The Preferences page, linked to at the top of every page and also at Special:Preferences, allows each registered user to customize some elements of their individual view and use of a Wikimedia wiki.
Changes to your preferences will apply only when you are logged in.
The User profile tab contains information and basic settings relating to your user account.
- The name of your user account. You cannot change this name yourself; see Bulbapedia:Username policy.
- Member of group(s)
- The names of the user group or groups you belong to. These provide you with certain "rights" (powers to carry out certain actions).
- Number of edits
- The total number of edits you have made on the wiki.
- Registration time
- The date and time when you created your account.
- Real name
- This optional field allows you to provide your real name so that it can be used by others when providing attribution for your work.
- Click the "Change password" link to go to a simple page where you can change your wiki password.
- Account data
- Click "My account data from this project" to see a raw output of all the account data held about you by the MediaWiki software.
- Global account
- Clicking "View global account info", will take you to a page where you can view more information about the status of your account on other Bulbagarden wikis. See Help:Logging in for more information.
- Allows you to specify the language in which the site interface will be displayed when you are logged in. Only the buttons like 'edit' and 'talk', in addition to a few pages in the sidebar, will be affected. The main text of the pages will not be changed by this for the vast majority of pages.
- How do you prefer to be described? This setting allows you to select the gender you wish the software to use when referring to you in third-person pronouns ("he", "his", "him"), or to leave it unspecified. This preference is designed for languages where the grammar of user interface text changes depending on your gender. Even in English, this preference is useful for selecting the correct pronoun from he/she, his/her, etc. The gender you select is public.
- Existing signature
- This shows how your current signature will appear whenever you sign with
~~~~on a wiki page.
- New signature
- Text that defines your signature, when you enter
- If the following "Treat signature as wikitext (without an automatic link)" checkbox is not checked, then your nickname is applied as a label for a link to your user page, so your signature will be
[[User:Example|Nickname]] ([[User talk:Example|talk]]). If you leave nickname field empty, your username will be used instead.
- Neither wiki-code nor HTML code is interpreted in non-raw signature: the server passes the wiki-code on unchanged, while it converts the HTML in such a way that the browser effectively does not interpret it; for example, "<" is replaced by "<" rendered as "<".
- Treat signature as wikitext (without an automatic link)
- This option tells the wiki to interpret your nickname as wiki-code for your signature, instead of just a nickname. See Help:Signatures for more information.
Many wikis (including Bulbagarden wikis) provide email functionality, whereby forgotten passwords can be returned, and users can be contacted by email without having to reveal their address.
- Your email address. A valid email address is required to create an account on Bulbapedia. Whenever you enter a new address, you will be required to confirm the change by responding to a message that is sent to that email address.
- Email confirmation
- The status of your email address: not specified, need to confirm (in which case you need the click the link in the confirmation email message you were sent), or authenticated.
- Allow other users to email me
- This allows other registered users to send you an email using "Email this user" link on the sidebar of your user page. Emails are sent using a web interface, and your email address is not revealed to a sender (that is, unless you decide to reply by email).
- Allow emails from brand-new users
- This allows users who are not yet autoconfirmed to email you as above.
- Send me copies of emails I send to other users
- This option is helpful for keeping track of messages you have sent using "Email this user".
- Email me when a page or file on my watchlist is changed
- Email me when my user talk page is changed
- Email me also for minor edits of pages
Here you can choose the skin you want to use. You can preview the available skins before choosing them, by clicking on the "Preview" link next to each skin. See Help:Skins for more details.
Date format/Time offset
These two options are used to display your local date and time on all special pages, i.e. the pages that are generated automatically and cannot be directly edited:
- Recent changes, Related changes, Watchlist
- Special:Log, Special:Newpages, Special:Imagelist, etc.
- Page history, Diff, User contributions
- "This page was last modified" at the bottom of pages
On the other hand, the default time zone of the Bulbapedia (UTC) is always shown in signatures on Talk pages, and also used in referring to non-localized events, including things that happen on the wiki. Keep this in mind when copying an excerpt from any special page to a Talk page. Convert manually to UTC or temporarily set the preferences to a zero offset before producing the revision history, etc. to be copied. Many experienced users prefer to keep the offset set to 0 all the time.
- Date format
- This setting affects the appearance of timestamps on all special pages (see list above). They appear just like shown here, except in Recent Changes and your watchlist, where date and time are shown in different places. Note that the last option, although rather arcane, provides the only way to see seconds.
- Time offset
- "Offset" is the number of hours to be added or subtracted from UTC to find your time zone. It may become temporarily incorrect from time to time if you observe daylight saving time – don't forget to update it to match your local time, because the wiki doesn't know where you are or precisely when you observe DST. Try this link if you are not sure what your time zone is.
- Image size limit (for file description pages)
- One can specify a limit on the size of images on file description pages. With a slow connection it is not practical to have to load a large image just to read image info. On the other hand, it may be practical if a large image at first is made to fit on the screen. The default is normally 800×600px.
- Thumbnail size
- The width of thumbnails shown in articles and pages on the wiki. This will be used unless a specific image provides its own thumbnail size. The default is 300px.
See mw:Help:Diff for general information on diffs (what a diff is, etc).
- Do not show page content below diffs
- Normally, when viewing a diff, the page content as of the second revision is presented. You can turn off this display using this option, to allow for faster loading of diff pages.
- Omit diff after performing a rollback
- When rolling back edits (available to some users only), a confirmation page containing a diff will be shown. This option will prevent the display of that page.
- Link underlining
- Here, you can choose whether links will be underlined. The "Skin or browser default" option means the site will honor your browser's setting.
- Having underlining on means you can differentiate between two links side-by-side, like g g and g g. However, underlining means underscores (_) may get lost in the underline, which can pose problems particularly with URL links.
- Threshold for stub link formatting
- Allows for links to stubs to be formatted differently when the page is under a certain size. The default is Disabled.
- Show hidden categories
- Shows categories which are normally hidden, at the bottom of the page.
- Auto-number headings
- Will add numbers to headings within articles to match those shown within the table of contents.
- Show a confirmation prompt when clicking on a rollback link
It is possible to include mathematical (TeX) formulas in wiki pages. These options let you control how you see those formulas.
- PNG images
- Display formulas as images embedded in the page.
- TeX source (for text browsers)
- Don't convert the formula, just show the mathematical TeX code. This is primarily for text-based browsers like Lynx.
- MathML with SVG or PNG fallback
- This is the recommended option for modern browsers and accessibility tools. MathML will be displayed on Firefox; other browsers will show mathematical formulas as images in the best available quality. This is the default option.
The options on the Editing tab can fine-tune the process of editing.
- Enable section editing by right-clicking on section titles
- In compatible browsers, if this option is checked, a right-click on the section title will bring up the edit box for that section only, just as if you had clicked the small  link beside the heading.
- Edit pages on double click
- In compatible browsers, if this option is checked, a double click anywhere on the page will bring up the edit box for the entire contents of the page, just like what happens when you click on the "edit" tab at the top of the page.
Additional preferences may appear here, depending on the configuration of your wiki. For example, the FlaggedRevs and ProofreadPage extensions add some extra options.
- Edit area font style
- You can change the font family of text in the edit area. The browser will determine exactly which font to use, depending on which fonts are available on your computer.
- Mark all edits minor by default
- This option automatically selects the "This is a minor edit" checkbox when you edit pages.
- Prompt me when entering a blank edit summary
- If selected, the editor will display a warning message when no edit summary is provided. This can help you remember to provide edit summaries, as they are of great use to other editors.
- Warn me when I leave an edit page with unsaved changes
- This option will give you the chance to go back and save your work if you accidentally close or leave an editing page.
- Show edit toolbar
- In compatible browsers, a toolbar with editing buttons can be displayed. The exact contents of this toolbar will vary, depending on the wiki. See Help:Edit toolbar for detailed help.
- Show preview on first edit
- When pressing the edit button or otherwise following a link to an edit page, a preview will appear, just like after pressing "Show preview".
- Show preview before edit box
- Edit previews are normally displayed above the edit box. If you turn off this option, the edit preview will be displayed below the edit box when you click the "Show preview" button while editing a page.
- Show previews without reloading the page
- When you manually reload the edit page, you get the "live" version in the "preview" area. Show Changes/Preview work as before but now those actions preserve pages forward in the browser history. More information: mw:Manual:Live preview
On the Recent changes tab, you can choose what appears on your recent changes page (linked in the sidebar, and available at Special:RecentChanges). Some of these options also affect page history, at Special:RecentChangesLinked.
- Days to show in recent changes
- The number of days' worth of changes to show in the Recent Changes list. The default is 7 days; the maximum is 90 days.
Number of edits to show in recent changes, page histories, and in logs, by default: You may select the number of changes which will be shown by default on the Recent Changes page, all page "history" tabs, and on some log pages at Special:Log. Links are provided for other options on those pages. The default is 50.
- Group changes by page in recent changes and watchlist
- Group together each recent change to a single article per day, and display the titles of the changed articles in order from new to old latest change, or in the case of hiding minor edits, latest major change. This feature applies also to Related Changes, and, in the case that "Expand watchlist to show all applicable changes" has been selected, to the watchlist.
- Loads Recent Changes without filters, search or highlighting functionality. Currently set by default due to technical issues with the new interface.
- Hide minor edits in recent changes
- Hide patrolled edits in recent changes
- Use these options to filter out unwanted changes from the recent changes and related changes pages.
- Hide patrolled pages from new page list
- This option affects Special:NewPages. When it is set, all patrolled pages are hidden by default. You can easily show or hide patrolled pages (highlighted in yellow) from the New Pages page.
Note: to enable the "enhanced watchlist", select "Expand watchlist..." on this tab, and then turn on "Group changes by page" on the Recent Changes tab.
- Days to show in watchlist
- The number of days' worth of changes to show in your watchlist. Default is 7; maximum 90 days.
- Maximum number of changes to show in expanded watchlist
- This controls how many recent changes to show for each watched article when "Expand watchlist" is switched on under "Advanced options". Default is 250; maximum 1000 changes.
- Expand watchlist to show all changes, not just the most recent
- This option will expand the watchlist to include all changes made to an article within the time-frame of your watchlist, up to a maximum number (as set in "Display options"). Normally, only the most recent modification is shown.
- Hide minor edits from the watchlist
- Hide bot edits from the watchlist
- Hide my edits from the watchlist
- Hide edits by anonymous users from the watchlist
- Hide edits by logged in users from the watchlist
- Use these options to filter out unwanted revisions from the watchlist.
- Hide patrolled edits from the watchlist
- Use this option to filter out patrolled edits (edits made by administrators and so forth). This is particularly useful when monitoring vandalism, as patrolled edits can only be made by trusted users.
- Add pages and files I edit to my watchlist
- Add pages and files I move to my watchlist
- Add pages I create and files I upload to my watchlist
- Add pages where I have performed a rollback to my watchlist
- Add pages and files I delete to my watchlist
- Automatically select the check box to "Watch this page" when performing any of these actions. You can de-select the check box on a page if you do not wish to watch that particular page. The final two options are only available to users that have the ability to rollback and/or delete pages, such as administrators.
- Watchlist token
- This token is used to generate an RSS feed from your watchlist. Anyone who knows this token can use it to access your watchlist. If the token is discovered by someone else, you can use the "Click here if you need to reset it" link to create a new token. Once you have done this, you will need to edit the URL of your feed subscription in your feed reader to account for the new token.
The Gadgets tab allows you to enable small add-in features, which enhance your wiki browsing experience in some way.
At present, Bulbapedia only has one Gadget available to enable; the "LegacyToolbar2006". To fully activate this gadget, you will also need to deselect "Enable the editing toolbar" in the Editing preferences as well.