Most MediaWiki sites can be browsed anonymously, but there are advantages to signing up as a registered user. 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:
How to sign up and have an identity on the wiki
A personal wiki page just for you (although anyone else can edit it)
Special links that appear on user pages
Sending messages to other wiki users
Monitoring changes to selected articles
Listing all the edits you’ve made
Tailoring your wiki experience
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).
To create an account (assuming you aren’t logged in already):
Click the link “Log in/Create account” on any wiki page.
On the login page, click “Create an account”.
Follow the simple directions. Creating your account will automatically log you ...