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This page shows how to get a user account on

User accounts overview

User accounts on have been restricted so anonymous uses cannot login and edit pages. This is to reduce potential site vandalism and to keep the quality of the pages high.

Contributing to a wiki can be a cultural adjustment for some, as information can change on a daily basis. For those used to data being fixed in books and never changing, this can take some getting used to. For example, you may spend months writing a page only for it to be revised minutes later.

Contributing also requires some technical expertise and for those new to the wiki format, there is help available. Adherence to the standards of the wiki is also required. This helps to keep all the pages consistent.

Note that to reduce the chances of site vandalism, there are certain criteria you need to meet in order to get a user account.

How to get a user account

To get a user account you must meet the below criteria:

  1. Have a genuine desire to contribute to the by adding new pages and maintaining the accuracy of other pages.
  2. Have no ill-intent to vandalise the site by corrupting pages and information or defaming people's characters.
  3. Have a plan of what you will add / modify and be prepared to describe it in length.
  4. Decide what type of contributer you will be:
    1. Type 1 - Someone who will add 1,000 or more pages a year.
      • If every road in Basingstoke were to have its own page, then this is the volume of work needed.
      • This can be monotonous work but essential for the structure of the site.
      • Primarily needed for the sites inception 2021 to 2022.
    2. Type 2 - Someone who adds or edits 50 or more pages a year:
      • The vast majority of users should fall into this category.
    3. Type 3 - Someone who adds a few pages a year, but the pages are substantial:
      • This is for authors of books who may spend a vast amount of time translating information into just one page.
    4. Type 4 - Just edits pages and does not add them:
      • This is for site administrators to check pages conform to the site standards.
      • For a normal user, this would only really be needed when the site is very enriched.
    5. Type 5 - Someone who rarely adds or changes anything:
      • If you think you fall into this category, then please do not request a user account.
  5. Have read and understood the site standards.
  6. Have the technical ability to create / edit pages, see the help page.
  7. Are willing to have your name be public as it will be linked to the pages you create and edit.
  8. Have a valid email address.
  9. You have a connection to Basingstoke:
    • You do not have to live in Basingstoke, but you must have a connection to it in some way.

If you meet all the above criteria and you think you could make a valuable contribution, then you are extremely welcome to join the community. Please send an email, to the address below, detailing the following information:

  • Your name
  • The type of contributer you will be, 1 to 5.
  • A sentence or two about your connection to Basingstoke.
  • Your plan for new pages or edits.

As of 2021-08-08, there is only one administrator of the site, so you may not get an immediate response. You could also be asked to clarify a few things before a user account is created. If accepted, you will get a username, based as close to your real name as possible, and a password sent to your email address. You will also get an automated email asking you to confirm the account.

Please take care of your password so:

  • It doesn't fall into the wrong hands.
  • You don't lose it and have to request the administrators to reset it.

Although the tone of this section feels a bit unfriendly in places, we genuinely want people to contribute and we appreciate the spare time given, that will benefit others.

How to login to your user account

When you have received a username and password