Registration is optional
Everyone is welcome to contribute to Wiktionary, regardless of whether they choose to register a user name or not.
There are two main reasons people are encouraged to register:
The free account gives you many benefits, including more editing options and user preferences. One handy feature is the Watchlist, which makes it easier for you to track changes to pages you are interested in. Another is the ability to move or rename a page (Do not move pages simply through copy and paste as the edit history is not preserved that way. Instead ask at the Beer Parlour for a registered user's help).
Also, it increases your privacy by hiding your IP address, which can sometimes be used to find out more about you.
Finally, only registered users are allowed to become Administrators (or sysops). These users have the ability to delete and restore pages, edit protected pages, and other priviliges.
Many Wiktionarians consider registering to indicate a greater willingness by you to stand behind your edits, and your comments on discussion pages. This means your contributions to articles and discussion pages will generally be given more weight, at least when you make the entries while logged in. Of course, building a solid track record of useful contributions will also enhance people's perception of you, regardless of whether you register.
To register, or to see more detailed information regarding the benefits of registering, you can click the Log in link at the top right corner of any page.
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