Choose a neutral username that you'll be happy with. You can usually change your name if you need to by asking, but you can't delete it.
When you create a new account, so you can log in, one of the things you'll have to do is pick a username. This page gives some advice on this.
What are usernames used for?
Your user name will be attached to all your edits, while you're logged in. This is partly for reasons of accountability. It's also helpful from a copyright perspective: if someone wants to use your contributions in a way not allowed under the Wiki copyright they can ask you on your talk page, for example. Also, the GFDL encourages giving appropriate credit to authors, and your username is used to give that credit. It's possible to change your username.
We recommend against using multiple usernames, unless you have a very good reason. See Sock puppet.
Choosing a username
Your username on Wikidoc should be your real name or some variation of it. For example:
DavidSmith, SmithD, DaveSmith, DSmith, DavidSmith1, etc.
Please pick a username that helps us to write an encyclopedia. That means picking a name that you're comfortable writing under, but it also means picking a name that others are comfortable seeing and collaborating with. Remember that a controversial name may colour other users' perspective on your own credibility or political viewpoint. In addition, Wikidoc is a world-wide source book, so take care to avoid anything that might cause offence to someone from a different culture, religion, or ethnic group.
Wikipedia recommends that users avoid
- names of politicians, military or religious figures or events;
- any other names that may be seen as potentially offensive, or endorsing or opposing the politics, policies or beliefs of a public figure.
People should be able to judge you purely on your contributions, not an emotional response to a potentially controversial nickname. Avoiding such names is in your own interest. So do please be careful. Remember you are working as part of a community. Show everyone else the respect for their beliefs that you expect them to show yours.
Real names versus pseudonyms
Historically, many wikis have encouraged users to use their real name as their user name, in their belief that a user will offer constructive contributions to the project if they are more likely to be accountable for their actions. This is the most professional way to track people. Also, if you use a pseudonym rather than a user name that identifies you with your real name, U.S. copyright law grants you only a fixed period of copyright rather than one based upon when you die. If you want it copywritten, don't put it on a Wiki! Do not use the real name of well-known figure, especially one still living, unless you are that person. Registering a username of a notable figure, and then performing disruptive edits in that "name", or in an attempt to discredit it, will likely result in an immediate, indefinite block. Impersonations of figures who are household names, such as "George W. Bush" or "Winston Churchill", etc., will be blocked on sight.
Additionally, avoid using your real name if it:
- Is similar to "Jake Remington",
- Prominently features "Jonny",
- Starts with "Willy" "Billy" or "Dicky" or is initialed "W.O.W", (due to the notorious "Willy on Wheels")
- Contains "On Wheels"
- Contains "Cunio".
as these names have been used by high-profile Wikidoc vandals. Additionally consider modifying your username choice if it:
- Resembles that of an existing Wikidoc administrator
- Is identical to that of a famous person, e.g. if your name is "Michael Jordan" and you are not the famous basketball player, consider registering as "M. Jordan" or "MikeJ".
This will help avoid the presumption of malicious intent.
Wikidoc usernames are case sensitive and, for consistency, the first letter of all usernames will be capitalized when you create an account. This means that if you request the username "your name", the account created will instead be: "Your name".
If your username will consist of more than one name, and you'd like your signature to be internally consistent, you might prefer to capitalize each one when you create the account. This conforms to the widely accepted rules of capitalization: usernames are, after all, proper nouns. Examples would be "Your Name", "Your Middle Name", and "Your M Name".
Inappropriate usernames include both clear and masked names. Fairly or unfairly, the line between acceptable and unacceptable user names is drawn by those who find the username inappropriate, not by the creator of the name. Please don't try and find this line.
Wikidoc does not allow certain usernames, including the following:
No confusing or misleading usernames, eg:
- Names that can be confused with other contributors. (If someone else is using a nickname that you wish to use, please consider using your real name or an alternative pseudonym instead. In the unlikely event that someone else is editing Wikidoc with your real name, please add a middle name or some other way of distinguishing between you and the existing contributor)
- Names that include commonly used Wiki software or community terms, or imply an official position on Wikidoc. Prohibited username components include, but are not limited to words resembling the following:
- "Administrator" or "Admin",
- "Rollback" or "Revert", "Edit war", "POV", etc.
- "Delete", "Upload", "Pagemove", "Redirect", or other editing processes or abstractions.
- "Bot", "Robot", "Script", "Initialize", "Automated", "Daemon", etc., unless the name is intended as a designated bot account.
- Any visible toolbar buttons, namespaces, or other technical terms which may be confusing to inexperienced users or otherwise imply a capacity other than that of a normal user.
- Also, beware that the letters capital i and lower case L, and the numeral 1 look exactly the same (I/l/1) in certain fonts, as do upper/lower case O and the numeral 0 (O/o/0). This should be taken into account, and creative use of one in place of the other (I where L would be expected and vice versa) is discouraged, given its past misuse. An infamous example of a user who had an alias that did this was Willy on Wheels.
Users have been blocked in the past for choosing usernames that were perceived as impersonation attempts on present users, or gave the impression of being "official".
- Names that imply bot accounts may be blocked, and the user may be requested to contact an administrator to confirm that the account is indeed a bot account.
No inflammatory usernames
Wikidc does not allow potentially inflammatory or offensive user names. Inflammatory usernames are needlessly discouraging to other contributors, and disrupt and distract from our task of creating an encyclopedia. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Names that promote or imply hatred
- Names that are recognised as slurs
- Names that refer to symbols of hatred, including historical figures who are widely associated with such
- Names that refer to sexual acts or genitalia, including slang, innuendo, and double entendre
- Names that refer to or allude to reproductive or excretory functions of the body
- Names that promote or refer to violent or otherwise illegal real-world actions
- Names that are scatological or pornographic
- Names that contain profanity, obscenities, or other potentially offensive language
- Misspellings, or spellings of the above with "cr34+1v3 sub5717u710nz]]" (creative substitutions)
- Random or apparently random sequences of letters and numbers, such as "ZJUn5XDLfqSve6yO", "R852783459b", or "asdfjjjjjjjk".
No harassing or defamatory usernames: Harassment and defamation is in any case inappropriate on Wikidoc. Further, your username is not a vehicle to attack other users with whom you have a disagreement. Your username should not be used to insult or mock other users, usernames, articles, or actions. Additionally, a username should not be used to defame other people, companies or groups, regardless of whether they edit Wikidoc. Nor should usernames divulge the personal information of other users. This can include parts of a name formatted similarly to a telephone number, social security number, or street address.
Avoid non-Latin characters. Most of your fellow editors will be unable to read a name written in Cyrillic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or other scripts. Many of them will be additionally burdened, as such names will be displayed for them only as question marks ("??? ??") or squares ("□□□ □□"). If your name is usually written in a non-Latin script, please consider transliterating it to avoid confusion, and allow easier access to your talk page by typing your name in the search field or URL bar. However, you may use other alphabets as alternate link text in your signature.
No usernames that closely resemble notorious Wikipedians' usernames. Willy on Wheels, MARMOT, Jake Remington, MilkMan and Wikidoc is Communism are considered to be the most infamous usernames. Any username based on these or significantly similar to them (EG. Contains "Willy", "Wheels/On Wheels" or "Communism/ist") will likely be blocked as soon as it is seen. Generally, such names are difficult to choose accidentally, but if you are concerned, click on the names above to see a list of names they have used.
The primary purpose of user names is to identify and distinguish contributors. This facilitates communication and record-keeping. The user name is not a forum to be offensive or make a statement. No one has a right to any particular user name. While colorful, interesting, or expressive names may add to the pleasure of Wikidoc, they are not essential. This might include legitimate names and long-established internet pseudonyms that can be misconstrued.
Through the Preferences, one can choose a nickname used in signatures, independent of the actual user name (connected to a User: page). In general, the same rules apply for signatures as for usernames. A signature should not be misleading.
Changing inappropriate usernames
If enough people complain about your user name (through talk pages or the mailing lists or ), the bureaucrats will change it. Neither complaints nor name changes should be arbitrary, but user names that are offensive to a significant number of people will be changed, not without notice, but without appeal.
Co-operative contributors should normally just be made aware of our policy via a post on their talk page. Voluntary changes (via Changing username are preferred: users from other countries and/or age groups may make mistakes about choosing names -- immediate blocking or listing on RfC could scare off new users acting in good faith.
Where a change must be forced, we first discuss it. This can take place on either (A) the user's talk page, (B) a subpage of the user's talk page, or (C) a sub page of requests for comment. It should be listed on requests for comment in the appropriate section. The user should also be made aware of the discussion.
For uncontroversial cases where the user is actively editing, the decision can be taken in a day or two. For more controversial cases where the user is less actively editing, a week is more appropriate. For highly controversial cases, or cases whether the user has left Wikidoc, discussion might well take a month.
After an appropriate time for discussion, a sysop can take a judgement on the name in question. They should only take action if their judgement is that a "rough consensus" has arisen that the username is inappropriate. This will involve blocking the inappropriate username, for which see blocking policy.
However, administrators may block inappropriate usernames on sight.
Where inappropriate or borderline inappropriate usernames are coupled with vandalism, the username may be blocked indefinitely on sight: again, see blocking policy.
Usernames that are designed to impersonate legitimate users may be blocked immediately. The IP address of these users should be left autoblocked.
Deleting your user account
Accounts on Wikimedia wikis will not be deleted. Accounts with contributions cannot be deleted since this would allow another user to create the account, and claim authorship of those edits. It is not possible for your edits to be removed entirely. They can only be reassigned to something else so as not to violate the GNU Free Documentation License.
If you decide after creating an account, particularly if you did so using your real name, that you would rather be anonymous, you can have your account renamed. You can request this at by contacting Dr.Gibson, who has the ability to change usernames. When this is done, your contributions list will be assigned to the new user name.
You may also request your user and talk page be deleted as explained at Wikidoc:User page.
Any talk pages that you have signed will still display your former user name. These need to be changed manually by editing the pages concerned. If you feel strongly about your name no longer appearing on the site, you can edit these pages to remove your signature. The easiest way to find these is by clicking "what links here" from your user page. There is currently no means of removing signatures from old revisions in the page history.
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