Creating a Wikipedia Account
I’m sure most of you have heard of Wikipedia before, but just in case you haven’t, let me tell you a little about it before we move on. Basically, Wikipedia is a free encyclopedia that anyone can use and edit. That’s right, if you want to add something to the Wikipedia database or if you want to edit someone else’s entry, you can do so right through the Wikipedia Web site. Cool, huh?! (If you’re still not sure what I’m talking about, you can learn more about it by reading this tip as well). Now, I know what you’re probably thinking: “How can I get started?” Well, allow me to show you! Here’s how:
1.) First, go to the Web site of http://en.wikipedia.org.
2.) In the top right hand corner, click Sign In/Create Account.
3.) On the next page that appears, click Create One, which can be found above the Username box.
4.) Next, you will need to fill in your desired username (it has to be unique, as in not too long and not similar to anyone else’s), your desired password (twice) and your e-mail address. Although your e-mail address is optional, if you are going to get serious with Wikipedia, I suggest entering it in. There is also a spam blocker at the top of the page (a CAPTCHA test), so fill that in too and you’ll be all set!
5.) Once you have completed all of that, go to your e-mail account and click the link in your e-mail to fully activate your account.
6.) Now, return to http://en.wikipedia.org and in the top right hand corner (where the Sign In link used to be), there is a small toolbar. Click My Preferences (see screenshot below) to get started.
7.) Here you can set up a signature that will appear when you type on certain pages. For now, click on the Editing tab in the gray toolbar at the top of this area. The bottom checkbox that says “Prompt me when entering a blank edit summary” should be unchecked. Check that and then click Save at the bottom of the page.
8.) Now, you’re finished setting your preferences and you are free to explore the encyclopedia. A good starting point would be the Wikipedia: Introduction, which can be found by typing “WP: INTRO” into the search box on the left hand toolbar. But the choice is yours!
Now you can go and Wikipedia away!
~ Brandon Zubek