Creating an account
To create a new Launchpad account, visit the account sign-up page. All you need is an email address that Launchpad can use to contact you.
A few things to note:
Confirmation email: If you don't receive a confirmation email from Launchpad it may have been incorrectly trapped by a spam filter. If you think this has happened, try registering using a Gmail address. You can always change your registered email address later on. If that still doesn't work, let us know.
Display name: Launchpad will ask you for a display name. This is the name people will see on your profile page and next to work that you do. Many people choose to use their real name or a widely recognised pseudonym here.
Protecting your email address: Your email address is only visible to registered Launchpad users and not search engine spiders or spam bots. However, you can hide it from everyone at any time.
Once you've created your account, it's time to tell other Launchpad users a bit about yourself.
Personalising your profile
When you first create your account, your profile looks pretty bare. You can add information about yourself straight away. Once you start to use Launchpad, your profile will also automatically tell people about the sort of work you do in Launchpad.
Matthew Revell's profile page
You can personalise your profile in a few different ways:
add a personal message to your profile
tell Launchpad your location and timezone.
One of the easiest ways to stamp your mark on Launchpad is to upload a profile picture. It should be 192x192 and no more than 100 KB.
Your Launchpad name
You've already chosen your display name - i.e. the name other people will see next to work you do - but Launchpad has also automatically generated a system username for you.
Launchpad refers to this as your name and it's mostly used in URLs. If you're an Ubuntu member, it also forms part of your Ubuntu.com email address in the format firstname.lastname@example.org.
For example: If your Launchpad name were matthew.revell, your Launchpad home page would be https://launchpad.net/~matthew.revell and your Ubuntu email address email@example.com.
If you're unhappy with your automatically generated Launchpad name, now's a good time to change it. Changing it once you've started using Launchpad in full may be awkward as it will also change the URLs of some of your work.
Launchpad trusts that you are who you claim to be. Later, such as when you're using the bug tracker's email interface, you'll need to use an electronic signature to prove your identity.
Setting up such a signature is easy and that's what we're doing next: uploading an OpenPGP key.