Archive FAQ > Your Account

How do I create an account?

To create an account, you need an invitation. Once you receive an invitation email, click the link provided in the email to go to the account creation page. If you've been provided with an invitation link by another user, clicking this link should take you to the right place.

If you have been provided with a code (and no link) by another user, append the code to the following url: http://archiveofourown.org/users/new?invitation_token=

How do I get an invitation? Can I pay to get an account quicker?

You can request an invitation by adding yourself to our invitations queue (see the Invitations FAQ for more details.)

We don’t charge users for accounts, and while we welcome donations to our parent Organization for Transformative Works, you can’t get an account quicker by donating. This means that people who can’t afford to donate money or who aren’t able to do so for other reasons don’t lose out.

Will my user name be publicly displayed?

Yes, so be sure to choose something you're happy for others to see! Although you can use Pseuds to post under different names on the Archive, these will all be tied to your main user name, which will be displayed with them.

What characters can I have in my account user name?

You can have letters, numbers and underscores in your user name. It must begin and end with a letter or a number. You can not have spaces or any other characters, but if you would like more flexibility, you can create a Pseud. Account names are restricted in length, with a minimum of 3 characters and a maximum of 40.

Please note that even if you use pseuds, your user name will be displayed publicly, so be sure that you choose one you're happy for others to see!

How do I verify my account?

After you have created an account, you will be sent an email with an activation url. If this doesn’t arrive within 24 hours of creating your account, please check your spam folder and then contact Support.

Follow the link in the email to activate your account. If you do not do so within two weeks, your registration will expire and you'll have to go through the creation process again.

How do I change my email address?

You can change the email associated with your account on the Edit Profile page. To get to the Edit Profile page follow the link at the bottom of your Profile page on My Dashboard.

How do I change my password?

You can change the password for your account on the Edit Profile page. To get to the Edit Profile page follow the link at the bottom of your Profile page on My Dashboard. For security reasons, you will need to enter your old password first.

How do I delete my account?

You can delete your account on the Profile page. To get to the Profile page follow the link at the top of My Dashboard. Please note that this is a permanent action and there is no way of restoring a deleted account.

If you would like to delete your account but would still like people to be able to read your works, please consider Orphaning.

Can I change my account name?

You can! But there are a few things you should consider before deciding to do so:

  • We won't forward links from your old username. Links to your individual works won't break, because your username doesn't appear in the address, but any external links to your dashboard, profile, user works page, series page and so on will. Please consider that before you change your username!

  • Usernames have to be unique. You won't be able to change your username to one already taken by someone else. If someone has already taken the username you'd like, consider using a Pseud instead.

  • You can, however, change the capitalisation of your existing username. In other words, if you currently have the username "superfangirl", you can rename your account to "Superfangirl", "SuperFangirl", or even "SuPeRfAnGiRl" if you want.

To change your account name, go to your Preferences page (which is linked from the sidebar on your My Dashboard page, or at the bottom of your Profile page). There is a "Change My Username" link among the options on the top right.

You will need to enter the username you would like to change your account name to and your password for security reasons.

How can I recover my lost username or password?

You can recover a lost password via the password recovery form. If you've forgotten your user name, entering your email address will retrieve this as well as your password. Your details will be emailed to you at the email address associated with your Archive account.