Account Creation Improvement Project/Testing content/Account creation form/Original version

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This first part comes from MediaWiki:Fancycaptcha-createaccount[edit]

Username policy prohibits usernames which are promotional, misleading, or offensive
  • promotional usernames:
    • containing existing company, organization, group, or website names (including non-profit organizations)
    • containing domain names or email addresses
  • misleading usernames:
    • close to names of celebrities, notable world figures or events, or known Wikipedians
    • containing words like "bot" or "script" which refer to automated editing processes
    • containing titles like "admin" or "sysop", which imply authority on Wikipedia
  • offensive usernames
For technical reasons, a username cannot include the #, / and \ symbols. Any underscores will be converted to spaces. The first letter of a username is automatically capitalized.

Registering a free account takes only a few seconds and has many benefits. Scroll down to the form below, and simply choose a username and password and (optionally) enter your email address, then click "create account".

Choose a username/password

  • Choose an inoffensive username that identifies you personally, either using your real name, or an alias of your choosing. Do not use your email address or domain name, or the name of any organization you're associated with. (See pros and cons of using your real name.)
  • For your own security, please choose a strong password that would be difficult to guess; see our article on password strength for help. A typical "strong" password is at least 8 characters long, contains a mix of upper and lower case letters and numbers, and is not made up mostly of dictionary words and names.

Prove you're human

  • To help protect against automated account creation, please enter the words that appear below in the box, without any spaces. (more info)
  • Unable to see the image? Please request that an account be created for you.

Captcha and submit fields[edit]

Various Mediawiki messages for User name, Password, Retype password, Remember me (up to 30 days), etc.


From MediaWiki:Prefs-help-email[edit]

* You do not have to provide an e-mail address, but if you forget your password, you will not be able to regain access to your account without one. You also need to provide an email address if you wish to enable the "Email this User" feature, to either send or receive emails via Wikipedia. You can provide an email address later on, or change it. If you change your e-mail address, you will need to reconfirm it.

This next part comes from MediaWiki:Signupend[edit]

Please note that an account is not required to read the encyclopedia and look up information – that can be done by anyone with or without an account – although you do need an account to change your reading preferences, such as the site appearance.

Please ensure that your name choice is compliant with our username policy.

If you are unsure if your username follows our username policy, or have difficulty creating an account, please request an account.

Privacy   (See pros and cons of using your real name and site privacy policy.)

  • Username – Your username will frequently appear publicly on the site; editors who use their real names have sometimes been subjected to harassment. Also consider carefully whether to put personal information about yourself on Wikipedia (especially information that may enable someone to identify you).
    Note: The first letter of your username will automatically be capitalized because of technical restrictions (e.g. "john doe" will be displayed as "John doe").
  • IP address – Your IP address (when logged in) and e-mail address will generally be private, but may be made available to a very small number of users under tightly controlled circumstances related to control of vandalism and other disruption.
  • Email address – Your e-mail address is not normally displayed or given to anyone, with one exception: if you e-mail another user through Wikipedia, your e-mail address is included in the email, to enable them to reply.
  • Public recordAll edits to the encyclopedia are permanently recorded and publicly visible forever in the history of any page that you edit, as well as on all discussion pages. If you use your real name or a name you use elsewhere, people seeking information about you may see your username and others' comments on your editing. If your editing happens to cause concern, there may be discussion linked to your username.

Logging in and out:

Already have an account? If you simply wish to change your username, you can do so by requesting a username change.