Wikiafripedia:Why create an account?
This is Wikiafripedia, the free afripedia. It is a free encyclopedia to read, free to edit and you are free to monetize your contributions via advertising. Go beyond reading, and join the world's community of content authors, contributors, and volunteers.
You don't need to be registered to contribute (or edit most article), but getting an account will allow you to:
- Choose an appropriate user name, which will be reserved just for you on Wikiafripedia and other Wikiafrimedia projects.
- Create your own user page, to collaborate, share information about yourself, or just practice editing and publishing in your own sandbox.
- Communicate with other editors via your own talk page. You can also opt in to exchanging emails with other users.
- Facilitate the ability of other editors to communicate with you, via automatic notifications that alert you when someone has
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ed you, or wikilinked your userid.
- Use custom preferences to personalize the look and behaviour of Wikiafripedia.
- View a convenient list of all your contributions (edits), and use your watchlist to monitor changes made to pages that interest you.
- Use more advanced editing tools.
- Edit without revealing your IP address (which can be used to trace your physical location) to the public.
- Vote for the members of the Wikiafrimedia Board.
Once you have confirmed your email address or had an account for about 4 days and have made at least 10 edits, you will be allowed to:
- Gain permissions.
- Edit semi-protected pages. IP address users and non-confirmed users cannot edit pages of this security level.
- Start new pages, rename pages, or upload images.
For a little bit more detail, read on. Or, get started: sign up – contribute to the Wikiafripedia Project the way that you want to, and request monetization anytime you want revenue from articles you've authored.
Creating an account is quick and completely free.
Summary of benefits
Username and privacy
If you create an account, you can pick a user name provided it is available and unique. Edits you make while logged in will be assigned to that name, not to your IP address. You will have your own permanent user page where you can write a bit about yourself. While Wikiafripedia 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 Wikiafripedia.
You will also have a permanent talk page you can use to communicate with other users. You will be automatically notified whenever someone writes a message on your talk page. If you choose to give an e-mail address and have it confirmed, you will be auto-confirmed automatically, you will able to create an article right-away and 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.
You are actually less identifiable logged in than you are as an unregistered editor, owing to the hiding of your IP address (so long as you avoid disclosing identifiable information on your user page). You might want to consider privacy and the possibility of offline harassment, when deciding what to say on your user page.
However, you must submit real and verifiable details at the articles for monetization page or send your monetization request to: firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to earn revenue from your contributions to Wikiafripedia via advertising.
Reputation, communication, and more successful edits
Having an account gives you a fixed Wikiafripedia identity that other users will recognize. While we welcome contributions from unregistered editors, logging in under a user name lets you build trust and respect through a history of good edits, and makes it easier for veteran users to assume good faith, communicate and collaborate. Having a good name (or a pseudonym to protect your identity) promotes more responsible editing, and more civil discourse.
Sometimes new or unregistered users are prevented from editing pages that are common targets of Vandalism (just as this page is protected, and only users with an account can edit it). Also, bots can mistake even good-faith IP address edits for vandalism. For these reasons, edits under a user name tend to be more successful.
Your user name may also receive recognition for good work such as Barnstars, Project Awards, Personal User Awards, or nomination for voted accolades like Editor of the Week. You need a fixed account identity to accumulate these pats on the back; they are not awarded to IP addresses.
As your reputation builds, your high quality articles would be awarded paid promotions from time to time and it is possible for you to earn privileges such as rollback, sysop/administrator, and others. It is not possible for an unregistered editor to be granted these privileges.
As a registered user, you can customize the way pages are displayed for you by altering your preferences. There, in the Appearance tab, you can personalize the following display settings:
- Under Skin: various options as to the appearance of the website
- Under Math: how mathematical formulas are displayed
- Under Files: how large image thumbnails should be
And various editing preferences:
- How your username signature appears on talk pages
- How pages should be displayed in recent changes
- and many others
Shared IP addresses such as school and enterprise 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 Wikiafripedia. 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. If no block appears go to Special:BlockList and copy the IP address which appears at the top of Special:MyPage into the box next to "IP address for username:".
- Request an account by following the instructions at Wikiafripedia:Request an account.
- If your IP address is globally blocked, request an account by clicking the link above and request global IP block exemption.
See the Blocking policy for details.
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.
- Related Wikiafripedia information pages
- Why not create an account? – Reasons to edit as an IP.
- Advice for parents – Brief introduction to Wikiafripedia for parents and legal guardians.
- Contributing to Wikiafripedia – How and where you can help Wikiafripedia.
- Deleting and merging accounts – Why it is not possible to delete user accounts and the alternatives available.
- Personal security practices – How caution should be used when posting personally identifiable information online.
- Privacy, confidentiality and discretion – How your rights to privacy may not extend as far as you believe.
- Request an account – How any user may request an account be created for them.
- Wikiafripedia is in the real world – How activity here on Wikiafripedia has consequences in the real world.
- Help:Logging in – Help to log in to an existing account
- Special:ListUsers – Search usernames currently in use on Wikiafripedia, or those in a specified group.
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