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Personal links, with the Preferences link.

If you're signed in, you'll notice a Preferences link at the top right of the page; within it are options to modify StrategyWiki to look and display the way you want it to. Below are the various sections found within preferences, with more information on each.

User profile[edit]

In the user profile section, various settings related to your personal information on StrategyWiki can be changed.

  • Username: Your username. It cannot be changed, but the name used in your signature and edits can be changed by means of the Nickname setting.
  • User ID: Your reserved user ID in the database, used for internal purposes. It cannot be changed.
  • Real name: Your real name. It's used as an extra piece of information about yourself. Supplying it is completely optional.
  • E-mail: Your e-mail address. The e-mail address you set on StrategyWiki will be used to send password reminders, talk notifications, and e-mail and watch list notifications.
  • Nickname: The alias people see your edits and signatures under.
  • Raw signatures: If ticked, any wiki markup or HTML in the nickname setting will be used in your signature.
  • Change password: Allows you to change your password. Enter your old password in the first field, then your new password in the next two fields.
  • E-mail
    • E-mail me on page changes: If ticked, StrategyWiki will send e-mail notifications when changes to a watched page is made.
    • E-mail me when my user talk page is changed: If ticked, StrategyWiki will send e-mail notifications every time your talk page changes.
    • E-mail me also for minor edits of pages: If ticked, StrategyWiki will send an e-mail notification upon any change (including modifications marked as minor edits) to a watched page.
    • Enable e-mail from other users: Allow users to send e-mail to you through StrategyWiki. Your e-mail address will not be revealed to the sender, but of course replying to them via e-mail will reveal your address to them.


Skins are sets of images and layouts that you can use on the website rather than the standard "Blue Cloud." Choosing a different skin will change the appearance of StrategyWiki for you, but it won't make any difference to the content of the guides. Blue Cloud is the default and preferred skin, and it will give the best experience when using StrategyWiki, as many of the site's templates cater specifically to it, and not to other skins. If you would prefer that StrategyWiki look like Wikipedia, choose the MonoBook skin.


Set how math is rendered in your browser. The option defaults to HTML if the math text is very simple, otherwise a PNG image will be created.

  • Always render PNG: Forces the browser to always create a PNG to view math text.
  • HTML if very simple or else PNG: View short math text in HTML and longer text as a PNG.
  • HTML if possible or else PNG: Always use HTML if the math text is able to be rendered without using a PNG.
  • Leave it as TeX (for text browsers): Leaves the math as raw TeX code, which consists of numbers and backslashed (\) keywords.
  • Recommended for modern browsers: For more recent versions of major browsers, this will choose the optimal method of rendering math text.
  • MathML if possible (experimental): View math text in MathML, though proper rendering is not guaranteed.


  • Limit images on image description pages to: The image description page is what you see when you click on an image, it is a page in the Image: namespace. With this you can limit the size of the image on that page. Clicking the image on its Image: page will show a full size version of the image. Images are scaled to 800×600px by default.
  • Thumbnail size: Adjust how large you would like thumbnail images to be while viewing an article, 180px is the default.

Date and time[edit]

  • Date Format: In certain situations, such as when dates are linked, a reader's viewing preferences will be taken into account when displaying the date/time. Dates aren't linked often on StrategyWiki, but picking a preference doesn't hurt.
  • Time zone: Your time zone. Clicking fill in from browser will almost always work; if not, just manually set the hour difference from the server time.


  • Rows and Columns: This specifies the size of the edit box.
  • Enable section editing via [edit] links: If enabled, you will see a small "[edit]" link to the right of all section headings. If disabled, you will not see these links. They are enabled by default.
  • Enable section editing by right clicking on section titles (JavaScript): A cleaner way to section edit requiring JavaScript, which isn't likely to be a problem for most users who would like this feature.
  • Edit pages on double click (JavaScript): The same as above, but for full page editing.
  • Edit box has full width: Stretches the edit box to the full width of your browser window, rather than to the default maximum.
  • Show edit toolbar (JavaScript): Displays bold/italic/etc. buttons above the edit box.
  • Show preview on first edit: Enabling this means you will see a preview of the article/section being edited after clicking "edit", as opposed to only showing up after you have clicked the "Show preview" button.
  • Show preview before edit box: Before the edit box, or after the edit box.
  • Add pages I create to my watchlist: See watchlist for details.
  • Add pages I edit to my watchlist: See watchlist for details.
  • Mark all edits minor by default: See minor edit for details.
  • Use external editor by default: For those who prefer another editor rather than the default MediaWiki editor.
  • Use external diff by default: For those who prefer another diff viewer (for comparing versions of articles) rather than the default MediaWiki one.
  • Prompt me when entering a blank edit summary: Enabled by default. This will inform you that you have failed to describe your edit in the edit summary box (located just below the main edit box).

Recent changes[edit]

  • Titles in recent changes: How many pages show up in the recent changes page.
  • Hide minor edits in recent changes: Whether or not minor edits will appear on the recent changes page.
  • Enhanced recent changes (JavaScript): Adds additional JavaScript-dependent functionality to the recent changes page.


  • Number of days to show in watchlist: How many days of edits made to pages display on your watchlist at any given time.
  • Expand watchlist to show all applicable changes: Shows all edits to pages on your watchlist as opposed to only the most recent one.
  • Number of edits to show in expanded watchlist: If your watchlist is expanded, this value will determine how many changes are actually displayed.
  • Hide my edits from the watchlist: Hide your own edits from being displayed in your watchlist.
  • Hide bot edits from the watchlist: Accounts that are bot flagged will not appear in your watchlist.
  • Hide minor edits from the watchlist: Hide minor edits made to pages in your watchlist.
  • Add pages I create to my watchlist: Automatically watches new pages you create.
  • Add pages I edit to my watchlist: Automatically watches any page you edit.
  • Add pages I move to my watchlist: Automatically watches any page you move.
  • Add pages I delete to my watchlist: Automatically watches any page you delete if it is recreated. (Admin only)


  • Hits per page: How many articles to show per page while searching.
  • Lines per hit: This can limit how much additional text is shown with a hit in the search other than the article title.
  • Context per line: This limits how much text is shown per line, per hit.
  • Search in these namespaces by default: You can specify which namespaces to search in by default. This can be changed for individual searches using the check boxes at the bottom of the search results page.


  • Threshold for stub display: The value is the number of bytes a page must be under before it will be considered a stub. Links to stubs will have a different appearance. This is set to 0 (off) by default.
  • Underline links: Sets whether to have links underlined or not.
  • Format broken links like this (alternative: like this?): Two options for viewing links for articles that don't exist yet. Checked displays them in red text, unchecked puts a blue question mark after them.
  • Justify paragraphs: Justify means that the text lines up with both the left and right margins of the area it is filling by putting extra space between words. Unchecked is the default.
  • Auto-number headings: Heading can be numbered or not, unchecked is the default.
  • Show table of contents (for pages with more than 3 headings): Displays a table of contents at the top of the page when appropriate.
  • Disable page caching: This will prevent your browser from saving specific versions of articles in an effort to save load time when viewing them again. If unchecked, you may be viewing older versions of the page you are interested in.
  • Enable "jump to" accessibility links: Enable a drop down box that allows you to browse through the URL hierarchy.
  • Do not show page content below diffs: When viewing diffs, checking this box displays only the diffs, not how the page appears below.
  • Show hidden categories: Categories generated by in-page elements such as infoboxes are not shown by default.