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To Evan: Hi, I'm that Hans from the Peru section. I already have tried to get a login, and it seems that I have. But I don't see any difference. My modifications of the articles are still listet with my IP instead of my login name and I never have been asked to write my user page.

Could their have occured a problem or is their something I didn't understand. Do you athenticate the loged in users with cookies? Maybe, I have blocked them.


Yes, the authentication is with cookies. I'm not sure of the content of the cookies, but I can tell you that we won't do anything evil with them. I'm pretty sure it's just a session ID that keys into your user account on the server side. The cookie name is PHPSESSID, and it might actually be a PHP thing rather than a MediaWiki thing.
If you can selectively enable cookies in your browser, or whatever you use to block them (I use Privoxy, myself, and have an exception line in my Privoxy config for, that's fine. If you don't feel comfortable doing that, please feel free to continue contributing to Wikitravel without a user account -- that's totally fine. Last thing: make sure you try using the login page to log in. -- Evan 19:12, 5 Sep 2003 (PDT)
Thank you Evan, I have enabled the Wikitravel cookies in my browser (Mozilla). All works fine. Hansm 05:35, 2003 Sep 6 (PDT)

User Name Characters[edit]

The advice on this page says about a username: It can have letters and numbers, but no spaces or punctuation marks.

I do not believe that is correct. A username should only have letters and numbers but it can have spaces or underscores (_), which are seen as the same character, as well as most other pubctuation marks. However, the one character that any user name should NOT have is an ampersand (&) character as that character is used to separate the GET variables in a URL and WILL cause the username to be incorrectly interpreted and WILL make the User and User Talk pages difficult to access.

The problem is that the MediaWiki software does not check usernames for validity. - Huttite 03:53, 7 February 2009 (EST)

Unified log-in for[edit]

As I use more than a dozen wikis of Wikimedia where unified log-in allows one username and password to log in and out without registering at each wiki, I wonder if we can also have the same feature for as I would also like to edit Wikitravel Shared and Chinese Wikitravel, but no unified log-in here is discouraging and inconvenient.Jusjih 11:58, 27 January 2011 (EST)

It would be a great feature, but unfortunately, the server side of WT is very nearly unmaintained by its owners. — D. Guillaime 13:28, 27 January 2011 (EST)

How do I delete my account?[edit]

Swept from the Travellers' Pub:

How do I deactivate and/or delete my account? I can't find any information or setting on this. -Branddobbe (talk) 19:26, 3 October 2014 (EDT)

Hey, Branddobbe! Sad to see you go. It's impossible to formally delete an account as doing so would prevent all edits made by that user from being properly attributed. However - we approach it the exact same way Wikipedia does. I will delete your user page and you are free to abandon the account. If you have any more questions or would ever like to contribute again please feel free to create a new account! Thanks! IBcaldera (talk) 19:33, 3 October 2014 (EDT)
Thank you.