User Accounts

Accounts provide an easy way for wiki users to identify themselves to MoinMoin and other wiki users, store personal preferences and track wiki contributions. Account creation is simple and straightforward, and provides many benefits over browsing and editing anonymously.

Account Creation

To create an account, click the Login button at the top of the page. You will be taken to a login page allowing you to either log in or create an account. Proceed to the create account page by clicking the account creation button, and you will be presented with an account creation form. The fields of this form are as follows:


Your username on the wiki. Will appear in the history section of any wiki item which you edit. This is a required field.


Your password for logging into your new account. Remember to pick a strong password with a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols. This is also a required field.


Enter your new password again (same as the above field). This is a required field to make sure that your first password entry was correct.


The email address which will be associated with your new account. This can be used by the wiki administrators to contact you or to verify your account if email verification is enabled on the wiki. This is a required field.


Some wikis require email verification, in which case you will have click an activation link which will be sent to the email address you provide. You must complete this step before you start using the wiki.

Other wikis may limit new account creation to administrators only to prevent the creation of bogus accounts and spamming bots. In this case you will have to contact the administrator to request an account.

User Settings

User settings provide a way for to customise your MoinMoin experience and perform account maintenance functions like changing email address or password. To access your settings page, click the Settings button at the top of the page.

The settings page appears as a list of links to various sub-pages for changing elements of your wiki experience, each of these sub-pages are listed below:

Personal Settings

Personal settings include wiki language and locale, username and alias.


Your username, as it will appear on the wiki and in the history pages of wiki items which you edit.


The display name can be used to override your username, so you will still log in using your username but your display name will be displayed to other users and in your history page.


Setting this value will display edit times converted to your local time zone. For example, an edit time of 10AM UTC would appear as 8PM AEST if you changed your time zone to GMT +10/Australian Eastern Standard Time.


Your preferred language for interacting with MoinMoin. Edit dates and times are formatted based upon the locale unless the ISO 8601 option is selected under Options.

Change Password

Password changes are recommended if you believe that the password you are using has been compromised.

Current Password

Enter the password which you currently use to log into the wiki. This prevents passers-by from changing the password of a logged in account. This is a required field.

New Password

The new password which you would like to use. This is a required field.

New Password (repeat)

Enter your new password again. Used to detect typographical errors. This is a required field.

Notification Settings

Notification settings allow you to configure the way MoinMoin notifies you of changes and important information.


Change the email address MoinMoin sends emails to.

Wiki Appearance Settings

Appearance settings allow you to customise the look and feel of the wiki.

Theme name

The bundled MoinMoin wiki theme which you would like to use.


If you want to style MoinMoin with custom Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), enter a URL for your custom stylesheet here. Custom CSS provides an advanced level of control over appearance of MoinMoin pages.

Number rows in edit textarea

The size (in lines) of MoinMoin’s plain text editor when you edit an item. The default of 0 resizes the textarea to hold the entire document being edited.

History results per page

The number of edits you will see when you look at the history of an item.


The “Options” section allows you to control privacy and advanced features of MoinMoin.

Always use ISO 8601 date-time format

Display dates and times in ISO 8601 format rather than the usual Babel formats based upon the user’s locale. If the UTC time zone is selected, dates and times will have a “z” suffix indicating the date or time is a UTC Zulu time.

Publish my email (not my wiki homepage) in author info

Control whether or not other wiki users may see your email address.

Open editor on double click

This option allows you to simply double click the text on any MoinMoin item and have it opened in the editor. When using the MoinMoin text editor, the textarea caret will be positioned on the paragraph that was clicked. If the textarea is larger than the display window, pressing the right-arrow key will scroll the page so the caret is visible near the bottom of the window.

Show comment sections

Show the comment sections for wiki items you view.

Disable this account forever

Tick this box if you want to disable your account. Your username or alias will still show in the history pages of items you have edited, but you will no longer be able to log in using your account.

Special Features for Users with Accounts

Your User Page

You user page is a wiki space in which you may share information about yourself with other users of that wiki. It can be accessed by clicking the button with your username on it at the top of the screen, and is edited like a normal wiki item.

“My Changes”

To view your modifications to a wiki, click on User in the navigation area, then on My Changes. This will show a list of revisions you have made to wiki items sorted by date-time.

The first column will usually show an icon with a link to a diff showing the changes made at that revision. If the item was deleted, the icon will have a link to a revert dialog. If the item has only one revision, the icon will indicate the content type.

The second column will show the item name, aliases, or item ID (if the item was deleted) at that revision with a link to a revision display.

The remaining columns with display timestamps, sizes, revision numbers, and comments.


Some MoinMoin users spend a lot of time sifting through the global changes list (accessible via the History button at the top of every MoinMoin page) looking for unread changes. To help users remember which revisions they have read and which they have yet to read, MoinMoin provides bookmarks. If you have read revisions up until the 13th of January, for example, you would simply click the Set bookmark button next to the revisions from the 13th of January to hide all revisions from before that date. If you wish to examine those revisions again, navigate back to the global history page and click Remove bookmark.

Item Trail

The item trail appears at the top of each page and lists previous items which you have visited. Users with accounts may view this trail wherever they log in, whereas anonymous users have a different trail on each computer that they visit.

Subscribing to Items

Subscribing to items allows you to be notified via email when changes are made. To subscribe, navigate to the item in question and click the Subscribe button at the top or bottom of the page. You will now receive an email each time a user modifies this item. To unsubscribe, navigate to the item again and click the Unsubscribe button at the top or bottom of the page.

Logging out

Logging out of your account can prevent account hijacking on untrusted or insecure computers, and is considered best practice for security. To log out, click the Logout button at the top of the page. You will be redirected to a page confirming that you have logged out successfully.