Wikiquote:Why create an account?
You do not have to log in to read Wikiquote. You don't have to log in even to edit articles on Wikiquote — just about anyone can edit almost any article at any given time, even without logging in, and many long-time contributors do not log in. Nevertheless, creating an account is quick, free and non-intrusive, and it's generally considered a good idea to do so for a variety of reasons.
Shared IP addresses such as school and company networks or proxy servers are frequently blocked for vandalism which often affects many innocent editors on the same network. However, registered users in good standing can request existing blocks on their IP address be modified to only affect anonymous editors so that they can continue contributing to Wikiquote. If you are currently blocked from creating an account, we suggest the following:
- Try again after the block on your IP address expires. Go to my contributions and follow the Block log link at the top of that page to find the length of the block.
- Create an account at home and then log in at your school or workplace, if you are blocked there or vice versa.
- Ask a trusted friend on a different network to create an account for you. Be sure to change your password once you are logged in.
- Use Wikimedia's secure server at https://secure.wikimedia.org/, this may bypass your network's proxy server.
Summary of benefits
Abilities given to users with account
- The ability to start new pages, including your user page.
- The ability to edit semi-protected page (your account must be at least four days old to do this, but these pages can never be edited by unregistered users).
- The ability to rename pages.
- The use of a username of your choice, provided that it is appropriate and available.
- The ability to easily review all your contributions via a "My contributions" link.
- The use of your own personal Wikiquote page watchlist to which you can add articles that interest you.
- The ability to customize the appearance and behavior of the website for your viewing.
- Become eligible for potentially taking on the role of a Wikiquote administrator.
- The right to be heard in elections and have your vote count.
- Your IP address will no longer be visible to other users meaning you will have greater privacy. (However, your IP address is still saved and accessible to users with Checkuser permission.)
If you create an account, you can pick a username provided it is available and unique. Edits you make while logged in will be assigned to that name. That means you will get full credit for your contributions in the page history (when not logged in, the edits are just assigned to your IP address). You can also view all your contributions by clicking the "My contributions" link, which is visible only when you are logged in.
You will have your own permanent user page where you can write a bit about yourself. Many users use their user page to maintain a list of the articles they are most proud of, or to collect other valuable information from Wikiquote.
You will have a permanent user talk page you can use to communicate with other users. You will be notified whenever someone writes a message on your talk page. If you choose to give an e-mail address, other users will be able to contact you by e-mail. This feature is anonymous; the user who emails you will not know your e-mail address.
Reputation and privacy
You don't need to reveal your offline identity, but having an account gives you a fixed Wikiquote identity that other users will recognize. While we welcome anonymous contributions, logging in lets you build trust and respect through a history of good edits. It is also easier to communicate and collaborate with an editor if we know who you are (at least, who you are on Wikiquote). It is also easier for veteran users to assume good faith from new users who take the effort to create an account (and you may well become a veteran user yourself some day!). You may well be afforded a great deal less leeway if you do not go to the trouble of making up a username.
Please understand that Wikiquote gets vandalized, spammed, and information gets uploaded by people who just want to advertise. Information sources need to be verified and Wikiquote needs a way to distinguish reliable contributors and sources.
You are actually more anonymous (though more pseudonymous) logged in than you are as an "anonymous" editor, owing to the hiding of your IP. You might want to consider various factors, including privacy and the possibility of offline harassment, when selecting a username.
The privacy implications of this vary, depending on the nature of your Internet Service Provider, local laws and regulations, and the nature and quantity of your edits to Wikiquote. Be aware that Wikiquote technologies and policies may change.
New editing options
The MediaWiki software that powers Wikiquote provides several features only registered users can use. Registered users may mark edits as "minor". Editors can choose to filter minor edits from the list of recent changes. Anonymous members don't have the privilege to mark edits as minor because the persons behind the IP Address can be multiple users, so a basis of trust cannot be built.
One very important feature which active contributors will likely use a lot are watchlists. You will get a new link "Watch this page" (or a new tab "watch") on every page you view. If you click that link, a page will be added to your watchlist. This list is basically a filtered view of the "Recent changes" page which shows only changes that were recently made to items in your watchlist. This way you can keep track of pages you work on without having to follow all changes.
To maintain structure and consistency on Wikiquote, only registered users can create or rename pages.
Many user preferences
Aside from these features, you can customize the way MediaWiki behaves in great detail by altering your Preferences at special:preferences. There you can change the following display settings:
- Under skin: choose between various options as to the appearance of the website.
- Under math: how mathematical formulas are displayed.
- Under files: how large image thumbnails are displayed
And various editing preferences:
- How to sign your name
- How large the editing box should be
- How pages should be displayed in recent changes
- and many others (they're pretty self-explanatory),
Administrators (sometimes known as sysops, short for System Operator) can delete and restore pages, protect them from being edited, edit protected pages, and block users for violation of our policies. They generally carry out the will of the Wiki community on pages such as Votes for deletion.
Only signed-in users can become administrators. Although individual standards vary, any user who has contributed regularly for several months in a positive way will be seriously considered for the role; although any user may apply at any point, very new users will find promotion impossible. For a rough guide to the standards some users expect of administration candidates see this page.
If you are a signed-in user and want to be an administrator, see Wikiquote:Requests for adminship for more information.