Wikipedia talk:Notifications/Thanks

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Introduction and Welcome[edit]

The 'Thanks notification' offers a new way to give positive feedback on Wikipedia. This experimental feature lets editors send a private 'Thank you' notification to users who make useful edits -- by clicking a small 'thank' link on their history or diff page.

The purpose of this notification is to give quick positive feedback to recognize productive contributions -- and it should be particularly helpful for encouraging new users during their first critical steps on Wikipedia. This small feature is now being tested on and we aim to release it on the English Wikipedia at the end of this week -- or the following week. We have intentionally kept it as simple as possible, so we can all evaluate it and improve it together, based on user feedback.

We welcome your feedback and look forward to a healthy discussion on this talk page, once you have had a chance to try it out. If you would like to test it in advance, you can do so on right now, as outlined on this testing page. And any user who does not want to be thanked will be able to disable this notifications in their preferences. To learn more about this feature, check out this Thanks overview page -- and our first specifications. We'll post an update here with more info once this feature is live. Fabrice Florin (WMF) (talk) 17:58, 28 May 2013 (UTC)


An editor added the following section, probably in the heat of the moment. While I'm not opposed to usage guidance, we should probably phrase this in a less lecturing more friendly way. Dropping this here for your persusal (but removing it from the page itself):

Avoid over-use

This feature is also not something to use for edit after edit that you agreed with or appreciated. A single Thanks is sufficient for an entire series of related edits by the same person. Because it triggers a user notice with every use, Thanking numerous times in a row toward the same editor can be annoying or even alarming (e.g., it may at first look like some kind of dispute has broken out, due to a large number of notices appearing in rapid succession).

CapnZapp (talk) 12:28, 26 November 2017 (UTC)

I don't really care how it's copyedited, as long as it gets the same basic points across.  — SMcCandlish ¢ >ʌⱷ҅ʌ<  12:42, 26 November 2017 (UTC)

Thanks button not showing up[edit]

? GABgab 03:32, 20 February 2018 (UTC)

@GeneralizationsAreBad: it is broken, we've temporarily disabled it - see: Wikipedia:Village_pump_(technical)#Thanks_not_working. — xaosflux Talk 04:22, 20 February 2018 (UTC)
Ahhh... I thought that I'd broken it with some JavaScript that I'm using! I've been trying all sorts of ways to get it back. I'm glad I spotted this post. nagualdesign 05:42, 20 February 2018 (UTC)
Thank you for the reports. You can get updated by watching the Phabricator task. Now, developers are sleeping, a few hours are needed to fix that. Trizek (WMF) (talk) 10:59, 20 February 2018 (UTC)
Not working for me either. – Illegitimate Barrister (talkcontribs), 13:46, 20 February 2018 (UTC)
This has been repaired. — xaosflux Talk 23:12, 20 February 2018 (UTC)
Doesn't work again. Ericoides (talk) 21:25, 4 March 2018 (UTC)

Confused by the wording of the thanks confirmation prompt 2[edit]

See archive 2. This now appears to have been resolved. CapnZapp (talk) 17:03, 23 February 2018 (UTC)

"Logged in"[edit]

In the "How this feature works", the second paragraph says "Both you and the thanked user must be logged in." Is this meant to mean that both users must be registered? I've definitely received thanks when I was offline/asleep and seen them in the notification centre when I logged back in. – numbermaniac 11:06, 25 February 2018 (UTC)

Yes, it means they must be logged in at the respective times they make and receive the thanks. PrimeHunter (talk) 11:17, 25 February 2018 (UTC)
This isn't as clear as it could be, so I've clarified the paragraph. Does the new phrasing answer your question,User:Numbermaniac?
Yes, it does, thank you CapnZapp! (by the way, I think you forgot to sign :) ) – numbermaniac 07:47, 2 March 2018 (UTC)