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Before you can start editing MusicBrainz, you must [[mb:register|create an account]]. First of all, click Create Account on the upper right corner of the site.
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Before editing MusicBrainz, you must [[mb:register|create an account]].
  
{{note}} We're talking about the main MusicBrainz site (http://musicbrainz.org), ''not the wiki''.
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== Step 1: Find the account creation page ==
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Click "Create Account" on the upper right corner of the main [https://musicbrainz.org MusicBrainz website] to go to the account creation page.
  
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This will take you to a page with a simple form:
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The account creation page has a simple form for you to create your account:
  
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== Step 2: Enter your information ==
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Enter your desired username and password, and an email address. By default, an email will be sent you if another editor has left notes and comments about your edits, so please choose an email address that you will actually check! We also recommend that you check out the [[Code of Conduct]] before starting editing. Submit your credentials after you are done by pressing on the "Create Account" button.
  
Just enter your desired username and password, and an email address. The mail will be used to send you any notes and comments about your edits, so please choose an address that you will actually check! As the account creation page says, taking a look at the [[Code of Conduct]] before starting editing is recommended. Once you press the Create Account button, you'll be sent a verification mail:
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== Step 3: Verify your email address ==
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We will send you a verification email after you have submitted the account creation form. The verification email looks something like this:
  
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Just click on the link to verify your account (if you don't get this mail, and it is not in your spam folder either, mail to us at support@musicbrainz.org and we'll try to find out what went wrong)
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Click on the link to verify your account. If you do not receive this email and it is not in your spam folder, email us about this at support@musicbrainz.org, and we'll try to find out what went wrong.
  
If you check your profile page now, you'll see that you have a verified mail (don't worry, the address is '''only shown to you''' unless you decide to change that) and that you're a "Limited User":
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If you check your profile page on MusicBrainz now, you'll see that you have a verified email address, with the time of verification. By default, '''only you''' can see this email address on your profile page:
  
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Congratulations, you're now registered!
  
That means that for a while (until two weeks pass and you have 10 [[Introduction to Voting|accepted]] edits) you won't be able to do a few things, like [[Introduction to Voting|voting]] and leaving [[Edit Note|edit note]]s on other people's edits (you will already be able to do so for your own, and you should do so! See [[How to Write Edit Notes]]). But most of the potential of MusicBrainz will be open for you from the start.
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== Extra steps ==
  
You can now edit your profile if you want to make some more information about you available to other users, like your country of residence, your age, or the languages you speak. The last one is particularly useful, since for example knowing that your level of French is basic to none allows other users to know what to expect if you make some mistakes adding a French album (and they'll probably just fix it themselves instead of nitpicking). But none of this information is mandatory - share only what you're comfortable with sharing.
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=== Understand "new user" ====
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You might have noticed that your profile page shows that you are a "new user". That means that you won't be able to do a few things, like [[Introduction to Voting|voting]] and leaving [[Edit Note|edit note]]s on other users' edits (as a sidenote, you can already leave edit notes for your own edits and we encourage you to do so. See [[How to Write Edit Notes]]). You will be upgraded to a normal user once you have 10 [[Introduction to Voting|accepted]] edits after two weeks from the time of registration. But most MusicBrainz functionalities is available to you from the start.
  
Also, you might have noticed there's a placeholder avatar on your profile. MusicBrainz uses [https://en.gravatar.com/ Gravatar] for user images. If you want to allow showing your Gravatar image on your profile and by your edits, you can do that under Privacy in the Preferences menu.
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=== Edit your profile ===
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You can edit your profile to publicize more information about you, like your country of residence, your age, or the languages you speak. The last one is particularly useful. For example, allowing other users to know that your level of French is basic to none allows them to know what to expect when you make some mistakes when adding a French album (and they'll probably just fix it themselves instead of nitpicking). But none of this information is mandatory; share only what you're comfortable with sharing.
  
Remember that what you have just created is '''not''' an artist page, but an user profile. For adding an actual artist to MusicBrainz, go ahead and check [[How to Add an Artist]]! For other basic ways of contributing new data, see [[How to Add Relationships]] and [[How to Add a Release]] - or check any of the other how-to links from the navigation box.
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=== Add a Gravatar ===
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Your profile has a placeholder avatar. MusicBrainz uses [https://en.gravatar.com/ Gravatar] for user images. If you want to allow showing your Gravatar image on your profile and by your edits, you can do that under "Privacy" in the Preferences menu.
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Remember that what you have just created is '''not''' an artist page, but a user profile. To add an actual artist to MusicBrainz, check out [[How to Add an Artist]]! For other basic ways of contributing new data, see [[How to Add Relationships]] and [[How to Add a Release]], or check any of the other how-to links from the navigation box.
  
 
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Revision as of 18:54, 2 January 2018

Before editing MusicBrainz, you must create an account.

Step 1: Find the account creation page

Click "Create Account" on the upper right corner of the main MusicBrainz website to go to the account creation page.

account-creation-1.jpg


The account creation page has a simple form for you to create your account:

account-creation-2.jpg

Step 2: Enter your information

Enter your desired username and password, and an email address. By default, an email will be sent you if another editor has left notes and comments about your edits, so please choose an email address that you will actually check! We also recommend that you check out the Code of Conduct before starting editing. Submit your credentials after you are done by pressing on the "Create Account" button.

Step 3: Verify your email address

We will send you a verification email after you have submitted the account creation form. The verification email looks something like this:

account-creation-3.jpg


Click on the link to verify your account. If you do not receive this email and it is not in your spam folder, email us about this at support@musicbrainz.org, and we'll try to find out what went wrong.

If you check your profile page on MusicBrainz now, you'll see that you have a verified email address, with the time of verification. By default, only you can see this email address on your profile page:

account-creation-4.jpg

Congratulations, you're now registered!

Extra steps

Understand "new user" =

You might have noticed that your profile page shows that you are a "new user". That means that you won't be able to do a few things, like voting and leaving edit notes on other users' edits (as a sidenote, you can already leave edit notes for your own edits and we encourage you to do so. See How to Write Edit Notes). You will be upgraded to a normal user once you have 10 accepted edits after two weeks from the time of registration. But most MusicBrainz functionalities is available to you from the start.

Edit your profile

You can edit your profile to publicize more information about you, like your country of residence, your age, or the languages you speak. The last one is particularly useful. For example, allowing other users to know that your level of French is basic to none allows them to know what to expect when you make some mistakes when adding a French album (and they'll probably just fix it themselves instead of nitpicking). But none of this information is mandatory; share only what you're comfortable with sharing.

Add a Gravatar

Your profile has a placeholder avatar. MusicBrainz uses Gravatar for user images. If you want to allow showing your Gravatar image on your profile and by your edits, you can do that under "Privacy" in the Preferences menu.

Remember that what you have just created is not an artist page, but a user profile. To add an actual artist to MusicBrainz, check out How to Add an Artist! For other basic ways of contributing new data, see How to Add Relationships and How to Add a Release, or check any of the other how-to links from the navigation box.

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