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Why create an account on PESWiki?

You do not have to log in to read PESWiki. You do have to log in to edit articles on PESWiki — anyone can edit almost any article at any given time, after logging in. Creating an account is quick, free and non-intrusive. It also provides additional features and in general projects require it. There is information about PESWiki:How to log in and other related topics.

Summary of benefits

Abilities given to users

The ability to start new pages.

The ability to rename pages.

The ability to upload images.

Other benefits

The use of a username of your choice, provided that it is appropriate and available. If you create an account, you can pick a username. 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, you cannot edit). 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 PESWiki. 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.

The ability to easily review all your contributions via a "My contributions" link. Your own user page that is never shared with others. Your own talk page which allows other users to send you messages without having to know your e-mail address. The use of your own personal PESWiki 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 PESWiki administrator. The right to be heard in elections and have your vote count. You do not need to reveal your offline identity, but having an account gives you a fixed PESWiki identity that other users will recognize. While we welcome contributions, logging in is the only way that 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 PESWiki). 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 PESWiki gets vandalized, spammed, and information gets uploaded by people who just want to advertise. Information sources need to be verified and Wikipedia needs a way to distinguish reliable contributors and sources.

Reputation

You do not need to reveal your offline identity, but having an account gives you a fixed PESWiki identity that other users will recognize. Anonymous contributions are not allow at this time due to several conserations. Logging in lets you build trust and respect through a history of good edits. You can communicate and collaborate with an editor when others know who you are (at least, who you are on PESWiki). It is also easier for veteran users to assume good faith from 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 PESWiki gets vandalized, spammed, and information gets uploaded by people. Information sources need to be verified and PESWiki needs a way to distinguish contributors and sources. When logged in, all your edits are publicly associated with your account name. See PESWiki's privacy policy for more information on this practice. You are anonymous (though more pseudonymous) logged in than if PESWiki did allow "anonymous" IP editors. 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 PESWiki. Be aware that PESWiki technologies and policies may change.

Editing options

The MediaWiki software, (which powers PESWiki), provides several features only for use by registered users. Registered users may mark edits as "minor." Editors can choose to filter minor edits from the list of recent changes. 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. On PESWiki, registered users can create or rename pages. Also, logged in users if can upload images. PESWiki User scripts provides various user scripts for registered users that automate mundane processes, increasing efficiency and effectiveness, and strengthen the browsing and editing experience.

User preferences

Aside from these features, you can customize the way MediaWiki behaves in great detail by altering your Preferences at There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1]. 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 formulae 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)

Administrator status

PW:ADMINs (sometimes known as PW:ADMINs, 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 PESWiki community. Any 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. If you are a signed-in user and want to be an administrator, see There was an error working with the wiki: Code[2] for more information.

Jump in, the water is fine ...

PESWiki is a Wiki, which means that anyone logged in can edit any unprotected page and save those changes immediately to that page. Editing a PESWiki page is not very difficult and there are plenty of places to get help. A Quick guide is located at PESWiki:Quick guide. After your first edit, you are a PESWiki editor! Basically, all you have to do is click on the "edit" button in the heading of the section you want to modify, make the modification, preview, then save. To edit the entire page, or more than one section, you can select the "edit" link at the top of a page. For step by step introduction to becoming a PESWikin, see the PESWiki tutorial. Those pages will discuss the useful features of the wiki software, the pieces of style and content guidance, information about the PESWiki community, or important PESWiki policies and convention.

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