Creating a user account means that you supply a username (your real name or a nickname) and a password. The system will reject a username that is already in use. A user account is created only once. You are then "logged in". Next time you log in you supply your username again and demonstrate with the password that you are the same person.
Edits you make are recorded under your username. If you are not logged in you are not allowed to edit pages.
You don't have to log in to read the wiki. However, editing the wiki is not possible without logging in, and there are also other reasons to log in, such as:
First, make sure that your browser accepts cookies. Some browsers can accept or reject cookies from individual sites; users of these should configure the browser to accept cookies from info.sonicretro.org.
Click on the Register link at the top right of the page if you wish to create a new account, or the Log In link if you already have an account and wish to log in. You will then be prompted to enter your username and password.
If you're creating a new account, you will need to enter your password twice. You may give your email address if you like. Other users will be able to send email to the address, but they won't be able to find out what the address is. You may also give your real name, which is optional and will be used for giving you attribution for your work if you choose to provide it.
If you click the box Remember my login on this computer, you will not have to give your password again when you access Sonic Retro from the same computer.
If you appear to be able to log in, but as soon as you try to look at a page after the 'Log in successful' page you appear logged out again, it is very likely to be a cookie problem. If you are certain that cookies are enabled, make sure that you haven't inadvertently listed the domain name on a list of sites to never allow cookies for (This feature is available in - at least - Mozilla Firefox 0.6 and above and Microsoft Internet Explorer version 6 and above). Also make sure your computer's date and time are set correctly; if they are not, cookies may expire before they are supposed to
Click on the My Preferences link at the top right of the page for various options, including:
As a logged in user, you will be able to create your own user page and user talk page. When you are logged in, you will see your username displayed at the top right of the page. Click on this to get to your user page, which you can edit in the same way as any other wiki page.
Most users write a little bit about themselves and their interests on their user page. It should be noted, however, that it is preferable to instead create a Scener page for yourself, as one of Retro's aims was to document everyone in the Sonic scene.
You also have a User talk page. You can access this by clicking on the My Talk link at the top right of the page. Other people may write messages in your user talk page by editing it, and you can respond. See Help:Talk page for more.
You can log out any time by clicking on the Log out link at the top right of the page.