To make any changes to content on MDN, you need an MDN profile. Don't worry, you don't need a profile if all you intend to do is read and search MDN! This simple guide helps you set up your MDN profile.

Why does MDN need my email address?

Your email address is used for account recovery, and if needed by MDN administrators to contact you about your account or your activity on the site.

In addition, you can optionally sign up for notifications (such as when specific pages are changed) and messages (for example, if you opt to join our beta testing team, you might receive email about new features that need testing).

Your email address is never displayed on MDN and will be used only in accordance with our privacy policy.
If you login to MDN via Github, and you use a "noreply" email address on Github, you will not receive messages (including notifications when you subscribe to pages) from MDN.
  1. At the top of every page on MDN you'll find a button labeled Sign in with. Point your mouse at this (or tap on it, if you're on a mobile device) to display a list of the authentication services we support for signing into MDN.
  2. Select a service to sign in with.

    Note: The Persona authentication service has been deprecated and will be shut down in November, 2016. We strongly advise choosing GitHub authentication so you won't have to change it later.

    If you choose GitHub, a link to your GitHub profile will be listed on your public MDN profile page.

  3. Follow that service's prompts to connect your account to MDN.
  4. Once the authentication service returns you to MDN, you'll be prompted by MDN to enter a username and email address. Your username will be displayed publicly to credit you for the work you've done. Do not use your email address as your username.
  5. Click Create my MDN profile.
  6. If the email address you specified in step 4 isn't the same one you use with the authentication service, please check your email and click the link in the confirmation email we send you.

That's it! You've got an MDN account, and you can immediately edit pages!

You can click on your name at the top of any MDN page to see your public profile. From there, you can click Edit to make changes or additions to your profile.

Note: New usernames can't contain spaces or the "@" character. Keep in mind that your username will be displayed publicly to identify the work you've done!

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