If you expect that your visits here will be only for reading, welcome!
You can edit pages without any further ado. You’re not required to “register” anywhere. If you want, you can set a username for yourself. It is entirely up to you. Your username is not “secure.” Anybody can use the same name as you do. We believe in MeatBall:SoftSecurity.
On the edit page, you will find a field for your username. The username should be a word in CamelCase – mixed case, no spaces. Just use your first and last name smashed together, eg. AlexSchroeder. If you have a nickname that you often use on IRC or elsewhere online, you can put it on your page using square brackets and two colons like this:
[::kensanata]. Then you’ll be able to link to your page using either name – both AlexSchroeder and kensanata will work.
The username will be used to tag any edits you make on RecentChanges. Note that even if you do have a username, your IP or hostname will be logged – and be visible to others. If you want to keep it a secret, you need to use a network anonymizer like TheOnionRouter (Tor).
Cookies are specific to the machine and browser you are using, thus the cookie will be lost as soon as you use another browser or as soon as you connect from another machine.
If you don’t want to provide a username, use Anonymous.
You might want to add your username to CategoryHomepage.
You might want a button to put on your blog or other website.
It seems that some people lose their cookies. It certainly works for me. So at the moment I suspect that this is related to the browser being used. If you experience this problem, please indicate browser version and OS version down below. Perhaps we can narrow it down. Other problem solving ideas appreciated. ;)