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All types of notifications below can be seen on Wikimedia wikis. You can see them on the wiki where you are, on another wiki via cross-wiki notifications, or on the Special:Notifications page.

Some of these notifications are turned off by default or not available on your wiki. If you would like to enable any of these notifications (or disable them), you can do so in your preferences, as described further below.

Special:DisplayNotificationsConfiguration special page will let you know which notifications are available on your wiki and how they are configured.

Default notifications[edit]

Talk page messages[edit]

New message
New reply
Multiple new messages grouped
New message on a page in a right-to-left language

Alerts Alerts — Received when a message is left on your user talk page.

Primary information: Message title.
Secondary information:
  • in case of a new message: who left the message, and on which page. Links directly to the message.
  • in case of a reply: who replied to the message, and on which page. Links directly to the section title, or, with Flow, to the message itself.
  • in case of multiple new messages or multiples replies, messages may be grouped ("six new messages on [that page]").
Details: link to the user page of the last user who left you a message for that group.

This notification replaces the orange bar that used to appear, but you can setup your preferences to have the orange bar.

Page links[edit]

Notifications - Page linked - January 2016.png

Notices Notices — Received when a new link is made to a page you created.

Primary information: The page that you created, and where it was linked from. Links to the page that has the new link.
Details: link to "What links here" page for the targeted page.

Edit reverts[edit]

Notifications - Edit reverted - January 2016.png

Alerts Alerts — Received when your edits are undone or rolled back.

Primary information: Who reverted you, and where. Links to the diff.
Details: link to the user who reverted you.

Mentions[edit]

Notifications - Mention on a page - January 2016.png

Alerts Alerts — Received when someone mentions you on a talk page.

Primary information: Who mentioned you, where, and about what. Linked to the page, or to the message on Flow you are mentioned in.
Details: link to the user who mentioned you and the diff where you are mentioned.

To mention another editor and trigger this notification for them, you need to:

  • Link to their username - either link it directly, or with one of the templates that exist on your wiki (many use the {{ping}} or {{reply to}} templates).
  • Sign your comment with ~~~ or ~~~~. Notifications will not be sent if your signature is embedded in a template, or has no link to your user page or user talk page.
  • Do not alter any text outside of your own comment.
  • Do not exceed the limit on the number of mentions (50 on Wikimedia's wikis).
  • Notifications are only sent to logged-in users, i.e. mentioning anonymous users (IPs) is not possible.
  • You cannot mention yourself.

Specific and additional technical details, are at Manual:Echo.


Failed mentions[edit]

Notifications - Failed Mention - August 2016.png

Alerts Alerts — Received when your mention to other user was not sent.

Primary information: who you tried to mention, and the reason why mention was not sent.
Details: link to the page you tried to mention on.

These notifications are sent when:

  • trying to mention anonymous user or user that does not exist, or
  • exceeding the limit of mentioned users in a single edit (50 on WMF wikis).


Successful mentions[edit]

Notifications - Successful Mention - August 2016.png

Alerts Alerts — Received when your mention has been sent to other user.

Primary information: who you mentioned.
Details: link to the page you mentioned the user on.

User rights changes[edit]

Notifications - Changed rights - January 2016.png

Alerts Alerts — Received when your user rights change.

Primary information: what has been changed, and by who. Links to Special:UserGroupRights page.
Details: link to the user who changed your rights.

Welcome[edit]

Notifications - Welcome - January 2016.png

Notices Notices — Received when you have just created your account.

Primary information: Welcome!
Details: link to a welcome page as defined on the wiki configuration (MediaWiki:Notification-welcome-link).

Emails from other users[edit]

Notifications - Email received - January 2016.png

Alerts Alerts — Received when someone sent you an email trough the wiki.

Primary information: Who sent you an email. No link given for this information.
Details: link to the user who sent you this email.

People can send you emails only if you have allowed this on your preferences.

Milestone[edit]

Notifications - First milestone - August 2016.png

Notices Notices — Received when you reach certain edit count milestones. (1st, 10th, 100th, 1,000th, 10,000th, 100,000th, and 1,000,000th edits)

Primary information: Which milestone you've reached, and which edit triggered the notification.

Notifications from optional extensions[edit]

These notifications are not available by default. They can be triggered by an extension only available on certain wikis, or by an extension available as Beta feature on certain Wikimedia wikis.

Thanks[edit]

Thank for an edit on a page

Notices Notices — Received when someone thanks you for your edit.

Primary information: Who thanked you, where, and about what. Linked to the diff or to the message on Flow that you are thanked for.
Details: link to the user who thanked you, and if it was on a Flow board to the page.

You can thank someone from any History page, from a diff comparison, in your watchlist, or directly on the page in Flow. Remember this thank is stored in a public log.

⧼Flow⧽[edit]

Notifications about your talk page if it is using Flow are on the section "Talk page messages" above.

Notifications from a page using Flow[edit]

Notices Notices — and Alerts Alerts — See Special:DisplayNotificationsConfiguration for the exact details. Received when a page using Flow that you watch has changes (new topic, post replied, topic renamed…).

Primary information: Message title and sender.
Secondary information: abstract of the change.
Details:
  • for a new topic: user who created the topic, and the targeted page.
  • for a new reply: last user who replied to the topic, and the targeted page.
  • for a topic change: user who did the change and a link to that diff.

Translations[edit]

Notices Notices — Received when you have completed 1, 10 and 100 translations via Content translation tool.

Primary information: Congratulations message.

Education Program[edit]

Notices Notices — Received when you are participating to actions created by the Education Program extension.

Primary information: Information about classes or reviews.

Page reviews[edit]

Notices Notices — Received when a page which you created is reviewed (or "patrolled") by someone using Page Curation.

Primary information: Which page has been reviewed, and who reviewed it.

OAuth[edit]

OAuth development
notifies developers of OAuth applications when the review status of the application has changed.
OAuth admin
notifies OAuth admins about new applications waiting for review.


LoginNotify[edit]

Notification for failed login attempt.png

Alerts Alerts — Received when someone attempted and failed to log in to your account. Multiple alerts are bundled into one for attempt from a new device/IP, but for a known device/IP, you get one alert for every 5 attempts. See how does this feature work for more information.

Future notifications[edit]

Note: these notifications are not yet available but their descriptions are written in the present tense to avoid extra work for translators.

They will be moved to the appropriate section when they become available.

Connection to the data repository[edit]

Notices Notices — Received when your page is connected to the associated data repository (for WMF wikis, this is Wikidata).

Primary information: the name of the page that was connected.
Details: link to the data item and, possibly, to a local help page.