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User dataEdit

  • Real name: may be used to give you attribution for your work. Other users of the wiki will not see this! It probably won't be used for anything, either, though, as most wikis will credit you by your username.
  • E-mail address: your preferred email address. It is strongly recommended that you give an email address you use and are likely to have for a long time. If you forget your password, this is the only wany you can get it sent back to you!
  • Nickname: The name you would like to have displayed when you sign posts. If you leave this blank, posts will be signed with your username. (For example, if your username is "jbrown123" but you would like to sign as "Jeff", put "Jeff" in the nickname field. If you would like to sign as "jbrown123", leave it blank.) There are lots of ways you can customize your signature using HTML. If you'd like to see how you can do that, see the Central help page at Wikia:Help:Signature. The "Raw Signature" box is for those using more advanced customized signatures, which you can find out about at the signature help page.
  • Language: Which language you would like the interface to be in (buttons, system messages). This can be different from the language that the wiki is in! The articles will stay in whichever language they were originally written in.
  • Change password: Use these fields if you would like to change your password. "Remember across sessions" stores a cookie on your machine so that you do not have to enter your password in every time. (If you use a public computer, such as a library or school lab computer, you probably don't want to do this. But if you're using your home computer that no one else uses, it can be convenient.)
  • Email: Check the box if you do not want other logged-in users to be able to contact you via email. (Normally, the "e-mail this user" link, which is on the side of the screen when you look at any user's user page, will allow users to email you without seeing your email address.)

SkinEdit

Select one of the options to decide how you want the pages to look. MonoBook is the default, and there are many things that look or work better on this skin than others. Select the "preview" link by any skin to test it out before selecting it.

FilesEdit

  • Limit images on image description pages to: allows you to choose a size that will fit on your monitor when you click on an image to see the information about it.
  • Thumbnail size: allows you to choose how big images should be when small "thumbnail" versions are put on a page. Choose a size that you like and works best with your monitor.

Date formatEdit

Choose the option that best matches your preferred date format. (Several options, including American and European date formats, are available.)

Time zoneEdit

Specify how many hours your time zone is away from GMT so that times show in your local time. Clicking "fill in from browser" should do this automatically. If it doesn't, try finding your offset here.

EditingEdit

Options with "{JavaScript)" require you to have JavaScript turned on in your browser.

  • Rows/Columns: sets the size of the edit box for when you edit a page.
  • Enable section editing via [edit] links: When selected, this allows you to edit only part of a page at a time by showing an "edit" link for each subheading. This makes it easier to find the part you wanted to change, though it does clutter the page with "edit" links.
  • Enable section editing by right clicking on section titles (JavaScript): When this is selected, right-clicking on a subheading will let you begin editing that section.
  • Edit pages on double click (JavaScript): When selected, this wil cause double-clicking on a link to another wiki page open an edit window for that 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.
  • Show edit toolbar (JavaScript): 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 you edit to your watchlist: If this option is selected, any pages that you create or modify will be automatically added to your "watchlist", a list of pages you can select to keep track of.
  • Mark all edits minor by default: This option automatically selects the "This is a minor edit" checkbox when you edit pages. If you will be doing a lot of small edits, such as fixing typos or links, rather than writing new material, you may wish th select this option.
  • Use external editor by default: use an external program to edit pages rather than your browser window. This requires extra setup; see the central help page at Wikia:Help:External editors.
  • Use external diff by default: show "diffs" (the difference between one version of a page and another) in an external program rather than in your browser window. This requires extra setup; see Wikia:Help:External editors.

Recent changes & stubsEdit

Options with "{JavaScript)" require you to have JavaScript turned on in your browser.

  • Threshold for stub display: this option allows you to show links very to short pages, or "stubs", in a different color. The number here is the size (in bytes) of the largest page that should be shown in this color. Leaving this number as 0 will show all links to existing pages in the same color.
  • Titles in recent changes: select the number of changes which will be shown on the Recent Changes and Watchlist pages by default. (You may choose to view a different number by following a link on the page itself.)
  • Hide minor edits in recent changes: Logged-in users may choose to mark very small fixes to pages as "minor". You may choose not to see these edits in Recent Changes, though they will be visible when viewing your watchlist.
  • Enhanced recent changes (JavaScript): When selected, this feature allows you to 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.

SearchEdit

  • 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 discussion pages.

MiscEdit

  • Underline links: Choose whether or not you would prefer links to be underlined. "Browser default" underlines links to wiki articles the same way your browser settings are set for other web links.
  • Format broken links like this (alternative: like this?): Choose whether you would prefer links to pages that do not yet exist to be underlined and in red.colored red or to show as question marks at the end of the word. (Either way, following these links will take you to an "edit" page.)
  • Justify paragraphs: If selected, article paragraphs will be formatted to avoid jagged line endings, or "justified".
  • Auto-number headings: This adds hierarchical outline-style numbering to headers in articles.
  • Show table of contents (for pages with more than 3 headings): If selected, automatically shows a box with a table of contents after the first section for pages with more than 3 section headings (for example, this page). This can make it easy to jump to the section you would like, in a long page.
  • Disable page caching: This turns off page caching, which is when you see a previously-stored version of a page stored in a cache, rather than the current version. Selecting this is useful if you're experiencing problems with seeing outdated versions of pages, but may cause longer loading times.

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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 wikis, so the same preferences are applied on every wiki 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 wiki in.
    • Note: This applies to the interface on all wikis, so while the content of a DE wiki 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 wiki 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 wiki 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 wiki (MediaWiki:Mainpage) or to Special:WikiActivity when going directly to the wiki'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 wikis with message wall enabled, you will see another mini-section entitled "Message Wall" and a dropdown field to choose how you should be mailed.
    • Wikis 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.
  • Enable email from other users - If you check this box, wiki users can contact you via the Special:EmailUser function.
  • Reveal my email address in notification emails - Some users are willing to share their email to aid wiki communication. That said, please do not check this field if you have concerns about privacy or are a minor.
  • 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 wikis 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

  • Enable visual editing - Enables the visual editing mode for your account. By default this is turned on. If the box is deselected, you will only see the source mode (aka wikitext) editor.
    • This preference also applies to the new VisualEditor feature which may be enabled on some communities.
    • Some wikis do not have a visual editor enabled due to overall community preference. Even if you have this preference checked, you will not see any visual editing option on those wikis.
  • 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 wikis and wiki 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 wiki 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.

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