Administrator by choosing "Hosted Journals" and clicking the "Edit" link beside the journal in question.
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