|This feature was removed completely in version 1.27.0.|
|Email settings: $wgRequirePasswordforEmailChange|
|Whether the user must enter their password to change their email address
|Introduced in version:||1.20.0|
|Removed in version:||1.27.0|
|Other settings: Alphabetical | By function|
true (default setting) to require users to enter their password to change their email address. Set to
false to disable this requirement.
Note: Avoid changing this setting on public wikis following security considerations.
- The user "John Doe" who cannot request a new password because the email address added is no longer available or never existed due to a typo when adding the the email address has to create another account on the wiki, e.g. "John Doe 2"
- The admin uses the UserMerge extension to merge the old account "John Doe" into the new account "John Doe 2" and at the same time deletes the old account.
- The admin uses the Renameuser extension to rename the new account "John Doe 2" to "John Doe" to regain the old user account name.
Note that this is a procedure you will probably like to avoid whenever you can since it involves numerous "invasive" database actions to reassign the edits of the accounts involved thus increasing the chance of something going wrong.
- Extension:Sudo - allows to log into a foreign account without knowing the respective accounts password. Useful for MediaWiki 1.20.x to 1.26.x in conjunction with this configuration setting.