You can set your Preferences so that a username is shown beside the edits you make. A username is a way of telling who is writing something. This help people to communicate and to keep records. You can have a user page with the title of your username, and also a talk page, where people can leave messages for you.
Usernames give people an idea of what Wiktionary is like. Usernames change what people think about other people and how they treat each other. We try to include everyone and be neutral. We try to be helpful to each other. We are writing a serious encyclopedia and usernames should not stop these goals. Names that are hateful, or that are made to shock people or show a strong view stop these goals.
The name does not have to be your real name, although some people think it is best to do this.
Please use common sense when you choose your username.
Offensive names rule[change]
The name must not deliberately offend or upset anyone. Remember that other people editing here are from different places and may be upset by different things. Here are ways to avoid offending people:
- Do not use the name of a politician, military or religious figures or events. (It may be okay if this person or event is not from the 20th or 21st centuries.)
- Do not choose something that might be offensive. Your user name should not suggest that you hold any particular political, religious or other belief.
- People should be able to think things about you just based on your contributions, not on what they think about your name.
- User names which offend other people might make people not want to contribute to Wiktionary. It also distracts people from what they are meant to be doing - writing a dictionary!
- Some names do not offend people, but they show a strong view or are very religious. These names are discouraged but less serious than names that offend people.
- If someone complains about your user name, please think about changing it. If lots of people complain, you will have to change it. You can discuss this policy on the talk page.
How to change your name[change]
The best way to ask for a username change is to contact a bureaucrat directly via email or a message on their user Talk page. Give them your old username and the new one you want to use. IMPORTANT: Do not create the new user account, the bureaucrat will create it.
Multiple username rule[change]
There is no rule against having more than one username, but you must not use it for bad reasons. You must not use it to vote more than once. Do not make it look like people agree with you by saying things with different accounts. If you have a good reason that you do not want to edit under one username, that may be allowed.