Help:Email notification

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Email notification is a feature of the MediaWiki software on which Wikipedia runs.[1] It allows editors who have registered an account and provided an email address to receive automatic email notifications when their user talk page or other watchlisted page is changed.

Note that once an email notification has been sent, additional talk page changes will not result in any further notifications, until the user has logged in and visited their talk page. In addition, the user's own page changes never trigger a notification mail to themselves. Emails are sent from the address wiki@wikimedia.org.

The feature is activated on the English-language version of Wikipedia (since May 2011 for the user talk[2] and April 2012 for the watchlist) and can be set in the Email options part of the User Profile section of their user preferences. Notifications are enabled by default for user talk and (currently) disabled by default for watchlist.

The template {{Email user notification}} is available to signal that you have email notification enabled (it produces the icon at the top right of this page).

Technical notes[edit]

  1. ^ The feature is MediaWiki's $wgEnotifUserTalk for user talk changes and $wgEnotifWatchlist for changes to watched pages.
  2. ^ See bug 5220http://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=5220 and mailing list announcement. See also tracking bug bug 1932http://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1932 (tracking bugs related to email notification).