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The preferences dialog allows you to personalize some aspects of a MediaWiki wiki. They will apply only when you are logged in.

Some MediaWiki projects form a family in the sense that one logs in into the family as a whole, and that common preference settings apply. Notably this is the case for the more than 1000 Wikia projects. On Wikimedia projects, logging in and setting preferences are currently done separately on each wiki. You may find it convenient to specify the same preferences on each wiki that you use. See also Single signon transition.

User profile

Username
your account name
User ID
internal account id
Number of edits
total number of edits, see Number of edits section of Help:User contributions at meta.mediawiki.org.
Real name
optional real name; if you choose to provide it this will be used for giving you attribution for your work. This field is disabled on Wikimedia projects
E-mail
your e-mail address, this is optional and not required. If specified, it needs to be confirmed. Your e-mail address will not be shown publicly on the site, and will:
  • allow you to reset your password on the log in screen, if you forget it
  • allow you to use some options (listed in the Email section below)
Nickname
text that defines your signature, when you enter ~~~ or ~~~~.
If the following "raw signature" checkbox is not checked, then your nickname is applied as a label for a link to you user page, so your signature will be [[User:username|nickname]], although the exact expression depends on the system message MediaWiki:Signature. If you leave nickname field empty, your username will be used instead.
Neither wiki-code nor HTML code is interpreted in non-raw signature: the server passes the wiki-code on unchanged, while it converts the HTML in such a way that the browser effectively does not interpret it; for example, "<" is replaced by "&lt;" rendered as "<".
o Raw signatures
this option tells MediaWiki to interpret your nickname as a complete wikicode for your signature, see Raw signature section below.
Language
allows you to specify site interface language, see _messages Help:System messages. There are some limitations:
  • If local MediaWiki:Sidebar contains literal labels, these are in effect for all interface languages.
  • Note that some contain internal links, with the name of a page in the interface language project but without the corresponding prefix; therefore these links in general do not work, unless redirects are made.
  • Note that using English as interface language in RTL projects shows "This is a minor edit" and "Watch this page" on the edit page with tick boxes reversed: the tick boxes do not belong to the nearest but to the other text.
  • Note that using Spanish as interface language in version up than 1.4.0 shows no Edit toolbar when editing articles (Mozilla browser, firefox as well).
  • The interface language does not affect namespace names, they are determined by the site language, which is the language with code $wgLanguageCode. However, in links and in page names entered in the address bar of the browser, English namespace names, being the generic namespace names, are automatically converted to the local names.

Change password

To change your password, enter your old password, the new password, and the new password a second time. If you're merely changing the other preferences, you do not need to enter your password.
Old password
New password
Retype new password
o Remember password across sessions
this feature will place a cookie in your browser's cache, which will allow MediaWiki to recognize you each time you visit the page. You will not have to log in each time you visit.
This option requires you to change your password if it was generated by Mediawiki and emailed to you. This is a security feature but very often causes trouble for new users.

Email

Beginning of this section shows the status of your e-mail: not specified / need to confirm / already confirmed.
o E-mail me when a page I'm watching is changed
o Enable e-mail from other users
o E-mail me also for minor edits of pages
o Enable e-mail from other users
this allows other registered users to send you an e-mail using "E-mail this user" link on your user page. Emails are sent from MediaWiki web interface, and your e-mail address is not revealed to a sender (that is, until you decide to reply by email).
o Send me copies of emails I send to other users

Several of these options are disabled on some Wikimedia projects for perfomance reasons.

Skin

O Chick
O Classic
O Cologne Blue
O MonoBook
O MySkin
O Nostalgia
O Simple
O WoWWiki


A MediaWiki skin is a style of page display. There are differences in the HTML code the system produces (but probably not in the page body), and also different style sheets are used.

The default is the MonoBook skin; what was called Standard is here in the preferences called Classic (not to be confused with the even older Nostalgia), but the system uses "wikistandard" in the naming of css files.

Links at the edges of the page are in different positions. Some links are not present in every skin. In Nostalgia some links are in a drop-down menu instead of directly visible.

Cologne Blue has a fixed font size unless one specifies in the browser "ignore font sizes specified in the webpage"; even then the line height is fixed; therefore this skin is hardly suitable for a large font.

In MonoBook the width of the panel on the left is dependent on the font size. Therefore, with a large font, the width of the main part of the page is smaller than with other skins.

For Classic with a quickbar and a large font a CSS setting to reduce the size of the quickbar text may be necessary. This depends on the project, specifically on the length of the longest word in the quickbar. If that does not fit in the designated width, there are complications depending on the browser. In Internet Explorer the quickbar overlaps the main text and a vertical line which is intended to separate the two, crosses the main text. In some other browsers the problem does not arise if the quickbar is on the right.

Since there is word wrapping but no wrapping within a word, the longest word and not the longest full label is the criterion:

  • "contributions" - English and French Wikipedia and Meta - short, large font is possible
  • "Beobachtungsliste" - German Wikipedia - long - large font is hardly useable
  • "Foutenrapportage" - Dutch Wikipedia - ditto
  • "Gebruikersbydraes" - Afrikaans - ditto

To use the full width of the screen for the main text, use Classic without quickbar or Nostalgia. The drawback is that links are missing to the special pages and your user page, respectively. With the skin "Chick", all links are grouped at the end of the page.


This page in various skins:

In some cases a skin gives problems changing it. In that case, use e.g. http://www.wowwiki.com/Special:Preferences?useskin=monobook and save the desired skin while using the Monobook skin.

See also Help:User style, and for developments and discussions, Skins.

Rendering math

Rendering math
o Always render PNG
o HTML if very simple or else PNG
o HTML if possible or else PNG
o Leave it as TeX (for text browsers)
o Recommended for modern browsers
o MathML if possible (experimental)

MediaWiki allows you to enter mathematical equations as TeX code. These options let you control how that code is rendered into PNG images.

  • Always render PNG: Always make a PNG image from the TeX code.
  • HTML if very simple or else PNG: If the TeX code is very simple, like "x = 3", render it as HTML. For more complex code, render as PNG.
  • HTML if possible or else PNG: This option tries really hard to use HTML, but if it's too complicated, then it renders it as PNG. Warning: some browsers incorrectly render the markup generated for the formula a^{b^c} in this mode as abc: the symbol c is at base level, which is not just a matter of being ugly, but it makes formulas wrong!. A workaround is to add "\,\!": a^{b^{\,\!c}}. With the current settings you get a^{b^c} and a^{b^{\,\!c}}.
  • Leave it as TeX: Don't convert the TeX code, just show it. This is primarily for text-based browsers like Lynx.
  • Recommended for modern browsers. If you use a web browser that was released in the past year or so, use this option.
  • MathML if possible (experimental)

Files

Limit images on image description pages to:  320x240
                                             640x480
                                             800x600
                                            1024x768
                                           1280x1024
                                         10000x10000

(Prior to version 1.5, this is under "Recent changes and stub display".)

One can specify a limit on the size of images on image description pages.

The large limit 10000x10000 means that one gets the full image.

With a slow connection it is not practical to have to load a large image just to read image info. Also, it may be practical if a large image at first is made to fit on the screen, in the case that the browser does not do that itself. If the image has been reduced there is a link to the full image.

From MediaWiki 1.5 the default thumbnail width can be set in the preferences; this can be overridden by an image width specified in the image tag; the latter is typically not advisable, in order to respect the users' preferences.

Date and time

Date format

o No preference
o 16:12, January 15, 2001
o 16:12, 15 January 2001
o 16:12, 2001 January 15
o 2001-01-15T16:12:34

This setting affects the appearance of timestamps on all special pages. They appear just like shown here, except that in Recent changes etc. date and time are separate, without separator "," or "T". Note that the last option, although inconvenient for many users, provides the only way to see seconds.

This setting also affects the appearance of links produced by wikitext for which the formatting feature date formatting feature applies:

  • Option "default": the appearance of links is as without the date formatting feature, except:
    • the wikitext [[2001-01-05]] gives the same appearance as [[2001]]-[[01-05]]
    • if the day is in the center, a comma is put at the year side, if it is not there yet
    • otherwise, if there is a comma it is removed
  • Option "mdy": format [[m d]], [[y]] or [[m d]]
  • Option "dmy": format [[m d|d m]] [[y]] or [[m d|d m]]
  • Option "ymd": format [[y]] [[m d]] or [[m d]]
  • Option "ISO 8601":
    • format [[y]]-[[m-d]] with numeric m, and m and d with leading zeros.
    • without year: appearance as without the date formatting feature


Time zone

Server time: 08:34
Local time: 06:34
Offset: -2 

"Offset" is the number of hours to be added or subtracted from UTC to find your time zone. It may become temporarily incorrect from time to time if you observe daylight saving time -- don't forget to update it to match your local time, because the Wiki doesn't know where you are or precisely when you celebrate DST. (Also, the server's clock may be slightly offset from reality, much as Wikipedia articles may be.) Try this link if you are not sure what is your time zone.

This offset is used to display your local time on all special pages, i.e. the pages that are generated by MediaWiki and cannot be directly edited:

On the other hand, site time is always shown in the timestamps on all Talk pages (and also used in referring to non-localized events, including things that happen on the wiki).

Keep this in mind when copying an excerpt from any special page to a Talk page. Convert manually to UTC or temporarily set the preferences to a zero offset before producing the revision history etc. to be copied. Many experienced users prefer to keep offset as 0 all the time.

Typically on international wikis the site time is UTC. For sites where most users live in one time zone the site time may be set to that, and follow a possible DST. Note that a user who changes his preferences according to the starts and endings of DST still sees a difference if in summer looking at a date/time in winter in a page history, and comparing that with the time in a talk page signature, etc.

Editing

Editing
Rows:           Columns:  
o Enable section editing via [edit] links
o Enable section editing by right-clicking on section titles (JavaScript)
o Edit pages on double click (JavaScript)
o Edit box has full width
o Show edit toolbar
o Show preview on first edit
o Show preview before edit box
o Add pages I create to my watchlist
o Add pages you edit to your watchlist
o Mark all edits minor by default
o Use external editor by default
o Use external diff by default
o Prompt me when entering a blank edit summary
  • Rows, Columns: Here you can set up your preferred dimensions for the textbox used for editing page text.
  • Enable section editing via [edit] links: An edit link will appear to the right of each sub-heading to allow editing of that subsection only.
  • Enable section editing by right-clicking on section titles (JavaScript): In compatible browsers, if this option is checked, a right-click on the section title will bring up the edit box for that section only.
  • Edit pages on double click (JavaScript): In compatible browsers, if this option is checked, a double click anywhere on the page will bring up the edit box for the entire contents of the page.
  • Edit box has full width: If this box is checked, the edit box (when you click "Edit this page") will be the width of the browser window, minus the quickbar width.
  • Show edit toolbar: In compatible browsers, a toolbar with editing buttons can be displayed.
  • Show preview on first edit: When pressing the edit button or otherwise following a link to an edit page, show not only the edit box but also the rendered page, just like after pressing "Show preview": This is especially useful when viewing a template, because even just viewing, not editing, typically requires both.
  • Show preview before edit box: If you select this option, the preview will be displayed above the edit box when you click the "Show preview" button while editing a page.
  • Add pages I create to my watchlist: If this option is selected, any page you create will automatically be added to your watchlist.
  • Add pages you edit to your watchlist: If this option is selected, any pages that you modify will be automatically added to your watchlist.
  • Mark all edits minor by default: This option automatically selects the "This is a minor edit" checkbox when you edit pages.
  • Use external editor by default: (New to 1.5) Changes editing from online version to external program. See Help:External editors.
  • Use external diff by default: (New to 1.5) Changes diffing from online version to external program. See Help:External editors.
  • Prompt me when entering a blank edit summary: If selected, the editor will display a warning message when no edit summary is added to the edit summary box, after the "Save page" button is pressed.

Recent changes

Days to show in recent changes:
Number of titles in recent changes: 
o Hide minor edits in recent changes
o Enhanced recent changes (not for all browsers)
  • Number of titles on recent changes: You may select the number of changes which will be shown by default on the Recent Changes and Watchlist page. Once on those pages, links are provided for other options.
  • Hide minor edits in recent changes. Registered users may choose to mark edits as being minor (meaning fixes too trivial for trusting users to check up on). It applies to Recent Changes and Enhanced Recent Changes, but not to the Watchlist. It also affects Related changes, but currently in an odd way: if the last edit of a page linking to the current page was minor, then neither that nor the last major change is shown.
  • Enhanced recent changes (not for all browsers). Group recent changes per day by article, display the titles of the changed articles in order from new to old latest change, or in the case of hiding minor edits, latest major change. This feature applies also to Related Changes, and, in the case that "Expand watchlist to show all applicable changes" has been selected, to the watchlist.

Watchlist

Number of days to show in watchlist: 

o Expand watchlist to show all applicable changes
Number of edits to show in expanded watchlist: 

o Hide my edits from the watchlist
o Hide bot edits from the watchlist
o Add pages I edit to my watchlist
o Add pages I create to my watchlist
o Add pages I move to my watchlist
o Add pages I delete to my watchlist

Search

Hits to show per page: 
Lines to show per hit: 
Characters of context per line: 
Search in these namespaces by default:
o (Main) 
o Talk 
o User
o User talk
o Meta
o Meta talk
o Image
o Image talk
o MediaWiki
o MediaWiki talk
o Template
o Template talk
o Help 
o Help talk
o Category
o Category talk
  • Hits to show per page: You may choose the number of results returned on each page of search results.
  • Lines to show per hit is somewhat cryptic; specifying a number n means: "do not show any context if the search term occurs beyond line n in the page"; here a paragraph, as well as the blank line between two paragraphs, each count as one "line"; line breaks in the source, even when not affecting the lay-out of the page (and even when not directly visible in the edit box of the article), affect the line count. Setting the parameter to 5000 or more gives context for every occurrence.
  • Characters of context per line: the number of characters of context per occurrence; however, the context is anyway restricted to the "line" (see above) it occurs in. To get the whole line, put a large number like 5000.
  • Search in these namespaces by default: shows a list of all namespaces (not the same in all projects; for older MediaWiki versions, which do not have Special:Version, this is also a useful indicator what version is used; for even older versions that do not have this item in the preferences, see the list after performing a search), allowing one to select which ones are searched by default; see also Namespaces searched.

Misc settings

Threshold for stub display: 
Show hoverbox over wiki links
Underline links
Format broken links like this (alternative: like this?).
Justify paragraphs
Auto-number headings
Show table of contents (for pages with more than 3 headings)
Disable page caching
Enable "jump to" accessibility links
Don't show page content below diffs
  • Threshold for stub display: see Stub feature.
  • Show hoverbox over wiki links. This option determines whether a link title is put in the HTML code. The result depends on the browser: putting the mouse pointer over a link often displays this title in a hover box. However, some browsers show the URL anyway, so a link title may be superfluous. If enabled, the link title is the page name in the case of an internal link, the page name with prefix in the case of an interwiki link, and the URL in the case of an external link.
  • Underline links. Normally, link text will be underlined. Optionally, you may request that links not be underlined, although your browser may not respect this setting. Normally links that are not underlined can still be recognized by color. However, one can then not distinguish between two consecutive words being a single link or two links, without pointing at the words with the cursor, compare p q and p q. With underlining there is, depending on the font, less (an underscore may be wider than an underlined space) or no distinction between a blank space and an underscore (p_q); for internal links this may be an advantage (for reading, not for editing) because they are equivalent; for external links with underscores it may also be an advantage because it looks better (http://www.example.com/p_q) while the underscore is implied by the fact that the q is part of the link. In a piped link one may want to distinguish between underscore and space (p_q r) but this is very rare. For an old discussion of changing the default here, see Link style vote. For further choices of style of links in general and/or types of links one can use CSS (site-wide for all skins, site-wide per skin, user-specific per skin, or web-wide, user-specific)
  • Format broken links like this. An internal link to a non-existing pages is automatically a link to the edit page. By default the link label of [[b]] and [[a|b]] is "b", just like for links to existing pages. Alternatively the link label is a question mark inserted after "b", like this: A red link?. The appearance of the link is further determined by the style specified for css selectors "a.new" and "a.new:hover" (the example on the preferences page wrongly uses class="internal" for the question mark). Internal links to pages which do not yet exist currently appear on your browser like this one. Normally, this is underlined and in red. With the trailing question mark link one can then not distinguish between a single word being linked or a phrase of more than one word, without pointing at the question mark with the cursor. Also, remember that the question mark does not mean that the information is uncertain.
  • Justify paragraphs. If set, article paragraphs will be formatted to avoid jagged line endings. If unset, the paragraphs will be formatted as-is.
  • Auto-number headings. This adds hierarchical outline-style numbering to headers in articles.
  • Show table of contents (for articles with more than 3 headings)
  • Disable page caching. This turns off page caching. This is useful if you're experiencing problems of seeing outdated versions of pages, but this comes at a cost of longer loading times.
  • Enable "jump to" accessibility links - Provides or hides the two links "Jump to: navigation, search" at the top of each page, to the navigation bar and the search box.
  • Don't show page content below diffs

Gadgets

See mw:Extension:Gadgets.

QuickBar

This preferences section only appears in the Classic and Cologne Blue skins (after User Profile section).

This selection allows you to choose the position of the Quickbar, which is a list of links to the various special pages, similar to Monobook sidebar.

The "fixed" quickbar will appear at the top corner of the page, while the "floating" quickbar will appear at the top corner of the browser window instead of scrolling with the article text. Floating quickbars may not float correctly on old or mobile browsers.

The QuickBar must be enabled to allow you access to some features such as moving (renaming) a page, and in the case of Classic, also to arrive at the Special Pages, unless you type the URL.

From MediaWiki 1.5 This has been removed in 1.5

Notes

If you want to change your username, it is recommended that you do this retroactively in the sense that your previous user contributions are recorded under the new name. Users and sysops cannot do this, one can ask a bureaucrat to do so. Signatures are not changed and therefore will no longer match page histories of the talk pages concerned. However, you can edit signatures manually. Also other occurrences of your name on talk pages are not retroactively changed. The deletion log and the upload log are not altered.

Account deletion is not possible.

You cannot indicate personal information (such as your real name) here, but you may do so on a page named after your username in the User: namespace. (That's available as a link on the line which says "You are logged in as user WhatsYourName" above the preferences panel. Feel free to start your own page with anything you want to say about yourself on it.)

Raw signatures

If "Raw signature" is checked, then:

  • Nothing is added to the text that you specify. What you specify is what is used between the two dashes and the timestamp.
  • Wiki markup and HTML markup (as far as allowed in general in wikitext) can be used: the wiki-code is processed, and the HTML is passed on, allowing the browser to interpret it. However, templates and parser functions are not expanded, and images are not allowed. The maximum length is 255 characters.

In the case of a common signature on several projects, as in Wikia, note that links may lead to a different page, depending on the project in which you put the signature, even if you use interwiki link style. For example, India:User talk:John leads to the page User talk:John on India, except from the India project, where it leads to India:User talk:John in the India namespace. Therefore you may want to make a redirect such that the final target of the link is always the same.

Invalid raw signatures

You may find the following message displayed in your user preferences:

Invalid raw signature; check HTML tags.

This means you are using invalid HTML markup on your signature. Some possible causes with their corresponding solutions:

Unclosed tags 
If you are opening a tag without the corresponding closing tag (for instance: [[User:Example|<font color="white">Example]]), you should close the tag (for instance: [[User:Example|<font color="white">Example</font>]]). It's also a good idea to put the tags outside the link if possible (for instance: <font color="white">[[User:Example|Example]]</font>).
Mismatched or incorrectly nested tags 
If the tags are mismatched (for instance: ;<s><u>hi</s></u>), fix them (for instance: <s><u>hi</u></s>).
Unquoted attributes 
It's also recommended to use quotes on all attributes (for instance, use <font color="white"></font> instead of <font color=white></font>).
Unclosed entities 
If you have a HTML entity which is lacking the final ;, you need to add it; if you have a bare &, it must be replaced by &amp; (a bare & is always a mistake in either HTML or wikicode).
Unescaped special characters 
If you are using one of &, <, or >, and want it shown as text, it must be escaped as &amp;, &lt;, or &gt;, respectively.

Former use of images and templates in signatures

In the past images and templates were allowed. Thus they can still be present. Changes in them are retroactive, which on one hand may be confusing, but on the other hand, to rectify annoying signatures, may be convenient.

Signature content

Check the rules of your project (for example, for the English Wikipedia see w:Wikipedia:Signatures) and note that:

  • using another nickname than your username is confusing (the page history shows your username, not your nickname)
  • if you show your username as an image, or with letters replaced by special characters, even if the name is still readable, searching a talk page for your username with the search feature of the browser will fail
  • excessive signatures may clutter talk pages and their wikitext
  • drawing excessive attention to yourself may create the impression that you find yourself more important than other people

A wiki can designate a CSS class like "excess-sig" for non-essential parts of the signatures and request users to specify this class in their signatures where applicable, and/or each user can use a user-specific class, such as "excesssigAbc" for user Abc. Thus the signature is e.g. <span class="excesssig excesssigAbc">[[File:...]]</span>[[User:Abc|Abc]]. This allows a user to hide for themself non-essential parts of the signatures of all or specific users, and/or to highlight for oneself one's own signature.

Browser preferences

Browsers usually also allow you to specify preferences, e.g. font size and font type. The standard skin is compatible with your browser setting of font size and font type. The Cologne Blue skin has most text in a fixed font size, ignoring your browser setting. Some browsers, e.g. IE, allow you to specify that font size specified in the web page is ignored. In that case the font size in Cologne Blue is as specified in the browser, but with the line height not adjusted accordingly. Therefore a large font gives a messy result.

Providing your own CSS

Cascading Style Sheets are used to configure MediaWiki's visual appearance. You can specify your own CSS definitions and overwrite the default settings. See Help:User style.

See also

Wikia Basics - Create an account
Sign up for an accountEdit your user profilePreferencesFacebook Connect



PreferenceHover

You can locate your preferences menu easily by hovering over your user name.

Logged in Wikia users are able to set some personal preferences which tailor the way they read, write and edit on Wikia to their particular style. These preferences are applicable across all Wikia wikias, so the same preferences are applied on every wikia you visit. To access your preferences, move your mouse over your username at the top right of a page. A drop down menu will appear, and from here select "My preferences"

What are the different tabs for?

This help page will walk you through the current preference options Wikia users have and explaining the effects of changing these options. We will address these in order from tab-to-tab.

Tabs are organized to clump together related preferences so that it is easier to find the relevant field to change. By default, there are five tabs on the Special:Preferences page.

Special preferences

Special:Preferences, showing the first tab.

Please realize that none of the changes you make to your preferences will be stored unless you press the "Save" button. You can also reset your preferences to the default settings you had when you registered for Wikia. This can not be undone, so choose wisely if you wish to reset.

My info

Basic information

  • My username: Simply prints your username. You can not change your username through the preferences screen. If you wish to change your username, please see this page on username changes.
  • My user groups: Lists the user groups you belong to.
  • My gender: Not a required preference. By default, users are unspecified, though of course one can choose male or female.
    • The purpose of this preference is for international languages in which proper nouns need a gender form.
    • To learn how to set your gender for your User Profile, please visit Help:Profiles. Your profile gender is not set by this preference.
  • My password: If you would like to change your password, please click the link in this field, which will lead you to Special:ChangePassword

Signature

  • Existing Signature: Renders your signature, including all wikitext.
  • Custom Signature: Where your signature can be changed.
    • Wikitext you use will be converted when the signature is used unless you uncheck the "I want to use wikitext in my signature" box.

Appearance

  • Language: A dropdown menu where you can choose the language you wish to view the wikia in.
    • Note: This applies to the interface on all wikias, so while the content of a DE wikia still will be in German, if you have "EN - english" as your user language, you will see most of the messages and tools on the wikia in the English language.
  • Date: Allows for users to change how they wish to see timestamps.
  • Time: Allows for users to override the server time (which is in UTC) with the time zone of their own choice. Users can either select their geographical region to determine time zone from a dropdown list or can enter the offset manually using the next input box.
    • This will not affect the timestamp in user signatures.
  • Layout: Allows for users to see Wikia with the default Wikia skin or the Monobook skin.
  • Ads: Registered users on Wikia can hide most of the ads our anonymous users see. Consider it a perk of membership. Some admins, though, like seeing all the ads on a wikia so they can understand the user experience for their anonymous readers.
  • Landing Page: Users can either choose between going to the Main Page of a wikia (MediaWiki:Mainpage) or to Special:WikiActivity when going directly to the wikia's URL from the address bar.

Email

The email tab allows users to change their email address on record with Wikia and then control the type and volume of emails they receive from Wikia.

Address

  • My email address: The field in which you see what current address you have on file. If you type in a new email address and save the page, you will be prompted to confirm your new email address.
  • Email Confirmation: If you need to confirm your email address, you will see text informing you that your email is not confirmed and then offer a link to resend your confirmation email if it has been misplaced. If you are already email confirmed, you will be told you are confirmed and given a timestamp of when it was done.
    • Note: As of March 2012, users must be email confirmed when registering.

Followed pages

To learn what followed pages are, please consult this help page on followed pages.

These preferences will determine when if your account will automatically watch the page when you make one of four major changes to a page:

  • When you edit a page
  • When you create a page
  • When you move a page
  • When you delete a page

Email me when...

Now that you have managed your subscriptions to a page through the followed page feature, you can also choose how much communication you receive about those pages. These are fairly self explanatory. Some quick notes:

  • "Minorly changed" - means a user making a change to the page has checked the "minor edit" box.
  • For wikias with message wall enabled, you will see another mini-section entitled "Message Wall" and a dropdown field to choose how you should be mailed.
    • Wikias with the old user talk page system rely upon the previous box of "my user talk page is changed" for those followed pages emails.

Advanced options

  • Send me HTML options: If you have an email client that has the capability to render HTML messages, it may be wise to check this box. HTML-rich messages from Wikia contain hyperlinks that make it much easier to go to a page you are being emailed about.
  • Mark all pages from my Weekly Digest as visited - If you do not visit pages outlined in a Weekly Digest, you may be presented with the same list on your next Weekly Digest.

Disable all emails

Email communication is a critical tool that allows you to stay attuned on what is going on your favorite wikias as well as on Wikia as a whole.

We presented you on this Email tab with plenty of options to suit the types and volume of emails you receive from Wikia. If you have concerns about email, we would suggest you review your general email preferences first.

That said, Wikia does respect your right to not be emailed from our network if you do not wish to be contacted by us. As such, if you check this box, you will not receive any emails from Wikia until the checkbox is unchecked.

Editing

Editing experience

  • Preferred editor - see Help:Editing
  • Widen the Source mode edit box to fill the entire screen - Removes the modules normally displayed to the right of the editor such as the button to add a photo or gallery and also moves the edit summary to the top of the editing bar.
  • Mark all edits as "minor" by default
  • Prompt me if I leave a blank edit summary
  • Do not show link suggest in Source Mode - If you start typing an internal link ([[) followed by a few characters, a pop-up will appear that will let you autocomplete the page name you are trying to link to. Checking this box will disable that feature.

Starting an edit

  • Show section edit links - Enables/disabled a clickable "edit" button for appearing next to any H2 or H3 headline.
  • Edit sections by right clicking on section titles - Again applies to H2 or H3 headlines.
  • Edit pages on double click - A JavaScript shortcut that allows you to simply double click on the body of a page to open the editing window.
  • Disable "Create a new article" flow - Not recommended.
  • Disable Category module - Only applies if visual mode editing is disabled.

Under the hood

This tab combines a number of highly technical, specialized preferences. If you are new to wikias and editing, you may want to leave this tab alone until you understand how most of these tools perform normally.

Recent Changes, Histories, and Logs

  • Days to show in recent changes: - Default: 7 days
  • Number of Edits to Show by Default: - Default: 50 edits
  • Use advanced recent changes - Must have JavaScript enabled.
  • Hide minor edits in recent changes - suppresses all edits on the feed marked with "m".

Followed pages feed

This will control default RSS feed behaviour. Please view this help page for an in depth explanation of this tool and its configuration.

Search

You can choose which namespaces to search, and how many results to return, when using Wikia's internal search function.

It also allows you to turn "Search suggest" on and off - this suggests results as you type words into the search box.

In detail:

  • Hits per page: You may choose the number of results returned on each page of search results.
  • Lines per hit: Specifying a number n means "do not show any context if the search term occurs beyond line n in the page." Setting this to 5000 or more gives context for every occurrence.
  • Context per line: The number of characters of context per occurrence; however, the context is anyway restricted to the "line" (anything without a line break; usually a paragraph) it occurs in. To get the whole line, choose a large number like 5000.
  • Search in these namespaces by default: Choose which types of pages you would like to appear in searches by default. (You will be able to change these options from the search page.) For example, selecting "Main" only will return only articles, selecting "Main" and "Talk" would search articles and their discussion pages.

Advanced display options

  • Hide page content below diffs - By default, when viewing a history diff, the newer of the two versions will have its full page text and rendering displayed as well.
  • Hide diff after performing a rollback - Removes an auto-redirect for users with the rollback right.
  • Hide my followed pages list from everybody - Makes your Special:Following list private.

Facebook connect

Facebook Connect Preferences

The Facebook Connect preferences tab when Facebook Connect is enabled on your account

The Facebook Connect extension has its own tab on your preferences. It is a tool that can help log in you to Wikia with the click of a button as well as more easily share information about your wikia to your Facebook friends and feed. Please click here to learn more about this tool.

If you have not yet connected your Wikia account to Facebook, one of the ways you can do so is going to this tab in Preferences and follow the link to start the connection process.

Once you have enabled this tool, you will see many new preferences appear. These all control if you want your contributions to Wikia to be posted to your Facebook wall. By default, none of these are checked.

You may also check the last checkbox - "Never submit anything to my News Feed" - which will override any of the above checked boxes and will prevent any information being posted to your Facebook feed.

This is also the tab where you can choose to disconnect your account from Facebook Connect.

Non-default tabs & sections

In addition to the default tabs & sections listed above, some extensions add extra preferences to your Preferences page. Please view the help pages linked to learn about these special preferences.

  • Gadgets - The Gadgets extension will add a completely new tab to your Special:Preferences page.
  • Patrolled editing - Adds a few options to your "Under the Hood" tab.

See also

Further help and feedback


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