WikiQueer:Why create an account?
This is WikiQueer. You do not have to log in to learn. Almost anyone can edit almost any article at any given time too, but be aware that the sources of edits are always publicly displayed. For unregistered edits, this means listing the editing device's (e.g. the computer's) IP address. On the other hand, a WikiQueer account allows editors more privacy (and protection from IP tracing). Wherever you are, whatever your device, if you make edits using your WikiQueer account, your IP adress will remain hidden - only the Username you chose will be displayed to the public.
Creating a profile is quick, completely free, and so non-intrusive - it is easy to join the community and share what you know. Each of us volunteers in different ways. Some WikiQueerians make it a hobby, and others just like to have their account ready - for those times when you notice a possible improvement. WikiQueerians can focus on content (e.g. we have volunteer journalists, editors, commentators), systems maintenance (e.g. anti-vandals, software developers) and much more (guides who support new editors or projects in their local community, etc). So check out the summary of the benefits below, and give it a go! Create an account and officially join the WikiQueer project.
 Summary of benefits
You can always contribute to WikiQueer, but once you are registered, you can:
- Choose an appropriate username, then (click here and) create your own user page. You can collaborate, share information about yourself, or just practice editing and publishing. On your user page, you can view a convenient list of all your contributions and you can use the watchlist to monitor changes to your favourite pages.
- Optionally send and receive e-mails to and from other users.
- Upload images, rename pages, start new pages, and even edit semi-protected pages after a while (usually after just 10 edits and 4 days)
- Use custom preferences (including your discussion signature) to change the look and behaviour of WikiQueer.
- Edit without your IP address being visible, except to a few highly trusted users who have the Checkuser permission.
- Use more advanced editing tools.
- Ability to dismiss site notices displayed at the top of each page.
- The ability to be nominated for adminship, bureacratship, and the ability to gain permissions.
For a little bit more detail, read on. Or, get started: Represent an ocean in a raindrop – contribute to the WikiQueer Project the way that you want to.
 Benefits explained
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. While WikiQueer is not a homepage provider, you can use this to display a few free pictures, write about your hobbies, etc. 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 WikiQueer.
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 do not need to reveal your offline identity, but having an account gives you a fixed WikiQueer identity that other users will recognize. While we welcome contributions from unregistered editors, logging in under a pseudonym 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 WikiQueer). It is 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.
You are actually more anonymous (though more pseudonymous) logged in than you are as an unregistered editor, owing to the hiding of your IP address. 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 WikiQueer. Be aware that WikiQueer technologies and policies may change.
 User preferences
As a registered user, you can customize the way MediaWiki behaves in great detail by altering your Preferences at Special:Preferences. There, in the Appearance tab, 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.
Shared IP addresses such as school and company networks or proxy servers are frequently blocked for vandalism which, unfortunately, may also affect innocent editors on the same network. However, registered users in good standing can request existing blocks on their IP address be modified to affect only unregistered editors so that they can continue contributing to WikiQueer. If you are currently blocked from creating an account, we suggest you do one of 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 while at an unblocked location, such as your workplace, home, local library, or favorite Internet cafe and then log in through the blocked server or network.
- Ask a trusted friend on a different network to create an account for you.
To create an account, click on the "Create an account now" link and fill out the required fields. This will be logged, and your account will be created.