Help:Create an account

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To create an account visit Special:CreateAccount and follow the instructions on the page.

Registering doesn't just give you better tools for making edits: An account facilitates everything from offering art to working with other volunteers.

This is the RuneScape wiki. It is free to read, and free to edit. Go beyond reading, and join fellow scapers in maintaining the wiki.

The RuneScape wiki has various sister projects too, like the OSRS Wiki – which is the wiki for the Old Schol version.

You don't need to be registered to contribute, but getting an account will allow you to:

Once you have had an account for about 4 days and have made at least 10 edits, you will be allowed to:

For a little bit more detail, read on. Or, get started: sign up – contribute to the wiki the way that you want to.

Creating an account is quick and completely free.

Summary of benefits[edit source]

Username and privacy[edit source]

If you create an account, you can pick a user name provided it is available and unique. Edits you make while logged in will be assigned to that name, not to your IP address. You will have your own permanent user page where you can write a bit about yourself. While the RuneScape wiki is not a homepage provider, you can use this to display a few pictures, write about your hobbies, etc. Many users use their user page to display their in-game stats, titles etc.

You will also have a permanent talk page you can use to communicate with other users. You will be notified whenever someone writes a message on your talk page.

You are actually less identifiable logged in than you are as an unregistered editor, owing to the hiding of your IP address (so long as you avoid disclosing identifiable information on your user page). You might want to consider privacy and the possibility of offline harassment, when deciding what to say on your user page.

Reputation, communication, and more successful edits[edit source]

Having an account gives you a fixed wiki identity that other users will recognize. While we welcome contributions from unregistered editors, logging in under a user name lets you build trust and respect through a history of good edits, and makes it easier for veteran users to assume good faith, communicate and collaborate. Having a good name (or a pseudonym to protect your identity) promotes more responsible editing, and more civil discourse.

Sometimes new or unregistered users are prevented from editing pages that are common targets of vandalism (just as this page is protected, and only users with an account can edit it). Also, bots can mistake even good-faith IP address edits for vandalism. For these reasons, edits under a user name tend to be more successful.

Your user name may also receive recognition for good work such as the Wikian title. You need a fixed account identity to accumulate these pats on the back; they are not awarded to IP addresses.

As your reputation builds, it is possible to earn privileges such as rollback, sysop/administrator, and others. It is not possible for an unregistered editor to be granted these privileges.

User preferences[edit source]

As a registered user, you can customize the way pages are displayed by altering your preferences. There, in the Appearance tab, you can change the following display settings:

  • Under Skin: various options as to the appearance of the website
  • Under Math: how mathematical formulas are displayed
  • Under Files: how large image thumbnails should be

And various editing preferences:

  • How your username signature appears on talk pages
  • How pages should be displayed in recent changes
  • and many others

Blocked?[edit source]

Shared IP addresses such as school and enterprise networks or proxy servers are frequently blocked for vandalism which, unfortunately, may also affect innocent editors on the same network. However, registered users in good standing can request existing blocks on their IP address be modified to affect only unregistered editors so that they can continue contributing to Wikipedia. If you are currently blocked from creating an account, we suggest you do one of the following:

  • Try again after the block on your IP address expires. Go to my contributions and follow the Block log link at the top of that page to find the length of the block. If no block appears go to Special:BlockList and copy the IP address which appears at the top of Special:MyPage into the box next to "IP address for username:".
  • Contact us

See the Blocking policy for details.

To create an account, click on the "Create an account now" link and fill out the required fields. This will be logged, and your account will be created.