Help:Notifications/Special:Notifications

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The Special:Notifications page is a page available on each wiki, which regroups all Notifications displayed to user. That special page is an inbox for all notifications you can receive.

Special:Notifications design

How to find this page?

There is a link to Special:Notifications at the bottom of both notifications panels (red and blue).

You can directly access Special:Notifications using two options:

  • if you have disabled JavaScript, clicking on a notifications icon (red and blue both work)
  • if you haven't disabled JavaScript, deciding to open that link in a new tab (possible ways to achieve that: mouse-wheel clicking, right-clicking and select "open in a new tab", CTRL+click...).

Page design

Special:Notifications has been designed to look like an email inbox.

The page is divided in three areas:

Filters Navigation
Notifications list

Special:Notifications uses JavaScript to improve user experience, but can work without it.

Special:Notifications has a limited width to facilitate readability.

Currently available features

Navigation

By clicking on buttons on top you can switch between read, unread or all notifications. Notifications are displayed in batches of 50.

If you have more that 50 notifications displayed, you can browse all notifications by using the navigation arrows, displayed in the navigation area or at the bottom of the list.

If you need to go back to your most recent notifications, a "Today" button is available.

Notifications list

This page provides a list of notifications in groups of 50. The most recent 2,000 notifications are displayed on Special:Notifications, and older ones are purged from the database to save space.

Mark notifications as read and unread

You can mark notifications as read by clicking on the blue dot in the corner of the notification.

Clicking on the empty circle in the corner of a read notification will mark that notification as unread.

Notifications are grouped by day.

You can mark each group as read individually.

You can mark all unread notifications from all sections as read by clicking on the cog icon: Wikipedia interwiki section gear icon.svg


If there are no notifications to display, an empty state is shown ("There are no notifications matching these criteria.").

Filters

Generalities

The column on the left side of the notifications list (right side for left-to-right languages) is dedicated to filters.

Filters provide quick access to pending notifications and allow you to check on new activities.

When you click on a filter, all notifications from that filter are displayed on the notification list.

If there are notifications but the current filter can't display them, then an empty state message is shown ("There are no notifications matching these criteria.") and a button allows you to reset filters.


These notifications are grouped by wiki, and the wikis are sorted by the number of unread notifications on each wiki.

The wiki you are currently on is displayed first. If there are no cross-wiki notifications, the wiki you are currently on will be the only one displayed in filters list.

All pages with unread notifications are listed there, with a number indicating how many notifications are pending for that page. Notifications concerning your account (including talk page messages) are displayed first.

Future features

Note: all these features 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 available.

Navigation

The navigation bar allows users to search for specific notifications or to change how the list of notifications is displayed.

Filters

Filtering by type of notifications

The filtering menu may make mobile navigation unconformable. Improvements are under investigation.

You can filter notifications by type. Types of notifications are listed on the Notifications help page.

See also