The Thanks extension adds a quick way to give positive feedback for productive contributions to MediaWiki sites. It allows users to send public 'thank you' notifications (via Echo) to other users for their individual edits and some logged actions.
A 'thank' link is added in four places:
- next to the 'undo' link in history and diff views;
- on some log entries on Special:Log (see #Configuration, below); and
- to Flow board comments if Flow is installed.
It also provides an API for sending thanks.
Note that if you do not want to be thanked, you can easily disable this notification in your preferences, as described below.
Once you have had a chance to try it out, we welcome your feedback about this feature on the talk page.
We hope that the Thanks notification will make it easier to show appreciation for each other's work — and it should be particularly helpful for encouraging new users during their first critical steps on a wiki. We have intentionally kept this notification as simple as possible, so we can evaluate it and improve it together. Enjoy…
- Download and place the file(s) in a directory called
- Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php:
wfLoadExtension( 'Thanks' );
- If necessary configure at your convenience
- Go to the History action of a page to see the new "Thank" interface.
- Done - Navigate to Special:Version on your wiki to verify that the extension is successfully installed.
To users running MediaWiki 1.26 or earlier:
The instructions above describe the new way of installing this extension using
wfLoadExtension() If you need to install this extension on these earlier versions (MediaWiki 1.26 and earlier), instead of
wfLoadExtension( 'Thanks' );, you need to use:
Enable the Thank interface for bot edits (disabled by default)
$wgThanksSendToBots = false;
Log Thank actions to "Special:Log" (enabled by default)
$wgThanksLogging = true;
Whether or not confirmation is required for sending thanks (enabled by default)
$wgThanksConfirmationRequired = true;
Log entry types that can be thanked from Special:Log:
$wgThanksLogTypeWhitelist = [ "contentmodel", "delete", "import", "merge", "move", "patrol", "protect", "tag", "managetags", "rights" ];
To thank another user, go to the History tab of any page. Next to each revision will be a 'thank' link. Click the link to send thanks to that user. This link is also available in the diff view, on some entries in Special:Log, and below comments on Flow boards if Flow is installed.
When the thank link is clicked, the recipient will receive a notification with your thanks via the Echo extension (unless they have opted out of receiving thanks notifications). A record of the action is also recorded as a log entry at Special:Log/thanks.
To stop getting thanks notifications, you can opt out from them in your notification preferences. Go to the Notifications tab of your preferences. This only prevents you from getting notified, it does not prevent users from thanking you.
This module cannot be used as a Generator.
The Thanks extension includes an API for sending thanks. In order to call the API, use the parameter
rev- The revision ID you would like to thank someone for (either this or
log- The log ID you would like to thank someone for (either this or
source- Source of the thank event. This is a short string that identifies where the thanks was sent from. For example, if the thanks was sent from Huggle, the value could be 'huggle'. (optional)
token- Edit token (a.k.a. csrf token). You can get one of these through the tokens API. (required)
This module cannot be used as a Generator.
There is a separate API for sending Thanks for comments on Flow boards. To call the API, use
postid- The UUID of the comment for which to send thanks (required)
token- Edit token. You can get one of these through prop=info. (required)
Errors and Warnings
|invalidrecipient||You cannot thank yourself|
- w:Wikipedia:Notifications/Thanks - Information about the usage of this extension on English Wikipedia
- Echo (Notifications)/Feature requirements#Thank_you_notification - Initial feature proposal (for the Echo extension)
- Extension:WikiLove - Another extension for sending gratitude
- Extension:Echo - Provides the notification system
|This extension is being used on one or more Wikimedia projects. This probably means that the extension is stable and works well enough to be used by such high-traffic websites. Look for this extension's name in Wikimedia's CommonSettings.php and InitialiseSettings.php configuration files to see where it's installed. A full list of the extensions installed on a particular wiki can be seen on the wiki's Special:Version page.|
|Log actions||Events: Blocking – Importing – Merging histories – Page deletion – Page moving – Page restoration – Patrolling – Protection – Renaming a user – RevisionDelete – Thanking – Uploading – User creation – User rights management – Merging users
Logging to Special:Log – API – logging table – Null revision