If you are logged in to the wiki, user Preferences are accessed by clicking on "My preferences" in the upper right hand corner of any wiki page. This will open up a panel with eight tabs:
- User profile
- Date and time
- Recent changes
- Search options
Any changes can be saved by clicking on the "Save" button in the bottom left corner of the page, the default choices can be reinstated by clicking on "Restore all default settings".
The user profile tab is the default opening tab and displays the basic information about your account on the wiki. The information provided includes:
- Username – This is the name with which you log in to the wiki
- User ID – This is an internal number assigned to your account
- Member of groups – This is a list of the groups to which you belong
- Number of edits – This is the number of edits you have made to this particular wiki
- Registration time – This is the date and time you created your account on the wiki
- Real name – This field is optional and can be used to fill in your real name. The default value is blank.
- Gender – This field is optional. The default value is "undisclosed".
- Password – This section allows you to change your password but does not actually show your current password.
- Language – The default value in this field is en – English, but you can change it to whichever other language you prefer and the general wiki menus will appear in that language thereafter.
This section displays your current signature (the text which is displayed if you use ~~~~ to sign something. It also allows you to change your signature.
This optional section allows you to specify an email address and to customize what sort of email you receive from the wiki at the specified address.
This is the second tab and allows you to change the general appearance of the wiki when you are logged in.
The skin of the wiki includes the colour scheme and any background images you see. By default, you see the skin which was designed by the people who created the wiki. However, you can make the wiki appear complete differently for you by creating one or two custom files:
- Custom CSS
The Files section lets you set the size of the images displayed in file description pages and also how large thumbnail images are (the width in number of pixels).
The advanced options section lets you decide how you want wiki links to appear, whether or not you want to see tables of contents and whether or not you prefer to have section titles numbered.
Date and time
The date and time section allows you to specify how you wish dates and times to be formatted.
The date format provides 4 choices in addition to the default setting.
The time offset section lets you specify your timezone based on your geographic location.
The editing tab allows you to set how large the editing window is (the default being 80 columns x 25 rows) and some more advanced editing options.
This tab allows you to set how the Recent Changes are displayed.
This tab allows you to set how the list of pages you watch is displayed.
The search options tab lets you specify how many hits are shown on one screen, which namespaces are searched by default and whether or not you want predictive text while typing search terms.
The Misc tab governs who the differences (diffs) between two versions of the same page are displayed when comparing version in the "Page History" tab.