How to Register
To register for the site, just click on the "Create an account or login" link at the top of the screen. If you are using the default skin, this will be at the top right of your screen. (The position may be different in different browsers eg IE7 does not display correctly).
You just need to provide a Username and a Password. The username can be anything you like providing it hasn't already been allocated.
To login, you have to have cookies enabled on your computer. Also if you check the box that says "Remember my password across sessions", this will simplify the login process for you from that computer.
You don't have to login to read the Black Bank Wiki. You do not have to log in even to edit articles.
Nevertheless, creating an account is quick, free and non-intrusive, and it's generally considered a good idea to do so, for a variety of reasons.
If you create an account, you can pick a Username. Edits you make while logged in will be assigned to that name. That means you get full credit for your contributions in the page history (when not logged in, the edits are just assigned to your (potentially random) IP address). You can also view all your contributions by clicking the "My contributions" link, which is only visible when you are logged in.
You will have your own user page where you can write a bit about yourself. You can use this page to maintain a list of the articles you have contributed.
You will have a permanent user talk page you can use to communicate with other users. You will be notified whenever someone writes a message on your talk page. If you choose to give an e-mail address, other users will be able to contact you by e-mail. This feature is anonymous; the user who emails you will not know your e-mail address.
You don't need to reveal your real identity, but having an account gives you a fixed identity that other users will recognize. While we welcome anonymous contributions, logging in lets you build trust and respect through a history of good contributions and edits. It's also easier to communicate and collaborate with an editor if we know who you are.
Sites such as this may get vandalized or spammed. Information sources need to be verified and having a username will distinguish you as a reliable contributor and source.
If you are not logged in, all your edits are publicly associated with your IP address at the time of that edit. If you log in, all your edits are publicly associated with your account name, and are internally associated with your IP address.
You are actually more anonymous (though more 'pseudonymous') logged in than you are as an "anonymous" editor, due to the hiding of your IP.
There are many features of the MediaWiki software (which powers the Black Bank Wiki) that are only available to registered users. For example, one of these features is being able to mark edits as minor.
Minor edits can be filtered from the list of "Recent changes". Marking edits which are not minor as such is considered very rude, so only mark an edit as minor if only a small change, such as a grammar correction has been made. Anonymous members don't have the privilege to mark edits as minor because the person behind the IP Address could be anyone, so a basis of trust cannot be built.
One very important feature which active contributors will likely use a lot are Watchlists. You will get a new link "Watch this page" on every page you view. If you click that link, a page will be added to your watchlist. This list is basically a filtered view of the "Recent changes" page which only shows changes recently made to items in your watchlist. This way you can keep track of pages you work on without having to follow all changes.
Setting user preferences
Aside from these features, you can customize the way MediaWiki behaves in detail by altering your preferences. There you can change the following display settings:
- Under skin: choose between various options as to the appearance of the website. (The default MonoBook skin is recommended)
- Under math: how mathematical formulae are displayed.
- Under files: how large image thumbnails are displayed
And various editing preferences:
- How you sign your name
- How large the editing box should be
- How pages should be displayed in recent changes
- ... and others (they're pretty self-explanatory).