Wikipedia:Notifications

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Notifications (Echo)
Logo of the Notifications project, Wikimedia Foundation Engineering
Developer(s) Wikimedia Foundation
Type Notification system
Website Echo @ MediaWiki.org
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Notifications is a web service designed to inform users about new activity on Wikipedia in a unified way. It provides notifications to users of a number of events, including new talk page messages, edit reverts, mentions or links. It is intended to augment (rather than replace) the watchlist, by highlighting key user interactions.

Notifications are displayed next to the username and user-talk links in the top right of the page for logged-in users, and show as a coloured square with a number representing the number of recent notifications. Email notifications can be set up for some or all types of notification as a user preference.

Notification events[edit]

Notifications inform you of new activity that concerns you on Wikipedia

Currently, eight types of event trigger a notification message. As well as the message box on the top right of every page, a special archive page lets you find your recent notifications in one place - Special:Notifications.

It is possible to turn these types of notification on or off individually through user preferences. To customize which notifications you receive, go to the Notifications tab of your preferences. For tips on how to use this tool, visit this FAQ page or this testing page.

  • Talk page messages: When a message is left on your user talk page. This replaced the full-width orange banner stating "You have a new message from another user", but by default a small orange tag will be displayed next to the notification to highlight it.
    Talk page messages are the only type of notification which cannot be disabled; a web notification will always be sent.
  • Mentions: When your userpage is linked to on any talk page or on a page in the Wikipedia: namespace by another user. A number of templates are used for this - {{U}}, {{ping}}, {{reply to}} and {{tiny ping}} - will all trigger notifications. Plain links to user pages will also work: [[User:Example|]]. This is one of the most popular uses of notifications; it is often used to inform other people about ongoing discussions of interest to them, or to let them know of a reply to a message on a page they may not be watching.
    Note that the post containing a link to a userpage must be signed; if the edit does not add a new signature to the page, no notification will be sent. It must also be in the page text - links in the edit summary do not create notifications.
  • Page links: When a new link is made from an article to an article that you created;
  • Page reviews: When a page you created is reviewed;
  • Edit reverts: When one of your edits is reverted by another user;
  • Thanks: A small "thank you" for an edit, made by another user from the article history or diffpage;
  • User rights: When your user rights change. (This currently does not include gaining autoconfirmed status);
  • Course talk: When anyone posts to the talk page of an active course page you are participating in (deploys 2014-01-23)

There is a sitewide list of accounts that cannot trigger notifications at MediaWiki:Echo-blacklist which can be overridden by users at Special:MyPage/Echo-whitelist. Currently, it contains one entry; SineBot (talk · contribs).

Known bugs[edit]

There are a number of bugs currently known with the notifications system:

  • Failure to spot signatures. In some cases (usually when changing another, recent, comment with a signature) the parser does not realise that a user has made a new signed comment, and so does not trigger a notification.
  • Confusing section titles. On pages with complicated markup, or after edit conflicts, the notification will sometimes give the wrong section heading for a message.
  • Transclusion. Because a notification is generated whenever a page is linked to, accidental transclusion of other pages can cause a sudden flurry of unintentional notifications through links on the transcluded page.

For all open Notifications related bugs, see the list on bugzilla.

Technical details[edit]

Moved to mw:Help:Echo#Technical details

Feedback[edit]

The tool was developed by the Wikimedia Foundation's editor engagement team, originally under the name "Echo", and was released on the English Wikipedia on 30 April 2013, after extensive testing on mediawiki.org. For more information, read this blog announcement.

To learn more about these features, visit this FAQ page. After this initial release, we plan to develop a few more features and notifications, based on community feedback. We expect this notification tool to be an integral part of future engagement projects such as the upcoming Flow messaging feature, once they are developed.

If you have any feedback on existing features, or suggestions for new ones, please suggest them on the Editor Engagement talk page!

If you would like to report a bug, you are welcome to leave a message on the talkpage or post it on Bugzilla (be sure to include your operating system, web browser version and a screenshot or URL for the page where your bug can be found).

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