Help:Creating an account

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Creating an account is free and easy, and unlocks many benefits that you will not otherwise be able to enjoy if you do not have an account. Benefits of having an account include:

The Sims Wiki is located on the Miraheze wiki farm network, which means that accounts are shared across all wikis on Miraheze. This means that you only need to register for an account once—when you create an account, you'll be able to edit The Sims Wiki and 5293 other wikis.

How do I create an account?[edit source]

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Creating an account is quick and easy. All you need is a username that you want to be publicly known as, and a password that you will remember. To get started:

  1. Click on the 'Create account' link at the top-right of the page.
  2. Enter a username you want to be known by. Spaces and most punctuation marks are accepted. You cannot use a username that has already been taken by somebody else, or is too similar to an existing username. Your username is public and will be used to identify you, so choose wisely!
  3. Enter a password. Your password should be easy for you to remember, but hard for others to guess. We recommend a passphrase of randomly chosen words, like "correct horse battery staple."[n 2] Make sure you never tell anybody else your password!
  4. Re-enter the password you chose.
  5. You can optionally enter your email address, if you prefer. If you have email enabled on your account, you can receive notifications over email, reset your password in case you forget it, and email other users. Your email address won't be used to spam you and won't be shared with others without your knowledge.
  6. You can optionally enter your real name. This will be used for giving attribution to your work if you choose to provide it. If you don't, your username will be used instead.
  7. Complete the reCAPTCHA down below. This is as easy as clicking the box next to "I'm not a robot".
  8. Click on the 'Create your account' button.

You're done! You can log in using your username and password right away.

Accounts on other wikis[edit source]

All accounts on Miraheze are part of the unified login system. This means that you do not need to create another account in order to edit another wiki hosted by Miraheze. When you log in anywhere on Miraheze, you will automatically be logged in to all other wikis on Miraheze. For example, if you created an account on The Sims Wiki, you do not need to create another account in order to edit the All The Tropes Wiki, which is also hosted by Miraheze.

FAQs[edit source]

I forgot my password! What should I do?[edit source]

If you set up an email address with your account, you can reset your password by having a password reset email sent to your email address.

Can my account be deleted?[edit source]

Accounts cannot be deleted. If you no longer wish to use your account, you can simply stop using it. If you never want to use your account again, you can change your password to one you will never remember.

Can I change my username?[edit source]

Yes! You can request that your username be changed by filling out this form. A steward will process your request once they see it.

I can't create an account[edit source]

The username I chose is too similar to an existing username[edit source]

In order to prevent impersonation, the system will not allow usernames that are too similar to a username that already exists. In this case, pick a new username that you want to be known as.

The username I chose is already in use[edit source]

You can use this page to look up your desired username to see if it is already in use. If you see a message that says "There is no global account for username", then the username you selected is available.

The username I chose is invalid[edit source]

Usernames have the following restrictions:

  • They may not contain any of the following characters: # < > [ ] | { }
  • They may not contain the '@' symbol (as such, email addresses may not be used in usernames)
  • They may not contain the / character
  • They may not be an IP address, nor resemble one. For example, "564.348.992.800" is not a valid IP address, but it resembles one, so it is not allowed.
  • They may not be a namespace or interwiki prefix.
  • They may not be more than 85 bytes long.

My IP address is blocked[edit source]

In some cases, the IP address you are currently using may be blocked because someone who was using it before was using it for vandalism or spam. If this happens to you, try waiting until after the block has expired. You can check the expiry date by attempting to edit the sandbox. The expiry date of the block will be shown in the block message that appears. If no such message appears and you are able to edit the page normally, then you are not currently blocked, and should be able to create an account like normal.

You can also request that your IP address be unblocked. To do this, visit your user talk page, edit it, and then add the following to the page: {{Unblock|<your reason here>}}, replacing <your reason here> with why the block should be lifted. Be sure to explain that you are trying to create an account in order to register.

Notes[edit source]

  1. Normally, if you edit without logging in, your IP address will be used to identify you. The IP address will be publicly recorded in the page history.
  2. As suggested by this XKCD comic. A password that consists of randomly chosen dictionary words is more secure (and easier to remember) than a string of nonsensical characters.