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Release status: stable

Implementation User interface
Description Lets users thank other users for individual edits
Author(s) Ryan Kaldari (Kaldaritalk)
Latest version 1.1.0 (2014-03-14)
MediaWiki 1.22+
PHP 5.3+
Database changes No
License MIT License
  • $wgThanksSendToBots
  • $wgThanksLogging
  • $wgThanksConfirmationRequired
Hooks used


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The Thanks extension allows users to thank other users for individual edits. It adds a 'thank' link next to the 'undo' link in history and diff views, and to Flow board comments if Flow is installed. It also provides an API for sending thanks.

Feature[edit | edit source]

The Thanks notification offers a new way to give positive feedback on Wikipedia. The purpose of this experimental feature is to give quick positive feedback to recognize productive contributions. It invites editors to send a private 'Thank you' notification to users who make useful edits, as shown below. More details are available in this overview page and in this feature requirement.

Once you have had a chance to try it out, we welcome your feedback about this feature on this talk page. (Note that if you do not want to thank others or be thanked, you can easily disable this notification in your preferences, as described here.)

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 Wikipedia. We have intentionally kept this notification as simple as possible, so we can evaluate it and improve it together. Enjoy ...

Installation[edit | edit source]

Note Note: Thanks requires the Echo extension be installed as a prerequisite.

  • Download and place the file(s) in a directory called Thanks in your extensions/ folder.
  • Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php:
require_once "$IP/extensions/Thanks/Thanks.php";
  • If necessary configure at your convenience
  • Go to the History action of a page to see the new "Thank" interface.
  • YesY Done - Navigate to Special:Version on your wiki to verify that the extension is successfully installed.

Configuration[edit | edit source]

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;

Usage[edit | edit source]

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, 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.

If the wiki is using memcached, a rate limit is imposed of no more than 10 thanks per minute per user. The limit can be configured with $wgRateLimits['thanks-notification'].

API Documentation[edit | edit source]

The Thanks extension includes an API for sending thanks. In order to call the API, use the parameter action=thank.


  • rev - The revision ID you would like to thank someone for (required)
  • 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. You can get one of these through prop=info. (required)



Flow Thanks[edit | edit source]

There is a separate API for sending Thanks for comments on Flow boards. To call the API, use action=flowthank.


  • 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)



See also[edit | edit source]

Log actionsManual:Log actions Events: BlockingManual:Block and unblockImportingManual:Importing revisionsMerging historiesManual:Merging historiesPage deletionManual:Page deletionPage movingManual:Page movingPage restorationManual:Page restorationPatrollingManual:PatrollingProtectionManual:ProtectionRenaming a userExtension:RenameuserRevisionDeleteManual:RevisionDeleteThankingExtension:ThanksUploadingManual:UploadingUser creationManual:User creationUser rights managementManual:User rights
Miscellaneous: APIAPI:Logeventslogging tableManual:Logging tableNull revisionManual:Null revision