Wikipedia:Why create an account?

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You do not have to log in to read Wikipedia. You do not have to log in even to change articles on Wikipedia — almost anyone can change almost any article at any time, even without logging in, and many long-time users do not log in. Creating an account is fast, easy and free, and it is a good idea to do so for many reasons.

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Blocked?[change | edit source]

Shared IP addresses such as school and company networks or proxy servers are blocked a lot for vandalism which, unfortunately, may also affect users who haven't done anything wrong on the same network. If you are blocked right now from creating an account, we suggest you do one of the following:

  • Try again after the block on your IP address ends. 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 IP, 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.

Things users with accounts can do[change | edit source]

  • They can change semi-protected pages (your account must be at least four days old and have at least ten changes, but these pages cannot be changed by unregistered users).
  • They can rename pages.
  • They can send and get e-mails from other users (optional).
  • They can set personal settings on their accounts
  • They can keep a watchlist to watch changes made to articles that interest that user.

Other good things[change | edit source]

  • The use of a username of your choice, as long as it is acceptable and not already used.
  • They can easily see all their changes by using the "My changes" link.