Help:User Profiles


What is a user profile?

A user profile simply refers to the text entered on a User page (aka their homepage).

Users can enter anything they wish in their profile, but usually they will provide an introduction to themselves and some information about their research interests. Pedigree charts and Images can also be included.

Why create a user profile?

A profile provides a place where you can introduce yourself and tell others about your research interests.

How do I create a user profile?

  • First create a WeRelate account. It takes about two minutes and costs nothing.
  • Once your account is created and you are signed in, go to your User page by clicking on your User Name or 'My Relate > User Profile in the top menu of any page.
  • From your User page, click Edit in the left menu.

You'll see two sections:

  1. Surnames and/or places you are researching - Enter one surname and/or place per line. The information entered here is used to link your User name to Surname in place pages where you can find others with similar research interests (ex. User:Dallan).
  2. Text - Enter your profile text here. Consider adding a User language template or photos to your profile as well.

Tip: Before saving, click Show preview to see how your edits will look.

How do I find another user's profile?

If you know their User name, the easiest way to find their User page is to enter their User name in the Search box on any page. The results returned will include their User page.

If you don't know their User name, you can use the Search function to search on any other keywords that might be posted on their User page (ex. given name, surname, places they are researching, etc.).

Can others users edit my profile?

No. Your User page is unique, in that only you can edit it. Most other types of wiki pages, including your User talk page, can be edited by multiple users.

There is one exception to this rule. WeRelate Administrators may edit your User page to remove inappropriate content, fix broken links, or provide help to you if you request it.

When will my edits start showing up in searches?

Your edits take effect immediately, but may not appear in Search results until the following day, after the pages have been indexed.

Can I see an example?

Here's an example profile: User:Dallan. To see the text used to create this page, click View Source from the left menu on his page.

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