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- The ability to select a username of your choice and, optionally, to use the same username when working on other Wikimedia projects
- The ability to view a list of your contributions and the use of your own personal watchlist to let you to keep track of articles that interest you
- Your own customizable user page and talk page
- The optional ability to receive e-mail messages from other users without revealing your e-mail address
- The ability to rename pages, upload images and other files, and use advanced editing tools
- The ability to customize the way Wikipedia pages appear on your monitor
- The eligibility to become an administrator (a user with special tools to help make Wikipedia run more smoothly)
- The ability to develop an identity and trusted reputation without risking being confused with someone who shares your IP address