GIST Support Wiki


Your preferences allow you to personalize some aspects of a wiki. They will apply only when you are logged in. To access your preferences, click on the "My Preferences" link at the very top of the page. This page describes each of the options found in your preferences. Remember: Any time you make a change to your preferences you need to click the "Save" button.


User Profile Tab

  • Username. Shows the username that you registered under.
  • User ID. Shows a unique number representing your username (sometimes used in URLs).
  • Real Name *. Optionally provided. This will not be shown to any other users. It may be used to help the researchers studying to identify you and contact you about your use of this site. (See Privacy policy for details.)
  • E-mail *. Optionally provided.You may optionally provide your e-mail address (it will not be shown publicly on the site). This will enable you to reset your password by clicking the "Mail me a new password" box on the log in screen, if you forget it. Additionally, it will enable other registered users to send e-mail to you from the "E-mail this user" link on your user page (assuming you have checked the "enable e-mail from other users" box later on the User Profile Tab). Others will not see your email address when sending you email. However, when you send email to others through MediaWiki they will see your email address in the "From:" field (so that they can reply to your email). So if you don't want others to have your email address you should not send them an email through the system. Instead, just leave them a comment on their userpage. Finally, providing an email address will allow you to receive email notification when pages you are watching are edited by others (assuming you have enabled this feature later on this Tab). In addition, researchers studying may use it to contact you regarding their study. (See Privacy policy for details.)
  • Nickname. Whatever you enter into this field will show up in your personal signature when you type in ~~~ or ~~~~.
  • Raw signatures (without automatic link). Determines if your "Nickname" text can include internal links.
    • If it is unchecked then whatever you entered in the "Nickname:" field will show up as text that links to your user page (i.e., "[[User:Username|Nickname]]").
    • If it is checked then whatever you entered in the "Nickname:" field will be shown as normal wiki text (i.e., it won't link to your home page). This allows you to link to pages other than your user page if you want to.
  • Language. Select the language you would like the user interface components to show up as.
  • Change Password. This section allows you to change your password at any time (by filling in your old and new passwords). Clicking on the "Remember my login on this computer" places an HTTP cookie in your browser's cache, which will allow the wiki to recognize you each time you visit the page (i.e., you will not have to log in each time you visit). This should not be done on a public computer, since other users who visit the site will be logged in under your username. For security reasons, you must create your own password if you want to use the "remember my login on this computer" feature. If your password was generated automatically, then change it first. (If you're merely changing the other preferences, you do not need to enter your password in this section.)
  • E-mail. This section shows you if your email has been authenticated (and when), and allows you to specify the following options:
    • E-mail me when a page I'm watching is changed. See Help:Watching_pages#Effects_of_watching_a_page for a complete description of when emails are sent.
    • E-mail me when my user talk page is changed. This wiki does not use "talk pages" so it doesn't matter if this is checked or not.
    • E-mail me also for minor edits of pages. If checked, you will also be emailed when minor edits are made to watched pages.
    • Enable e-mail from other users. Allows other people to email you via the "E-mail this user" link on your user page. They will not see your email address. However, if you send email to someone else through the system then your email address will be included in the "From:" field of the email (so they can reply to your email).

Skin Tab

This tab allows individuals to change the "Skin" of the wiki. the skin determines the look of the wiki. On there is only one skin in use, so you will not be able to choose other skins.

Files Tab

  • Limit images on image description pages to. This allows you to select the default size of pictures shown on image pages. The large limit 10000x10000 means that one gets the full image. If the image has been reduced from the original there is a link to the full image.
  • Thumbnail size. This allows you to select a default thumbnail width (i.e., the size of the "small" version of photos that are often inserted into pages).

Date and time Tab

The following is rendered depending on preferences:

  • Date format. Select the date that you prefer (or the "no preference" option) to determine how many of the dates are shown by the wiki software (e.g., in Special:Recentchanges).
  • Time Zone. Shows the current time of the server (where the wiki is located) and your local time. You will need to provide the number of hours to be added or subtracted from UTC to find your local time zone. You can easily do this by clicking on the "Fill in from browser" button if your computer time is correct. Depending on where you live, the time may not be properly updated with Daylight Savings Time.

The time is displayed in local time, according to the set preferences, in:

The UTC time is used:

  • In the Upload log
  • In referring to non-localized events, including things that happen on the wiki.

Editing Tab

  • Rows, Columns. Here you can set up your preferred dimensions for the textbox used for editing page text.
  • Enable section editing via [edit] links. If this is checked then sections within a page can be edited (by clicking on the [edit] link to the right of the section header.
  • Enable section editing by right clicking on section titles (JavaScript). Requires that your browser supports JavaScript.
  • Edit pages on double click (JavaScript). Requires that your browser supports JavaScript.
  • Edit box has full width. If this box is checked, the edit box (when you click "Edit this page") will be the width of the browser window, minus the quickbar width.
  • Show edit toolbar (JavaScript). In compatible browsers, a toolbar with editing buttons can be displayed.
  • Show preview on first edit. When pressing the edit button or otherwise following a link to an edit page, the preview is automatically shown. It is just like after pressing "Show preview".
  • Show preview before edit box. If you select this option, the preview will be displayed above the edit box when you click the "Show preview" button while editing a page. If not selected, it will be shown after the edit box.
  • Add pages I create to my watchlist. If this option is selected, any pages that you create will be automatically added to your watchlist.
  • Add pages I edit to my watchlist. If this option is selected, any pages that you edit will be automatically added to your watchlist.
  • Mark all edits minor by default. This option automatically selects the "This is a minor edit" checkbox when you edit pages. This is not recommended.
  • Use external editor by default. Changes editing from online version to external program. (Not typically used at
  • Use external diff by default. Changes diffing from online version to external program. (Not typically used at
  • Mark edits I make as patrolled. does not allow for patrolling, so it doesn't matter if this is checked or not.
  • Prompt me when entering a blank edit summary. If you attempt to save a page without entering in an edit summary, the page will not be saved immediately. Instead, the page will show the following message: Reminder: You have not provided an edit summary. If you click Save again, your edit will be saved without one.

Recent changes Tab

  • Titles in recent changes. You may select the number of changes which will be shown by default on the Recent Changes and Watchlist page. When visiting those pages links are provided for other options.
  • Hide minor edits in recent changes. Registered users may choose to mark edits as minor edits when they are not worth notifying other users about (e.g., fixing a spelling error). This applies to Recent Changes, but not to the Watchlist, where all changes are shown.
  • Enhanced recent changes (JavaScript). Checking this box changes the look of the Recent changes page. Specifically, it shows an arrow to the left of article title. When clicked on, a list of all edits made to that page on the specified day are shown. Enhanced recent changes does not work in all browsers and requires that JavaScript be enabled in your browser.

Watchlist Tab

  • Number of days to show in watchlist. Enter the maximum number of days that will be shown by default on your watchlist. When you visit your watchlist you can change the number that are displayed by clicking on the desired number.
  • Hide my edits from the watchlist. The edits that you make (while logged in) will not be shown on your watchlist.
  • Hide bot edits from the watchlist. Edits made by "bots" will not be shown on your watchlist. For example, edits made by bots that correct vandalism would not be shown.
  • Expand watchlist to show all applicable changes. Every single edit made to a watched page will be shown. If this is not checked, then only the most recent edit is shown.
  • Number of edits to show in expanded watchlist. If you have checked the box above then you can enter in a maximum number of days that will be shown by default on your expanded watchlist.

Search Tab

  • Hits to show per page. Determines the maximum number of pages that show up in the "Page text matches" section of the search results page.
  • Lines per hit. Determines the maximum number of "inline references" that are shown under each page found in the "Page text matches" section of the search results page. An "inline reference" shows the text surrounding the search term as it is found on the original page.
  • Context per line. Determines the maximum number of characters shown for each "inline reference" (see above).
  • Search in these namespaces by default. Shows a list of all namespaces that are searched for by default.

Misc Tab

  • Threshold for stub display. Enter a maximum size limit (in Bytes) for a stub page. From then on, pages that are smaller than this size will be identified by a faded red color (as opposed to the bright red of broken links). The size only measures the wikitext, not the rendered page. This means if images are included the size of the wikitext could be very small, while the size of the rendered page may be large. See Help:Link#Stub_feature for more details on the stub feature.
  • Underline links. You can select if you want links to be underlined, not underlined, or dependent on the browser's default. Whichever you choose, the links will be identified by a different color.
  • Format broken links like this (alternative: like this?). An internal link to a non-existing page is automatically a link to the edit page. These "broken links" can be shown in two different ways. First (the default), a broken link looks like this Empty_Page_Example. Second, it can look like this Empty Page Example?.
  • Justify paragraphs. If checked, article paragraphs will be formatted to avoid jagged line endings on the right-hand side. If unset, the paragraphs will be formatted as-is.
  • Auto-number headings. When checked you will see numbers before each page section. They will match those that are in the Table of Contents.
  • Edit pages on double click. If this box is checked, you can double-click on a page to edit it. This option requires JavaScript to be enabled in your browser.
  • Show table of contents (for articles with more than 3 headings). See Help:Section#Table_of_contents_(TOC) for a description of the Table of Contents feature.
  • Disable page caching. This turns off your browser's page caching, which is used to load pages that you have visited faster. You should only select this if you are experiencing problems of seeing outdated versions of pages.
  • Enable "jump to" accessibility links. does not use this feature, so just leave this checked.