Logging in

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Unlike Wikipedia, the Retro family of wikis require that all users register and log in to a wiki to begin editing. Registration is free and relatively painless, while helping to protect our network from vandalism and spam.

Creating a user account means that you supply a username (your real name or a nickname) and a password. The system will reject a username that is already in use. A user account is created only once. You are then "logged in". Next time you log in you supply your username again and demonstrate with the password that you are the same person.

Edits you make are recorded under your account. If you are not logged in you are not allowed to edit pages.

Why log in?

You don't have to log in to read the wiki. However, editing the wiki is not possible without logging in, and there are also other reasons to log in, such as:

  • You will have your own user page where you can write a bit about yourself, and a user talk page which you can use to communicate with other users.
  • You will be able to mark an edit as minor, which avoids inconvenience for other users.
  • You will be able to keep track of changes to modules you are interested in using a watch list.
  • If you choose to give an email address, other users will be able to contact you by email. This feature is anonymous - the user who emails you will not know your email address. You don't have to give your email address if you don't want to.
  • You will be able to set your own preferences, to change things such as:
    • The number of pages displayed in Recent changes.
    • The fonts, colors and layout of the site, by using different skins.

How to log in

First, make sure that your browser accepts cookies. Some browsers can accept or reject cookies from individual sites; users of these should configure the browser to accept cookies from either of our websites.

Click on the Register link at the top right of the page if you wish to create a new account, or the Log In link if you already have an account and wish to log in. You will then be prompted to enter your username and password.

If you're creating a new account, you will need to enter your password twice. You may give your email address if you like. Other users will be able to send email to the address, but they won't be able to find out what the address is. You may also give your real name, which is optional and will be used for giving you attribution for your work if you choose to provide it.

If you click the box Remember my login on this computer, you will not have to give your password again when you access the wiki from the same computer.

Log in problems

If you appear to be able to log in, but as soon as you try to look at a page after the 'Log in successful' page you appear logged out again, it is very likely to be a cookie problem. If you are certain that cookies are enabled, make sure that you haven't inadvertently listed the domain name on a list of sites to never allow cookies for. Also make sure your computer's date and time are set correctly; if they are not, cookies may expire before they are supposed to

How to set preferences

Click on the My Preferences link at the top right of the page for various options, including:

  • Changing your password.
  • Changing the skin, which changes the way that the web pages look.

See Help:Preferences.

Your User page and User talk page

As a logged in user, you will be able to create your own user page and user talk page. When you are logged in, you will see your username displayed at the top right of the page. Click on this to get to your user page, which you can edit in the same way as any other wiki page.

You also have a User talk page. You can access this by clicking on the My Talk link at the top right of the page. Other people may write messages in your user talk page by editing it, and you can respond. See Help:Talk page for more.

How to log out

You can log out any time by clicking on the Log out link at the top right of the page.

Are accounts shared across the Retro network?

For historical and technical reasons, right now you might need to register new accounts for different parts of the network.

The current situation is as follows:

Sonic Retro news feed Separate account needed
Sonic Retro forums Separate account needed
Sonic Retro wiki Separate account needed
Sega Retro Shared account
NEC Retro
Retro CDN

To reiterate, Sega Retro, NEC Retro and Retro CDN share accounts, the constitutent parts of Sonic Retro do not. Registering on Sonic Retro does not grant you editing rights on Sega Retro and vice versa.

This setup is far from ideal, and so work is being done to unify all accounts. In preparation for this, it is highly recommended that you choose to use the same username if you plan to edit multiple wikis.