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Once you have
For a little bit more detail, read on. Or, get started:
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You will also have a permanent
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.
Having an account gives you a fixed Wikipedia 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
Sometimes new or unregistered users are prevented from editing pages that are common targets of
Your user name may also receive recognition for good work such as
As a registered user, you can customize the way pages are displayed by altering your
And various editing preferences: