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MediaWiki by Daniel J. Barrett

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Chapter 3. Your User Identity

Most MediaWiki sites can be browsed anonymously, but there are advantages to signing up as a registered user.[19] Before you fret, “Oh no! Not another username and password to memorize,” consider the benefits of creating an account: tailoring the behavior of the wiki to your liking, keeping track of your edits over months or years, monitoring other people’s changes to your articles, and, of course, that warm, fuzzy sense of community. (Assuming the community members are getting along!)

In this chapter, we’ll discuss MediaWiki’s features for registered users, including the following:

Creating an account

How to sign up and have an identity on the wiki

Your user page

A personal wiki page just for you (although anyone else can edit it)

The Toolbox menu for users

Special links that appear on user pages

Communicating via user talk pages

Sending messages to other wiki users

Your watchlist

Monitoring changes to selected articles

Your contributions

Listing all the edits you’ve made

Setting preferences

Tailoring your wiki experience

User CSS and JavaScript

Writing custom code to change the behavior of the wiki

Many of these features are reachable from the user options menu found on every wiki page (see User Options Menu).

Creating an Account

To create an account (assuming you aren’t logged in already):

  1. Click the link “Log in/Create account” on any wiki page.

  2. On the login page, click “Create an account”.

  3. Follow the simple directions. Creating your account will automatically log you ...

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