You do not have to log in to read Dofus. You do not have to log in even to edit articles on Dofus — almost anyone can edit almost any article at any given time, even without logging in, and many long-time contributors do not log in. Nevertheless, creating an account is quick, free, and non-intrusive, and it is generally considered a good idea to do so for a variety of reasons.
Shared IP addresses such as school and company 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 anonymous editors so that they can continue contributing to Dofus. 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.
- Create an account while at an unblocked location, such as your workplace, home, local library, or favorite internet cafe and then log in through the blocked server or network.
- Ask a trusted friend on a different network to create an account for you.
Summary of benefitsEdit
Abilities given to users with an accountEdit
- The ability to start new pages, including your user page.
- The ability to edit semi-protected pages (your account must be at least four days old and have ten edits to do this, but these pages cannot be edited by unregistered users).
- The ability to rename pages.
- The ability to upload images.
- The ability to send and receive e-mails from other users (optional).
- The ability to set personal preferences on your account.
- The ability to keep a watchlist to track changes made to articles that interest you.
- The use of a username of your choice, provided that it is appropriate and not already used.
- The ability to easily review all your contributions via a "My contributions" link.
- The ability to customize the appearance and behavior of the website for your viewing.
- The ability to use editing tools.
- Eligibility to vote in Arbitration Committee elections and Wikimedia Board elections.
- The ability to edit without your IP address being visible to other users. (Your IP address is still saved and accessible to those highly trusted users who have the extremely rare Checkuser permission.)
If you create an account, you can pick a username provided it is available and unique. Edits you make while logged in will be assigned to that name. That means you will get full credit for your contributions in the page history (when not logged in, the edits are just assigned to your IP address). You can also view all your contributions by clicking the "My contributions" link, which is visible only when you are logged in.
You will have your own permanent user page where you can write a bit about yourself. While Dofus is not a homepage provider, you can use this to display a few free pictures, write about your hobbies, etc. Many users use their user page to maintain a list of the articles they are most proud of, or to collect other valuable information from Dofus.
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.
Reputation and privacyEdit
You do not need to reveal your offline identity, but having an account gives you a fixed Dofus identity that other users will recognize. While we welcome anonymous contributions, logging in under a pseudonym lets you build trust and respect through a history of good edits. It is also easier to communicate and collaborate with an editor if we know who you are (at least, who you are on Dofus). It is also easier for veteran users to assume good faith from new users who take the effort to create an account (and you may well become a veteran user yourself some day!). You may well be afforded a great deal less leeway if you do not go to the trouble of making up a username.
As your reputation builds, it is possible to earn privileges such as rollback, sysop, and others. It is not possible for an anonymous editor to be granted these privileges.
Please understand that Dofus is regularly vandalized, spammed, and used inappropriately for advertisement, usually from people who have not logged in. Information sources need to be verified and Dofus needs a way to distinguish reliable contributors and sources.
You are actually more anonymous (though more pseudonymous) logged in than you are as an "anonymous" editor, owing to the hiding of your IP address. You might want to consider various factors, including privacy and the possibility of offline harassment, when selecting a username.
The privacy implications of this vary, depending on the nature of your Internet Service Provider, local laws and regulations, and the nature and quantity of your edits to Dofus. Be aware that Dofus technologies and policies may change.
More editing featuresEdit
Dofus provides several features to which only registered users have access:
- Registered users can customize their Dofus experience through their preferences page, which offers several options (see below). Even more customization and control is possible for advanced users through user scripts. Both of these features are available only to registered users.
- Only registered users can create or rename pages.
- Only registered users may upload images.
- An important feature that active contributors often make use of is called the watchlist. Upon logging in, you'll get a new link (or tab) on each page you view, called "watch". It lets you keep an eye on pages that interest you by saving them in your "watchlist" — your personal list stored on Dofus's servers. When you view your watchlist, you'll be able to see which of your "watched" pages have changed recently, along with their edit summaries, and quick links to view the specific changes that have occurred ("diff" links).
- Registered users may also mark their edits as "minor".
As a registered user, you can customize the way MediaWiki behaves in great detail by altering your preferences at special:preferences. There you can change the following display settings:
- Under skin: choose between various options as to the appearance of the website.
- Under math: how mathematical formulas are displayed.
- Under files: how large image thumbnails are displayed
And various editing preferences:
- How to sign your name
- How large the editing box should be
- How pages should be displayed in recent changes
- and many others.